For American-bred Frenchies, there are basically two styles:
a petite 16-21 lb. cutie vs. a beefy, larger-bodied dog
which is limited to 28 lbs. if competing in AKC conformation
competitions. This diversity in size and type evolved
from roots of the breed in America as the French Bulldog
Club of America became the first official Breed Club in 1897 and
established the American standard for this breed that
dictated weight of females could not exceed 20 lbs. or 22 lbs for
males. In 1903, the standard was further revised
to establish a 28 lb. maximum. For a time, the
breed was separated into separate classes by weights dividing the
breed judging for French Bulldogs into an under 22 lbs.
division vs. 22-28 lbs. To me, the total weight isn't as
important to style as a body that is "cobby" which is
created by a shorter body and larger bones compacted
into a small to medium-sized body.
shedding is light and seasonal, there is minimal grooming
required. Doggie odor is close to non-existent.
Maintenance: Flush ears, clip nails, dab protective
oil on nose, shampoo bi-weekly in summer or once per month
in winter. This grooming routine is likely required slightly
more for young pups.
The AKC standard describes the French bulldog as, "Well
behaved, adaptable, and comfortable companions."
It also describes the Frenchie as affectionate, even-tempered,
active, alert, and playful but not unduly boisterous. Yet,
not all breeders focus on developing this temperament in
their breeding program. Many times, the French bulldogs that
are turned over to Rescue Organizations are done so because the
temperament does not meet the AKC standard for this breed.
Rowdy behavior, hyperactivity, and aggressive behavior is not the
standard for the breed but can also be the result of improper
socialization by the owners. As with
humans, temperament is significantly hereditary; however,
the disposition and intelligence is also developed by
the manner in which a Breeder handles the puppies from the first
moments of life. Behavior and intelligence is further
reinforced and developed by bonding and training with
the new owners in the forever home. In other words, my
opinion is that environmental conditions blend with genetic
predispositions. Stimulation of puppies by breeder,
its mom, and other dogs not only increases intelligence but
influences behavior and habits developed. The period at
8 to 12 wks is a critical development stage. A puppy needs
the influence of its dam, sire, and Breeder.
The best bonding time with a new owner is thought to be 9-14
weeks. Fancibul pups get a jumpstart toward
socialization, whereas, new owners develop. I highly
recommend a Basic Puppyclass for new owner and the puppy starting
at 16-18 weeks to take puppy to the next level in socialization.
Bulldogs are often referred to as "little clowns". They have
certain play behavior that typically surfaces at 6- 8 weeks of
age. They are famous for initiating play with their
famous "play bow". Their playtime can be rigorous as
they race fullspeed to make circle 8's on the lawn, play tag, play
keep away, or become "King O' the Mountain." Anything new
initiates dancing in a circle or bunny hopping. Frenchies
seldom bark, yet, they are MOUTHY dogs that experience the world
by grabbing, nabbing, snatching, mouth wrestling with other dogs,
and alas, gnawing and nibbling (Must be provided with chew toys).
The French bulldog has a lazy streak, so he tires and
crashes for a rather long nap several times a day. He tends
to drink a lot of water and likes it fresh because his flat snout
leads to dry mouth and tends to retain grass, dirt or debris from
Frenchies have less prey drive than other breeds, such as terriers
or a sporting dog breed but some are inclined more toward
the terrier side of their ancestral beginnings. This prey
drive, fearless type personality, and impetuous response to their
environment can lead them into danger from overheating or
impetuously running toward a car, into a pond or pool.
Most seldom bark; however, remember this breed was a manmade
blend of bully and terrier types. There are some French bulldogs
with "watchdog" tendencies to alert and warn of
encroachment into the family's territory. Most
Frenchies like to romp with children, snuggle up to owners,
greet visitors at the door, or bow to say "hello" as they
take a stroll in their neighborhood. They like
to sit under the computer with their body lightly touching your
ankle. Most endearing is the "angel's kiss" that
devoted Frenchie pets lightly place on your ankle or shin while
they accompany you in your daily tasks. That's their way of
letting you know how important you are to them. In spite of
a stubborn, tenacious streak, the French bulldog is quite a needy
dog that does not thrive without a human and/or dog companion.
