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French Bulldog (Frenchie): Breed History, Temperament, and Exercise

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About French Bulldog

Country of Origin, History of French Bulldogs

The French Bulldog was originally developed in England as a miniature version of the English Bulldog.

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This is a sturdy, compact, muscular, pear-shaped little dog with large, erect, rounded, bat ears, round dark eyes, a flat, powerful muzzle, a pug nose, a rounded forehead and a square flat head. The height at the withers should be approximately the same as the length from withers to tail set. The skin is soft and fairly loose, making the dog very pleasant to pet. The tail is either straight or cork-screw.


The short, soft, coat comes in brindle, fawn, white and combinations of brindle or fawn with white.

Height: 12 inches (30cm).


There are two weight classes of French Bulldog: 19-22 (9-10kg.) pounds and 22-28 pounds (10-13kg.).

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French Bulldog Personality Traits

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Temperament of French Bulldogs

The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.

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French Bulldog Exercise Needs

The French Bulldog needs to be taken on a daily walk. It should be provided with extra care in hot weather. They love to run and play for hours. They are fairly willful, but can be trained if the owner is patient. They respond to patient, consistent training that excludes hitting or harsh jerking.


This average shedder needs very little grooming. Regular brushing should suffice.

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Health and Care

While the SWD seems to be a very healthy breed there are some issues that the SWD have, just like all other breeds. There are cases of Hip Dysplasia in the breed, so choose your breeder carefully.

All breeding dogs should have their hips tested, either by OFA or PennHIP. There have been a few cases of PRA reported in Europe so it is advised that all breeders should test their breeding stock for PRA and other such genetic eye diseases with a yearly CERF exam. A responsible breeder will be able to produce the results in writing.

Like other Water Dogs and related breeds, they grow hair in their ear canals and can be prone to ear infections. The ears must be kept dry and clean. . Because these dogs are (as a general rule) so active and energetic as puppies, they may seriously injure themselves from too much running and jumping when their skeletal structure is still developing.

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Group: Non-Sporting Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 4

Also Known As: Bouledogue Français, Frenchie, Frogdog

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