French Bulldog English Bulldog Mix Facts About the Breed:
The French bulldog is one of the most popular breeds today. They are very loyal, affectionate dogs and they make great family pets. There are many different types of frenchies, but all have a similar appearance.
They are medium sized dogs that stand between 14 – 16 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh from 35 to 45 pounds. Their coats vary from silky smooth to long flowing manes. Some varieties have a spotted coat while others do not. A few varieties even come in various colors such as black, brown or chocolate.
They are known for their love of people and being extremely affectionate towards them too!
Some varieties of frenchies are called “puppy” because they tend to grow up quickly and need lots of attention. Others are referred to as “adult” because they mature faster than other breeds.
There are two main types of the breed; the Standardbred variety and the Showtype variety. The standardbred variety is bred for show purposes whereas the show type variety is bred for breeding purposes.
This breed is a very old one indeed and when it first appeared in the 1800’s, it was called the English Bulldog. It is thought that the French Bulldog as we know it today evolved from the result of English Bulldog being crossed with various other breeds. One of the most famous ancestors of the breed was a dog called ‘Judge’, a cross between an English Bulldog and a terrier.
The French Bulldog we know today first appeared in the late 1800s and had become extremely popular in England by the time World War 1 broke out. The English were responsible for naming the breed, but the dog itself was not common in France at that time.
It wasn’t until well after World War 2 that the breed became popular in its homeland and acquired its name, ‘Le Bouledogue Francais’. In the 1890s, a French dog painter called George Frantze Pilaire is widely recognized as the man who brought the breed to popularity in its homeland.
The French Bulldog was introduced into the United States in the late 1800s and became a very popular companion animal among the wealthy there. Since then it has become a very popular breed indeed, despite its size!
The average life span of this breed is between 10 and 15 years, which is quite surprising for a dog of such small stature.
This is a very healthy breed overall. As with all breeds, the French Bulldog can suffer from certain genetic disorders, but nothing that affects its quality of life. They are not prone to any serious medical conditions, but they can suffer from problems with their teeth and wrinkles.
When choosing a puppy, these are the health tests you should insist on before buying if you want to ensure that your puppy won’t develop any problems later on in life. They include:
Hip Testing – This is to check for congenital hip dysplasia
Eye Examination – This is to check for PRA and other eye diseases
DNA Testing – This is to check for Cystinuria and Polyneuropathy
The main problems that you need to look out for are respiratory issues. All puppies are prone to these, but some Frenchies are more prone to them than others.
Often times, these dogs are bought as a status symbol or just to look at. Owners don’t take the time to train them properly, which results in behavioral problems that can become quite serious if left untreated.
The ideal owner for this breed is someone who has the time to care and train their dog properly. It is not really suitable for someone who is looking for a quick and easy pet to own!
The Frenchie is a very playful breed. This means that you need to take them out for walks or give them time to run around every now and then. They can’t be cooped up inside all day as they will become very restless, which will result in behavioral problems.
They are not suited to live in apartments, they need a garden to play in and if you can, room to run! They do not need excessive exercise, a quick walk around the block every day is more than enough to keep them happy.
You don’t need to train this dog extensively, as they are naturally obedient. They respond well to gentle guidance and do not respond well to harshness. They are very intelligent and will quickly learn what is acceptable behavior and what isn’t.
These dogs are prone to becoming over protective of their owners and territory if you train them improperly. It is important that you socialize them with other people and animals while they are young to avoid them developing any aggressive behavior towards them.
HISTORY – The American Kennel Club recognized the French Bulldog in 1885, although it was originally classified as a English Bulldog. It is believed that the Frenchies were created when a Bulldogs were crossbred with pugs in an effort to create a smaller, yet agile version of the English Bulldog.The English Bulldogs were popular with gas workers in the 1800s due to their strength and ability to enter confined spaces after leaks.
When engineers began using compressed gas in 1820, the English Bulldog’s short muzzle became a hindrance rather than a help. This new type of Bulldog was called the “Petit Bulldogs” and was used by butchers, cow herders, and milkmen in city centers. By 1860 a short-muzzle Bulldog was popular in Paris and by the late 1870s they were very common in France. However, the English Kennel Club did not recognize the French Bulldog as a legitimate breed until 1895.Despite being popular in France, the Frenchie wasn’t recognized as a distinct breed until 1879 when a man named baron Dugrely shows one with a short muzzle to an English Bulldog with a long muzzle. This union produced offspring that had both types of muzzles and became the first ancestor of the modern Frenchie. The Frenchie was brought to the US in 1890 and the first one was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1897. The French Bulldog has been used by many different people for a variety of things. They were even promoted by the English to be family pets to counter Adolf Hitler’s propaganda that the British loved their dogs more than their wives, mothers and daughters! The Frenchie is currently the sixth most popular dog in the United States.
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