Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated August 17, 2009)
A bat-eared dog of intriguing appearance, the French Bulldog has been called a misnomer by some authorities. These writers maintain that the proper name, Boule-Douge Francais, should never have been translated into English, but it must be admitted that in general appearance the breed looks much like a miniature English Bulldog.
In fact, many hold that the Boule-Dogue Francais, or French Bulldog, found its origin in the Toy Bulldog of England which was never in high favor with British fanciers. Many of those small dogs were exported to France and these, doubtless, crossed with some of the breeds of that country.
There was much argument among the early promoters of the breed concerning the proper type of ear, some favoring the rose ear of the English Bulldog and others holding for the erect bat type. The latter was finally adopted as proper and is perhaps the outstanding feature of the breed, for no other dog's ear has the well-rounded top like that of the French Bulldog.
The French Bulldog has none of the dour expression of the English Bulldog. But rather has an alert appearance as one ever ready for a romp, which is exactly in keeping with the character of the breed.
Some maintain that the French Bulldog has played a far more important part in the formation of the Boston Terrier than the promoters of that breed care to admit. Be that as it may, it is certain that the breed had a warm reception when it was introduced into this country and still has many admirers.
The French Bulldog is very adaptable and comfortable as a companion. He is well behaved and affectionate in nature. He is generally alert, playful and very active. The French Bulldog's general appearance is that of a heavy boned, smooth coated and compactly built dog. Common colors are brindle, fawn and white. Average weight is around 20 pounds.
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