All breeds of dogs have similar characteristics that are typical of an animal of this type. However, each of them is surrounded by interesting facts that you may not have known.
We can find breeds that are characterized by their energy level, personality, temperament, and behaviour, and each of them has some slight difference.
We can also see other canines that stand out more for their physical appearance or history. In this article, we will show you the 10 most interesting facts you should know about French Bulldogs.
1. French Bulldogs are the 4th Most Popular Breed According to AKC
According to the American Kennel Club dog ranking, the French Bulldog is the fourth most popular dog breed. In recent years, these canines have become highly coveted by people due to their significant growth in popularity. That is due to all the aspects that surround these animals.
There are many factors that make this dog desired by many people. We can include their temperament, friendliness to people (including children) and other animals, little need for maintenance or exercise, etc.
In addition, the explosion of its popularity also has to do with the large number of famous people who have acquired it over the years.
2. French Bulldogs Don’t Come from France
Many people might think that these dogs come from France since that is what their name indicates a priori. Although there is no clear information about their origin, most people claim that French Bulldogs come from England.
American lace makers began purchasing English Bulldogs (the ancestors of the French Bulldog) because they were small and could be used as lap warmers while working.
The lace industry moved to France, and the workers took their canines. As time passed, these dogs (English Bulldogs) were perhaps mixed with Terriers and gave rise to the French Bulldogs.
3. French Bulldogs are Brachycephalic Dogs
Like some other dog breeds, French Bulldogs are brachycephalic dogs. That means they are characterized by short, flat faces and small noses. Unfortunately, these physical traits cause breathing problems and other issues in these canines.
In fact, keep in mind that this brachycephalic nature is one of the main causes of flatulence in French Bulldogs.
4. French Bulldogs Don’t Need a Lot of Daily Exercise
Unlike other dog breeds, French Bulldogs have a low energy level. They do not need to be exercised for hours a day to stay fit and healthy. In fact, the American Kennel Club states that a simple walk through the park will be enough to satisfy their exercise needs.
Keep in mind that as they have respiratory problems due to their brachycephalic nature, they are not able to withstand long walks.
If you are an active person who loves to exercise, then the French Bulldog may not be for you.
5. French Bulldogs Need a Life Jacket to Swim
Not all dogs know how to swim or like water. While a French Bulldog might like the water, unfortunately, it can’t swim without wearing a life jacket.
There are several reasons why French Bulldogs are not good swimmers:
- They have breathing problems due to their brachycephalic nature, making them quickly tire while trying to float in the water.
- They have a robust and heavy body that will make it difficult for them to float in the water. In addition to that, they have short and thin limbs.
6. French Bulldogs Used to Have “Rose” Ears
All owners of French Bulldogs know that these dogs have bat ears. However, this was not always like that. Originally, these dogs had rose-shaped ears very similar to those of the English Bulldogs.
American breeders preferred bat ears as they gave these canines a unique appearance. In fact, when the rose-eared Bulldog was introduced to the Westminster Kennel Club in 1897, there was much discontent among American dog lovers.
All of this controversy led to the creation of the French Bull Dog Club of America (FBDCA). All the efforts of the said club to put aside the rose ears and fight for the bat ears paid off. Today, French Bulldogs are characterized by exhibiting the second type of ears.
7. French Bulldogs are Easy to Maintain
All short-coated dogs are easy to maintain, and French Bulldogs are no exception. The coat of these canines should be brushed only once a week except during the summer and winter months when they tend to shed intensely.
French Bulldogs should not be bathed frequently. If they don’t get dirty on their own, you should only consider cleaning them once every 2-3 months. You just have to make sure to frequently clean its folds which are often the homes of bacteria and could produce a stinky smell.
8. Many Celebrities Have Purchased Them
Many famous people have acquired a French Bulldog over the years. These dogs are wonderful pets that are characterized by their beautiful appearance and extraordinary affectionate and friendly personalities. These and many other reasons have been enough for the following celebrities to acquire these dogs:
- David Beckham
- Ashley Olsen
- Hugh Jackman
- Carrie Fisher
- Dwayne Johnson
- Jennifer Aniston
- Chrissy Teigen
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Denise Richards
- Jonah Hill
- Eva Longoria
- Hilary Duff
- Ashlee Simpson
- Jack Osbourne
- John Legend
- Kris Allen
- Jason Priestley
- Martha Stewart
- Jason Schwartzman
- Lady Gaga
- Mario Lopez
- Zach Braff
- Michelle Trachtenberg
- Taraji P. Henson
- Taylor Swift
- Paris Hilton
- Rachel Bilson
- Shaun White
9. French Bulldogs Cannot Travel by Plane
Due to respiratory problems caused by their small noses and flat faces, French Bulldogs have trouble flying in a plane.
In addition, respiratory problems plus stress and fear of being at such heights and fluctuating temperatures can cause fatal situations for these dogs. In fact, many airlines prohibit passengers from bringing brachycephalic dogs because many have died in these circumstances.
10. French Bulldogs are Usually Born Through Artificial Insemination.
French Bulldogs have unusually proportioned bodies, and many of these dogs have trouble copulating.
The males have trouble doing their jobs, and the females have problems naturally giving birth to their pups. That is why many French Bulldogs are born through artificial insemination. Pregnant females are often C-sectioned as their bodies are not designed to give birth naturally.