French Bulldogs are really good at sitting around being cute!
French Bulldogs are known for their pushed in faces and adorable snorting. Surprisingly the French Bulldog comes from England. During the industrial revolution English artisan workers, especially lace makers wanted little companions around to improve the quality of their lives.
They first turned to a dwarf version of the English Bulldog, then crossed that with a Pug and Terrier. French Bulldogs come in brindle, fawn, white, black and a mix of all those colours. They usually stand between 11 and 13 inches tall and shouldn't weight over 28 pounds. French Bulldogs are so top heavy that they are unable to swim. They are more of an anchor than a buoy. Part of the reason for is this is their characteristically pushed in face.
French Bulldogs are known as brachycephalic dogs, this refers to dogs with short noses. French Bulldogs have a very short head compared to the length of their cranium. Often times this results in either an elongated or clefted soft palette. Brachycephalic dogs, dogs with pushed faces tend to have a lot of health issues. This makes them noisy, laboured breathers. For this reason French Bulldogs are not comfortable in the heat or playing fetch for long periods of time.
The adorable mushed in face wrinkles of a French Bulldog are a genetic hand me down from the English Bulldog. The wrinkles help flow blood away from the eyes, should they be wounded in a fight. French Bulldogs are bred to have perked bat like ears, which is a characteristic of these adorable dogs.
French Bulldogs have some serious reproductive challenges because they cannot naturally reproduce. Since they are so top heavy and have such narrow hips and weak legs, the male French Bulldog cannot successfully mount the female. Thus the female French Bulldog needs to be artificially inseminated. In addition because the French Bulldog have such large heads in portion to the rest of its body, the female French Bulldog is unable to deliver because the canal is not big enough. C-sections are quite common with this breed. Which makes for a more expensive breed but on the flip-side you know that the French Bulldogs heritage has been carefully planned.
Overall the French Bulldog is a great companion who loves to be near you. Since they require little exercise they are great for apartment living situations.French Bulldogs are very easy to groom with having a short coat, with just a quick wash and nail clipping. It is important to keep those cute wrinkles dry and free of any moisture.
Because of the French Bulldogs special respiratory system they don't breathe very well and can also be prone to thyroid conditions, eye irritations and spinal diseases. Although French Bulldogs can be taught some tricks, they are notoriously stubborn. They are more interested in being pleased than pleasing you and are bred for being the boss of the house. French Bulldogs are a great family dog and a great pet!