A member of the AKC Non-sporting group, The French Bulldog's coat is smooth and short and easy to keep clean. The Frenchie was developed in England and France during the 19th century and has always been primarily a companion dog.
Frenchies are bred primarily as pets yet they do make good watch dogs. Their exercise needs are quite low, but they do require at least regular daily walks. Otherwise they can become quite obese.
Overall, Frenchies are friendly, good natured, playful dogs, and make fantastic companions for families, single persons and the elderly.
They do get along pretty well with strangers and other animals, but they do bond strongly to one person. He is alert, intelligent, and easy to train though he can be difficult to housebreak.
This breed is happy in any loving environment. They are house dogs whose niche in life is to be an adored pet. Overall, he is a happy, affectionate and devoted little dog who loves being around people and has a keen, clownish sense of humor.
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Due to their short nosed faces, it impossible for them to regulate their temperature efficiently. They don't cope well with extremes of temperature. This dog breed may easily suffer from respiratory problems. Extra care must be taken in order to protect their protruding eyes.
It is essential that all owners understand that Frenchiescan not live outdoors, however. Do not overexert this little dog breed, especially in warm weather. They also wheeze and snore and can often be gassy.
The French Bulldog has the appearance of an active, intelligent, muscular dog with heavy bone, smooth coat, compact build, and of medium or small structure. The Frenchie stands 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 18 to 28 pounds.
The two distinctive features of the Frenchie are the bat ears and the skull, which is flat between the ears. The preservation of the bat ear as a distinct feature has been due to the persistent efforts of American breeders.
Country of origin: France Lifespan: 10-12 years Colors: Most common- brindle, fawn, white and piebald Known health problems: Degenerative disk and spinal disease, airway and breathing problems, eye disorders, allergic skin conditions, serious sensitivity to anesthesia