10 Facts You Should Know About French Bulldogs (with Pictures)

Taylor A Ritz French Bulldogs are small, stocky dogs with a square body. These adorable little dogs are popular due to their unique appearance and charming personalities.

1. Where Does the French Bulldog Come From?

The French Bulldog’s origins are thought to lie with the Molossians, an ancient tribe in Greece. Phoenician traders took the breed from Greece and spread it throughout the world. Bulldogs were used to bait bulls for sport, which is where their name comes from. When blood sports such as bull-baiting became less popular, and even outlawed in some countries, bulldogs became companion animals. At this time, breeders began to focus on breeding smaller and smaller bulldogs. In the mid-1800s, a toy-size bulldog gained popularity in many English cities such as Nottingham. Nottingham was well-known for lace-making, and subsequently, the bulldog became a sort of mascot for lacemakers. As the industrial revolution began to replace many homemade industries, lace included, many English lacemakers relocated to Northern France, toting their little bulldogs with them. These toy bulldogs were bred in the French countryside with other breeds such as the pug and small terriers, until the “Bouledogue Francais” or French Bulldog, was created. 

2. How Much Does a French Bulldog Eat?

Despite their moderate size, French Bulldogs can have rather large appetites. These dogs can be prone to obesity, so make sure to follow serving-size recommendations from pet food manufacturers or instructions from your veterinarian. 

3. What Does a French Bulldog Look Like?

French Bulldogs have quite an identifiable appearance. They are most well known for their bat-like ears and half-domed, half-flat skull. The French Bulldog’s eyes are round and prominent, set wide apart. The chest is broad, deep, and wider than the dog’s back end, giving them a pear-like shape. The Frenchie’s coat is short and smooth, and coat colors include brindle, cream, fawn, white, and black, as well as any two of those colors combined. They can also sport a black mask, brindle markings, or a piebald pattern.

4. How Big Is a French Bulldog?

French Bulldogs are well known for being compact; they stand approximately 12 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 19 and 28 pounds.

5. What Is the Temperament of a French Bulldog?

French Bulldogs are excellent companion animals; the French Bulldog is loyal, loving, and content to remain by your side. This dog was bred to be a family animal. They thrive among children, couples, singles, and retirees; basically, they get along with everyone. This extreme love for their people means that French Bulldogs do not tolerate being left alone for long periods of time. They want nothing more than to cuddle up with you on the couch. French Bulldogs do not usually bark very much and are well-suited to apartment living. Not only are they incredibly sweet, but they are also quite playful, with comical personalities that love to goof around. French Bulldogs can also tolerate other pets if they are socialized from a young age.

6. What Are the Exercise Requirements For a French Bulldog?

Despite their moderate size, French Bulldogs require regular exercise to be happy and healthy. Luckily, their size means they do not need hours upon hours of exercise to expel their energy. A quick walk or play session in the yard, twice a day, is more than enough to burn off the excess energy your French Bulldog has and keep him or her fit and healthy. A tired dog is a well-behaved dog; dogs that don’t get enough exercise will grow bored and resort to undesirable activities. Due to their short snout, it is important to be aware of your French Bulldog’s breathing during exercise. Any respiratory issues can be exacerbated by extreme temperatures. Their short coat can make them unsuited for extreme cold as well, and French Bulldogs can often be seen sporting stylish sweaters. 

7. How Do You Train a French Bulldog?

Training and socialization are vital from an early age for any dog. Though French Bulldogs are quite intelligent and eager to please their people, they also have a stubborn streak. Have no fear, though. With some patience and perseverance, training your French Bulldog can be an enjoyable pastime for you both. Avoid harsh methods like shouting or punishment, as these will likely cause your French Bulldog to shut down during a training set. Instead, stick with positive reinforcement and keep training sessions short and fun. If you begin to feel frustrated, end your training session as soon as possible.

8. How Healthy is a French Bulldog?

As with almost any pure breed, French Bulldogs can experience several health issues. Here are a few health concerns French Bulldogs may be more prone to:
  • Respiratory Issues: the short snout of a French Bulldog makes them more likely to suffer from Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome, which can lead to breathing problems.
  • Obesity: obesity contributes to a wide range of health problems that can affect organs, bones, and joints, so keep your French Bulldog on a strict dietary regiment.
French Bulldogs have a life expectancy between 10 and 12 years.

9. How Often Do You Groom a French Bulldog?

A French Bulldog’s coat is silky and short, shedding infrequently. Grooming is fairly low maintenance; use a grooming mitt once a week to remove dead hair and keep the coat shiny. Bathe your Frenchie periodically with dog shampoo if they start to smell. Their large, erect ears require regular cleaning. Use cotton pads soaked in an antibacterial ear wash once a week. Consider using a gentle eye-cleaner to combat tear staining on their face and dirt accumulation in the creases of the muzzle. Nails should also be trimmed periodically.

10. What Is a Blue French Bulldog?

Blue French Bulldogs aren’t really blue; they exhibit a grey-hued coat that makes them appear blue. That’s not the only difference for Blue French Bulldogs though; unlike a typical French Bulldog, these blue cousins are smaller and tend to have less energy. They don’t require as much exercise and love to cuddle with their owners even more than a regular Frenchie. Blue French Bulldogs are incredibly affectionate and are better companions than watchdogs. This sub-type has a single, thin coat that makes them prone to chills. They are also prone to skin and food allergies.

Taylor Ritz

Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She is a former zookeeper and animal trainer. She has her own dog, Dobby, with whom she has bicycled across the U.S. and thru-hiked the Long Trail.

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