The French Bulldog…of “England”?

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Contrary to popular belief, the French Bulldog was actually first bred during the 1800’s in England, not France. As history states, it was during the 19th century when lace workers of England migrated into France with their toy English Bulldogs. The people of France, especially the women, fell head over heels for this sweet and sturdy breed and donned them with a new title of the, French Bulldog, though this didn’t make the English Bulldog extinct, there was now two breeds.

It wasn’t long after the arrival and renaming in France that, American visitors to France brought several back to America and began to breed the dogs. They became recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1898 and by 1913 their popularity began to soar among high society, they were among the most popular show dogs in America and still today ranked one of the most popular dog breeds.

What is the difference between a French Bulldog and an English Bulldog?

While both breeds have a wide body with a heavy bone structure, muscular build, and large, square head with soft loose skin forming wrinkles around the head and shoulders, there are other slight differences that set them apart. A distinguishing feature of the French bulldog is its bat-like ears, as opposed to the rose-shaped ears of the English bulldog.

The most distinguishable difference is their size. The French Bulldog measures between 11 to 13 inches in height and weighs between 25 to 30 lbs., whereas the English Bulldog measures between 14 to 15 inches and can weigh as much as 50 lbs. Additionally, the French Bulldog sheds less than its counterpart the English Bulldog and should be brushed once a week just to keep its coat shiny and healthy. The English bulldog, however, does tend to shed a little more and will need to be brushed at least two or three times each week.

What type of personality does the French Bulldog have?

The French Bulldog is an alert, outgoing, and fun loving lap dog. They love to be the center of attention and entertain their family. They are very eager to please and adapt well to their environments. Their sweet demeanor makes this sought after breed a true joy and adoring companion. The Frenchie loves a good cuddle and has a lot more energy and spirit than his English cousin.

Does the French Bulldog require a lot of exercise?

No. In fact, they require only a moderate amount of exercise totaling about 20 minutes each day. The Frenchie’s low maintenance requirements make them a great dog for apartment living as they adapt well to both small and large environments and prefer to be inside and cuddled up with their owner.

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