Windy Willow Farm
Miniature Horses & French Bulldogs

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French Bulldog History

                            
                                        

                               FRENCH BULLDOG HISTORY
                                                                        By: Harry V. Dunn, Jr

The French Bulldog first appeared in the United States in 1896 at the Westminster Kennel Club's show in New York. He soon became known as "Frenchie" a name that stuck with him. He was 
a small to medium-size dog weighing under twenty-eight pounds with short hair and a muscular build. He was essentially a pocket sized edition of the Bulldog or English Bulldog as some people insist on calling them.  However his bat-like ears, held erect, his small size and his activeness set him apart from the Bulldog.  He had a lively expression and a disposition described by some as roguish and fun loving.  He has been referred to as "a clown in the cloak of a philosopher"

In this country, in 1897, exhibitors, disappointed because an English judge picked a Frenchie with rose ears for his best of breed, called a meeting and formed the French Bulldog Club of America. (the first breed club for French Bulldogs in the world) and the next year adopted a standard which remains essentially unchanged today. So it was here in the United States that the Frenchie "bat ears" were standardized.  Their small size maintained by a weight limit and their mixture of colors preserved. Frenchies can be brindle (not black - some brown hair must show), fawn, cream, white or pied as long as the dark patches in the pied are not black.

                                          
BREED CHARACTERISTICS:

Breed Characteristics Body Type:
* In appearance, a miniature Bulldog with erect ears
* The head is very big and the body wedge shaped - wide at the front tapering to the rear
* Height: 12 inches (at shoulder)
* Weight: Up to 28 pounds.  The naturally short tail is set low and can be either straight or                 screwed, but not curly. The ears are erect and have a distinctive bat like shape.
*These identifying hallmarks of the breed are not altered.

Coat:
* Short, fine coat that lies close to the body
Permissible colors include all brindles, solid colors with the exception of liver, mouse or black.    The acceptable colors may or may not be combined with white. 
* Minimal grooming required

Personality:
* A perfect little companion. Although the Frenchie tends to be a one-person dog, they are cordial to all.
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Loves kids & is quite the clown
* Always ready to play
 * Sweet tempered and dependably cheerful
* Quiet.  Barks little as a rule

Interesting Tidbits:
* A breed on the comeback trail
* Once one of the most popular dogs in America, the Frenchie was out of favor for many years.
* Today, its registrations are on the rise again, and deservedly so
* This is an excellent pet for an apartment dweller

 


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