We can't wait to share with you these cute facts that you might not have known about Frenchies, an active and playful breed. Check out these eight facts on World of Angus:
1. May sound odd, but French bulldogs don’t actually come from France!
So while they have ‘French’ in their name, the ancestry of these bulldogs can be traced back to the English bulldog. Breeders in England were drawn to the toy version of the dog and began to breed English bulldogs with terriers to create what we now know as the adorable Frenchie. They would use these smaller pups as lap warmers.
2. Looking for a best friend? Look no further!
As the above point mentioned, French bulldogs are known as lap dogs, which means they are cuddly, affectionate, and friendly. There is a stereotype that Frenchies can be ‘stubborn’ however many in this breed try very hard to please their owners - especially when the proper motivation is at hand (treats please!)
3. No swimming allowed
It’s true: French bulldogs can’t swim - so if you are planning a trip to the beach or perhaps near a body of water, you may want to keep a watchful eye on your furry pal. Because of their squat frame, it’s hard for them to keep their head above water.
4. Frenchies have their own language
So while they don’t bark as much as other breeds, Frenchies have developed their own language of gargles, yawns, and yips to communicate with their owner. These language queues will help showcase when they want to go on walks, have treats or even do other fun things, like sing!
5. Lend us your ears
We all know Frenchies for their cute ‘bat’ shaped ears, but did you know that early in the breed’s history there were Frenchies with ‘rose’ shaped ears? American breeders decided bat ears should be considered standard and rose ears on a French bulldog have been a disqualifying characteristic according to the American Kennel Club.
6. Be kind
Now this may seem like a give-in for any dog but Frenchies are super sensitive and very emotional dogs. If you scold them, they may mope around the house for quite some time. Use lots of positive reinforcement and encouragement.
7. Special diet required
Guess what? Frenchies love to eat! But it should be noted that French bulldog shouldn’t weigh more than 28 pounds. So while they may want extra treats, it may be time to cut back.
8. Guess who was on the Titanic!
2-year-old Ch. Gamin de Pycombe was a champion show dog who was brought on board to Titanic by his owner, Robert W. Daniel, for more than $20,000. Now that’s puppy love!