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You will be hard pressed to find another dog that will make you smile and laugh as much as this breed.
Of course each one has their own unique personality but as a general guideline to follow, be prepared to be amazed and entertained with their spunky little antics.
Despite their playful demeanor, the French bulldog does have some physical challenges due to their smashed in face, short legs, and top-heavy heads. They may have a hard time breathing in certain environments and normally cannot mate left to their own ability.
Before we learn how to keep one of these sweet dogs happy and healthy, let’s explore some history and facts about this intriguing breed.
The French Bulldog is affectionately known as “frenchies”. During the Industrial Revolution, lace factory workers wanted companions and first tried the dwarf version of the English Bulldog. Then, they crossed it with the Pug and the Terrier. The name, ‘French Bulldog’ rose from the fact that many of the workers migrated to France with their dogs to find work.
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The lowdown on the Frenchie:
Exercise: They are good at sitting around and being cute – does not require a lot of exercise because of their laborious breathing
Colors: Brendle, fawn ,white, or black and a mix of these colors
Height: Stands between 11 – 13 inches tall
Weight: Up to 28 lbs
Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
Temperature: Can withstand the cold weather but doesn’t fair well in extended heat
Water: They cannot swim because of being top heavy with their large head.
Face wrinkles: They get from the bulldog (which purpose was to flow blood away from the head should the dog be injured in a fight)
Bat ears: Perked up ears are a must – early breeders preferred floppy rose ears but not anymore
Reproductive challenges: Because of being top heavy, narrow hips, and weak legs - they cannot naturally mate – they have to be artificially inseminated.
Price: Average cost between $1,400 and $8,500. Because of challenges with breeding, cost is higher. And you may have to be on a waiting list for this ultra popular pup.
Puppy Birth: Because of their large heads and small hips, the female may have to have a c-section instead of giving birth. Breeding is a bit tricky.
Health: Their smashed in face causes them to be noisy and laborious breathers - not comfortable playing hours of fetch. Also, they are prone to thyroid conditions, eye irritations, and spinal diseases.
Training: Not huge on tricks but will learn a few basics – they are more interested in how you can please them... ha ha
Temperament: Lively, playful, affectionate, bright, stubborn but never bite – great with kids/family; Great companions, enjoying being with their humans
Living space: If you are tight on space, this breed is perfect for you! They don’t require much exercise or large spaces to live. They are happy and content just being near and dear to you! Great for apartment living since less exercise required - one of the top breeds for big cities like New York.
How to keep them healthy and happy!
This compilation video of Frenchies will give you a quick look at what it's like to have one as a pet:
And to see their playfulness at its finest, ya gotta watch these!
To sum it all up, French Bulldogs can add so much love and warmth to your home. Although their stubborn and sneaky ways may get them into trouble, the amount of affection and laughs they bring to your life will far outweigh any negative moments with this purebred sweetie. Remember: Give them a safe and warm environment indoors and keep their face clean so that infections cannot set in; Don't expose them to prolonged periods of heat or require them to exercise too vigorously.
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