French Bulldogs Information
are stocky little canines with heads that look out of proportion to their body.
As you might guess, they're very closely related to the popular English Bulldog and American Bulldog breeds, and are generally considered to have originated somewhere in France.
They're extremely well built and muscular, but their short stature combined with all the extra muscle mass makes them look a little fat. They're not sporty dogs like the Border Collie or German Shepherd , but they're extremely strong and athletic in their own way.
French bulldogs can easily be recognized by not only their low to the ground, stocky build, but by the shape of their ears, which resemble bats in a way – rounded tops with wide, flat bases. Bulldogs in general have short tails that are usually straight, although they've been known to pick up a “screw” shape at times.
The American Kennel Club has some strict regulations for French bulldogs (as they do for every breed) and they specify that the dogs should not weight more than 28 pounds to be in good show condition.
The heaviest French bull dogs can weigh in at as much as 26 pounds, while the smaller breeds come in at close to 15 pounds, on average. Their coats come in multiple different colors, with the most common being black, white, or brindle. They're also commonly seen with cream, chocolate, gray, red, reversed brindle, and fawn colored coats.
The French bull dog is considered a companion BullDog, which means it is often used for disabled or elderly individuals to bring some extra joy into their day. As such, it must be given human contact most of the time or else it will actually get lonely itself.
French bull dogs have an array of health issues, most of which stem from their stocky build and short, puggish faces. Sometimes having a Dog First Aid Kit around isn't going to be enough if they start exhibiting serious symptoms, so keep a close eye on your Frenchie when you're exercising him, especially outside.
You need to always remember that French bull dogs will likely die if left outside, so they always have to live inside the home with you. Their bodies are not able to regulate their own temperature very efficiently, so if there are large fluctuations in the surrounding temperature they can easily overheat or go the opposite direction and catch hypothermia or pneumonia.
Don't let your French BullDog swim either, unless you're watching very closely and the water isn't more than two feet deep.
If you plan to let your French Bull dog Puppy get into the water, make sure you can actually pick him up. They're small, but deceivingly heavy. Their top heavy stature makes it difficult for them to swim, and if they start to sink you need to be sure you can actually lift them out of the water.
In deeper pools it's almost impossible to bring a fully grown French bull dog back to the surface, so please be very, very wary around large bodies of water. Your French bull dog will thank you!
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French Bulldogs to Bulldog Breeds