Bull dogs are first recording in history from the Ancient Greek tribe Molossians. That same ancestry dog has split and made several different breeds. On one end one of the breeds ended up being a large Mastiff and on the other end it turned out to be a very small French Bulldog.
The Bulldog was used for bull-baiting. That is a game where an animal, mostly a dog, will be put in a ring with a Bull or cow. A brief description of the game was that the Bull is tied up and the dog is trying to bite the Bull.
If the Bull hits the dogs with their horns, it will send the dog flying into the air. At some point in the 1830’s the sport became banned in the United Kingdom, but this was the reason why these dogs were being breed at the time.
There was a shift in the way Bulldogs were used and one of the ways they started to use them was as house dogs. This began the process of crossbreeding them with smaller dogs and turned the Bulldog into the French Bulldog.
A noticeable migration took place for the next few decades, because machines started to automate jobs and lead to many people in Nottingham England to relocate to Normandy France where they can use their skills to work for a living.
Of course, these people from England their families and their dogs with them to this new country and that was the reason why Bulldogs began getting the association with France.
How the French Bulldog Got Small
The features of the bulldog began to change over time. Cross breeding with ratters made them smaller in size. A ratter is a dog that was bred to hunt rats. Normally a very small dog in nature. The type of dog that was crossed with a French Bulldog was a Terrier.
The evidence is obvious from a facial standpoint. A bulldog doesn’t have ears that stick straight up, but a French Bulldog does have ears that stick straight up in the air.
After huge popularity in France the French Bull Dog was exported again to America several decades later and began getting popular in America.
French Bulldogs have been a member of the American Kennel Club since the late 1800’s and have participated in dog shows since that time as well.
During this time the breed standards were created for the dog. The dog had a long history before they ever got a standard for how they were supposed to look. At this time, it was no longer were acceptable to have ears that flopped. The only ears that were for a pure French Bulldog was the straight ears like the Terrier breed.
The name French Bulldog was only applied in the early 1920’s after they were officially separated from the English Bulldog and were no longer a sub breed but their own breed of dog.
Here are the Kennel Clubs that register French Bulldogs and their pages of them
French Bulldog Size
Weight: Must be under 28 pounds
Height: 11-13 inches
Colors of a French Bulldog
A French Bulldog has many colors it can display.
The main colors are
- light fawn
- red fawn
Their secondary colors are
- Black marking
- White marking
- Black shading
The French Bulldog doesn’t have a high energy breed and doesn’t require a lot of exercise to become well behaved. The best thing a dog owner can do is to get this dog outside at least once a day. Twice a day may be required during the younger years.
1 to 2 years old will have more needs in the exercise department but even at this age the French Bulldog will need to be exercised once but most likely a run.
There is no reason to take them over for very long periods of time an hour run, walk, or treadmill session should be enough to delivery great results over time. Stay consistent and you should have a great house pet that is low maintenance when referring to behavior problems.
Bulldogs are notorious for being stubborn and not easy to train and the French Bulldog is no exception. Make sure you are training from day one and being stern until the rules become second nature.
Failure to do so will result in you having to do it later. Or even worst, never having a dog that listens to you.
Training starts with the walks and rules inside of the home as well as in the backyard. Set your rules and stay firm in the enforcement of them.
French Bulldogs are great dogs if you don’t want to have a high maintenance grooming schedule. The coat is short and doesn’t require anything other than brushing and washing when dirty.
You should take them to the groomer to get their nails trimmed and ears cleaned but you can also do this from home. The short coat is never going to get matted so that is a great feature of the French Bulldog.
They live a normal lifespan that is going to stretch around a decade and sometimes longer. The best way to spend those 10-12 years is to make sure you train them from a young age.
- Breathing Problems
- Cherry Eye
- Hip Dysplasia
- Skin Disorders
- Heart Disease
- Spinal Disorder
Non-sporting group don’t host a certain quality, characteristic, or background. Most of them are dogs that don’t fit into the other breed groups. Here is a short list of some of the dogs in the group
- Bichon Frise
- Boston Terrier
- Coton de Tulear
- Chow Chow
- French Bulldog
- Lhasa Apso
- Shar Pei
- Shiba Inu
- Tibetan Terrier
Although very different in nature they are mostly house dogs and have a reputation for being a solid guard dog at home and provide decent protection.
