The French Bulldog, or colloquially known as Frenchies, are loving and loyal dogs with a face so cute, you’ll be dying to snuggle with one. Despite their loving personalities, they’re also quite the sassy, silly dog; which means training can be a challenge due to their stubborn nature. These sturdy little Frenchies make wonderful companion dogs, especially since cuddling in your lap is one of their favorite pastimes. Supervision is needed because their flat faces can make breathing difficult, causing them to wheeze and snort if left outside in high temperatures; they’re also prone to heatstrokes. Nevertheless, Frenchies are wonderful companions and extremely playful.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. Despite their names, the French Bulldog first originated in England.
2. English lace makers bred Frenchies because they wanted a smaller version of the English Bulldog; the industrial revolution caused workers to emigrate to France with their dogs in tow.
3. They’re known for their large heads and bat-like ears that stand straight up!
4. Hugh Jackman is often seen strolling the streets of NYC with his French Bulldog named Dali.
5. Modern Family fans know that Jay Pritchett’s only weakness is his French Bulldog Stella.
6. John Legend and his wife Chrissy Tiegen also have a French Bully. Their Frenchie is named Pippa, after the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton
7. The average French Bulldog lives about 8-10 years.
8. An overweight Frenchie is a health disaster waiting to happen, so be sure to keep your Frenchie away from the treat jar!
9. Due to their flat faces, breathing can be difficult if they’re overweight, over exhausted, or overheated. Consult a veterinarian to understand the full risks of being a Frenchie owner before adopting one!
10. Frenchies make wonderful apartment dogs because they can get their daily exercise in the form of walks or indoor play—no yard necessary.