The French Bulldog originated in 19th Century Nottingham, England, where lace makers decided to make a
smaller, miniature, lap version of the English Bulldog that was referred to as a "toy" bulldog. In the 1860s,
when the Industrial Revolution drove the craftsmen to France, they took their dogs with them. The toy
bulldogs became popular in France and were given the name the "French Bulldog." The breed eventually
made its way back to England for dog shows. The Brits were not happy with the name "French" given to a
dog that was originally from England, however the name "French Bulldog" stuck.
The French Bulldog is a sturdy, compact, stocky little dog, with a large square head that has a rounded
forehead. The muzzle is broad and deep with a well-defined stop. The nose is black, but may be lighter in
lighter colored dogs. The upper lips hang down over the lower lips. The teeth meet in an underbite and the
lower jaw is square and deep. The round, prominent eyes are set wide apart and are dark in color. The bat
ears stand erect, are broad at the base narrowing in a triangular shape and rounded at the tips. The
height at the withers to the ground should be approximately the same as the length from withers to the
base of the tail. The tail is either straight or corkscrew. The chest is broad and deep with the front of the
dog being wider than the back end, forming a pear shape. The dewclaws may be removed. The
medium-fine coat is short and smooth. The skin is loose, forming wrinkles around the head and shoulders.
Coat colors include brindle, brindle and white, cream, cream and white, fawn, fawn and white, fawn brindle,
white, white and brindle, white and fawn, black, black and fawn, black and white, fawn and black, fawn
brindle and white and blue and white. It can have a black mask, brindle markings, be piebald, spotted
and/or have white markings.
The French Bulldog is a pleasant, easy-care companion who is playful, alert and affectionate. It is
enthusiastic and lively, without being yappy and loud. Curious, sweet and absolutely hilarious, it has a very
comical personality and loves to clown around. It is bright and easygoing. The Frenchie gets along fairly
well with strangers and other animals and enjoys being with its owner. It plays well with other dogs. Those
Frenchies that are allowed to believe they are alpha may become dog aggressive. This breed needs
leadership and will not thrive without it. The Frenchie cannot be owned and ignored.
French Bulldogs are prone to joint diseases, spinal disorders, heart defects and eye problems. Dams often
have to deliver pups by cesarean section, because pups have relatively large heads. They often have
respiratory problems. They tend to wheeze and snore and have trouble in hot weather. Prone to
heatstroke. An overweight Frenchie may have trouble breathing, because of a swollen abdomen. Do not
overfeed this breed. Putting them under anesthesia is risky because of their breathing issues. French
Bulldogs are high maintenance and potential owners need to be aware that their vet bills may be high.
Take this into consideration before choosing a Frenchie puppy.
With all that said...
I don't believe that anyone who has ever had a French Bulldog in their lives will say they have regrets.