French Bulldogs are unique to other dogs because of their comical looks. They have a flat face, bat-like ears, and wide mouths that are constantly in a grin. In fact, there is a long list of celebrities who own a Frenchie. Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Hillary Duff, Leonardo di Caprio, and Dwayne Johnson are just a few of the many celebrities that are captivated by their charm.
- They didn’t originate in France. They are the miniature version of the British bulldog – huge dogs that were used for bull baiting. When the sport became illegal, breeders crossbred the British bulldog with smaller dogs and produced the French bulldogs. This new breed became popular among the Nottingham lace makers, who later on moved to France and took their French bulldogs with them. Frenchies immediately populated their new home, hence they were called French Bulldogs.
- They are unable to swim. Frenchies are classified as a brachycephalic breed, which means that they tend to have difficulties in breathing due to their wrinkly and smooshy face. They need to constantly hold their faces up when they’re submerged in water to keep water out of their nose and mouth. In addition, their bodies are not conducive to swimming because their short legs are not in proportion to their hefty torso.
- Their ears have two kinds of shapes. Some French Bulldogs have pointed bat-like ears, while some have rose-shaped ears which are more rounded.
- They were extremely popular in the 1900s. Towards the end of the 1800s, French bulldogs were seen all over Paris, and they began to spread throughout America and Europe during the early 1900s.
- They sulk when they are scolded. Avoid taking out your stress towards your French Bulldogs. They know when they are being scolded and shouted at. They acknowledge their owner’s anger and can become extremely emotional. They might show signs of sadness and sulk for hours after they’ve been scolded, so it would be better to always deal with them gently and positively.
- They love to babble. Once they are triggered, they would continually babble all sorts of yapping and grunting sounds. Hearing them imitate human talk can be hilarious!
- They are banned from some airlines. A number of French bulldogs have died during a plane flight. Their short snouts can create breathing difficulties for them and are intensified when they are stressed during the flight especially if they are placed in an uncomfortable temperature. As a result, many airlines have banned this breed from flying with them to avoid liabilities.
- A French bulldog perished in the Titanic. A 2-year-old Frenchie named Gamin de Pycombe was among the fatalities of the Titanic tragedy in 1912. He was portrayed by another French bulldog in the 1997 Titanic film.
- They are difficult to breed. Male Frenchies find it difficult to mount the female because of their narrow hips. As a result, breeders often resort to artificial insemination to produce litters. In addition, 80% of pregnant Frenchies end up delivering their puppies via Caesarian Section because the puppies’ heads are too big and could get stuck in the birth canal. To minimize the risk of mortality, delivery via CS is preferred.
- They are very friendly with children and other dogs. French bulldogs make good companions and baby sitters to children. Aside from the fact that their sizes don’t pose a threat, they are very affectionate towards kids and are always happy to play with them.
French bulldogs seem to be the perfect family pet because of their friendliness, their funny faces, and their fondness for children. However, this breed is prone to many physical illnesses and other health risks because of their strange and unproportioned physical features.
If you plan to have one, you must be ready to shell out some cash, because aside from the fact that they are expensive, medical expenses are inevitable. Nevertheless, they are one of the top choices of dog breeds in America and in Europe.