When in the 1800s, Normandy lace workers left England for France in search of jobs; they took smaller bulldogs with them. These pets became really popular as rat catchers and good companions to families. The tulip-eared bulldogs that occasionally came up in litter were especially great favorites. A kind of notoriety was soon attached to them when street walkers and prostitutes were known to own the breed. However, the elite and fashionable soon took to the breed to appear daring and adventurous. Some famous patrons of the French Bulldog gave it the recognition it has today, making it an international breed, giving their stamp of approval to the “bat” ears over the “rose” ears in the breed.
A short, compact body, the French Bulldog is muscular, has a snub nose, “bat” ears, and a strong bone structure. The special bat ears are wide at the bottom and rounded at the top. The tail is short. The breed is rather heavy for its size.
Brindle, Brindle and White, Fawn and White, and any color except solid Black, Mouse, Liver, Black and Tan , Black and White, and White with Black ( without a trace of Brindling )
An easygoing, companion dog that is affectionate, playful and clownish in attitude, the French Bulldog, is also alert and curious. They are usually not very comfortable with other canine pets unless of the opposite sex. They gel well with new people but bond deeply only with one owner. They are considerate barkers, and are also good with kids, though can be overwhelmingly energetic for them. They love daily walks, but may not stand up to exercise on hot, humid days.
Eye and respiratory problems, and excessive weight gain can be serious health concerns with French Bulldog. They are pretty high maintenance and will require frequent visits to the vet.
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC