The French Bulldogs, which were bred as lap dogs in the 19th century, are excellent companions for their human owners, which is why these small dogs are so popular.
According to American Kennel Club, French Bulldogs are the second most popular dog in the United States. Not only are they adorable with their funny flat face and protruding eyes, but the breed is also recognized for being kind and affectionate. They adore people and are excellent with children since they are playful, loyal, and protective.
While they can be stubborn and difficult to train, they don’t require much exercise and can be maintained in a flat. They’re also quite easy to groom. Just be mindful of their requirements. The Frenchie enjoys attention but dislikes being yelled at, so try instead. While they aren’t barkers, they will talk to you with yawns, yips, and gargles, making them excellent company. To learn more, read these French Bulldog facts.
1. French Bulldogs are Actually English
The first of our French Bulldog facts is that they were bred from the English Bulldog. People began breeding smaller versions of the English Bulldog in the 19th century, and they were used as lapdogs by Nottingham lace manufacturers while they worked. Then, during the Industrial Revolution, when the lace industry relocated to France, the dogs followed. Small bulldogs were crossed with terriers to create a new breed, the Bouledogue Francais, or French Bulldog as it is called today.
2. They Are Not Suitable for Sea or Air
Very few people know that, unlike many dogs, the French Bulldog cannot swim. The breed not only has a stocky build, but its short nose makes it difficult for your dog to breathe by keeping its head floating. They enjoy being in the water, so make sure you have a doggie life jacket on hand (try the Ruffwear K9 Flat Dog Coat).
You should also keep your pet in mind when flying. Unlike most dog breeds, French bulldogs must fly in the cabin with you rather than as cargo. This is due to a condition known as Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, which makes breathing and coping with high temperatures difficult. Before you fly, make sure to verify the airline’s requirements for carriers and weight restrictions.
3. Frenchie’s Ears Have Caused Controversy
The French Bulldog is noted for its bat-shaped ears, however, they used to have rose-shaped ears that folded over like the English Bulldog. All French Bulldogs have folded ears at first, but as puppies mature and cease teething, their ears perk up. French Bulldogs with rose-shaped ears were prohibited when the French Bulldog Club of America held its first exhibition in New York in 1989. Since then, American breeders have advocated for exclusively displaying bat-shaped ears. Rose-shaped ears are still considered a disqualifying feature by the American Kennel Club today.
4. They’re Expensive to Breed
You’ll need to save money if you want to get a French Bulldog. This breed is expensive not only because it is popular, but also because it has high requirements. The majority of French Bulldogs are born via artificial insemination and C-Section. They have difficulty breeding due to their short legs and hips, and the females’ narrow birth canals make childbirth difficult due to their pups’ large heads.
They are also costly to maintain once purchased. They not only like to eat, but they also have expensive vet costs. French Bulldogs can suffer from eye, back, and skin problems in addition to breathing problems.
5. They’re Well-Known Fashionistas
If you get a Frenchie, expect your pet to become viral. This breed is a style icon! Since the 19th century, the French Bulldogs have increased in popularity, and they now not only have a slew of famous owners (from Lady Gaga and Hugh Jackman to Leonard DiCaprio and Dwayne Johnson), but they are the most popular dog breed on Instagram. These dogs are so relaxed that they will gladly let their owners dress them up. Marc Jacobs, the designer, even has his own range of French Bulldog accessories.
6. They Fart a Lot!
French bulldogs enjoy eating, but be warned: they fart frequently and can be pretty smelly! The brachycephalic breed has a particularly sensitive digestive tract, and because of their short snouts, they tend to swallow a lot of air when they eat. Flatulence might occur if their diet is altered or if they consume too quickly. It’s critical to keep an eye on your Frenchie’s food because they can become obese. According to the American Kennel Club, their optimal weight is 28 pounds.
7. Frenchies are Snore!
Due to their short face and smaller nose, French Bulldogs have noisy breathing. They snore . . . sometimes loudly. Some owners find it funny, others deplore it. Whether it’s annoying, or amusing, depends on your tolerance and sense of humor.
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The vivacious French bulldog, sometimes known as a clown dog, is sure to keep you entertained. They’ll be your best friend if you can afford the fee. And, while you may have to put up with occasional farting, this breed always comes out on top when it comes to being a calm and tolerant companion.