The French Bulldog, or Frenchie, is a small dog, friendly and affectionate in nature, with a cute wrinkly face and perky “bat” ears. With a stocky, muscular body and a smooth coat, this is a stylish dog that has lots of fans.
He’s not just a pretty face, though. The Frenchie is a smart dog, playful and easy to train. They don’t need a lot of outdoor time, but they are inclined to obesity, so you should plan on making sure they get some exercise.
Since they are flat-faced dogs, they can get overheated easily, so it’s best to take your Frenchie on shorter walks at cooler times of day.
History of the French Bulldog
In the 19th century, lace workers from England were displaced to France when the Industrial Revolution brought automation into the industry. What does that have to do with French bulldogs? Well, the lace workers brought various kinds of dogs with them, including small English bulldogs. These dogs mixed it up with local terriers, resulting in the new French Bulldog, smaller and cuter than its English cousin.
Parisian ladies, as well as famous artists like Toulouse Lautrec and Edgar Degas, fell in love with the Bouledogue Français, and the Frenchie became a favorite fashionable city dog.
Soon the breed became popular in the United States, too, where the Rockefellers and J.P. Morgan family brought the Frenchie into fashion. By 1906, the Bouledogue Français was one of the most popular dogs in the United States. In 1912, the American Kennel Club adopted the name “French Bulldog.”
Care of your French Bulldog
A French Bulldog is a sturdy animal, but they do need some special care. The folds of their faces and their bottoms as well need regular cleaning in order to avoid yeast infections or dermatitis.
It’s important to get a thoroughly health screened Frenchie. Perfect Paw French Bulldogs all have AKC papers and health guarantees, so you can feel confident of your choice when you bring home one of our Frenchies.