Breed of the Week: French Bulldog
French Bulldogs are a compact companion breed that typically weight under 28lbs. With bat-like ears and a shortened muzzle, they are the smallest of the bully breeds. French Bulldogs have a short, smooth coat and come in a range of colors from light cream through a dark brindle- often with a darker colored muzzle.
Described as clown-like, French Bulldogs are intelligent, playful and don’t seem to realize their small stature. These dogs are generally laid back and can do well in mostly any environment ranging from urban apartment living to farm life. French Bulldogs generally do well with children and other pets when properly socialized.
As with most brachycephalic, or flat-faced breeds, French Bulldogs have difficulty in extreme temperatures and can be prone to eye and palate concerns including cherry eye. They can also develop luxating patellas and do best when kept fit and trim.
• French Bulldogs, affectionately called Frenchies, were bred down from the larger English Bulldog to be primarily a ladies’ companion in the 1800s.
• The bat-like ears that we see today were actually championed by American fanciers. Many Europeans favored the curled rosette ears of the English Bulldog.
• Due to their shortened muzzle, many owners report that their Frenchie commonly snores or snorts.