“Not just your average dogs,

 these are family members who are also competitive show dogs.”

“Not just your average dogs,

 these are family members who are also competitive show dogs.”

HISTORY

The French Bulldog originated in England and was created to be a toy-size version of the Bulldog. The breed was quite popular among lace workers in the city of Nottingham and when many lace workers emigrated to France for better opportunities, they naturally brought their little bulldogs with them.

 

The French Bulldog thrived in France and Europe, and his charm was soon discovered by Americans as well. The United States saw its first French Bulldog at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1896. The breed was quickly nicknamed “Frenchie,” and it is still an affectionate name that is used today.

 

The general appearance of a French Bulldog is a strong, confident stance with lots of muscle definition. Compact, solid and stalky with thick bone structure. Big square head, erect bat like ears, short neck, flat faced with wrinkles and a short tail that does not stick out.

HISTORY

The French Bulldog originated in England and was created to be a toy-size version of the Bulldog. The breed was quite popular among lace workers in the city of Nottingham and when many lace workers emigrated to France for better opportunities, they naturally brought their little bulldogs with them.

 

The French Bulldog thrived in France and Europe, and his charm was soon discovered by Americans as well. The United States saw its first French Bulldog at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1896. The breed was quickly nicknamed “Frenchie,” and it is still an affectionate name that is used today.

 

The general appearance of a French Bulldog is a strong, confident stance with lots of muscle definition. Compact, solid and stalky with thick bone structure. Big square head, erect bat like ears, short neck, flat faced with wrinkles and a short tail that does not stick out.

Size:

A French bulldog stands about 11 to 12 inches tall. Males range in weight from 20 to 28 pounds, females range from 16 to 24 pounds.

Temperament:

This breed brings a lot of love and laughter to their owners. French bulldogs are extremely affectionate, they bond quickly to their owners and want to be near them at all times. When I say they bring the laughter this breed doesn’t disappoint, their goofy personalities and silly behavior can put a smile on anybody’s face. They respond well to early, patient and persistent training that utilizes excitement and food rewards for motivation. Like any breed they do well with other dogs and animals when they have been properly socialized as a puppy.  

Lifestyle:

French bulldogs are not intended for active outdoor lifestyles. If you are looking for a dog to go hiking or jogging with then the French bulldog isn’t for you. French bulldogs need a temperature controlled environment at all times. They are intended to live indoors NEVER to be left alone outside. Frenchies love to lounge with their families and will often have little bursts of energy called the “zoomies”. They are not genetically built to withstand long outdoor endurance activities and should be limited to their time in heat. The average life expectancy is 12-14 years.

Size:

A French bulldog stands about 11 to 12 inches tall. Males range in weight from 20 to 28 pounds, females range from 16 to 24 pounds.

Temperament:

This breed brings a lot of love and laughter to their owners. French bulldogs are extremely affectionate, they bond quickly to their owners and want to be near them at all times. When I say they bring the laughter this breed doesn’t disappoint, their goofy personalities and silly behavior can put a smile on anybody’s face. They respond well to early, patient and persistent training that utilizes excitement and food rewards for motivation. Like any breed they do well with other dogs and animals when they have been properly socialized as a puppy.  

Lifestyle:

French bulldogs are not intended for active outdoor lifestyles. If you are looking for a dog to go hiking or jogging with then the French bulldog isn’t for you. French bulldogs need a temperature controlled environment at all times. They are intended to live indoors NEVER to be left alone outside. Frenchies love to lounge with their families and will often have little bursts of energy called the “zoomies”. They are not genetically built to withstand long outdoor endurance activities and should be limited to their time in heat. The average life expectancy is 12-14 years.

CHARACTERISTICS:

Full of courage, yet with clown-like qualities. This breed loves to make you laugh just as much as they love to hog your bed. Friendly personalities that gets along well with other animals and children.