As far as French Bulldogs being registered in comparison with other breeds, they rank very high in multiple countries. There was an experience with explosive growth in popularity in England. That lead to them being so popular in France they were named after the French population.
American Kennel Club (U.S.A.): Rank 4th
The Kennel Club (United Kingdom): Rank 4th
Australia National Kennel Council: Rank 3rd
- French Bulldogs are a proven great companion to live with whether you have a house or an apartment
- They are very small, so the cost of dog food is decreased significantly.
- Grooming a Bulldog is so easy and is a non-hassle for owners
Another reason for their unexplained popularity is that Celebrities Have French Bulldogs that include
- Lady Gaga
- Hillary Duff
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
- Reese Witherspoon
- Martha Steward
- Hugh Jackman
- Mario Lopez
- And many more
- Babe – Pig in the city
- Bring Down the House
- Just Married
Just to name a few very popular movies that have French Bulldogs in some of the screens.
Why is the French Bulldog so expensive?
Small litters are a big reason why these dogs that are in high demand can’t seem to be priced reasonable for average dog owners. The number of dogs that come from a litter averages around four per litter.
That amount isn’t taking into consideration the number of dogs who may have died during the birth process. The average Frenchie has around 4 puppies altogether.
In addition, C-Sections are a normal occurrence for French Bulldog births. The size of the head in comparison with the canal makes it hard for mothers to push out the head out the puppies.
The best way to deliver the babies is to take them to a vet. When you pay this cost that is automatically going to raise the cost of the French Bulldog.
High Maintenance Births are normal for this breed. While the mother is recovering the dog, owner must take on the responsibility to feed several puppies at the same time every few hours like a baby.
Although the cost is very high with c-sections the labor can be equally as taxing. The birth of this breed is very laborious and has the characteristics of a full-time job with around the clock care.
Cost from $2,000 to $10,000 have been recorded continuously. You will have a hard time finding a dog from a reputable breeder with papers for less than a few thousand.
Are French Bulldogs good pets?
French Bulldogs are fantastic pets. They have a strong body frame to go with a tiny weight making them the life of the party.
They score well with temperament getting along with humans and other dogs.
Most dog owners hate it when their dog does too much barking and they will never have to deal with that when they have a French Bulldog. They are known to not bark very much.
The great part about them not barking much is that they’re territorial. Creating an excellent combination of watchdog and silence.
The exercise requirements for this breed is on the lower end. That means they don’t need a lot of exercise to behave good. You factor in a few years down the road when even energetic dogs start getting calmer and you have a very laid-back dog.
How to Train a Bulldog?
French Bulldogs will get the two important factors considered when looking at training them. Exercise and Rules around the house.
There is a story that they don’t need much exercise. That story is often told about little dogs and it couldn’t be further from the truth. They will need less than energetic breeds but they need a lot in their younger days.
For exercise here’s what we would start with in the first 3 years
Use one of those every day and see if that does the trick with the behavior issues. If you see that the dog is still in need of some exercise give them an addition session at nighttime for 30 minutes.
That last session should knock out all the excess unwanted behavior and keep them tired out and away from causing problems in the household.
Frenchie’s are notorious for being hard head. The previous section will help with 85 percent of that so-called stubbornness. The rest of it will be based on your rules that you have around the house and how firm you are with the enforcement of them.
The breed being stubborn can’t come close to the training program that we teach in our courses. The most stubborn person in the room must be you. Make sure you set the rules and make the dog respect and follow them.
Timing of Corrections
Although people think this is a bad word I want to talk about a certain aspect of the correction. Make sure when you set your rules you prevent them from being broken. The key word is “prevent” and not correct the dog while they are in the middle of the wrong behavior.
Take the time to make that adjustment in your correction program and you should have no issues.
French Bulldogs come from England and became so popular in France they were named about the French.
They were breed in the 1800’s with a ratter and that’s how they got their small size a distinct ear feature.
Must be under 20 pounds to meet breed standards and they host a wide host of colors. They’re not known to need much exercise and need a stern training program from day one.
Live around a decade and have a host of health issues owners should be aware of before purchase. The popularity is proven by how many times the dog is in the top five of multiple Dog Kennel Clubs around the world.
Frenchie’s are owned by many celebrities and have been in many movies.
If you want to buy a French Bulldog be ready to spend a lot of money to buy one from a great owner. The price will be expensive due to the cost of getting the C-section and the labor involved in caring for the dog.