French Bulldog and French Bulldog Puppy
French Bulldog and French Bulldog Puppy History Plus Tips by Dr. Kraemer
French bulldog originally English in origin, the French bulldog was an invention of 19th century English lace makers who specially bred a ‘lap’ version of the bulldog, which they nicknamed the “toy” bulldog. The craftsmen fled to France during the industrial revolution, taking their pets with them and the popular French bulldog was born.
French Bulldog puppy more like their English bulldog counterparts in stature than the American bulldog, French bulldogs are stocky, with small legs set close to the ground, a round, barrel-shaped body and a deep and square lower jaw. Signature to bulldogs, they also have a mass of wrinkles around their head and shoulder area. However, unlike English or American bulldogs, French bulldogs are distinguished by their large, prominent round eyes and their pointy, bat-like ears, which stand straight up.
The French Bulldog is medium-sized bulldogs, who weigh an average of 19 to 28 pounds and stand about 12 inches high, are bright animals with a pleasant and easygoing nature. French bulldogs love to give affection and be loved in return. They thrive on family life, are great with children and generally get along with other pets. French bulldogs are intelligent, fairly active dogs and enjoy stimulating exercise, especially young French bulldog puppies, who can be very frisky and enjoy chasing balls and other active games. On Average Frenchie’s lifespan is around 11-13 years. Unfortunately, due to their small stature and stocky body, in addition to their many skin folds, French bulldogs can often suffer with joint diseases, hip dysplasia in bulldogs, arthritis in bulldogs spinal disorders and respiratory disease accompanied by snoring, wheezing and snorting. As with other brachycephalic breeds (Pugs, Boston terriers, English bulldogs, etc.)
French bulldogs are prone to some common health risks and medical ailments including:
- Brachycephalic Syndrome: (Stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, hypoplastic trachea), French bulldog puppies are most prone to Stenotic nares manifested by breathing difficulties, snoring and snorting.
- Eye Problems: (Cherry eye, entropion, eyelash problems), French bulldog puppies are most common eye problem is “cherry eye”.
- Heat Stroke: Mostly due to their predisposition to the brachycephalic syndrome that effects their airways and thermal body regulation.
- Orthopedic & Neurological Problems: Medial Patella Luxation and hemivertebrae are both common to the breed.
- Skin Problems: Skin Fold Problems manifested as skin fold moist dermatitis in areas such as the nose and tail.
Dr. Kraemer’s French Bulldog and French Bulldog Puppy Tips:
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Tip 1: (DrKraemers.com)
I highly recommend that you seek a reputable breeder.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Tip 2: (Vet4HealthyPet.com)
Have your French Bulldog Puppies screened by a veterinarian who is familiar with the breed’s unique medical problems.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog Tip 3: (StemCell4Pet.com)
Before buying a new French Bulldog Puppy, you might consider checking your local rescue. The cost of a rescue puppy is much lower and you will have the added bonus of saving a bulldog that is in desperate need of a loving family and a new home. For more information on how to adopt a rescued bulldog and how to support and Empower Rescue, click here.
Dr. Kraemer’s Bulldog 4:
Before and after buying or adopting a French Bulldog Puppy or other brachycephalic breed pets like the English, Old English or American bulldog, read my Zen & Bulldog Maintenance “bulldog 101” chapter. This chapter is the cornerstone of my website, written to be easy to understand and complemented with photos and videos. You will learn how to become a “Bulldog Certified Yoda Master”, keeping your bulldog puppy healthy and at minimal cost!