“Not just your average dogs, these are family members who are also competitive show dogs.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.