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''NOT JUST YOUR AVERAGE DOGS''

''THESE ARE HEALTHY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO COME FROM CHAMPION SHOW DOGS''

History

The French Bulldog originated in England and was created to be a toy-size version of the Bulldog. The breed was quite popular among lace workers in the city of Nottingham and when many lace workers emigrated to France for better opportunities, they naturally brought their little bulldogs with them.

 

The French Bulldog thrived in France and Europe, and his charm was soon discovered by Americans as well. The United States saw its first French Bulldog at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1896. The breed was quickly nicknamed “Frenchie,” and it is still an affectionate name that is used today.

 

The general appearance of a French Bulldog is a strong, confident stance with lots of muscle definition. Compact, solid and stalky with thick bone structure. Big square head, erect bat like ears, short neck, flat faced with wrinkles and a short tail that does not stick out.

SIZE:

A French bulldog stands about 11 to 12 inches tall and not to exceed 28 pounds.

TEMPERAMENT:

This breed brings a lot of love and laughter to their owners. French bulldogs are extremely affectionate, they bond quickly to their owners and want to be near them at all times. When I say they bring the laughter this breed doesn’t disappoint, their goofy personalities and silly behavior can put a smile on anybody’s face. They respond well to early, patient and persistent training that utilizes excitement and food rewards for motivation. Like any breed they do well with other dogs and animals when they have been properly socialized as a puppy.  

LIFESTYLE:

French bulldogs are not intended for active outdoor lifestyles. If you are looking for a dog to go hiking or jogging with then the French bulldog isn’t for you. French bulldogs need a temperature controlled environment at all times. They are intended to live indoors NEVER to be left alone outside. Frenchies love to lounge with their families and will often have little bursts of energy called the “zoomies”. They are not genetically built to withstand long outdoor endurance activities and should be limited to their time in heat. The average life expectancy is 12-14 years.

CHARACTERISTICS:

Full of courage, yet with clown-like qualities. This breed loves to make you laugh just as much as they love to hog your bed. Friendly personalities that gets along well with other animals and children.

HEALTH:

By health testing our adult dogs prior to breeding, we can make improvements within our breeding program and take preventative measures for the puppies we produce. The FBFC recommends the following OFA health tests prior to breeding, cardiac, trachea, patellar luxation, spine, hips/elbows, thyroid, and eyes along with DNA tests for Juvenile cataracts and cystinuria. We strive to produce correct conformations in our dogs to give them open nares, arched necks, correct toplines, and open airways.

CARE:

Coat: The Frenchie’s short coat sheds minimally. Shedding can increase with hormone changes as the dog matures as well as seasonal shedding. A rubber grooming mitt will help to remove loose hairs when shedding and to keep him looking his best.

 

Nails: THIS IS IMPORTANT! they should be trimmed regularly. I file my dogs nails once a week. If you can hear them clicking on your floors they are too long. Overly long nails can cause pain and affect the conformation of their posture. Changing their conformation puts extra strain on their joints and spine. The dogs weight gets shifted back to compensate them trying to stand with long nails. All BEAU BELLE BULLDOGS start having their nails trimmed as soon as they’re born.

 

Nose: Moisturize the nose, ALSO VERY IMPORTANT! Cold dry weather, heated houses, summer weather, and air conditioning all play a role in dehydrating your dogs nose. If the nose gets dry and starts cracking it can become very uncomfortable for the dog, use a natural nose balm regularly as a preventive. 

 

Ears: If bathing, use natural products and be sure not to get water in their ears, use a cotton  pad  to wipe inside their ears, NEVER insert a Q-tip into the ear canal.

Wrinkles: This is what makes the French bulldog so ridiculously cute, but it can be a high maintenance part of the dog. Use antibacterial soap  to wash in their skin folds, private areas and tail pocket. Very important to keep their folds clean and dry every day especially if they are a messy eater or slurp their water. Keep in mind over bathing can do more harm than good.

CKC ACCEPTABLE COAT COLOURS:

BRINDLE, FAWNS, CREAM, BRINDLE PIED, FAWN PIED, & WHITE.

All other colours are disqualified. These colours have  been created by cross breeding the French bulldog with other breeds. The disqualified colours include: solid black, black and white, any colour with tan points, grey/blue, liver/chocolate, lilac, merle, platinum and any new colours and patterns that are being created along with fluffy and now the hairless…

“Rare” or “exotic” are man made, they are not rare… French bulldogs bred solely for their coat colour have also lost the original conformation and health of the breed, resulting in taller, skinnier, longer, mini or oversized, protruding snouts with no rope or wrinkles and long tails. These dogs will also have additional  health conditions from cross breeding.

Be careful… all puppies can be cute,  but it’s the end result of a conformationally correct French bulldog, it’s health and temperament that matters most. We strongly encourage buyers to do their research regarding the breeders intentions and buy from someone who truly respects the breed and their health requirements.

See the French Bulldog Fanciers of Canada web page for a list of breeders who are working towards preserving the breed standard. 

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