Bonjour mes amis! Our origins are kind of an Anglo-Grecian duality. The French Bulldog has roots as far back as the dogs of the Molossians, an ancient Greek tribe. These dogs were spread throughout the ancient world which included Britain, where the dogs were developed into mastiffs of which the bulldog is a variant. However it was lace-makers from England who were working in France around the 1850s that began our modern history. Their bulldogs mated with local French dogs and the French Bulldog was born. We became enormously popular and received the name ‘Bouledogue Francais’. We were the height of high fashion around that time! From that point on we became a worldwide breed in our right, achieving global fame and set for world domination.
What do I look like?
We’re fairly typical of the English Bulldog but with one key differentiating factor: our ears! Whilst theirs tend to curl and sit down, ours are pointed upwards. Bat-like, even. Beyond that we are compact and sturdy with a square head and a broad, short skull and muzzle. Our legs are short and powerful and our back legs are noticeably longer than our front. This gives us good spring when we feel ‘la joie de vivre’ – which is not that often to be honest!
What do I need from you?
We are one of the ultimate companion dog breeds – we really do require close contact with humans! We don’t need massive amounts of exercise but a short daily walk is appreciated. We cannot really live outdoors so you will need to include us in the home! Health-wise, breathing is a particular issue for us – mainly due to our snub-like nose (brachycephalic). This means you need to take particular care when leaving us in a hot environment without shade and water – much more so than other dogs. Cars are a particular problem for us and we are prone to heat strokes. We also have a tendency towards eye issues – Cherry eye (an inverted third eyelid) has been known to occur. If you breed with us we mostly require caesarian section to give birth. Not selling us here, am I?! Trust me, we’re worth it!
What I will give in return
We’re a bit of a dream dog to own for the less active human! We don’t live life in the fast lane and don’t really choose to do too much at all. You won’t hear us bark too much so we’re great if you live in a built up area. However we are great around humans – safe with children and very loyal and affectionate. Granted, we’re not known as the brightest light on the street; however we’re far from stupid too – we just look stupid!
How big will I get?
We have no aspirations to get big – 12in (30cm) is about our limit. We’ll tend to weigh anything from 24lb (11kg) to 28lb (13kg).
How long should I be around for?
Sadly we’re not one of the longer living dogs – which is why we make every moment one to cherish. Expect us to live around 8 years, maybe up to around 10, but seldom beyond 12.
We are loved in Hollywood – Leonardo Di Caprio, Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Jackman, John Legend and David Beckham to name but a few celebrity owners
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