Original Name : Bouledogue Français
Type : Molossoid
Male size : Proportionate to the weight
Male weight : Not less than 17½ lbs, not more than 31 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
Like all molosser types, French Bulldogs are most likely ultimately descended from Epirian and Roman molosses. Their relations include the Bulldog, the Medieval Alaunts and other similar French types. Today’s breed is the product of crossbreeding in working class neighborhoods of 1880’s Paris. At the time, they lived among the butchers and coaches of the Halles market, but their special physique and happy disposition soon won them a place in high society and the artistic community. From then on they thrived.
Very strong, broad and square, with skin forming almost symmetrical folds and wrinkles, characteristically contracted maxilla-nasal region, where the skull incorporates what it has lost in length into its width; eyes set low, far enough from the nose and especially the ears, fairly large, round and protruding slightly, dark without a trace of white (sclera) when viewed from the front, alert expression.
Topline rises gradually at the loins, falling sharply toward the tail, a much sought-after form due to the short, broad loins, broad, muscular back, sloping croup, deep, cylindrical chest, very rounded barrel ribcage, broad forechest.
Uniformly fawn, brindled or otherwise, or with limited patching (pied).
Medium size, broad at the base, rounded at the tip, set high but not too close together, carried erect.
Short, set low on the croup, close to the buttocks, thick at the base, knotted or kinked naturally, tapering at the tip.
Smooth, dense, glossy, soft.
French Bulldogs are a typical small-sized molosser-type breed with a lot of muscle, a compact build and solid bones. These powerful dogs must have the appearance of alert, active, intelligent animals. They are outgoing, cheerful, playful, athletic, and, above all, affectionate with their adult companions and children.