French Bulldog Dog Breed Training, History, Care, Diet and Adoption
The French Bulldog is the smallest of the three typical bulldog breeds. French Bulldogs are one of the most popular breeds of dogs worldwide and have an incredibly loyal fan base. French Bulldogs are known for their gentleness and mild temperament. They are great with children and other dogs and are often called the “lap dog of the dog world”. French Bulldogs are intelligent dogs known for being easy to train. They can be taught to sit, stay, come, and heel. French Bulldogs are known for being very loyal to their owners. They enjoy attention from their owners and are often referred to as “lap dogs” because they enjoy being near and close to their owners.
An American Cocker Spaniel French Bulldog, or little blue beagle, in 2003 French Bulldogs tend to be medium-sized dogs weighing between 13 and 23 pounds. The French Bulldog is distinguished by its unique mixture of both bulldog and pug traits. This includes a short, slender build, large head, square muzzle, and short coat with a straight or slightly wavy tail. French Bulldogs typically have brown or blue-black fur with white markings. They are also considered to have a “low-lying breed marking” which shows up more pronounced in darker shades. French Bulldogs are considered to be smaller than Pugs and Bullmastiffs and they are considered medium-sized dogs. French Bulldogs are known to be the most docile of the three classic bulldog breeds.
History of the French Bulldog
French Bulldogs are believed to have originated in England in the early 1700s. One theory suggests that the first French Bulldog may have been born when a Staffordshire Bull Terrier was crossed with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Other historians believe that French Bulldogs were first bred in England in the 1820s, although other researchers state that the breed may have originated in the USA in 1879. In the early 1900s, French Bulldogs were given to prisoners as pets during World War I. Their popularity skyrocketed during the 1920s after the death of their namesake, French bulldog owner Charles Chaplin. When Chaplin died in 1969, there was no dog fanciers to take his place. This, in turn, caused the breed’s popularity to decrease, and breeders began to stop breeding.
Training and Care
Like any breed of dog, French Bulldogs have their own unique set of special needs. French Bulldogs are not formally trained. Owners of French Bulldogs should be prepared for challenges of managing a high energy, intelligent dog such as this. French Bulldogs are susceptible to hip dysplasia and other hip ailments. Hips will need to be monitored carefully, especially if the breed is already prone to health issues. French Bulldogs need a lot of exercise. Unlike most other breeds, they are not caged and they do not sleep all day. The French Bulldog is a high energy breed. They need a lot of exercise. They need lots of walks and a lot of interaction with people. Although high energy, French Bulldogs are docile animals that require little training or handling.
The French Bulldog has a high quality of life thanks to their high energy, easy to train nature. They are often mistaken for pugs because of their curly or fluffy coats. French Bulldogs are easily excited, so they need good quality toys that they can enjoy. They can easily get bored and cause mischief so a set of small puzzle toys or toy bones are recommended. Health Problems French Bulldogs have many health problems. They are prone to breathing problems, ear infections, and eye problems. If left untreated, French Bulldog eyes can often get infected and require the vet to remove their eyelashes or their corneas if necessary. Their skin and coat can also sometimes become irritated, red and itchy, especially if they’re kept outside a lot.
Diet and Nutrition
French Bulldogs can be fed a special diet due to their specific physiology. They are high energy and require a lot of exercise. They are usually fed food appropriate for an active breed. French Bulldogs need high amounts of protein. If fed an omnivorous diet, they will develop an affinity for chicken and rice, but they will also enjoy other high protein foods, including turkey and turkey/pork sausage. French Bulldogs need high amounts of calcium, so they are given dairy or goat’s milk in addition to other dairy products, such as cheese, yogurt, or cottage cheese. For more information on dog health and care, visit our Pet Health Center!
Where to Adopt or Buy
If you’re looking to adopt or buy a French Bulldog, we suggest adopting from your local shelter rather than a pet store or breeder. Adoption can be risky for the animal you select due to a variety of health conditions and behavioral problems. These may be very difficult to correct. The “Perfect Breed for All Your Money” The popularity of the French Bulldog among pet parents shows no signs of abating. France is home to the largest population of French Bulldogs in the world. Some breeders have called this the “perfect breed for all your money”.