French Bulldog – from rat killer to family dog
The French Bulldog has been one of the most popular dog breeds for some time now. No wonder, since hardly anyone can escape their charm and playfulness. With their balanced character, the “Frenchies” are also suitable for living in the city, provided you take their urge to move into account and give them enough activity. Unfortunately though, breeding negligence often goes hand in hand with the demand for popular breeds, which has caused many French Bulldogs to become short of breath.
Origins in the working class
Their English ancestors were bred for bloody biting matches until they were prohibited by law in the 19th century. As a companion for British guest textile workers, Bulldogs came to France and were initially typically worker, carriage and butcher dogs whose job was to kill rats. Crossbreeds then started to occur with domestic pugs and terriers. The look of the modern French Bulldog is based on this colourful mix of breeds, which soon made the small power packs popular in other social classes and among artists. The first breed association was founded in Paris in 1880 and a systematic breeding standard was developed. The colours of the French Bulldog are diverse with many different colour combinations.
French Bulldog character
Characteristic bat ears, wrinkled foreheads and hanging lips; the French version of the bulldog also has a very unique look. The temperament of the French Bulldog is balanced and good-natured but also lively and headstrong. The watchful and loyal French bulldog is an ideal companion and always wants to be close to their owner. The French Bulldog is affectionate, cuddly and very easy to deal with when in contact with adults and children. They absolutely need direct contact with humans and must not be kept in kennels, their chosen place of sleep would be right next to you in bed snoring away.
Education and keeping of the French Bulldog
The attitude of the French Bulldog is also straightforward for newcomers to dogs. Due to its size and ease of handling, they are also suitable as apartment dogs, however excessive climbing stairs should be avoided. Despite the animal being perfectly at home in an apartment do not forget that they still need enough exercise to remain relaxed. There are no breed-specific difficulties in raising the French Bulldog - apart from the fact that it is difficult not to be entangled in the charm of the dog. Consistency in upbringing is absolutely necessary for the dog to accept you as an alpha animal. French bulldogs are docile and always keen to please their humans. So don't save the praise!
Grooming tips for the French Bulldog
Grooming is very simple due to the dog’s short hair, however, you must remember that they are very susceptible to the cold and wet. As with other skin wrinkle dogs, it is important to take good care of the face and keep the forehead wrinkles clean and smooth to prevent inflammation. A well-known health problem is that the French Bulldog is prone to food allergies. Therefore, pay particular attention to the nutrition of your four-legged friend and the ingredients of the feed. Be sure to buy your French Bulldog from a reputable breeder who also has an eye on hereditary diseases caused by breeding.
- Breed: French Bulldog
- Origin: France
- Classification: Companion and service dogs
- Size: Up to 35cm shoulder height
- Weight: 8-14kg
- Physique: Compact, muscular, agile, square head with short nose and muzzle, twisted tail
- Eyes: Circular and dark coloured
- Ears: Upright bat ears
- Fur and colour: fine, short haired, uniform in all shades of colour. Many variations of colour; unwanted colours: mouse, grey, brown, black with red fire
- Special feature: Is sensitive to high temperatures and cold, afraid of water
- Character: Intelligent, playful, cuddly, good-natured, balanced and brave
- Maintenance: Brushing, special care for eyes, ears and skin folds