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Facts about the French Bulldog For Kids


In 2014 the French Bulldog was the fourth most popular registered dog in the United Kingdom and in the U.S. the ninth most popular AKC registered dog breed. The origin of the modern French Bulldog breed descends directly from the dogs of the Molossians, an ancient Greek tribe.

  • The dogs became popular in France and a trade in imported small Bulldogs was created, with breeders in England sending over Bulldogs that they considered to be too small, or with faults such as ears that stood up.
  • This Francization of the English name is also a contraction of the words “boule” (ball) and “dogue” (mastiff or molosser).
  • As it changed, terrier and Pug stock may have been brought in to develop traits such as the breed’s long straight ears, and the roundness of their eyes.
  • Americans had been importing French Bulldogs for a while, but it was not until 1885 when they were brought over in order to set up an American-based breeding program.
  • The ladies formed the French Bull Dog Club of America and created the breed standard which stated for the first time that the “erect bat ear” was the correct type.
  • The American Kennel Club recognized the breed quickly after the breed club was formed, and by 1906 the French Bulldog was the fifth most popular dog breed in America.
  • In 2013, the American Kennel Club (AKC) ranked the French Bulldog as the 11th most popular breed in the United States, enjoying a sharp rise in popularity from 54th place a decade before, in 2003.
  • This new Bulldog breed arrived for the first time in England in 1893, with English Bulldog breeds in uproar as the French imports did not meet the new breed standards in place by this time and wanted to prevent the English stock from cross-breeding with the French.
  • Acceptable colors under the breed standard are the various shades of brindle, fawn, tan or white with brindle patches (known as “pied”).
  • There are certain exceptions to this average level of canine intelligence; a French Bulldog named Princess Jacqueline which died in 1934 was claimed to understand 20 words, reacting correctly.
  • The European and UK French Bulldog fanciers and Kennel Clubs are ahead of the Americans and the AKC in moving away from the screw, cork-screw or ‘tight’ tail, and returning to the short drop tail which the breed originally had.