HEALTH:

The most common health complications with flat-faced dogs are referred to as “brachycephalic”. The French bulldog is known for its grunts and snorts, and its normal for Frenchies to snore. CKC registered breeders who compete in confirmation shows with their dogs try their best to produce dogs with larger nares (nostrils) and clearer airways. Unfortunately there is no way to fully  guarantee as to how the dog will develop as they mature. By health testing our adult dogs prior to breeding we can make improvements within our breeding program and take preventative measures. This condition shouldn’t alarm you as most French bulldogs (even with certified health testing) make noises with exercise and pant in hotter temperatures. Your lifestyle and expectations of your dog needs to match the breed you are interested in.  French bulldogs have lifestyle restrictions but they can live a long healthy life with proper management. They may not be for everyone, but if you’ve ever had the privilege of sharing your life with a Frenchie, you are one of the lucky ones.

care:

Coat: The Frenchie’s short coat sheds minimally. Weekly brushing with a medium-bristle brush or rubber grooming mitt will help to remove loose hairs when shedding and keep him looking his best. Nails: THIS IS IMPORTANT! they should be trimmed regularly, sometimes once a week. If you can here them clicking on your floors they are too long. Overly long nails can cause pain and affect the confirmation of their posture. Changing their confirmation puts extra strain on their spines because the dogs weight is shifted back to compensate trying to stand with long nails. All BEAU BELLE BULLDOGS Start having their nails trimmed as soon as they’re born.

Nose: Moisturize the nose, ALSO IMPORTANT! Cold dry weather, heated houses, summer weather, and air conditioning all play a role in drying out your dogs nose. If the nose gets dry and starts cracking it can become very uncomfortable for the dog, use a natural nose balm regularly as a preventive. 

Ears: If bathing, use natural products and be sure not to get water in their ears, use a cotton  pad  to wipe inside their ears, NEVER insert a Q-tip into the ear canal.

Wrinkles: This is what makes the French bulldog so ridiculously cute, but it can be a high maintenance part of the dog. Use antibacterial soap  to wash in their skin folds, private areas and tail pocket. Very important to keep their folds clean and dry every day especially if they are a messy eater or slurp their water. Keep in mind over baiting can do more harm than good.

CHARACTERISTICS:

Full of courage, yet with clown-like qualities. This breed loves to make you laugh just as much as they love to hog your bed. Friendly personalities that gets along well with other animals and children.

HEALTH:

By health testing our adult dogs prior to breeding, we can make improvements within our breeding program and take preventative measures for the puppies we produce. The FBFC recommends the following OFA health tests prior to breeding, cardiac, trachea, patellar luxation, spine, hips/elbows, thyroid, and eyes along with DNA tests for Juvenile cataracts and cystinuria. We strive to produce correct confirmations in our dogs to give them open nares, arched necks, correct toplines, and open airways.

care:

Coat: The Frenchie’s short coat sheds minimally. Shedding can increase with hormone changes as the dog matures as well as seasonal shedding. A rubber grooming mitt will help to remove loose hairs when shedding and to keep him looking his best.

Nails: THIS IS IMPORTANT! they should be trimmed regularly. I file my dogs nails once a week. If you can here them clicking on your floors they are too long. Overly long nails can cause pain and affect the confirmation of their posture. Changing their confirmation puts extra strain on their joints and spine. The dogs weight gets shifted back to compensate them trying to stand with long nails. All BEAU BELLE BULLDOGS Start having their nails trimmed as soon as they’re born.

Nose: Moisturize the nose, ALSO VERY IMPORTANT! Cold dry weather, heated houses, summer weather, and air conditioning all play a role in dehydrating your dogs nose. If the nose gets dry and starts cracking it can become very uncomfortable for the dog, use a natural nose balm regularly as a preventive. 

Ears: If bathing, use natural products and be sure not to get water in their ears, use a cotton  pad  to wipe inside their ears, NEVER insert a Q-tip into the ear canal.

Wrinkles: This is what makes the French bulldog so ridiculously cute, but it can be a high maintenance part of the dog. Use antibacterial soap  to wash in their skin folds, private areas and tail pocket. Very important to keep their folds clean and dry every day especially if they are a messy eater or slurp their water. Keep in mind over baiting can do more harm than good.

