Facts About French Bulldogs

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1. They Originally Come From England.

The French Bulldog has a long tradition as a companion dog. But did you know they formerly came from England? As miniature Bulldog, they accompanied English lace-makers to France, eventually earning the French part of their name.

Bonus Fact. Their name in French is Bouledogue Francais.

2. They Are Crossed With French Ratting Dogs

Ratter is a breed of dog which has been evolved to catch rats as well as other vermin. A typical ratter is small to medium in size; it has a short, smooth coat. They also have erect ears.

The miniature bulldogs were eventually mixed with regional Parisian ratters, a dog trained to hunt rats. Terriers are the most typical ratters, and this was the breed with which the miniature bulldogs were bred.

3. They Have Not Always Had Bat Shaped Ears

French bulldogs have always been known for their bat-shaped ears. Early in the breed’s history, you could find a lot of French Bulldogs with rose-shaped ears, which are folded over like the ears of an English bulldog.

American breeders agreed that bat ears (sticking up) should be considered standard since they are more unique. Since then, the French Bulldog’s rose-shaped ears have become a negative feature according to American Kennel Club’s breed standard.

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4. King Edward VII Owned A French Bulldog.

Edward VII and his wife established a new fashion by purchasing a newly established dog breed, the French Bulldog. Both were great dog lovers. They named their first French Bulldog Peter.

Queen Alexandra also had a brindle French bat-eared bulldog, possibly out of the same litter as Peter. She named this one Paul.

5. Tsar Nicholas II Family Owned French Bulldogs.

Prince Felix Yusupov

While visiting England, Felix had obtained a genuine French Bulldog. An event he described in a letter to his friend Dmitry Yannovich:

“I have now a new pet, a charming little French Bull Dog, given to me by our friend Andrei. He is simply too charming with his little prick ears but does snore rather insufferably. I shall bring him with me when I return home”.

Named “Punch,” he was a very stylish cream / fawn French Bulldog with tulips or, perhaps possibly, bat ears. Prince Felix recounts some of his antics:

One day when I was at Davies my tailor’s, a very smartly dressed old gentleman wearing a checked suit, came in. Before I could stop him, Punch rushed at him and tore a huge piece out of his trousers.

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Prince Felix Yusupov

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Tsar Nicholas II daughter Duchess Tatiana

In September 1914, Duchess Tatiana acquired French Bulldog she named Ortipo, reportedly Malama’s favorite horse. The Grand Duchess Tatiana communicates to her mother:

Mama darling mine, forgive me about the little dog. To say the truth, when he asked should I like to have it if he gave it me, I at once said yes. You remember, I always wanted to have one and only afterwards when we came home I thought that suddenly you might not like me having one. But I really was so pleased at the idea that I forgot about everything. Please, darling angel, forgive me. Tell Papa about it. I hope he won’t have anything against it …”

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Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia with a pregnant bat-eared Ortipo

6. Modern Celebrities That Own French Bulldogs

Reese Witherspoon

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Reese Witherspoon and Pepper, a Blue French Bulldog

Michael Phelps

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Michael Phelps and Boomer

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Hobbs.

Jason Priestley

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Jason Priestley and Swifty

Hugh Jackman

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Hugh Jackman and Dali

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga and Asia

Carrie Fischer

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Carrie Fischer and Garry

7. Nine Recognized Standard Colors

The nine primary colors that the French Bulldog officially recognized by the American Kennel Club are brindle, brindle and white, cream, fawn, fawn and white, fawn brindle, white, white, and brindle, plus white and fawn.

8. They Are Not Good Swimmers.

French bulldogs are not very good swimmers. Their short snout makes them angle their bodies back to try and hold their nose and mouth above the surface. Their disproportionately large heads and stumpy legs make it exceedingly difficult for them to keep afloat in the water.

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9. The Had Longer Tails In The Past!

It’s not well known, but French Bulldogs had much longer tails in the past. Through selective breeding and the influence of the Bulldog genes, the tail shortens to what we see today.

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10. Actually Good Watch Dogs.

French Bulldogs are outstanding when it comes to letting you realize the existence of unexpected guests. It is their remarkable ability to feel the presence of people in your region which is hard to compete with. They’re going to bark like nuts before they realize who the uninvited guests are.

11. They Like To Have A Chat.

French bulldogs may not bark frequently, but they like to “speak.” Using a complex series of groans, yips, or gargles, they can convey what they want to get across. Also, they’re going to be singing along with you in-car if allowed.

Singing in Car

12. Mostly Born Though Artificial Insemination. 

Because of their unique dimensions, the poor Frenchies have some issues in mating. The males have a hard time reaching the females, and they also get overheated and tired as they attempt to get things moving.

As a consequence, a significant majority of French bulldogs are produced by artificial insemination. Because this step makes each litter of pups more costly, it also enables breeders to test for possible problems during most of the process.

Frenchies often have trouble giving birth; most of them go through having a C-section.

They Fart A Lot. I Mean A Lot!

Flatulence, or gassiness, is a common complaint from which many French bulldogs are owners are suffering. … Farting in French Bulldogs is commonly caused by a change of diet or anything else the dog ate that doesn’t sit well with them.

It can be compounded by eating their food too fast, allowing air to wind up in the bowel. The result is not suitable for anyone. 🙂 If you would like to read more about this affliction, click on the following article.

Why Do Frenchies Farts Smell So Bad? And What You Can Do.

Marshall Newton

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