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Adaptable and playful, French Bulldogs (Frenchies) have quite a resemblance with bulldogs, except for their small size and large and erect “bat” ears. Among the world’s most popular small-dog breeds, Frenchies don’t bark much but their vigilance makes them excellent watchdogs.
See the fact file below for more information on the French Bulldog or alternatively, you can download our 18-page French Bulldog worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- Frenchies are the descendants of the dogs of Molossians, an ancient Greek tribe, which spread across the ancient world through Phoenician traders. British Molossian dogs became the English Mastiff.
- Bullenbeisser, an extinct German Bulldog which was a cousin of the Mastiff, was a type of dog used for bull-baiting.
- Bull-baiting was outlawed in England in 1835, leaving these “bulldogs” idle. A few years later, they were bred to be a companion breed, instead of dogs engaged in blood sports.
- To scale down their size, some bulldogs were mixed with terriers, which were the ratter dogs of the slums in England.
- In 1850, Toy Bulldogs rose to popularity in England and appeared in various breed shows around 1860.
- Lace workers of Nottingham, who were dispatched by the Industrial Revolution, brought to Normandy, France a variety of breeds, including the Toy Bulldogs that were quickly favored by the French.
- Breeders in England exported bulldogs that were too small, or those with faults such as having erect ears.
- These small bulldogs were acknowledged as a breed, and were named the “Bouledogue Francais,” from the French words boule meaning “ball” and dogue meaning “mastiff or molosser.”
- These dogs became fashion icons; they were dogs of fancy ladies and Parisian prostitutes, including artists, writiers, and fashion designers.
- In the early 1900s, American breeders insisted that the bat ear of French Bulldogs be accepted. This distinctive feature of the Frenchies became quickly recognizable around the world.
- Generally, French Bulldogs stand 11 to 12 inches, and weigh 20 to 28 pounds for males, and 16 to 24 pounds for females.
- They have large square heads, slightly rounded foreheads, wide apart dark eyes, and elongated bat ears.
- Frenchies have thick and curved necks, with loose skin dangling at the throat. They have short and well-rounded bodies, with deep and broad chests, tucked up bellies, and short tails, which can be either straight or curved.
- Their front legs are short, sturdy, and set wide apart. Their hind legs, on the contrary, are longer than the forelegs.
- Frenchies have short and smooth coats, with wrinkles, especially at the head and shoulders.
- Acceptable colors are the different shades of brindle, fawn, cream, white with brindle patches (also known as “pied”), and black.
- They are also called “Frog dogs” in reference to their wide round face and their manner of sitting with their back legs spread out.
- Just like other companion breeds, Frenchies love affection and attention. If left alone for a couple of hours, they may experience separation anxiety, which may lead to destructive behaviors.
- They are also dubbed “clown dogs” for their fun-loving and playful personalities.
- They don’t bark much. They are agreeable dogs – patient and affectionate towards their owners and can live with other dogs.
- Hip Dysplasia. An abnormality in the hip socket, causing crippling lameness and painful joint inflammation, such as arthritis.
- Von Willebrand’s Disease. Nosebleeds, bleeding gums, prolonged bleeding from surgery and during heat cycles, and bloody stool leads to a blood disorder that has an effect in the clotting process.
- Patellar Luxation. Painfully crippling, this is a bone condition wherein dog’s knee caps are dislocated – knee joints slide in and out of place.
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), a spinal problem for Frenchies, can affect any part of the dog’s spine, including its neck, which can turn out to be really painful and will require surgery.
- Allergies. Frenchies are prone to food allergies (symptoms include dry, itchy skin, too much scratching or licking, bald patches, and a number of hotspots), and contact allergies.
French Bulldog Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the French Bulldog across 18 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use French Bulldog worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the French Bulldogs (Frenchies) which have quite a resemblance with bulldogs, except for their small size and large and erect “bat” ears. Among the world’s most popular small-dog breeds, Frenchies don’t bark much but their vigilance makes them excellent watchdogs.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- French Bulldog Facts
- Meet Frenchie
- Breed Standards
- Frenchie Basics
- Frenchie Growing Up
- Ask Frenchie
- Other English Breeds
- Taking Care of Frenchie
- Pros and Cons of Frenchie
- Adopting Frenchie
- Tale of Three Bulldogs
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