DIET:

We realize different dogs will have different nutritional needs throughout their life and may require their own nutritional meal plan. There isn’t one specific diet that is perfect for a French bulldog. BEAU BELLE BULLDOGS realizes there are many different food options on the market. Dry kibble, lightly cooked, raw, and freeze dried raw are all readily available in pet stores. Each owner needs to pick a feeding option that not only meets their nutritional requirements but suits their lifestyle and their budget as well. We recommend choosing a high quality food in whichever form, as long as its made with whole food ingredients. 

Common food allergies:

  • Dairy Products
  • Chicken
  • Chicken parts and eggs
  • Some fish like salmon
  • Wheat
  • Lamb
  • Corn
  • Soy

 

The symptoms vary depending on how serious the allergic reaction is. When your dog suffers from a food allergy, they will begin to show the following signs:

Gastrointestinal response: The most common abdominal response to food allergies is diarrhea, vomiting and frequent flatulence. Dogs may also not digest their meal and can develop pancreatitis, dehydration or other dangerous medical conditions.

Skin conditions: Dogs can suffer irritable skin conditions from their food allergies. Their skin can become itchy, possible hives, rashes, bumps, or sores with hair loss. Dogs paws may become very itchy resulting in the dog constantly licking the bottoms of their paws.

 

Dangerous foods to never feed your Frenchie:

  • Grapes, Raisins
  • Chocolate
  • Salmon
  • Onions, garlic, leeks, tomato and chives
  • Artificial sweetener (xylitol) in gum and mints, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Peanut butter, Sugar-free candy, Sugar free breath mints, Fruit drinks, Jellies and jams, Cereals, Baked goods, Sugar-free puddings and Jell-O, Over the counter vitamin supplements.
  • Corn on the cob
  • Cooked bones
  • Avocado
  • Macadamia and walnuts
  • Cherry, peach, plum pits
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Nutmeg
  • Moldy food
  • Blue cheese
 
 

The symptoms of food poisoning in dogs include some combination of vomiting, diarrhea, reduced appetite, lethargy and dehydration. Some animals may show some neurological signs such as a lack of coordination, tremors and, in severe cases, even seizures and collapse. Depending on what your dog ate, how much and how sensitive they are, the signs and severity may vary. Probably the most common symptoms of food poisoning in dogs tend to be vomiting and diarrhea.

Take your French bulldog to the vet ASAP if you know or think he could have ate something he shouldn’t have and is showing signs of distress.

DIET:

We realize different dogs will have different nutritional needs throughout their life and may require their own nutritional meal plan. There isn’t one specific diet that is perfect for a French bulldog. BEAU BELLE BULLDOGS realizes there are many different food options on the market. Dry kibble, lightly cooked, raw, and freeze dried raw are all readily available in pet stores. Each owner needs to pick a feeding option that not only meets their nutritional requirements but suits their lifestyle and their budget. We recommend choosing a high quality food in whichever form, as long as its made with whole food ingredients. 

 

COAT COLOURS:

CKC ACCEPTABLE COLOURS:

Brindle, Fawns, cream, brindle Pied, fawn pied, & white.

All other colours are disqualified. These colours have  been created by cross breeding the French bulldog with other breeds. The disqualified colours include: solid black, black and white, any colour with tan points, grey/blue, liver/chocolate, lilac, merle, platinum and any new colours and patterns that are being created along with fluffy and now the hairless…

“Rare” or “exotic” are man made, they are not rare… Over 90% of French bulldogs bred solely for their coat colour have completely lost the original conformation and health of the breed, resulting in taller, skinnier, longer bodies, mini or oversized, protruding snouts with no rope or wrinkles and long tails. These dogs will also have additional  health conditions from cross breeding.

Be careful… all puppies can be cute,  but it’s the end result of a conformationally correct French bulldog, it’s health and temperament that matters most. We strongly encourage buyers to do their research regarding the breeders intentions and buy from someone who truly respects the breed and their health requirements.

See the French Bulldog Fanciers of Canada web page for a list of breeders who are working towards preserving the breed standard.