(Most people that buy a Fancibul puppy will desire another one
about a year later. Some Fancibul pet owners have 3-6 Fancibul
pets all spayed/neutered as there is a tendency to collect these
endaring dogs like potato chips.) If you have more than two,
you are gathering a pack and must have ability to manage pack
behavior that is inherent in canines.
bulldogs are very amiable types that are friendly to
everybody and enjoy diverse relationships with people and
other breeds too. In some countries,
this breed is still used for a "ratter" so imports tend to have a
bolder, more aggressive tendency and are more prey
driven. Boys tend to be clownlike babies for
life, whereas, the females tend to be dominant little "Boss
Ladies". If purchasing a Frenchie, please express your
needs and ideals to the breeder because Frenchies have a
multi-faceted personality. A sensitive,
knowledgeable, caring breeder would not mismatch a puppy by
placing it in a home that is not appropriate for its temperament
and the family's needs.
Since this breed is extremely loyal, devoted to people,
and thrives with praise and pats, it is easy to encourage the
French bulldog's development into a comfortable companion pet IF
you keep in mind the dog's inclination to be distracted by
its curiosity coupled with its stubbornness.
These two characteristics tend to become the "magnets" that pull
the undisciplined French bulldog on a sidetrip from YOUR
PLAN. His curiosity and intelligence can join to draw
the alert and adventurous little clown into dangerous situations.
Without proper boundaries established, the puppy can become
a demanding tyrant and rule rather unwisely over the owner's
household. It's HARD TO SAY "NO" to their whims because their
intelligence allows them to "read you like a book" so
Puppy-in-Training can pull out of its bag of tricks just the
right tool to win over its master. The bag of tricks
include the clownlike behavior, angel kisses, vigorous wet
licks, bowing at you feet, pouting, turning their backs and
walking away, throwing a dish of kibble, refusal to eat as
you fret and cajole, and, of all things, ignoring you.
(Likely, there are other ploys that I haven't discerned
yet.) Like a toddler, the French bulldog puppy needs structure and
routine with limits set so he fits into your environment and
This is a "clean dog" by nature. Don't believe the negative
reports you find on the internet about an inability to housetrain
this breed. I am giving my perspective about
housebreaking -- likely others are reporting their experiences.
Fancibuls don't like to be "dirty" nor dwell in untidy
quarters because they are never allowed to develop insensitivity
to feces and urine as babies. It is natural for them
to learn appropriate household behaviors with a consistent,
structured routine. Neglect and lack of attention leads to
insensitivity to filth, depression, and coping mechanisms you
Most towns have some type of puppy obedience classes available
for very nominal fees. In a few short weeks, owners and
their Frenchies have learned together. I must brag at this
point that our FANCIBULS always make the highest scores in their
puppy courses. Owners that take their Fancibul
puppies for training make me VERY PROUD! I know their
future is more secure. Winston on my "Lovin' Pets "
page is just one of many that graduated cum laude when his caring
owners had the desire to "do everything right" as they settled-in
with their Fancibul.
movies staring Frenchies include: "From Hell" with Johnny
Depp, "Secondhand Lions" with Michael Caine and Robert
Duvall, and "Bringing Down the House" with Steve Martin
and Queen Latifah. There is a shot of a French Bulldog in
the movie "Titanic". The dog is portraying the Frenchie
that really was on the doomed ship. They are featured in
dozens of TV commercials. From a rarer breed in the USA in
1990, the recent popularity can be attributed to this
most people picture "Toto" from "The Wizard of Oz" to be a
Cairn Terrier, in literature the dog was illustrated as a
French Bulldog. R.A. Neill, who drew the pictures for the
books "The Road to Oz" and "The Emerald City", pictured
Toto as a French Bulldog.
A member of the Non-Sporting Group,
the French Bulldog is the 2nd most popular breed in the
United States, according to the 2020 American Kennel Club
of the French Bulldog’s ancestors was the English Bulldog.
A large number of toy English Bulldogs were sent to France
around 1860 and crossed with various other breeds to
create what we now know as the Frenchie. A pug and a boxer
were blended into the breed around 1900 in Portugal and
For those looking to add a French Bulldog to their home, AKC
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