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French Bulldog

French Bulldog

“Standard-sized Bulldogs in England were used to develop miniature version. During the mid-19th century the diminutive Bulldog was a popular family pet in the English midlands where lacemaking was a local industry. When English lacemakers emigrated to France in search of better pay, they took the miniature Bulldogs with them and eventually crossed them with local breeds. The result was a breed known as the Bouldogue Français or French Bulldog. At first, two ears types were acceptable – the typical Bulldog rose ear and the upright ‘bat’ ear, which prevailed as the correct ear for the Frenchie.

Temperament

The Frenchie is a quiet and well-mannered dog. He is not given to unnecessary barking. However, as with other short-nosed breeds, he may snort or snore.

Activity Level

The Frenchie makes an excellent housepet for the less active owner. His exercise needs are moderate.

Height/Weight

The Frenchie ranges in size from 18-28 lb (8-12.5 kg).

The body should be short and well rounded. The back should be a roach back, with a slight fall close behind the shoulders. It should be strong and short, broad at the shoulders and narrowing at the loins.

Coat

The coat is moderately fine, short and smooth.

Colour

Acceptable colours are brindle, fawn, cream, white, brindle-and-white, brindle pied, black-masked fawn and any colour except those that constitute a disqualification.

Grooming

Grooming is quick and easy.

Disqualifications

Other than bat ears; black and white, black and tan, liver, mouse or solid black (black means without any trace of brindle); eyes of different colour; nose other than black except in the case of the lighter-coloured dogs, where a lighter colour of nose is acceptable; hare lip; any mutilation; over 28 lb. (12.7 kg) in weight.

Tail

The tail should be either straight or screwed (but not curly), short,hung low, thick root and fine tip; carried low in repose.”

(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)