Breed of the Month: 7 Reasons We Love French Bulldogs

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This month, we are going gaga for French Bulldogs. Since February is home to Valentine's Day, a holiday dedicated to celebrating love, what breed would be a better fit? Hailing from the most romantic country on Earth, these tiny cuddle monsters are a regular lightning rod for affection.

If you donโ€™t know a lot about the French Bulldog, here are some of the top reasons we love this breed.

1. Expressive FacesExpressive-French-Bulldog-Blog

Dogs are generally pretty good at conveying their emotions with their face, but few breeds are as effective as the French Bulldog. They actually smile when they're happy! And when they are upset? You would be hard pressed to find a more distinct scowl in all of doggy-dom.

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2. Playful DemeanorPlayful-French-Bulldog-Blog

For a tiny dog, these pups are packed full of play. Many small dogs are too delicate to mess around with, but thanks to this breedโ€™s stocky build, you can take off the kid gloves and run them through the ringer a bit. And whatโ€™s better -- they love it!

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3. Those Big EarsEars-French-Bulldog-Blog

Oh my gosh -- those ears! Like two kites sitting atop their head, the ears of a French Bulldog are truly a thing to behold. Just hope that a big gust of wind doesn't come along and carry them away!

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4. Cute Wrinkleswrinkles-french-bulldog-blog

Have you ever seen a newborn puppy that also looks 85 years old?! You might think it would be strange, but in reality, the wrinkly features of the French Bulldog make for one of their most endearing characteristics.

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5. Funny PersonalityFunny-French-Bulldog-Blog

Not only are these dogs super playful, but when they do play, they do so hilariously. Like a rambunctious clown, these dogs will run around and play, and then without warning, just plop down, lay on their belly, and roll around with their toy. Watching a French Bulldog keep themselves occupied is an activity in itself.

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6. They Look Great in Clothesclothes-french-bulldog-blog

While you can put a sweater on any type of dog, few have the body type to truly pull it off. But the Frenchie? With those short legs and wide frame? They were practically built to wear the heck out of an outfit.

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7. Sloppy Kisseskisses-french-bulldog-blog

Not everyone appreciates a big, wet, sloppy kiss, but if you do, a French Bulldog would be more than happy to oblige. With their short, snub nose, loose jowls, and wide tongue, this breed is designed to be the ultimate smooching machine.

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Facts About French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs are compact, sturdy, low-activity little dogs who need to be kept indoors for their own protection. They are excellent companion dogs, affectionate to family and stranger alike, and are ideal pets for apartment dwellers and others with little or no yard space. These dogs cannot tolerate hot weather, and in the summer they may suffer in the heat if you do not have air conditioning. Intelligent and needing little exercise, Frenchies make good companions for sedentary and elderly people.

History

Miniature Bulldogs developed by English breeders gained popularity in France during the industrial revolution of mid-1800s when some of the tiny dogs immigrated there with English lace makers in search of work. American travelers encountered the little Bulldogs in France and brought some to the United States. Frenchie enthusiasts established a registry and breed standard for French Bulldogs in the late 1800s, naming their new breed for the country where they encountered them. The tiny Bulldogs have retained their original characteristics as quiet, docile house pets who require a minimum of exercise or activity to be both healthy and happy.

Breathing Issues

Because French Bulldogs have the shortened face characteristic of their larger Bulldog ancestors, they are prone to various breathing issues. Frenchies commonly snore, but this doesnโ€™t necessarily indicate a problem. Dogs who are noisy breathers even when they are awake, particularly if they spit up foamy matter and food, may have an elongated soft palate that requires surgical intervention. Frenchies may also snort when they are excited, but this is a type of communication rather than the sign of a problem.

Training Behavior

French Bulldogs are loving, affectionate, and eager to please, but they may also insist that everything has to be a game or they will refuse to participate. While they can learn basic manners, Frenchies are generally not good prospects, either physically or temperamentally, for advanced obedience training, agility, or other canine sports. Some Frenchies have a stubborn streak; if they decide they are not going to do something, it can be almost impossible to get them to cooperate.

Social Behavior

French Bulldogs love people, but they tend not to be so accepting of other animals. They sometimes are inclined to bully smaller pets. In homes with other pets or children, it is best to introduce a French Bulldog puppy gradually. If you place your puppy in an exercise pen in the house and allow household pets and family members to investigate the new arrival, you can safely build familiarity. To help your Frenchie learn to be accepting of others, socialize your puppy from an early age. Puppy obedience classes and plenty of contact with people and pets both in and out of your home will help.

More on French Bull Dogs

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References & Resources

Dogtime: French Bulldog
American Kennel Club: AKC Met the Breeds: French Bulldog
French Bulldog Club of America: FAQ

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website.

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