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The French Bulldog

 “A Clown in the Cloak of a Philosopher”
 

The French Bulldog, like many other companion dog breeds require close contact with humans. They have fairly minimal exercise needs, but do require at least daily walks. As a flat-faced breed, it is essential that owners understand that French Bulldogs cannot live outdoors. Their bulk and their compromised breathing system make it impossible for them to regulate their temperature efficiently. In addition, French Bulldogs are top heavy and therefore have a difficult time swimming. Precautions must be taken when exercising a French Bulldog during hot or humid weather, as well.
 

Temperament
 

French Bulldogs are very sweet and an excellent companion. The French Bulldog rarely barks and if he does it's often to draw attention, to point that he needs something or just because he is not happy. This breed is patient and affectionate with its owners, especially with children, who are especially protected by the females. French Bulldogs can easily live with other breeds when the proper introductions are done.
 

They are often referred to as "little clowns," and a more fitting description could not be found. The French Bulldog is at his utmost content when he is being showered with affection. he will return the favor to his utmost capabilities. He is a true lapdog, an extreme lover, a bodyguard, a playful companion, and a true "best friend". 
 

Description
 

The French Bulldog is compact, sturdy, and heavily boned. He is short and cobby, with a small to medium build. The height at the withers, should be approximately the same as the length from withers to tail-set. Massive chest, with tapering hindquarters. French Bulldogs have large, rounded bat-like ears, square flat heads with a slightly domed forehead, large rounded eyes, and flat muzzle. French Bulldogs are a smooth coated breed. The French Bulldog has the appearance of an intelligent, alert, active and curious nature. French Bulldogs are hardy and robust little busy-bodies. The French Bulldog can have a corkscrew tail or a straight tail. The coat is moderately fine, short and smooth. Skin is soft and loose, especially at the head and shoulders, forming wrinkles. The French Bulldog does shed their coats during the change of the seasons and can continue throughout the year. The hair is fine and not as noticeable as other breeds. Height should be 12", weight should be 18 to 28 pounds.  Life expectancy is 10 to 12 years.
 

Grooming
 

The French Bulldog requires minimal grooming. A weekly brushing should be done to remove the loose hair, and stimulate the oils in the skin. This will help prevent the skin from becoming dry, flaky and itchy. A once a month bath with a mild soap is all that is needed. Too much bathing can dry out the skin. Nails should be kept trimmed, and the pads of the feet checked often, to ensure that there are no cracking. French Bulldogs have folds that also need to be kept clean. Gently lift the folds and swab the area with a cotton swab, to be sure that it does not become a breeding ground for bacteria. The ears should be kept clean to avoid infections. Check the ears daily by looking inside them. Make sure they are pink, then gently swab the inner ear with a damp cotton swab.


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