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    French Bulldog |France|

    French Bulldog |France|

    French Bulldogs are often described as the “clowns of the dog world,” and they do seem to have a keen sense of humor. These are charming dogs, and although they are small in height, they are solid and muscular in frame. They are exceptionally bright, affectionate, eager to please, and devoted to their families. Although they can be stubborn on occasion, they are generally very amenable and cheerful dogs.

    History

    The “Frenchie” traces back to Bullenbeissers and British Bulldogs, both of which were used for dogfighting and bull baiting. When this was outlawed in England in 1835, these dogs had to find a new role. Breeders bred them to be smaller, and they became fashionable as companions. In the nineteenth century, many English artisans moved to France and took their small bulldog-types with them. In France these were crossed with the French Bullenbeissers, and a small bulldogtype emerged called the Bouledouge Francais. Some of the French Bulldogs arrived in England in 1893, and in 1902, the French Bulldog Club of England was formed. The breed became established in the United States in the 1880s. At this time, some Frenchies still exhibited rose ears rather than bat ears, and in 1897, the French Bulldog Club of America wrote a new standard specifying bat ears, which have since become a distinctive feature of the breed.

    Most French Bulldog puppies are born by Caesarean section because their heads are too big for the birth canal. There are just three to five puppies per litter.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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