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French Bulldog - Breed Profile:
Physical characteristicsFrench Bulldogs are small compact dogs with a well-proportioned and balanced body. They are smaller and less massive than English Bulldogs. The head is round with highly set erected ears and a flat wrinkled muzzle. The eyes are dark and prominent. The teeth should meet in an undershot bite. The shoulders are usually wider than the rest of the body. The tail is either straight or curled. The loose skin makes Frenchies very pleasant to pet.
The height of French Bulldogs is up to 12 inches, and they weigh up to 28 pounds.
TemperamentFrench Bulldogs have an amazingly sweet and affectionate personality. They are easy-going, curious, and alert. Frenchies tend to form strong bonds with one of their owners. They require a lot of companionship, otherwise the dog may not feel happy. Frenchies are a good choice for elderly people because they are rather quiet, clean, and need little exercise (daily walks should be fine). However, a Frenchie can be wilful and snappish sometimes, but can be trained well enough if the owner is patient. They play too roughly with smaller children, so should be monitored all the game. This breed is better for older and considerate children.
Coat and groomingFrenchies have a short coat easy to take care of: very little grooming is necessary to keep it in a good state. Make sure you pay enough attention to the wrinkles on the face: they should be regularly cleaned to avoid infections and other problems.
These dogs come in cream, brindle, black, white, red, fawn, blue, and their combinations.
HealthSensitive to temperature extremes: prone to heatstrokes in sweltering weather. Thus, they do better in a colder environment. Like other dogs with prominent eyes and a short muzzle (the English Toy Spaniel, Pug, Boston Terrier etc), Frenchies are prone to eye and respiratory problems. Also, they can snore and wheeze.
The lifespan is 10 to 12 years.
Other interesting factsBecause of their build, French Bulldogs cannot swim like other dogs, so do not leave them without supervision near water and swimming pools.
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