Buy Cute French Bulldog
This pup is a descendant of the robust and athletic fighting dogs popular in England in the 1600’s and 1700’s. Over the centuries, the dogs were bred for different traits, and various breeds emerged. The French bulldog was bred to be smaller, livelier, and gentle. They became popular with the working class, including British lace makers.
When British lace makers migrated to France during the Industrial Revolution, the French become enchanted with their unusual pets. The popularity of French Bulldogs grew among shopkeepers, and the pups were often featured in advertisements of the era. Upper-class Frenchmen also began coveting the little dogs, while the British remained indifferent to their appeal.
As a result, the French adopted this smaller bulldog as one of their own. The French formalized breed standards to include a compact body and straight legs, without the extreme under-jaw of the English breed. Ears could be either be erect “bat ears’ and floppy “rose” ears.
Wealthy Americans visiting Paris also fell in love with the breed, and soon “Frenchies” started showing up at Westminster in 1896 (two years before the AKC recognized the breed in 1898 as a Non-Sporting breed.)