Thursday, March 18, 2010

13 Facts about French Bulldogs

13 Facts about French Bulldogs

Last month, my husband and I adopted a French Bulldog from the French Bulldog Rescue Network. He is a 2 year old deaf Frenchie who is a lot of fun and we are thrilled with him! So in honor of our “Iggy” I decided to do thirteen facts about French bulldogs today! Enjoy! *All the pictures are of Iggy.

1. French Bulldogs have earned the nickname “Frog Dogs” due to the way they lay with their back legs splayed out behind them.

2. French Bulldogs were in the top 5 most popular dog breeds between 1909-1914.

3. Originally Frenchies had both “bat” (the upright, rounded ears we are used to) and “tulip” ears (folded over ears). It was American fanciers of the breed who insisted that the “bat” ears were actually the correct confirmation, which carried over into the breed standard.

4. French Bulldogs come in a multitude of colors. According to the AKC breed standard, recognized colors include brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and any color except those which result in disqualification. Colors that result in disqualification are solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black.

5. French Bulldogs can be stubborn during training, but they respond well to positive reinforcement.

6. Because of their Bull and Terrier roots, some Frenchies can be prone to dog aggression.

7. Frenchies are companion dogs and thus make great companions for apartment dwellers.

8. Most French Bulldogs snore due to their flat faces.

9. French Bulldogs can NOT live outdoors! Because of their brachiocephalic (short nosed) build they are unable to regulate their body temperature and can easily overheat.

10. Because the breed is quite top heavy, they have a very hard time swimming and will often drown.

11. French Bulldogs were probably derived from undersized English Bulldogs that British workers brought to France in the 19th century. They were crossed with other small breeds like Pugs and Terriers, creating the earlier version of the breed.

12. Frenchies are members of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Non-Sporting Dog Group.

13. Frenchies were bred to be a woman’s companion.

BTW, here is Iggy’s own personal blog: Big Ears, Can’t Hear: Tails of a Deaf Frenchie Rescue if you’d like to follow along with his adventures.

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Jennifer Leeland said...

Awwww cute pictures of the dog.

Anonymous said...

Iggy is too cute for words! Very interesting facts. Happy Thursday!

Stephanie Adkins said...

Awwww ... Iggy is SO ADORABLE!!!! I could just squeeze him. :) Happy Thursday! *hugs*

P.A.Brown said...

I love French Bulldogs. I've never had the privilege of owning one, but I think they are adorable. Maybe someday.

Paige Tyler said...

He's adorable! We adopted a rescue a little while ago. She's a mix between a lab and a Hungarian hunting dog and we totally love her!


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Elise Logan said...

My grandmother had a Frenchie - her name was Hilda. Lovely dogs.

Alice Audrey said...

That back leg sprawl gets to me.

Inez Kelley said...

Cute puppy!

Adelle Laudan said...

Awww! Kudo's to you for rescuing Iggy. He's a cutie for sure.

A. Catherine Noon said...

AWWW! He's so cute! I can see why you adopted him.

Sasha Devlin said...

What a cutie! I awwed at every picture. Interesting facts.

Bryn said...

I love your Frenchie! Cute and dignified, all at once.

Kimberly Menozzi said...

Let's hear it for rescue pets! Woo-hoo! They're the best! :)

Heather said...

They're a cute breed - my next door neighbors have one. Unlike most dogs in the building, she's thankfully very QUIET.

Rie McGaha said...

My Frenchie is named Harley Davidson and was produced by a breeder. He was born with an umbilical hernia and had to be neutered as well so he couldn't be sold for breeding at the higher price of $500- and went for half that to a couple who had no time for him. They kept him in a crate in the garage for about 22 hrs a day. I got him at age 4 months after their vet told them to put him down because he was so aggressive. He is now almost 5 yrs. old and is the most loving, adorable, affectionate, loyal, little guy. He sleeps with me, follows me wherever I go, loves going bye-bye, and he has the attitude of a junkyard Doberman and I wouldn't change him for the world!