Getting to Know the French Bulldog

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When shopping for a new puppy, the French Bulldog is a good choice in that it was bred solely for companionship, making them an excellent choice for a loving, level-headed and energetic dog. Families describe their French Bulldogs as lighthearted and fun-loving.

What the French Bulldog Looks Like

Found in a number of colors including fawn, white, or brindle, this breed doesn’t get much bigger than 28 pounds and 13 inches tall. Their burly, tough look has earned them the honor of serving as team mascot for many football teams. Keep in mind the intimidating look is misleading; they’re more loving than tough. Their face is unusual, the teeth expose a slight under bite below large jowls, and their ears stand erect directly above large, round, wide set eyes. Their overall stature reveals a narrowing from the head to the tail, almost pear shaped. Powerfully built legs, you’ll find the front are slightly longer than the back adding to the narrowing effect, and leading to a tail that may or may not curl into a corkscrew.

Behavior of the French Bulldog

Known for being even-keeled, they are also playful and quite lively. They enjoy the company of both animals and their human owners. This breed benefits from being outdoors and daily walks, and fortunately they are not prone to extreme barking. A great choice for homes with children as long as children are taught proper care and the puppy is taught to recognize children as leaders in the pack early in the pups training. This will prevent a stubborn streak from emerging or possible biting and snapping when he doesn’t get his way. Comical, this puppy will provide amusement for its owners well into adulthood and they tend to like to stay clean, avoiding dirt and mud puddles. Beware your new French Bulldog is not a champion swimmer and should be watched carefully when near water.

What French Bulldogs are Known For

One of the few breeds created strictly for human companionship, the French Bulldog puppy seeks human interaction and thrives with a lot of attention. Simply put this is the dog meant to be kept as a pet. No hunting or working genes were incorporated for this breed, just good temperament and a loving nature. Not necessarily considered a guard dog, they make wonderful alert dogs, letting you know when someone is beckoning at your doorstep.

Needs of the French Bulldog

These puppies will adjust to either home or apartment living with ease. They have a way of entertaining themselves and finding plenty of activities to thwart boredom. Without the luxury of a yard, you’re French Bulldog will desire a daily walk, start immediately teaching your new puppy the rules of being on a lead. Frequent visits to the park are a treat for this puppy, giving them a much needed opportunity to run and play with other dogs. Their even-temperedness allows for outings that include other dogs and children. Because they’re so energetic they do tend to overheat and ample water and air conditioned quarters are optimal. Their coat does not require a lot of maintenance, brushing a couple of times a week should be sufficient.

Where the French Bulldog Originated

Surprisingly the French Bulldog was originally bred in England in an effort to duplicate the English Bulldog on a much smaller scale. English lace makers of the 19th century moved to France in the 1860’s bringing their new lapdogs with them. France embraced this new breed with such vigor that the breed was named the French Bulldog, much to the English’s dismay. They quickly became a favorite of the American wealthy and found their way to the states.

The French Bulldog offers the perfect combination of a high-quality disposition, fun-loving personality, and class clown antics to make him the ideal family pet. You’ll find your new puppy gets along famously with other pets within your home and the family as a whole.