French Bulldog

Group: Utility
Size: Small
Coat length: Short
Grooming required: Once a week
Coat sheds: No
Home size: Flat, Small or Large House
Garden size: Small/Medium
Lifespan: Over 10 Years
Exercise: Up to 1 hour per day
This mini version of the Bulldog loves to play the clown.

They are a sturdy, compact little dog with quite a large head and mouth and slightly rounded 'bat' ears that stand straight up. The eyes are prominent too. Their short, smooth coat comes in a wide range of colours including brindle and spotted.

They actually originate from England when lacemakers wanted a miniature bulldog as a lapdog but the lacemakers moved to France in the industrial revolution and took their dogs with them where they were renamed.

They are easy-going, playful and affectionate. They are game for anything and intelligent but not noisy or demanding. They generally get along well with people and other animals although they do like to catch mice. They are quite active indoors but enjoy a daily walk too. Care needs to be taken in hot weather as they are prone to heatstroke and around water as most of them cannot swim.

Little grooming is needed. They are prone to quite a range of problems so vet bills can be high. Typically affected areas are joints, spine, heart and eyes and they often suffer from respiratory problems. Pups are normally delivered via cesarean section.