French Bulldogs, affectionately known by their many fans as Frenchies, are an immensely popular and well-known breed of dog. As their name implies, they are native to France and are the result of a mix between English Bulldogs and local dogs in Paris. They are very popular around the world, earning their place as the 4th most popular dog in the United Kingdom and the 9th most popular dog in the United States.
Despite the fact that they are the descendants of ancient Mastiffs, French Bulldogs don't retain much of that noble and tough ancestry. They were really bred over the years to make exceptional lap dogs and companion animals. During the 1700s and 1800s, they were well loved by European aristocrats and nobility who prized them for their unique look and affectionate and goofy personalities. They are often featured in paintings of the era, and they can be seen sitting regally upon the laps of their noble owners.
Because they were bred to be companion dogs, French Bulldogs need lots of love. If left alone, they will become anxious and unhappy. They make up for their lower-scoring cognitive ability with their stellar personalities, loving nature, and love of fun. Because they are rather calm, love to snuggle, and don’t require excessive amounts of exercise, they make excellent apartment dogs. As a bonus, they also don’t bark very much.
French Bulldogs get along well with other pets, including other dogs, and are marvelous with children. As with most short-nosed breeds, they require a little bit of extra care and attention, especially in hot weather. They cannot tolerate the heat and will suffer greatly—they can become very ill and can even die if left in hot weather for too long. They also need to be monitored while exercising, as their short noses can make it difficult for them to catch their breath if they are overexerted.
French Bulldogs make great parents but poor reproducers. They often need to be artificially inseminated and frequently require cesarean births. Because of these costs associated with having a litter, expect to pay more money for a French Bulldog than other pure bred dogs. It is very important to choose a breeder carefully—a reputable breeder will health test their dogs, and they will be able to show prospective owners all the documentation.
They’re well worth the cost, though. Few breeds are as affable and loving as the French Bulldog.
Despite not being the sharpest knives in the drawer, it is rumored that a French Bulldog, named Princess Jacqueline, was able to understand 20 distinct words.
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