Frenchies are playful, alert, affectionate and intelligent with a comical personality and a sweet nature. In other words, they are awesome!
Despite the name, this breed actually originated in Nottingham, England, in the 19th century. French Bulldogs were bred as an alternative to the heavier and larger English Bulldog, and Frenchies were particularly popular with the lace-makers of that period.
When the Industrial Revolution hit, many artisans found themselves out of work and subsequently moved to France, taking their new, smaller breed of Bulldog with them.
French bulldogs are known for their "bat" ears. Early in the breed's history, though, one could find many Frenchies with "rose" ears, i.e. folded over like an English bulldog's ears. American breeders decided early on that bat ears should be considered the standard, because they are more distinctive. Since then, rose ears on a French bulldog have been a disqualifying characteristic according to the American Kennel Club's breed standard.
Is This the Right Dog for You?
LOW: Frenchies will do well in an apartment or a house with a yard. Engage yours in play and take him for walks regularly to avoid obesity and to keep him from becoming destructively bored.
HIGH: This breed is prone to a number of medical concerns. Among them:
- Birthing issues that often require cesarean sections
- Breathing/respiratory problems
- Spinal disorders/disc diseases
ONE FRENCHIE WON BEST OF BREED AT WESTMINSTER EIGHT YEARS IN A ROW
No French bulldog has ever won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, yet the world's biggest canine event has seen successful Frenchies. Ch. Bouquet Nouvelle Ami won the French bulldog Best of Breed title for eight years in a row in the 1950s.
While never exactly fading into obscurity, the French bulldog lost some steam among fanciers in the years after its peak about a century ago. However, the breed is in the middle of an astonishing resurgence in popularity.