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French Bulldog

French Bulldog

French Bulldog

These toy versions of the English bulldog were bred to be lap pets.  They became popular in France in the 1800’s.  Americans doing a Grand Tour, or tour of continental Europe fell in love with these active little dogs.

Typically well behaved the French Bulldog, affectionate companions with an even disposition.  They are alert, active, but not overly rambunctious.  These playful little dogs are muscular, compact, and weigh roughly 28 pounds.  They have a short, fine, and smooth coat with soft, loose skin around the head and shoulders.  Grooming is minimal for these dogs and is usually just done for bathing or shedding.  Typically they come in white, brindle, and fawn or any combination of those as far as AKC standards go.  Unrecognized colors include solid black, black and tan, black and white, mouse, and liver colors.

If you are considering owning a French Bulldog, don’t expect a very active pet.  These dogs are bred for their lap warming abilities and they require very little exercise though they do get curious with their surroundings.  Frenchies are very much indoor dogs, needing air conditioning to keep cool in warm weather.  If you have a lighter colored Frenchie, make sure to put sunscreen on his skin if he will be in the sun for any length of time.