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THE FRENCH BULLDOG
A Brief History
The French Bulldog is a relatively small, compact dog of bulldog type that developed from British bulldogs during the 1800’s. When bull baiting and other blood sports were banned in England in 1836, the bulldog would have met its demise except for a handful of fanciers determined to preserve its unique characteristics.
When the Industrial Revolution in England mechanized the lace making industry, displaced workers from the Nottingham area relocated to France where the factories were not yet mechanized. These lace makers took their miniature bulldogs with them.
First seen with the lace makers in France, French Bulldogs became popular in the late 1800’s in the red light district of Paris, where they were even sketched by Toulouse-Loutrec and painted by Degas. From there they became the darlings of the aristocracy and the elite: A Frenchie was the beloved pet of Princess Tatiana of Russia; King Edward VII of England owned one and one even went down on the R.M.S. Titanic.
While it is believed that small terriers and pugs were crossed with bully types to produce the earlier Frenchies there are no reliable records to prove if this is true. Wealthy Americans visiting France fell victim to the charm of the French Bulldogs and brought them to the U.S. which became instrumental in the development of the breed. The breed standard was clarified in the United States and certain breed characteristics, such as the “bat ear” were mandated. The first French Bulldog show in the U.S. was held in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1898, securing the breed’s reputation as a high-society dog. While their true origin remains obscure, both the English and the French lay claim to being the source of the breed. The French Bulldog has been called “philosopher clown”, and some say they’re so ugly, they’re cute! Regardless, they certainly make excellent companion dogs, and reward those who share their lives with them. Just ask any Frenchie owner. For available Blue French Bulldog puppies click here.
What to Avoid When Looking for a Puppy.
Avoid buying on impulse. Don’t fall for that French Bulldog puppy in the window of a pet shop. or the one advertised in the newspaper, or the ad for a puppy you find on-line. And don’t allow yourself to be swayed by a pet shop employee’s sales pitch or a great ad you see someplace. And don’t allow yourself to be swayed by thinking you are rescuing the dog by buying it. Go to a true rescue organization to rescue a dog and really help.
Avoid buying a puppy without first learning the parents AKC registered name and registration number and ask to see the pedigree. Be sure to ask the breeder what health testing they have done on the parents. If the person selling the puppy seems hesitant to open their home or kennel to you, or to answer your questions, look elsewhere. A well socialized puppy is one that had its upbringing in a loving and caring environment. And a well socialized puppy is one that will grow into a well socialized adult dog. If possible, you want to be able to spend time with the puppy in its home so you can see how it interacts with the other dogs and with you. Avoid dealing with anyone but a responsible breeder. You want to be sure that the puppy you are getting will fit into your lifestyle and a responsible breeder will know the personality and temperament of each of their puppies and can help you make the best selection. Avoid rushing into a decision. Take the time to research the breed you are interested in. Go to dog shows and see the dogs and meet their owners. Ask for referrals for breeders and talk with as many as you can. A reputable breeder cares very much about the home they place a puppy in and will take the time to discuss their dogs with you. Avoid getting breeders names from ads or newspapers. Avoid so-called “designer dogs”. The French Bulldog Club of America does not condone the deliberate cross breeding of French Bulldogs with other breeds of dogs. A lot of the qualities that make a breed so endearing can be lost when mixed with another breed.
Before you choose any breed of dog, first take the time to evaluate your lifestyle and ask yourself what it is you are looking for in your new family member so that the selection you make will be a good fit. Some key lifestyle elements you should consider:
■ Do I want an indoor or outdoor dog?
■ Do I want a dog small enough to be a lap dog?
■ Do I want an athletic dog for jogs or long walks?
■ Do I want a dog that can get along with small children and other animals?
Blue French Bulldogs are not for everybody. Since they are relatively rare, they are costly to purchase. French Bulldog breeders can be hard to find and often are protective of their dogs, so developing a relationship with a breeder is important. Speaking of relationships, French Bulldogs can have distinctive health requirements that may cause you
to develop a close relationship with your veterinarian. Many vets have never seen a Frenchie so locating one who understands that what may be seen as a health issue in any other breed is a normal characteristic for a French Bulldog can be frustrating. That said, a French Bulldog can be a very rewarding and enjoyable addition to your family. Those who live with them will tell you that they couldn’t live with any other breed. So if you’ve decided that a French Bulldog is the right dog for you, take the time to research the health issues you could encounter with this breed and be prepared to go the distance should you need to. And take the time to get to know the person you are buying your puppy from and learn about their breeding program.
Choosing a French Bulldog Breeder
Finding a breeder to buy your Frenchie from can be difficult. Always try to make personal contact with a breeder either by phone or by attending a local dog show and introducing yourself. Responsible breeders are protective of their dogs and often question potential buyers extensively. These breeders want to be sure a potential owner understands the care a Frenchie requires before they entrust them with one of their dogs. Be patient. Take the time to do the research so you can speak in a knowledgeable manner about the breed. Don’t feel offended if the breeder asks you a lot of questions. You want to deal with someone who cares about their dogs and is concerned about the kind of home they are going to. Ask about the dog’s pedigree and the health of the parents and always ask about any health testing the breeder does. If they are doing health testing you can assume they are doing their best to produce healthy, sound puppies. Always buy from a reputable breeder, never buy a puppy from a pet shop, out of the newspaper, on-line or from a third party. And don’t think that buying a puppy from one of these sources will rescue it from a miserable life. All you will do is make their unethical practices prosperous for them which will only encourage this type of animal abuse. Find a breeder who is trying to improve the breed and will be a mentor for you throughout the life of your pet. Many reputable FBDCA members place their puppies nationally. And don’t hesitate to go out of state to find the puppy you’re looking for. Remember though, reputable breeders do not keep an inventory of puppies ready to ship to the public. And remember; you are choosing a companion that will be with you for some time. Make sure the choice you make is one that will fit nicely into your life. If you are happy with your dog, then your dog will definitely have a happy life with you.
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