The French Bulldog has graced our presence for many, many years and we couldn’t be happier about it. This bat-eared, wide eyed cutie has made a serious comeback and it is safe to say that every household could benefit from having a companion like the French Bulldog. Let’s learn more about the Frenchie and why some might argue that these goofballs are the best breed around.
History of the Frenchie
It might come as a surprise, but the French Bulldog origins actually come from England. These pups were first created to be a smaller version of the Bulldog. Many English lacemakers who emigrated to France brought the little dog with them and from there their cute looks and charming personalities grew in popularity throughout Europe and France. It wasn’t long before Americans took a liking to the breed as well. Let’s be honest, how could you not! In 1896 the first Frenchie made its debut at the Westminster Kennel Club show and the rest is history.
There Are Two Types of Ears
Did you hear that!? There are two types of ears on the French Bulldog – rose-shaped ears and the popular bat ear. Originally, the Frenchie had the rose-shaped ear, but American breeders typically prefer the latter and decided that the bat ear would be considered the standard. Either way, it’s a win-win because both are stinking cute!
Frenchies Have a Sensitive Side
Awww…the little guys are very sensitive and can become very sad if you yell at them or criticize them. Scolding a French Bulldog may result in some serious guilt as they will likely mope around the house all day. Instead, try using positive reinforcement like praise and treats to get them to listen.
Made an Appearance on the Titanic
A 2-year-old French Bulldog by the name of Ch. Gamin de Pycombe landed his way on the Titanic with his owner, Robert W. Daniel. This Frenchie wasn’t just any dog; it was a champion show dog that would cost in the $20,000 range today. Fortunately, this dog made it through the disaster and lived until 1940!
Loved by Celebrities
Celebrities adore this breed. Even Leo (who starred in the Titanic) has one! Could that be a coincidence? Maybe! Frenchies make appearances in tabloids and are the breed of choice for celebrities like Lady Gaga, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, and Reese Witherspoon.
Don’t Do Well in Extreme Temperatures
Because of their wrinkly faces and short noses, this breed has a hard time in extreme temperatures. During the summer months, they cannot be outside for very long or they may overheat. Be sure to watch them carefully and have plenty of drinking water readily available when they need it.
Make Great Companions
Above all else, the French Bulldog makes an excellent loving companion. They get along great with other dogs and are very affectionate to their loved ones. Because they require minimal exercise, they are great in small areas as well. You are sure to have plenty of laughs with this guy in your life!
Getting to know the Frenchie a bit better helps us understand why they are loved so much! If you are looking for a new dog to add to the family, this breed is definitely worth checking out.