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French Bulldog

French Bulldog at Puppies of Westport

Date of Birth: August 14, 2016
Gender: Male
Price: Please call store

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Clubs, Registries & Associations

  • American Canine Association
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Universal Kennel Club International
  • American Kennel Club
  • United All Breed Registry
  • America's Pet Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club

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Group

Non-Sporting

Additional Information

19th century England is when breeders developed a lap version of the English Bulldog, resulting in what they called a Toy Bulldog. With the Industrial Revolution enticing people to France, they took along their Toy Bulldogs and soon the breed became known as the French Bulldog.

Description

Small, 12” at the shoulders, weighing anywhere from 22-28 pounds. Their body is solid, muscular and sturdy, bat-like erect ears, an under bite, with a short coat comes in colors of white, fawn, brindle, brindle with white, or fawn with white, and sometimes a corkscrew tail.

Health Awareness

The French Bulldog has a life expectancy of 10-12 years and are prone to bloat, respiratory issues, joint diseases, spinal disorders, eye problems, and heart defects. This breed is also prone to heat stroke, cannot tolerate hot weather and must live in an air conditioned home.

Personality

The French Bulldog is playful, clownish, curious, good-natured, and a natural lap-warmer. They are also impish, intelligent, and independent! They love their family, are excellent with children, and have been known to show possessiveness of family members. Because they are independent thinkers they can sometimes be a challenge to train and do best when motivational positive techniques are used. They do require a confident and consistent person in charge who uses only humane leadership guidance. They are fun to live with and quiet – except for their snoring!

Exercise/Energy Level

Requires a daily walk with off leash playing to keep them exercised. Loves outdoor exercise, but get your veterinarian’s permission before exercising your French Bulldog in hot weather.

Additional Information

 Grooming Requirements:   Requires brushing and bathing.
 Coat: Short and smooth
 Shedding: Average shedding
 Hypoallergenic: No, due to shedding
 Apartment Living: Good for apartment living, but does need daily exercise for both mental stimulation and physical fulfillment.
 Lap Dog: Yes
 Good With Children: Good with older children who understand how to respect a tiny dog.
 Good With Other Pets: Male-to-male dog aggression can be seen. Generally good with other pets when socialized well at an early age.

General Appearance

The French Bulldog has the appearance of an active, intelligent, muscular dog of heavy bone, smooth coat, compactly built, and of medium or small structure. Expression alert, curious, and interested. Any alteration other than removal of dewclaws is considered mutilation and is a disqualification.

Proportion and Symmetry--All points are well distributed and bear good relation one to the other; no feature being in such prominence from either excess or lack of quality that the animal appears poorly proportioned.

Influence of Sex--In comparing specimens of different sex, due allowance is to be made in favor of bitches, which do not bear the characteristics of the breed to the same marked degree as do the dogs.

Size, Proportion, Substance

Weight not to exceed 28 pounds; over 28 pounds is a disqualification. Proportion--Distance from withers to ground in good relation to distance from withers to onset of tail, so that animal appears compact, well balanced and in good proportion. Substance--Muscular, heavy bone.

Head

Head large and square. Eyes dark in color, wide apart, set low down in the skull, as far from the ears as possible, round in form, of moderate size, neither sunken nor bulging. In lighter colored dogs, lighter colored eyes are acceptable. No haw and no white of the eye showing when looking forward. Ears Known as the bat ear, broad at the base, elongated, with round top, set high on the head but not too close together, and carried erect with the orifice to the front. The leather of the ear fine and soft. Other than bat ears is a disqualification. The top of the skull flat between the ears; the forehead is not flat but slightly rounded. The muzzle broad, deep and well laid back; the muscles of the cheeks well developed. The stop well defined, causing a hollow groove between the eyes with heavy wrinkles forming a soft roll over the extremely short nose; nostrils broad with a well defined line between them. Nose black. Nose other than black is a disqualification, except in the case of the lighter colored dogs, where a lighter colored nose is acceptable but not desirable. Flews black, thick and broad, hanging over the lower jaw at the sides, meeting the underlip in front and covering the teeth, which are not seen when the mouth is closed. The underjaw is deep, square, broad, undershot and well turned up.

Neck, Topline, Body

The neck is thick and well arched with loose skin at the throat. The back is a roach back with a slight fall close behind the shoulders; strong and short, broad at the shoulders and narrowing at the loins. The body is short and well rounded. The chest is broad, deep, and full; well ribbed with the belly tucked up. The tail is either straight or screwed (but not curly), short, hung low, thick root and fine tip; carried low in repose.

Forequarters

Forelegs are short, stout, straight, muscular and set wide apart. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet are moderate in size, compact and firmly set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails

Hindquarters

Hind legs are strong and muscular, longer than the forelegs, so as to elevate the loins above the shoulders. Hocks well let down. Feet are moderate in size, compact and firmly set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails; hind feet slightly longer than forefeet.

Color

Acceptable colors - All brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and any color except those which constitute disqualification. All colors are acceptable with the exception of solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black, which are disqualifications. Black means black without a trace of brindle.

Gait

Correct gait is double tracking with reach and drive; the action is unrestrained, free and vigorous.

Temperament

Well behaved, adaptable, and comfortable companions with an affectionate nature and even disposition; generally active, alert, and playful, but not unduly boisterous.

Disqualifications

Any alteration other than removal of dewclaws. Over 28 pounds in weight. Other than bat ears. Nose other than black, except in the case of lighter colored dogs, where a lighter colored nose is acceptable. Solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black. Black means black without a trace of brindle.

Interesting To Know

  • This breed cannot swim and should never be near open water without constant supervision and also wearing a dog life jacket.
  • Loves to hunt mice
  • Were originally bred by English lack makers in the 19th century.

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