BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
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Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.
* The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.
Lightweight Class under 22 lbs. (10 kg);
Heavyweight class 22 lbs. and up to but not over 28 lbs. (10-13 kg).
Miniature Bulldogs were brought to France from England during the mid-19th century and, eventually, they were crossed with local breeds, resulting in the breed known as the French Bulldog, or Bouldogue Français.
The French Bulldog is a quiet and well-mannered dog who does not bark unnecessarily; however, as with other short-nosed breeds, he may snort or snore. Alert, active and playful, he is very good with children and happiest when surrounded by his family. He makes a excellent companion for the less active owner as his exercise needs are moderate. The breed was primarily bred as a companion dog, however, he is very intelligent and protective of his home and family and also makes a very good watchdog.
His coat is short, fine and smooth. Ranging in colours from brindle, fawn, cream, white, brindle and white, brindle pied, and black-masked fawn. Two distinctive features of the Frenchie are his bat shaped ears and the flatness of his skull between his ears.
Like all breeds of dogs, the French Bulldog does have some health concerns, among them is Brachycephalic Syndrome or Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BAOS). The problems associated with this disorder can range from simple snorting to collapsing episodes. Over time, increased strain may be placed on the heart as well. Overheating is dangerous to dogs with this syndrome as excessive panting can cause further swelling and narrowing of the airways. For further information on this, please see What is brachycephalic syndrome?
If you are considering the adoption of a French Bulldog puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Palate And Airway Problems In Brachycephalic Breeds by Nancy Newcomb, DVM
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- CKC Breed Standard
- AKC Breed Standard
- UKC Breed Standard
- The Kennel Club (U.K.) Breed Standard
- FCI Breed Standard No. 101
- Grooming This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
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