French Bulldog

     

Intro

The French Bulldog is a small yet sturdy dog that seems to be well built. The head of this dog seems round in shape with a rounded forehead as well. The muzzle of the dog comes to a well defined stop, with the nose being predominantly black in color, though the color may be lighter in lighter colored dogs. The jaw is square and deep. The teeth meet in an under bite at the lower jaw. The upper lips hang down, covering the lower lips also. The eyes are wide and prominent too and are mostly dark in color.

Appearance

The French Bulldog has a medium sized fine coat that is smooth and short. The coat colors are quite wide and include brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, cream, cream and white, black, fawn and brindle, white and black as well as white and grey. The skin is loose on the body, a situation that makes skin folds to be seen around the face and shoulders. The ears if the dogs are bat like and stand ever erect. The tail is either straight or corkscrew. The average height of the French Bulldog is about 12 inches while the weight range is between 19 – 28 pounds.

Temperament

Although the face of the dog may not look as friendly, the French Bulldog is one of the sweetest dogs to have as it is affectionate, playful and ever alert. It is a very lively dog and will make for a good household dog. It is intelligent and training will be fast, as it takes up what it is taught and tries to impress its master. It is a dog that enjoys the company of its owner and is easy going with children and strangers alike. If given room to become the pack leader, the French Bulldog can be a dog that becomes aggressive and this is undesirable behavior.

Strong leadership should be exercised to ensure that the dog does follow prompts effectively. Owning this dog needs a commitment toward training and leadership to the dog. If the dog displays unwarranted behavior, it should be condemned for it. Never give sweet words to a misbehaving dog as it is room for misbehavior. One thing that owners of the French Bulldog should note is that the dog cannot swim thus due caution must be exercised when the dog is near water. If the dog is to be kept

Health Problems

Among the problems that the French Bulldog is prone o include joint disease, eye problems and heart disease. Dams are also unable to deliver babies normally and caesarean section is recommended. Overweight French Bulldogs have a myriad of health problems. It is therefore recommended that the weight should be controlled though diet and exercise.

Mortality

The mortality of the dog is very high in the first few days of life, as the method of birth is not guaranteed to deliver puppies. The Average lifespan of the Frenchie is 10 – 12 years.

Grooming

Minimal grooming is required. A brush of the hair coat once a week is recommended. This breed is an average shedder.

History

The origin of the French Bulldog is in England in the 19th Century when breeders were interested in making a smaller breed of the English Bulldog. People moving in the 1860’s to France carried the dogs with them, thus the term French Bulldog.