Is a Frenchie Right for You?
French Bulldogs, also known as “Frenchies,” have become one of the most popular dog breeds in recent years due to their playful personalities, affectionate nature, and distinctive appearance. These charming dogs have a rich history and have been beloved by pet owners for centuries. In this article, we will share 13 interesting facts about French Bulldogs, including their origins, physical characteristics, and unique personality traits. Whether you’re a French Bulldog owner or simply a fan of this beloved breed, these facts will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation for the French Bulldog and its special place in the world of dogs.
The French Bulldog, also known as
the “Bouledogue Francais,” is thought to have descended from the English bulldog. Many believe that the French Bulldog originated from the toy or miniature Bulldog, which originated in Nottinham, England, where they were used as a ratters by shopkeepers.
The Foundation for the Modern Frenchie
began in England in the mid-1800’s when the large Bullenbeisser was crossed with Bulldogs, who were then crossed with terriers and pugs. These dogs made their way to France where they were further refined. The French fell in love with them. Finally, the breed made its was to America in the late 1800’s where they were recognized by the AKC in 1898.
The AKC Recognizes the Following Colors
in French Bulldogs: white, cream, fawn (ranging from light fawn to a red fawn), or any combinations of the foregoing. Markings and patterns are: brindle, piebald, black masks, black shadings, and white markings. Ticking is acceptable.”
Solid black, black and tan, black
and white, white with black, blue, blue fawn, liver, and merle are NOT acceptable colors.
In Landmark Research on Modern Dog Breed
development, the French Bulldog has been shown to share the most DNA with an ancestor of the following breeds:
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
French Bulldogs are NOT Great Swimmers.
their body structure, heavy bones and short snouts do not make them well suited for the water. This is not to say they do not like the water-but most will sink like a stone. They should NOT be let near swimming level water unsupervised.
French Bulldogs are Difficult to Breed.
Specifically, they have slender hips and short snouts that can create problems for both males and females. Over 80% of females give birth via C-section as a result of artificial insemination.
French Bulldogs have Their Own Language.
Using a series of yaps, howls and semi-barking sounds, French Bulldogs seem to be trying to communicate through a multi-syllabic language that can be very entertaining!
Growing Up French Bulldog
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The AKC Conducts Dog Racing Trials
each December in Orlando, FL. called the Fast CAT Invitational. This is a 100 yard race where dogs run individually chasing a lure. The average speed for French Bulldogs was about 18 mph. The fastest recorded time was by a Frenchie named Winston Bolt BCAT at 25.12 mph!
The CBARQ Dog Temperament Research
study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, is a giant study of over 300 dog breeds and 60,000 individual dogs. In this study, the Frenchie ranked 4th out of 124 breeds in hostility towards other familiar dogs in the same household. Essentially, this means a French Bulldog is likely to threaten or maintain a competitive “rivalry” with other dogs in the house.
In this Same Research
the French Bulldog ranks 30th out of 124 breeds in excitability. This means they generally will display “hyper” behaviors when a stimulating event such as the doorbell ringing, getting ready for a walk, guests entering etc. occurs.
In the Landmark Book
entitled, “The Intelligence of Dogs”, professor Stanley Coren researched and documented the intelligence of over 130 different dog breeds. In his book, the French Bulldog ranks 58th out of 130 breeds in working/obedience intelligence. Essentially, this means they will learn new commands between 40-80 repetitions. This puts them in the “fair” intelligence category. In contrast, the least intelligent breeds will require 80-100 repetitions and the most intelligent less than 5 to learn and follow the same commands!
The French Bulldog has an Average
lifespan of 10-12 years. Frenchie’s have their own set of distinguishing health issues that may make them more expensive to own than some other breeds:
Brachycephalic Respiratory Syndrome
How Fast Can a Frenchie Clear a Room?
Sounds like a funny joke but when your Frenchie is dropping unending stench bombs-you will understand the realty of Frenchie farts! Frenchie’s are also known for their unique grunts, snorts and snoring!
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