French bulldogs are the fourth most popular breed in the United States, and we can see why! French Bulldogs, or “Frenchie’s”, are small, cute and have amazing personalities! So, what are some fun facts ab out them? Read on to find our more about this adorable breed!
They Have Origins in England! – Despite their name, Frenchie’s actually have roots in the UK. Specifically Nottingham.
Their origins are a little murky, but some research shows that these miniature bulldogs were favoured by English lace makers. They would use them literally as “lap dogs” to keep their legs warm whilst they worked.
When the lace industry moved from England to France, so did the much-loved tiny dogs! They gained their name when breeding of these dogs went over to France; resulting in the French Bulldog we know today!
Frenchie’s Can’t Swim! – This might not be the nicest fact about French Bulldogs, but it is an important one to know!
This fact comes down to their squat bodies and large heads – they’re just not bult to swim! These breeds have a characteristic squashed face called brachycephalic, meaning they boast a short, wide skull.
In addition to their weight, the other core reason why bulldogs can’t swim has to do with their brachycephaly.
Due to their short snouts, they must tilt up their faces higher to remain out of the water. Since they’re tilted up, they have more trouble staying afloat.
What’s more is that their heavy torsos and short legs aren’t conducive to floatation.
Because of this, if you have a swimming pool at home or go to the beach on a regular basis, be sure to be watchful over your pooch.
This unfortunate fact actually cos the life of a French Bulldog who was taken on board the Titanic.
The Titanic was the vessel that attracted the wealthiest, the most famous, and the most celebrated of people from all walks of life. It was the experience that no one could’ve passed up.
Not even a champion French bulldog could’ve pass up the opportunity to be aboard the Titanic.
The Frenchie’s name was Gamin de Pycombe, He was only two years old at the time when Titanic sailed and went down. The dog’s owner, 27-year-old banker Robert Daniel, paid roughly £150 to own Gamin at the time, which translates to about £13,400 today.
Though Robert Daniel survived the sinking of the ship, it’s likely his beloved pooch didn’t, he was never found and presumed drowned. SO sad!
Their Ears Come in Two Shapes! – Initially the French Bulldogs ears were distinctly rose-shaped. This shape is similar to their larger relative, the Bulldog. Their ears now come in a bat-ear shape AND the rose-shape.
The rose shaped ear flops over whereas the bat shaped eat stands more to attention.
English breeders much preferred the shape, but American breeders liked the unique bat ears. When a rose-eared bulldog was featured at the Westminster Kennel Club in 1897, American dog fanciers were very angry.
This controversy led to the creation of The French Bulldog Club of America.
The FBDCA was founded in protest of the rose-shaped ears. The organization threw its first specialty show in 1898 at New York City’s famed Waldorf-Astoria.
The FBDCA website described the event: “amid palms, potted plants, rich rugs and soft divans. Hundreds of engraved invitations were sent out and the cream of New York society showed up. And, of course, rose-eared dogs were not welcomed.”
The somewhat catty efforts of the club led to the breed moving away from rose-shaped ears entirely. Today, French bulldogs feature the bat-shaped ears American breeders fought to showcase.
French Bulldogs Are Easier To Groom Than Other Breeds! – With a small stature, comes an easier dog to groom. Obviously, this isn’t true of all small dogs. Smaller breeds with long har or ears can need special attention when being groomed. But not our lovely Frenchie’s!
These pooches only need an occasional brush to keep their coats shiny and healthy. They are average shedders (meaning they don’t shed a lot, but a normal amount).
If you have a French bulldog with flopped over ears, they may need cleaning regularly to avoid infections. This is easy enough, just wipe with a warm damp cloth.
French Bulldogs should be easy to groom, and with proper training and positive experiences during puppyhood, grooming can be a wonderful bonding time for you and your Frenchie.
Frenchie’s are Friendly with Everyone! – French Bulldogs make great family pets! Now, most breeds are dog make good additions to a family, but there are those whoa re just a little bit better with children. These dogs are one of those breeds!
The personality of French bulldogs makes them great companions not just for adults but for children as well. They are very playful and full of energy; they’ll never get tired of playing with kids and vice versa.
Frenchie’s are affectionate, friendly dogs that were bred to be companions. Although they’re somewhat slow to be housebroken, they get along well with other dogs and aren’t big barkers. The dogs don’t need much exercise, so they are fine in small areas and enjoy the safety of a crate.
Kids will never get tired of playing with these fun furry friends. In addition, Frenchie’s are known to be highly affectionate. They will care for your kids as kids take care of them. If you’re in the market for a great family dog companion, French bulldogs should definitely be on the top of your list.
But it’s not just children French Bulldogs are friendly with – they’re great with other dogs too! Good pet owners will think about their pets first, before putting them into any particular living situation. Most dogs are open to being co-pets—that is, they’re okay with being with other pets in a household. French bulldogs are known to be able to handle being with other dogs under one roof.
If you are wanting multi-dog household, Frenchie’s are well known to be happy enough living with other dogs. Though they can be a bit jealous of other dogs getting attention, they are playful and friendly enough to get along with most other pooches – and other pets too!
They Don’t Need a Lot of Exercise – This isn’t us saying they don’t need ANY exercise. Of course they do, all dogs need regular exercise and walks. That being said, all dogs have varying degrees of exercise they need in order to stay happy and healthy.
It’s not relative to size either. Some big dogs might require a ton of exercise or not. Some small dogs may require even more exercise than other big dogs. It turns out that Frenchie’s aren’t exercise material. They won’t be the best dogs for you if you wish to be extremely active with your dogs.
French bulldogs are not active at all, and they’re also not the type of dogs that would run around constantly. They have solid, sturdy bodies, but a simple walk gets them where they need to be in order to maintain their bodies.
Please do bear in mind that everything in this post is strictly advisory and has been gathered from various reputable sources from the internet. We’re not vets, and you should always seek professional advice if you ever have concerns.
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