Description- The French Bulldog, also called the “Frenchie”, is a small, muscular, and compact dog. It stands about 12 at the withers and generally weighs between 18 and 28 lbs. It has heavy bones and is regarded as a dwarf Mastiff. The French Bulldog has a wide, square head, very short muzzle, and big bat ears. Its face is more pleasant and receptive than that of the English Bulldog and the wrinkling isn’t quite as heavy. The lower jaw is undershot and the tail is obviously abbreviated. The usual coat colors of this Frenchie are brindle, white, brindle and white, and fawn.
History- It is usually believed that the French Bulldog Began as a type of toy Bulldog, a scaled-down variant of the English Bulldog. It was maintained by lace-makers in England. During the 1860’s, these artisans were forced to leave England for France after being deprived of their livelihood from the industrialization of lace making. Their little dogs, of course, went with them to France. Since the dogs gained popularity there, they became known as the French Bulldog.
Temperament- The French Bulldog is probably among the most pleasant dogs in existence. It bonds extremely strongly with its loved ones and requires a whole lot of attention. However, it provides at least as much affection as it gets, so is a joy around the house. The Frenchie is extremely intelligent and has a true sense of humor. It’s kind, tolerant, and loving with children. The French Bull dog has strong protective instincts and considers it an honor to protect those it loves. The Frenchie is a tiny clown and will entertain the family with its antics. It ought to be pointed out, though, that the French Bull dog can be very jealous if attention is given to a different pet.
Health Issues- Like all dogs, the French Bulldog is heir to many health conditions and congenital diseases. Von Willebrand’s Disease, a sort of hemophilia, can be carried by this dog. A Frenchie ought to be tested before surgery to see if it has this condition. Since the French Bull dog has such a flat face, it can suffer from breathing problems such as snoring. Additionally it is intolerant of heat and must be kept cool to prevent heat stroke.
Grooming- The French Bulldog requires just a weekly dressing and a good deal of petting to keep its fur in good shape. The facial wrinkles should be wiped regularly to prevent infection. The nails should be kept brief and the ear passages clean.
Living Conditions- The French Bulldog is strictly an indoor dog. It cannot withstand extreme heat or cold and cannot live outside. More importantly, the French Bull dog needs to be about the people it loves. The Frenchie would like to interact with the family and will suffer if deprived of this. The Frenchie is happy living in an apartment, and requires on a daily walk to stay fit.
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