Often described as "a clown in the cloak of a philosopher," the French Bulldog originated as, and continues to be used as a companion dog. The breed is small and muscular with heavy bone structure, a smooth coat, a short face and trademark "bat" ears. Prized for their affectionate natures and even dispositions, they are generally active and alert, but not unduly boisterous. Frenchies can be brindle, fawn, white, and brindle and white.

A Look Back
Lacemakers in 19th Century Nottingham, England selectively bred the early bulldog for a downsized or "toy" bulldog, for use as a lap pet. When the Industrial Revolution displaced some lacemakers to France, they took the dogs with them, and soon the "toy" bulldogs became popular in France, where wealthy Americans doing the Grand Tour saw and fell in love with them. In the late 1800s these "toy bulldogs" became known as French Bulldogs.

Right Breed for You?
Frenchies are indoor dogs, but require air conditioning in warm weather. While good at alerting their owners to danger (Look! The UPS Guy is coming!), their main role is that of lap warmer. The Frenchie requires minimal exercise and grooming.

Source:  American Kennel Club - www.akc.org

Grooming

General: French Bulldog’s better known as a “Frenchie” are a short flat coated breed that were bred for the upper class citizens in Boston to own. Because of the skull type of the French Bulldog and recessed nose special attention needs to be used when bathing this breed to keep water out of the nose. Grooming is suggested for 4 – 8 week intervals to clean ears, clip nails, check anal glands and insure the coat and skin are in healthy condition.

Eyes: Because of the large flaps and folds around the eye and nose area, Frenchie’s need daily to weekly care of the area. The flaps and folds are very moist and prone to growing red yeast and cause a foul odor in this area. Moisture makes the area red and raw. Keeping these areas dry and clean is a necessity. Oatmeal Baking Soda facial cleaners are a great way to manage the facial odors and keep your dog comfortable.

Ears: Monthly ear cleaning with Ear Care is advised to be sure no ear problems that might need vet attention arise

Bathing:  Frenchie’s require 2 baths when you bathe them. The first bath should be a general bath, if your Frenchie has allergies or sensitive skin we would suggest a Hypo-Allergenic Coconut Shampoo and follow it with a Oatmeal Baking Soda Shampoo to control the odor and remoisturizing agents to keep the coat in great shape.

Paws. Paw Balm should be used weekly as well, paw pads that are soft and pliable are less likely to dry and crack

Coat Care: Between baths, French Bulldog’s may get a little smelly. Extreme Odor Eliminator can be used as often as needed to control odor and has aloe in it to help keep the coat hydrated.

Show Dog Tips: Show Style’s Silky Show Shampoo and Conditioner in conjunction with Bright White will add shine and make the whites pop. Show Style High Sheen Spray right before entering the show ring will add the little extra shine without any oily residue.

Tools: Shedding blade can be used to pull out the dead coat. Short coated breeds shed all year around and so they constantly need to be brushed.

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