According to the American Kennel Club, or AKC, French Bulldogs were ranked the second most popular dog breed in the United States in 2021! The breed remains very popular, and as its popularity rises, it climbs the ranks to challenge the popularity of long-standing champions Labrador Retrievers.
Originating in England, the French Bulldog was actually bred to be a miniature version of its cousin, the Bulldog. Over time, owners (particularly lacemakers) began taking their tiny bulldogs with them as they migrated to France, which is why these “miniature” bulldogs earned the title “French Bulldogs,” or for short, “Frenchies.”
A very popular breed amongst city dwellers, the French Bulldog is a cute, spritely, and companionable breed. Frenchies are very friendly with humans, and make human friends quickly and easily.
The name “bulldog” often sounds intimidating to those who might not be acquainted with the breed, but in reality, French Bulldogs are some of the most loving and companionable pets. They’re loyal, sweet, and friendly, even to strangers — and tend to become quick friends with most new people they meet. They’re extremely loyal dogs, and aren’t just friendly with humans — they’re also very sociable with other animals! Heed caution, however, when your Frenchie is around other dogs and cats. Although they’re usually very friendly with other animals, Frenchies can sometimes become very territorial around other dogs or cats.
Since Frenchies are so small, they’re very popular pet choices for big-city pet owners where space is limited and most living is quite compact. Overall, Frenchies are pretty adaptable, but are also known for their stubborn streak.
Care and Wellness
Frenchies don’t need a terribly large amount of exercise, but they still need enough to keep them healthy and in shape. Daily walks are important for maintaining wellness, but trips to the dog park or romps around the backyard are also great exercise activities. Frenchies are sweet, playful, and friendly, and although they don’t need as much exercise as other breeds, they still need lots of TLC.
Since French bulldogs are known for their stubbornness, it’s something to be watchful of! Many experts advise that as a French bulldog owner, you should assert your dominance in the house as the “leader” so that your Frenchie will listen to you and see you as an authority figure.
French bulldogs are a short-nosed or “brachycephalic” breed, putting them at higher risk for specific health concerns such as pinched nostrils of inefficient/shallow breathing. Not all French bulldogs are prone to these health concerns, but it’s important to keep a close eye on these conditions before they arise.
What kind of Lilly Brush should I use for a French Bulldog?
The Mini Pet Hair Detailer and the Pro Pet Hair Toolkit are the best Lilly Brush tools for French Bulldog owners. The rubber blades easily pick up short, straight pet hair when brushed on clothing, furniture, and car interiors in short and quick strokes.