Personality:Playful, smart, adaptable, and completely irresistible
Coat & Grooming:The Frenchie’s short coat needs a weekly brush to keep it squeaky clean and super shiny
Energy Level:Not Very Active; Frenchies are easygoing, not terribly athletic; brisk walks will keep them trim
Often described as "a clown in the cloak of a philosopher," the French Bulldog originated as, and continues to be used as a companion dog. The breed is small and muscular with heavy bone structure, a smooth coat, a short face and trademark "bat" ears. Prized for their affectionate natures and even dispositions, they are generally active and alert, but not unduly boisterous.
Classified in the Non-Sporting Group
French Bulldogs are from ... France, right? Gotcha! That was a trick question. Frenchies originally come from Robin Hood’s stomping ground, Nottingham, England. There, in the 19th century, lacemakers bred the Bulldog down to a smaller size to keep as lapdogs. When the Industrial Revolution sent the lacemakers to France, they took the dogs with them, where they became popular and later attracted the attention of wealthy Americans.
You won’t have to worry about a yappy dog bothering your neighbors because Frenchies rarely bark. That said, you can count on them to alert their owners to danger (Look! The UPS guy is coming!). They enjoy daily walks or brief outdoor romps, but because of their short noses, they shouldn’t be exercised on hot, humid days and should have access to cool (preferably air-conditioned) rooms during the warmer months. Besides snoozing the day away, the Frenchie’s favorite hobby is being his owner’s personal lap warmer.
Non-Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1898. Must weigh 28 pounds or less. Companion.