You're either a French Bull dog person or you're not. Personally, I find writing this blog extremely difficult, because the urge of becoming a Frenchie parent intensifies with every picture of those little smug face beasts that I lay my eyes on!
Why are French Bulldogs so popular?
Why does it feel like Frenchies are the “IT DOG?” Maybe it's because of their famous pawrents – Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Reese Witherspoon to name a few. Maybe it’s their chill demeanor, and devotion to their humans. Or just maybe, it’s because like us, they are full of contradictions: Beautifully ugly, sporty couch potatoes and stubborn but loving.
Where did French Bulldogs come from?
You may assume the logical answer to be France (or perhaps Mars), but the first French Bulldogs actually originated in England from the bigger badder English Bulldog. The first Frenchies were the runts of the English Bulldog litter and were referred to as “toy” Bulldogs. Those little cuties were specifically chosen and bred quickly became a popular companion of shop owners and lacemakers in Nottinghill.
FUN FACT: When the lace trade and it’s shop owners moved to Normandy, FRANCE (!) Toy Bulldogs were bred with Rat Terriers to seal in the signature bat ears, small stocky build AND their breed name, The French Bulldog, all of which we love today.
Even back then their looks caught the eye of the rich and famous and they quickly became the best friend and companion of society ladies.
The 411 on Frenchies
- Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
- Height: 11 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder
- Weight: 16 to 28 pounds
- Life Span: 10 to 12 years
- Shedding Level: medium to high
What colors do French Bulldogs come in?
The breed standard for the French Bulldog has included the same color requirements since the 1911 standard was approved by the AKC.
Acceptable Colors: all brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and any other color except those which constitute disqualification.
Disqualified Colors: All colors are acceptable with the exception of solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black. Black means black without a trace of brindle.
Blueberry and Poppy
Black and Tan French Bulldog is a mostly black Frenchie with tan points. Tan points are markings that usually appear in a shape of “eyebrows” (a signature Frenchie feature) patches on the sides of the cheeks, paws and occasionally on the tail.
The PROS of owning a French Bulldog
1. They are great family dogs
French Bulldogs make great family pets. They are bred to be companions, and they love being around people and other dogs. Small and sturdy makes them a perfect playmate for kids. They can play hard and chill harder, going from zoomies to couch potato in a flash.
2. They get along with other pets
Frenchies have a naturally friendly nature and can easily fit in a multiple dog or even cat home.
3. They have AMAZING personalities
One look at Frenchie’s wide eyed, squishy little faces can put a smile on the face of even the biggest curmudgeon. Their expression seems to say YES to any plan whether it's lying on the couch or going for a brisk walk, they just want to be by your side.
4. Real estate baby! Flexibility Frenchies can live anywhere
Your Frenchie doesn't need a lot of exercise, so going for walks on a leash is enough. This makes them great apartment and city dogs. Even a small apartment has enough space for them because they will want to hang out right by your side. They're not big barkers, which is great news for the neighbors.
5. They are easy to train
Because Frenchies are such people pleasers they can learn commands quickly. With proper training and rewards your Frenchie will have perfect manners in no time.
6. Low maintenance
French Bulldogs are very low maintenance dogs when it coms to grooming. Their short coat sheds moderately and along with proper ear cleaning and nail trimming they can be bathed at home.
7. Super adaptable
You can take a Frenchie anywhere with you. They can go from hiking to outdoor dining with proper etiquette for both.
8. Show stoppers
Frenchies are so beloved they tend to become local celebrities in any dog run or neighborhood. Be prepared to snap pictures for strangers and get playdate offers from other dog pawrents.
Scottie Pippen lounging at home
Chocolate & Tan French Bulldogs are pretty rare, even though the color has been around for quite a while. Just like any other color, chocolate can be combined with tan "points".
What trait make Frenchies Stars?
Are there any cons to a French Bulldog?
If you can't tell yet, we are obsessed with the fabulous Frenchie. That said, if you are a first time French Bulldog owner there are some things you should know:
1. They Fart
No Joke. Frenchies' adorable flat smushed faces cause them to swallow a lot of air while they are eating resulting in gassy buttts. The good news is that it's more believable when you blame the dog.
2. They can’t swim
Frenchies have a high muscle-to-fat ratio which makes it hard for them to stay afloat and their flat face make it difficult for them to breathe. Make sure to fit them for a life vest if you happen to be by water and keep a close eye on them.
3. They don't like to be left alone
The flip side of being bred to be a perfect companion dog is that Frenchies always want your company. When they don't have it they can become anxious and destructive. PRO TIP: If your schedule doesn't include constant companionship from your frenchie, they are probably not the right fit for you.
4. Health problems
Frenchies' physical characteristics contribute to a host of health issues. They are prone to Allergies, Skin conditions, Ear infections, breathing and joint problems.
Be sure to find a good Vet, who has experience with Frenchies and a good insurance plan to help with some unexpected costs.
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Where to find a Purebred French Bulldog
The more popular a breed, the higher the risk for puppy mills and irresponsible breeding. We reached out to our friend Maggie from Rock House Frenchies for some helpful information:
Most importantly -- Buyer Beware -- French Bulldogs (like potato chips) are highly addictive and most people end up owning several! any prospective owner needs to be sure and have their pup micro chipped -- this is essential in case their pup becomes lost or is stolen!"
How to groom your French Bulldog
WASH Start grooming your Frenchie as a pup. We recommend using THE SENSITIVE ONE shampoo for puppies and sensitive dogs from PRIDE+GROOM to get them used to the process. You can move on the on to The ultra nourishing SHEDDER dog shampoo for shedding dogs when your pup gets a little older. The Shedder dog shampoo uses a perfect blend of essential oils to benefit your frenchies skin and coat
BRUSH Use a boar bristle brush to reduce shedding. We are partial to THE ONLY BRUSH by Pride+Groom.
THE EARS Their precious bat ears and face wrinkles need some extra TLC. To clean the ears of a French Bulldog, use a damp warm cloth to clean ears and run a cotton swab around the edge of the canal. Never stick the cotton swab into the actual ear canal.
NAILS French Bulldogs do not naturally wear their nails down and will need their nails trimmed regularly. This prevents splitting and tearing, which can be painful.
THE FACE Keep the facial wrinkles clean and dry to prevent bacterial infections. Whenever you bathe your dog, take the time to thoroughly dry the skin, especially between the folds, with THE TOWEL dog towel by Pride+Groom. Grooming is an excellent bonding time for you and your Frenchie. If you're uncomfortable with any aspect of grooming, like trimming nails, take your dog to a professional groomer.
Try THE MANE TAME waterless shampoo by Pride+Groom.
Try THE SWIPE paw, snout and everything in-between dog wipes by Pride+Groom
FINAL TIP: Always check for scabs, skin lesions, bare spots, rough, flaky skin, or signs of infections. You should also check ears, eyes and teeth for any discharge or bad smells. Both are signs that your Frenchie may need to see the veterinarian.