Photo: Yvon and Laurie Savoie
Standard-sized Bulldogs in England were used to develop miniature version. During the mid-19th century the diminutive Bulldog was a popular family pet in the English midlands where lacemaking was a local industry. When English lacemakers emigrated to France in search of better pay, they took the miniature Bulldogs with them and eventually crossed them with local breeds. The result was a breed known as the Bouldogue Français or French Bulldog. At first, two ears types were acceptable – the typical Bulldog rose ear and the upright ‘bat’ ear, which prevailed as the correct ear for the Frenchie.
The Frenchie is a quiet and well-mannered dog. He is not given to unnecessary barking. However, as with other short-nosed breeds, he may snort or snore.
The Frenchie makes an excellent housepet for the less active owner. His exercise needs are moderate.
The Frenchie ranges in size from 18-28 lb (8-12.5 kg).
The coat is moderately fine, short and smooth.
Acceptable colours are brindle, fawn, cream, white, brindle-and-white, brindle pied, black-masked fawn and any colour except those that constitute a disqualification.
Grooming is quick and easy.