If you love French Bulldogs and want to learn about this breed more, you must know these amazing facts!
English breeders still preferred the larger bulldogs to the small breeds. With the popularity of the smaller bulldog breed in France, English breeders began to send over any bulldogs that might be considered too small or those they considered faulty (ears that go straight up, for example). At this point, the dogs have become largely popular in France, especially in Paris. This was where the small bulldogs were eventually bred with local Parisian ratters, or dogs that are used for hunting rats. Terriers are the most common ratters, and this was the breed that the imported British Bulldogs were bred with in France. The result of the cross was a completely new breed that was called the Bouledogue Francais, which literally translates to French Bulldog. The Frenchies obviously took to the body of Bulldogs, but they definitely retained some Terrier qualities such as playfulness, energetic, and of course, the erect ears.
Most of us know how French bulldogs look today, but much like how most species of animals change through time, so did the bulldog. When French bulldogs first became a breed, they didn’t always have the “bat ears” that they are so known to have today. The original Frenchie look actually consisted of a more English bulldog look. English Bulldogs had more of a rose shape to their ears with softer edges all in all. Imagine a smaller bulldog with those ears - that’s how the original breeds looked like. However, American breeders preferred the look of the bat ears on the French bulldogs, so they worked to preserve this quality. This is what’s now globally recognized as one of the primary qualities of a French bulldog.
By the late 19th century, around 1870s up until the 1900s, the trend in Paris became apparent. It wasn’t the clothes or the shoes that stole the show. It was the French bulldog. Frenchies became the trendiest companion, and the style spread across the Atlantic over to America. During this time, French bulldogs became a highly fashionable pet and accessory in American societies, especially among the wealthy. Frenchies at the time used to sell for at least $3000 per animal, a price that’s not too far from how much it costs today. But if you account for inflation, then you can easily see how $3000 in the late 1800s is a whole lot of money - way more than what the animals cost today. In fact, only the most influential and richest of families could afford to own these dogs back then. Think of the Rockefellers and the J.P. Morgans as an example.
The popularity of French bulldogs did not stay in the Gilded Age. Rather, their popularity grew and grew until people from all over the globe are in love with this animal. They’re so well loved, in fact, that even high profile celebrities go crazy over their very own Frenchies. Let’s start with English novelist Nancy Mitford, famous designer Yves Saint Laurent, and famous novelist D.H. Lawrence. Among the richest and most powerful in Hollywood are the biggest French bulldog fans as well. The Beckhams have been known love their bulldog as well as Lady Gaga. Leonardo di Caprio has a Frenchie he aptly calls Django. Lastly, Hugh Jackman is known for posting lovely pictures of him together with his French bulldog, Dali, on social media.
Dogs are known to be great swimmers. French bulldogs can’t swim; even if they did a little, they’re horrible at it - horrible enough that if they were in the water for a long time, they will undoubtedly drown. The reason for this is in the French bulldog’s anatomy. Because of their short muzzles, French bulldogs have to tilt their heads far back in order to prevent water from going up their nose and to keep their mouths out of water altogether.