French bulldogs are known by several common nicknames like a frenchie, a frogdog, bat ears or a “throw cushion that snores”

French bulldogs are known by several common nicknames like a Frenchie, a Frogdog, Bat Ears or a “throw cushion that snores”.  You can also find variations like small French bulldogs, toy French bull dogs and mini French bulldogs.  Funny nicknames aside, French bulldogs can be one of the most laid back and funny little dogs around. 

French Bulldogs have been bred since the 1800′s to be man’s companion and they love the job that they were bred for.  They truly are adaptable little dogs that are just as happy to live in an apartment or house with a yard.  Frenchie dogs love to be pampered pets and enjoy being carried around by their owners.  Unless your Frenchie is overly energetic, their exercise requirements are minimal and they are happy enough with one or two jaunts a day.  They have earned the title of “couch potato”. 

French bulldogs that are carefully bred and socialized can be the most amiable and friendly dogs that you ever own.  But they have sturdy little bodies and glum expressions tend to put strangers off and actually be somewhat afraid to approach them. 

The standards for the French bulldog are the same for the AKC and the CKC with only a few small differences in wording.  This breed is a medium sized, stout dog and is considered by both groups to be a member of the Non-Sporting group of dogs.  They are often confused with the Boston Terrier and the English bulldog.

While the French bulldog, the Boston Terrier and the English bulldog may have similarities, there are several characteristics that set them apart.  Frenchies dogs are smaller than the English Bulldog and they are stouter than the Boston Terrier.  One standout characteristic of the French bulldog is their distinctive “bat” ears which they come by naturally.  Contrary to popular belief, their ears are never surgically altered.

There are some very serious French bulldog health problems that you need to worry about including breathing issues, spinal cord problems and heart defects.  On the light side, Frenchie dogs are extremely gassy – they can clear a room faster than any other animal or human on the planet!  Anyone that owns a Frenchie will also tell you that they snore, snort and shed.

This type of dog is not the easiest to breed and only a serious breeder should ever consider getting into breeding them.  In order to breed a healthy Frenchie dog, a breeder has to be willing to invest money is finding the best possible dogs that have the proper health tests, the proper confirmation and the proper training.  Only dogs that are found to be free of health problems, have the confirmation possible and are properly socialized and trained should ever be considered for breeding purposes. 

All of this care and worry about French bulldog health can have an impact on the price that you will pay for a puppy but given the serious health issues that this breed has, it is well worth the extra money.

Do not jump into buying this type of dog without doing your research and knowing what you are getting into.  Only buy a puppy from a reputable breeder and make sure that your puppy had the best possible start in life so that it will make a wonderful pet for its life time with you.

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