The French Bulldog

It is claimed in France that the French Bulldog is a breed of native origin. There are British fanciers, however, who say the blood of the English Bulldog has had much to do with the development and fixing of the French breed’s type. Especial claim in this quarter is laid to the breeding operations which have somewhat changed the original French type so that it now rather closely resembles the miniature English Bulldog. Both of these versions are probably correct, since French fanciers admit the importation and use of English dogs and British breeders generally do not question the origin of the native French dog. The identity of the old French type is not an established fact, but it is thought that this stock originated in Spain, being a descendant of the Spanish Bulldog.

Acceptable colors for the French Bulldog breed are : All brindle (dark preferred) and any other color except the following, which constitute disqualification : Solid black, black and white, black and tan, liver, and mouse color. Black as used in the standard means black without any trace of brindle. No definite heights are specified for individuals of the breed, but in size the French Bulldog closely approximates the English Miniature Bulldog. Weights given for the two classes of French Bulldogs recognized under the standard are: Lightweight, under 22 pounds; heavyweight, 22 pounds and not more than 28 pounds.

In general appearance the French Bulldog is an active, inielligent, muscular dog, rather small in size, of “cobby” conformation, and possessing good bone. Breed characteristics are “bat” ears and a decided “stop,” which should be as deep as possible. The French Bulldog is of utility chiefly as a companion and guard dog. It has been rather extensively bred in the United States, its distribution being greatest in the Eastern States.