Saturday, August 1, 2009
Breed of the Month--French Bulldog
Color: Brindle, fawn, white, black, tan, liver
Height: 12 inches
Weight: Males: 28 lbs/ Females: 24 lbs
Life Span: 10-12 years
Breed Health Concerns: allergies, intervertebral disk disease, stenotic nares, hemivertebrae, brachycephalic syndrome, elongated soft palate.
Coat: Soft, smooth, short, fine, and glossy.
Country of Origin: France
Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.
The bulldog originated in England. Craftsmen moved from England to France during the Industrial Revolution, bringing their toy bulldogs with them. Once in France, these dogs were mixed with several French breeds, creating what is now known as the French Bulldog. Around 1898 the argument over "rose ears" versus "bat ears" was won by the fans of the "bat ear" look and is a notable trait in the dogs today.
The French Bulldog, affectionately known by the breed's lovers as "Frenchies," is a wonderful playmate and companion. This dog is affectionate, inquisitive, and playful. Frenchies get along well with other dogs and pets of all kinds. This breed has a shortened muzzle and do have a tendency to drool and snore.
The French Bulldog is more than happy to go with their owners anywhere, but does not require a large amount of daily exercise. The short muzzle of the dog can make it hard for him to breath and therefore should not be overexercised in the heat.
The Frenchie needs only occasional brushing and is kept clean easily. The breed's wrinkly face must be kept clean to avoid possible infection.
To get a Frenchie interested, training must be made especially worth while to the dog. The French Bulldog is good-hearted but can have a very stubborn streak. Harsh training is this breed is strictly discouraged, as the dog will just shut down. To keep a Frenchie interested you must do something to help bring out the extrovert in the dog. Socialization is very important for a Frenchie from a young puppy and throughout his life.