The French BulldogThe French Bulldog is also known as: Bouledogue Francais
|Group classification: Non-Sporting||Country of origin: France||Date of origin: 19th century|
|Weight (M): 22 - 28 lb||Height (M): 12 - 13"||Life expectancy: 10 - 11 years|
|Weight (F): 20 - 26 lb||Height (F): 11 - 12"|
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General Description of the French Bulldog
The French Bulldog shares many traits with its larger English cousin, while maintaining a few unique characteristics of its own. Massive and square, the head is topped with large, distinctive bat ears. Eyes are round, set wide and low in the skull, and are dark in color (but lighter in light colored dogs). Check muscles are well developed, and the muzzle is wide and deep with hanging flews. The body sports a roach back, deep chest and hindquarters which are longer than the forequarters. The tail is short and carried low, either straight or screwed. Soft, loose skin forms wrinkles on the head, face and shoulders; the coat is short, fine and smooth.
French Bulldog Temperament
The French Bulldog has a great personality, and is renowned for its ability to entertain its family for hours on end. These dogs thrive on human contact, and will make every effort to please their family and show affection. French Bulldogs love to play, especially with children, though they may be too boisterous for little ones. Friendly with other dogs and exceptionally sweet toward house pets, the Frenchie makes friends easily at the doggy park and with the family cat. French Bulldogs tend not to be fond of strangers and may be timid or reserved when someone new is in the house; these dogs are almost never aggressive toward strangers, however.
Caring for a French Bulldog
The French Bulldog requires very little exercise. A short walk every day will usually do the trick. Be careful when your dog is playing with children, and do not let young ones pick up the dog because it is easily dropped. The Frenchie’s short muzzle severely inhibits its ability to disperse heat, and as such it is imperative to keep the dog out of the heat. The French Bulldog cannot live outside. The coat does not require very much attention other than an occasional brushing, but the wrinkles around the face and neck should be inspected and cleaned regularly. French Bulldogs snore and drool. Health concerns to watch out for include brachycephalic syndrome, intervertebral disk disease, allergies, canine hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and hemivertebra.
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