Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The French Bulldog breed is arguably one of the least bulldog-like of all the bulldog breeds. This small-medium-sized breed resulted from the cross-breeding of the English bulldog and the Toy Bulldog breeds. With distinctive forward-pointing ears, these little bulldogs are certainly unique-looking.
The French Bulldog's Behavior
Recommended for: pet
The French Bulldog breed is generally considered gentle and playful. French Bulldogs tend to get along well with humans. They are also said not to bark much. Though much less like a typical fighting dog than other bulldog breeds, French bulldogs should still be trained in interacting well with small children and small animals.
Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
The French Bulldog's Physical Characteristics
Here are some of the characteristics of the French Bulldog breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.
* Size: 28 pounds or less
* Coat: somewhat fine, shiny, short, and smooth; also, soft and loose skin forming wrinkles at the head and shoulders
* Color: brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and other colors, except solid black, black and tan, mouse, liver, or black and white.
* Eyes: dark-colored (sometimes lighter in light-colored dogs), wide apart, rounded, and low on the skull far from the ears.
* Ears: "bat ears:" broad at the base, rounded at top, set high on the head, carried straight up and pointed frontward
* Skull: large and square, flat between the ears, with a slightly rounded forehead
* Muzzle: broad, deep, and laid back
* Nose: black
The French Bulldog's Origins and History
Country/Region of Origin: France
Original purpose: pet/showdog
Name: also called "Bouledogue Francais;" nickname: Frenchie
Historical notes: The French Bulldog breed was developed by cross-breeding English Bulldogs with Toy Bulldogs.