The French Bulldog is an amazing affectionate, playful, lively and super sociable breed that I would recommend to everyone. They will do well in a house with lots of property or an apartment as long as they have their daily exercise regiment.
They simply love people and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else for long before wanting to be back around “their” people.
They are an even-tempered dog but can be a bit stubborn at times, so they do need to understand boundaries.
They don’t typically bark unless they are excited, alert of a visitor or perhaps they are frustrated because their favorite toy got stuck under the couch and they can’t quite reach it. But for the most part, they are actually pretty quiet and laid back dogs, but will definitely let you know if a stranger is approaching your home that they do not know. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have their extreme spurts of energy and display times of the…Crazies!
They are amazing snugglers and will curl up with you in bed not wanting to be anywhere else but snuggled up with their mom or dad.
They are also very good with kids. We have 3 young children and our frenchie does amazingly well with them.
They may unintentionally scratch when playing hard, but nothing I have seen that indicated one spec of malicious intent. They are usually really good meeting strangers but maybe a little reserved for a few moments as they get the feel for them.
Because of their small but stocky stature, they do portray this confidence which can also come off as being stubborn little creatures… (and they are) but that is part of why we love them so much.
Because of there convenient size and great traits, they have become extremely popular…..and for a good reason.
As touched on earlier…. they are a great size for someone who likes to travel and bring their dog with them when they go on weekend trips or when just picking the kids up from school. They do really well traveling in cars but, like other dogs, they may experience motion sickness on long road trips.
They also have a very manageable coat that doesn’t require much attention. They have a smooth and shiny coat with loose wrinkly skin that is amazing to pet and scratch. They are average shedders but it not a large issue due to their fine hair.
Along with their wrinkled faces and neck, they have big circle eyes that can melt any owners heart.
They are stout, strong muscular bread with Brachycephalic Syndrome: This disorder is found in dogs with short heads, narrowed nostrils, or elongated or soft palates. Their airways can be obstructed to varying degrees and can cause anything from noisy or labored breathing to total collapse of the airway.
Dogs with brachycephalic syndrome commonly snuffle and snort. Treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition but includes oxygen therapy as well as surgery to widen nostrils or shorten palates. Because of these issues…. they cannot effectively regulate their body temperature and do not do well in extreme heat. Because of this your frenchie should not be left out in extreme heat for long periods of time.
In the mid-1800s, a toy-size Bulldog found favor in some English cities, including Nottingham, then a center for lace making. The toy Bulldog became something of a mascot for Nottingham’s lace makers.
This was the height of the Industrial Revolution in England, and such “cottage industries” as lace making were increasingly threatened.
Many in the lace trade relocated to northern France, and of course, they brought their toy Bulldogs with them.
The little dogs became popular in the French countryside where lace makers settled. Over a span of decades, the toy Bulldogs were crossed with other breeds, perhaps terriers and Pugs, and, along the way, developed their now-famous bat ears. They were given the name Bouledogue Français.
Paris eventually discovered the delightful new breed, and thus began the Frenchie’s reputation as city dog par excellence. The breed came to be associated with Paris café life, and with the bon vivants and fancy ladies who sought nocturnal pleasures in Parisian dancehalls.
Edgar Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec depicted the Frenchie in paintings of the Paris demimonde.
By the end of the 19th century, the Frenchie’s popularity had spread across Europe and to America. The breed was a tougher sell in England. The Bulldog was a national symbol, and it rankled many Englishmen that their age-old rivals, the French, would dare adapt it to their purposes.
American devotees of the early 1900s contributed to the breed by insisting that the bat ear, as opposed to the “rose ear,” was the correct Frenchie type.
The dog is widely known as a very fashionable household companion kept by upper class and royalty. One French bulldog who was insured for an incredible sum (at that time) of $750, traveled aboard the Titanic. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the French bulldog was considered a dog of high society; the breed still attracts people who appreciate the finer things in life.