The French bulldog dog is a small domestic dog breed that is cousins with the American and English bulldogs. As to where the breed originated originally, there are conflicting references available, with some breeders claiming that the French bulldog has its roots in Britain during the start of the industrial revolution.
The idea behind that was that as mechanization spread throughout Europe, lace makers from Nottingham, who were also breeders of miniature bulldogs, had to leave because they lost their jobs. A whole lot of them left England for France where there was more demand for their skills. The lace makers who left, of course, took with them their small dogs, many of which had characteristic bat ears.
The French fell in love with the small dogs and there was such a demand for them that the breeders started breeding a French version of the dogs to supply the demand. The French bulldog dog became popular and has been around in Australia since the latter parts of the forties, bred from imported English bloodlines.
A French bulldog dog generally should appear to be intelligent, active, and muscular, with heavy bones, a compact build, smooth coat, and of small or medium structure. Acceptable colors include: fawn, white, brindle and white, all brindle, and any other color except those listed for disqualification. Bulldog skin should be loose and soft, especially at the shoulders and the head, forming wrinkle, with a moderately fine coat that is short, smooth, and brilliant. Disqualifications for a French bulldog include: non-bat ears; black and white, liver, mouse, solid black, and black and tan colors; differently colored eyes; not a black nose, except if the dog is light-colored; a hare lip; and any other kind of mutilation.
The French bulldog dog is a companion dog breed so it will require a lot of contact with humans. The French bulldog does not need a lot of exercise although daily walks are required. Outdoor time has to be limited because the breed has a compromised breathing system, plus the complication of their bulk makes them inefficient at regulating their temperature properly. They can’t be trusted to swim as well because they are top heavy.
Still, French bulldog dogs are excellent as companions and are very sweet. They will rarely bark, but when they do it is because they need something or they are not happy. They are great with children so they are great for families to have. They also get along with easily with other dogs when properly introduced so no need to worry if you already have existing pets.