It is generally recognised that the French Bulldog of today is a descendant of the
Toy Bulldogs of the 1850s. By 1890, a strain had emerged in France which later became
known as the French Bulldog.
The Frenchie, as he is known, is active, intelligent, sweet-tempered and full of
fun. He makes an ideal companion and is a discretely silent house-dog, disinclined
to make friends with strangers. He has a retentive memory, unflinching gaze and is
quite fearless. He seems to possess a special power by which he gains the unswerving
affection of his owner.
His body should be sturdy and compact. An essential feature is his erect ear carriage.
Equally important are his round, dark eyes. An overall balance is another essential
quality of the breed. A unique feature of the Frenchman is that his tail is naturally
short and undocked. His coat must be short and fine and Brindled, Pied (in which
white dominates the brindling) or Fawn in colour.
A French Bulldog is very dependant upon human companionship. He should never be left
alone for long periods or left in the care of young children. As far as is possible,
his life should follow a well-regulated pattern. He flourishes in warm, comfortable
surroundings. The Frenchie enjoys a daily walk of moderate length. In summer, this
should be taken early or late - NEVER in the heat of the day. NEVER, EVER leave him
alone in your car in hot weather. When travelling in summer, take plenty of water,
towels and ice. If he overheats, cool his body surfaces, give ice to lick but do
NOT give him large quantities of water to drink. If necessary, abort your journey.
Although he has an easy care coat, it does need regular attention. His facial wrinkles
and area round the base of his little tail must be kept clean. Particular attention
must be paid to his bat ears. It is really important that the orifices are kept clear
and thoroughly clean. Never let them dry out so that the inner surfaces come together.
The French Bulldog is a wonderful companion. His vivacity, comic ways and quaint
clown-like appearance give him a unique characte