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French Bulldog
Called a clown in a philosopher's cloak by some, the Frenchie (as he is known by many) was quickly recognized as a delightful, more active and smaller companion than the English Bulldog.  This size difference is important if you are a sailor seeking to smuggle your dog on board ship!  From those days, this bold fellow (or lass) has enjoyed the company of many with an attitude and appearance that takes and gives joy to all.
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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: typically under 16 inches at the shoulder
Weight: under 28 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: all brindle, fawn, white, white and brindle Coat type: smooth, short and soft
Recognized Registries: NCA, FCI, UKC and others
Overall Appearance: The French Bulldog packs alot of muscle in its maximum 28 pounds. For its relatively diminutive size, the silohette and head are unmistakably reminiscent of its cousin the English Bulldog, and those bat ears leave behind all doubt as to the unique attributes of this beloved breed.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: low to moderate
General Nature: Highly congenial and gentle
  with Children: Generally very good but must be supervised for the dog's sake
  with other pets: Generally very good if socialized properly
  with dogs: Generally exceptional, again socializing is important
Socialization requirements: moderate; generally inclined to be gregarious but could be shy if isolated while young
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the joyous and fun-loving nature of this breed. Minimal grooming (face and ear cleaning), and exercise requirements make the dog suitable for city life.
Temperament Notes: Devoted, happy clown, the Frenchie seems to embody the very essence of joie de vivre!
Training requirement: minimal, socializing and basic manners
Trainer notes: The French Bulldog is not the fastest nor the most agile nor the strongest of the canine world, in body or temperament.  As a result, he's best suited as a devoted companion and an excellent choice for more sendentary lifestyles.  This is not to minimize his abilities or potential in various activities such as jogging, hiking or even dog sport but simply to advise that the general nature is one of a more relaxed approach to life.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1896 first appeared at Westminster Kennel Club
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: Companion
History: The companion and confidante of the most colorful characters of the age, the Frenchie owes much of his existence to sailors and ladies of the night in England and France.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, incorrectly colored, poor dentition
Health Notes: must be kept cool (brachiocephalic skull); hip dysplasia, eye problems, hemivertebrae, transitional vertebrae, luxating patellas,
Health Testing: OFA, CERF, http://www.frenchbulldog.com/carefrenchbulldog.htm
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

http://www.frenchbulldog.com/frenchbulldogbreeder.htm- Good Article on evaluating a French Bulldog Breeder

Web Sites:

http://www.frenchbulldogz.com/ - Great fun French Bulldog page with lots of info, games, contests and more!

Suirac Art Gallery artists with many stained glass and etched glass choices with purebred dog designs - French Bulldogs are their personal favorite! 

http://www.frenchbulldogrescue.org/- French Bulldog Rescue Network

 

Other Resources
Breed standard:

http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/utility/u924.htm - Standard for the French Bulldog as per The Kennel Club (UK)

http://www.akc.org/breeds/french_bulldog/index.cfm - French Bulldog Club of America Standard

Breeder Ethics:

http://www.frenchietales.com/code.html- French Bulldog Club of Dallas Fort Worth Code of Ethics

 

Other: DigitalDog finds it very disturbing that the French Bulldog Club of America offers no help to the family interested in Frenchies for research in determining a quality puppy and breeder.  Without reference to health issues, rescues, code of ethics or other resources, a primary responsibility of this breed club is being overlooked.  Please contact the links listed in Websites for access to this valuable information.
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