A light-colored French Bulldog
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Group 9 Section 11 #101
||Group 7 (Non-Sporting)
||Group 6 - Non-Sporting Dogs
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
pied coat is a fairly rare coloring.
French Bulldogs average 22 to 25 pounds (10 to 12 kg) and are considered
out-of-breed if they are over 28 pounds (13 kg). Their physical appearance is
characterized by naturally occurring 'bat ears' that are pointy and stick
straight up. Their tails are naturally short, not cropped. Otherwise, their body
shape is similar to that of an
There are several color variations allowed by the
AKC that are disallowed in Europe, including the cream color. French
Bulldogs have their own variations in the amount of
darkness of their coat, and amount of white areas.
The French Bulldog is a gentle breed that typically has a happy-go-lucky
attitude. Like many other
companion dog breeds they have high energy and prefer interaction with
humans to interaction with other dogs. They do well around other dogs and small
children, though they should be monitored closely during their initial
encounters; they tend to shy away from teasing or rough play. They tend to not
bark a lot and are of small size; these qualities may make them a good candidate
for apartment living.
European French Bulldogs typically are born naturally, while North American
French Bulldogs are born by
Brindle is a
more common color for the French Bulldog
Due to the nature of their short windpipe, they tend to have breathing
difficulties, and can easily suffer problems in hot weather as a result. For the
same reason, veterinarians consider them difficult to intubate for surgery.
Otherwise, they are generally considered a healthier breed than the English
Bulldog, with a lower occurrence of problems such as
dysplasia. Like their larger cousin the English Bulldog, French Bulldogs are
prone to gastro-intestinal problems such as gas. The facial wrinkles often trap
dirt, tears, and
mucous, and can become irritated and infected.
Life expectancy is 10 to 12 years.
The breed emerged as English
Toy Bulldogs by the artisan community in Paris, after
Bulldogs were marginalized by British kennel clubs as weakening the English
breed. Toy Bulldogs were popular amongst the artisan and gay communities in
Britain. The breeding of the minuscule Toy Bulldog (averaging 8 pounds (3.5 kg))
and the English Bulldog (which can vary in size, but is usually around 50 pounds
(23 kg)) produced the medium-sized French Bulldog.
- McDonald,Joan. The Book of the Bulldog,
Neptune, NJ:TFH Publications, ISBN 0866220275
- Jenkins, Robert. The Story of the Real Bulldog
Neptune, NJ: TFH Publications,
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