French Bulldogs Not Just for the French
Lifespan: 11 to 12 years
Activity Level: Low
Coat: Short, smooth
Temperament: Relaxed, Playful, Affectionate, Stubborn
Information / Facts: The French Bulldog is a small breed of dog that, contrary to its name, was originally bred in England and then France during the early 1800s. Most dog experts believe that the French Bulldog is the result of a cross between the Pug, the English Bulldog, and a small terrier or unknown type. The French Bulldog, or "Frenchie," has short legs, pointy ears and a stocky, muscular build. Frenchies are known for their willful, stubborn nature and need a strong pack leader to assume the role of "Alpha." The Alpha must be consistent with establishing and enforcing pack rules, without being too harsh on the dog.
Pros: Frenchies are small dogs and are good choices for those who live in small spaces, such as apartments, condos and small houses. Frenchies are also relatively calm dogs and don't need a lot of exercise. A walk once a day is plenty of exercise for most French Bulldogs. These dogs also love children and are great for families with kids, thanks to their small stature and playful nature.
Cons: French Bulldogs have short legs and don't need or want the amount of exercise that larger breeds of dogs crave. If you are looking for a buddy to accompany you on hikes and other outdoor adventures, you would be better off looking to a larger breed of dog. French Bulldogs also have some breathing complications due to the shape of their face and constricted nasal passages. They are also prone to overheating due to their body composition, so owners should be cognizant of temperatures and keep their Frenchie from long periods of sun exposure. French bulldogs also have a propensity to develop eye issues, especially cherry eye. These eye ailments are usually easily repairable through simple surgeries.