French Bulldog

FCI GROUP: Companion and Toy Dogs

FAMILY: Companion, Mastiff (Bulldog)

Are French Bulldogs allowed as pet in Singapore HDB Flat? No

Origin: England, 1800s. Contrary to the name, the French Bulldog originated in Nottingham, England, where lace makers bred a miniature lap version of the English Bulldog known as the ‘toy bulldog’. The 1860s Industrial Revolution drove these craftsmen to France, where they took the dogs with them. These dogs became popular in France and were given the ‘French Bulldog’ name. The breed subsequently made its way back to England as show dogs. Even though the Brits weren’t happy with the ‘French’ prefix given that the dog originated from England, the name stuck. Also known as the Bouledogue Francais.

Original Purpose: Companion.

Behaviour and Temperament: Well-behaved, mild-mannered, playful, amiable, affectionate, cheerful, curious.

Breed Characteristics: French Bulldogs make very good watchdogs. Due to its short muzzle, the Frenchie does not handle hot weather well. Some wheeze and snore, but a good percentage does not.

What are some Physical Features of the French Bulldog? The French Bulldog stands between 28 to 33 cm tall, and usually weighs under 12.5 kg. Spots a sturdy build. The French Bulldog is most famous for his “bat” ears and perfectly flat skull. Colours are fawn, brindle, white, brindle-and-white. It can have a black mask, brindle markings, be piebald, spotted and/or have white markings.

Coat Type and Grooming: Short. Minimal care required; no trimming, just regular brushing. Frenchies are average shedders.

Life Expectancy: The life expectancy of the French Bulldog is between 9 and 12 years.

Health Concerns: French Bulldogs are prone to joint diseases, spinal disorders, heart defects and eye problems. Tends to have respiratory problems. May wheeze and snore and have trouble in hot weather. Not suited for anaesthesia because of their breathing issues. Frenchies tend to have comparatively higher vet bills.

Exercise: Low to moderate. Needs daily walks, however not in hot weather.

Housing: Can adapt to any living situation. The French Bulldog is fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. Frenchies do not tolerate extreme temperatures well, may suffer on hot days in Singapore.

Sociability: Often a one-person dog. The French Bulldog gets along relatively well with strangers. Not always good with children, best with children that are taught to be considerate towards dogs. Can get along well with other canine pets. A relentless hunter of mice, not to be trusted with other small animals.

Trainability: Average. The Frenchie is intelligent, and training sessions should be relatively easy as long they are conducted like a game. That said, the French Bulldog needs a consistent and patient trainer. Not best suited for obedience and agility training, but some have risen to the challenge.

Activities: Companionship.

French Bulldog Communities in Singapore: Frenchies Lah!


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