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French Bulldog

Personality:Playful, smart, adaptable, and completely irresistible

Coat & Grooming:The Frenchie’s short coat needs a weekly brush to keep it squeaky clean and super shiny

Energy Level:Not Very Active; Frenchies are easygoing, not terribly athletic; brisk walks will keep them trim

Originally: England

Nicknames: Frenchie

Size: Small

Meet the French Bulldog

​This affectionate and playful breed—known for its wrinkly, smushy face and bat-like ears—is a great companion for single pet parents as well as families with young children. They need little exercise and grooming and are incredibly loyal to their people. Because of their somewhat stubborn nature, they require a bit of patience during training but are incredibly intelligent and eager to please.

What's Their Story?

French Bulldogs are from ... France, right? Gotcha! That was a trick question. ​Frenchies originally come from Robin Hood’s stomping ground, Nottingham, England. There, in the 19th century, lacemakers bred the Bulldog down to a smaller size to keep as lapdogs. When the Industrial Revolution sent the lacemakers to France, they took the dogs with them, where they became popular and later attracted the attention of wealthy Americans.

What are they Like?

​You won’t have to worry about a yappy dog bothering your neighbors because Frenchies rarely bark. That said, you can count on them to alert their owners to danger (Look! The UPS guy is coming!). They enjoy daily walks or brief outdoor romps, but because of their short noses, they shouldn’t be exercised on hot, humid days and should have access to cool (preferably air-conditioned) rooms during the warmer months. Besides snoozing the day away, the Frenchie’s favorite hobby is being his owner’s personal lap warmer.

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