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French Bulldog

Nickname: Frenchie

Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Lap pet.

AKC recognized: 1898
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Weight: up to 28 lbs
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Color: Various, including all brindle, fawn, white, and brindle and white.

General characteristics/temperament: The French Bulldog is gentle, alert, playful, curious, well behaved, adaptable, and affectionate. They make excellent companions, Because of their short noses, they do not tolerate the heat, must live indoors and require air conditioning in warm weather. They are also top heavy which means most of them cannot swim and must be kept safe from swimming pools or other bodies of water. They are generally good with children, but might play too roughly for small children and should always be supervised around them. Because they are very heavy for their small size, it is important to caution children not to try to pick them up.

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Good with children? Yes, but may sometimes play too roughly for small children.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

OK in apartments? Yes

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Energy/Activity Level: Low

Good jogging partner? No

Exercise requirement: They enjoy daily walks but do not tolerate strenuous exercise especially during hot or humid weather.

Grooming requirement: Their short coat require minimal grooming, but the skin folds under the eyes must be cleaned regularly and kep dry to help prevent infections.

Known health problems: Heat stroke, von Willebrand's disease, hypothyroidism, cleft palate, elongated soft palate, cherry eye, glaucoma, retinal fold dysplasia, corneal ulcers, cataracts, megaesophagus, aspiration pneumonia, back and spinal problems, allergies, dystocia, reproductive problems, skin problems.

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Recommended books for further reading:

French Bulldogs (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.
Published in 2005
96 pages

The French Bulldog (An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet)
By Kathy Dannel
Published in 2000
160 pages

The French Bulldog
By Muriel P. Lee
Published in 2007
200 pages

The French Bulldog
By Steve Eltinge
Published in 1988
168 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
French Bulldog Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
French Bulldog Connection Rescue
French Bulldog Rescue Network

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