Ironically, the French Bulldog is Not French at all. Rather, the story is that it is originally from England. The French Bulldog was created to be a miniature bulldog in England. With a long history as a dog for companionship, the French Bulldog has accompanied lacemakers from England to France, where the French moniker originated.
French Bulldogs are not just excellent show dogs but also ratters. Some claim that French Bulldogs are Terriers crossbred with Pugs. Even when the breed was brought back to England to join dog shows, the name “French Bulldog” stuck. This domestic breed is popular as a pet. In the United Kingdom, it was once the fourth most popular. It is the third most popular dog in Australia at one point.
French Bulldogs Originated From Molossian Tribal Dogs
Today’s Frenchie story reveals that this breed is a descendant of the Ancient Greek Tribal dogs of the Molossians. Phonecian traders spread these dogs around. Molossian dogs of Britain evolved into the English Mastiff. One type of dog used for baiting bulls was the Bullenbeisser, a Mastiff sub-breed. The sport becomes illegal in 1835 and the dogs were no longer employed, leaving them to be companion dogs instead.
Some terrier ratting dogs were cross-bred with Bulldogs to reduce their size. Soon the conformation shows of England featured Toy Bulldogs, which weigh around 25 pounds the most. Soon the French Bulldog story reveals that smaller types became thought of as a breed, getting the name of Bouledogue Francais.
The dogs were sought-after by fashion-forward ladies of society including creatives like fashion designers, writers, and artists. Later, stocks of terriers were purchased to develop long straight ear traits for this breed.
Just like most dogs bred for companionship, the Frenchie requires close human contact. They experience separation anxiety when left alone for a long time. This is true, particularly for younger French Bulldogs. However, separation anxiety tendencies do persist until adulthood. This leads to failed housebreaking and destructive behavior.
This breed does not need a lot of exercise. They do require short walks daily.
Sometimes they are also called Clown Dog or Frog Dog. The reason is that they have extremely wide faces and sit like frogs. They bark rarely and are kept mostly for companionship. This breed is affectionate, patient and can live with other dog breeds easily.
The Only Dog On The Titanic
As the French Bulldog story goes, On April 15, 1912, The RMS Titanic ship went down and the only one aboard belonged to a banker. The first class banker was 27-year-old Robert William Daniel, who had purchased Gamin de Pycombe, his dog for what would be equivalent to $17,000 today. Passengers that survived claim they saw a swimming Frenchie in the ocean after the Titanic sank.