Updated: Nov 13
FRENCH BULLDOGS ORIGINATED IN ENGLAND
The French bulldog’s origins are traced to English roots. Lace makers in England were drawn to the smaller bulldog and would use them as lap warmers while they worked. When the lace industry moved to France, they took their dogs with them. There, the English bulldogs were bred with terriers to create bouledogues français, or French bulldogs. French bulldogs fall into the English Bulldog, Pug, Boston terrier, and American bully family tree. We prefer Frenchies out of the bunch. If you would like to show off that you are a Frenchie owner, wear some Frenchie Merch! Norcalfrenchie Merch
FRENCHIES ARE A TALKATIVE BREED
French bulldogs might not bark much, but they do like to “talk.” Using a complex system of yawns, yips, and gargles, the dogs can convey the illusion of their own language. Sometimes they will even sing along with you in the car. Your Frenchies eyes do much talking if you pay close attention. You can communicate back to them using the same language of eye contact. When a dog gives you long, lingering eye contact, it’s a way of saying “I love you.” A recent study shows that oxytocin, the ‘love chemical,’goes up in both dogs and humans when they share a kind gaze. Watch your approach, though. Staring down a dog in a forceful manner can be a sign of aggression for your dog. If you are having a problem with your frenchie barking too much or behaviors that are not good, K9 Training Institute is a great resource!
FRENCH BULLDOGS ARE SENSITIVE
As it turns out, French bulldogs are sensitive animals. If you think that your pet won’t be able to tell if you were criticizing him or her, think again. Dogs are known to be extremely good readers of human cues, so when you’re upset, your dog knows it. If you have a Frenchie that needs a lot of attention when it comes to discipline, it would be wise to not yell at them. French bulldogs will take your reprimanding quite seriously. If they do get yelled at, they’ll tend to mope around the house until they feel better or at least until they get positive reinforcement. The best way to deal with behavior issues or discipline issues is to employ positive reinforcement or encouragement. They’ll respond a lot better to those cues. The best Frenchie treats for positive reinforcement and training are Zuke’s Mini Naturals.
FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPIES ARE BORN WITH FLOPPY EARS
Because of the size of their ears, it takes some time for them to stand. Sometimes they begin to stand within a couple of weeks of birth, though the average age is about seven weeks old. Don’t despair if your puppy's ears are still not standing by then, just like humans, everyone develops at their own pace. There are many creative ways to help their ears stand faster but it is best to let them develop on their own. Keep their ears warm in cold weather with these cute dog hats!
THEY SNORT, SNORE, AND FART
They fart a lot because their stomachs are very sensitive and because they eat so fast they ingest a lot of air. Furthermore, their farts smell pretty awful and they are silent “killers” but the fact that they startle themselves nearly every time by their own flatulence is absolutely hilarious! There is hope! There are ways to alleviate their gassiness; greek yogurt (no additives), canned pumpkin (no additives), and “Zesty Paws” Probiotic for Dogs.
FRENCHIES HAVE TWO STYLES OF EARS
Originally, French bulldogs had rose-shaped ears, similar to their larger relative, the English bulldog. English bulldog breeders much preferred the shape, but American breeders liked the unique bat ears. When a rose-eared bulldog was featured at the Westminster Kennel Club in 1897, American dog fanciers were very angry. If you are looking for small rose-shaped ears or big bat ears, NorthCalFrenchies works with many breeders and Frenchies owners in five states; California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Nevada.
CELEBRITIES LOVE FRENCHIES
French Bulldogs are currently the most popular dogs in Hollywood and they are probably more popular among celebrities than any other dog breeds. They are an absolute hit! To some celebrities they almost come as some sort of fashion accessories, a “must have” if you want to leave the impression of prestige and they are just as popular among gentlemen. They have quite glamorous names too. Lady Gaga owns a girl called Miss Asia, Leonardo di Caprio named his dog Django and Hugh Jackman named his Frenchie Dali. Christina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon, Victoria and David Beckham, and Martha Stewart are also among proud French Bulldog owners. If you own a frenchie, time to look like it! Get some frenchie merch today!
FRENCH BULLDOGS DON'T NEED A LOT OF EXERCISE
Frenchies do need a daily walk to keep them healthy, but do not require a lot of exercises. They can take short walks throughout the day, as French Bulldogs are a brachycephalic breed. Meaning they have short snouts. Over exercising them, especially during warm weather may cause breathing problems. It’s also not a good idea to use collars for walks, a harness would be a better choice!
FRENCH BULLDOGS DON'T SHED VERY MUCH
French Bulldogs do not shed very much because they have a fine, short, and smooth coat. However, during fall and winter, they lose their undercoats. A good shampoo and coat brush can help during that time of fur loss.
FRENCHIES SLEEP FOR A LONG TIME, AROUND 10 TO 13 HOURS A DAY
Adult Frenchies usually sleep for around 10 to 13 hours per day. The rest of their time is spent running around, playing, eating, pooping, or just sitting in the living room. As French Bulldogs age, they require more hours of sleep because they tire more quickly. That’s why it's good to have a bed that they can enjoy!