French Bulldog Breed Guide

Breed Group:
Companion Dogs

Middle Age: 6 years

Geriatric Age: 11 years

Life Span: 11 to 14 years

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French Bulldog Breed Information & Background

The French Bulldog originally came from England. Back then they were bulky, strong dogs used for a cruel sport called bull-baiting. Some breeders adjusted the size of the dog by breeding them with more powerful breeds, such as bull and terrier breeds so that they could be used for fighting.

On the other hand, some breeders created a smaller pup, weighing under 25 pounds. With the occurrence of the Industrial Revolution in England, many lace makers moved to the North of France, where their craft was still needed, and they brought their toy bulldogs with them. The French fell in love with these small dogs, and soon, England was exporting Bulldogs to France. Due to the French quickly adapting to the Bulldogs, England wanted nothing to do with them and started calling them French Bulldogs.

Back then, French Bulldogs had two types of ears, “rose” shaped ears and erect “bat” ears. As Americans started visiting France, they too fell in love with the breed, however, they preferred the erect bat ears more than the rose. Now in America, it is quite common to come across a French Bull dog with bat-like ears.

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The French Bulldogs Temperament and Personality

The French Bulldog is a companion dog. They are known to be very easygoing and also love their playtime. Many French Bulldog owners report that they are humorous, affectionate, and sociable. They adore their human counterparts, but almost to a fault. French Bulldogs are protective of their family and home and don’t bark without reason. While they aren’t huge barkers, they are still vocal with their grunts, snorts, and snores.

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How to Train a French Bulldog

Despite the stereotype that Frenchies are stubborn, they can be easily trainable and are quite intelligent. They are often motivated by food so always have a yummy, healthy snack available while training. French Bulldogs also love games, so if you turn training into a game, it will be that much more fun for them. When housetraining your pet, using a crate is often one of the most effective methods to go by.

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Exercise Requirements For a French Bulldog

Frenchies don’t need much exercise, however daily walks help them maintain a healthy weight. Most French Bulldog owners find that their pup loves a game of fetch with a small tennis ball.

While swimming is a great exercise for some dogs, French Bulldogs are not strong swimmers, and due to their heavy head, they can drown if left unattended. When exercising, French Bulldogs should be watched over, as it is easy for them to overexert themselves. It is not recommended to take them on long hikes or jogs.

Life Span of a French Bulldog