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Thursday, August 09, 2007


So Sparky tagged me tell all about French Bulldogs (AKA Frenchies, Frog Dogs)

A SHORT History: In the 19 century the bulldog was popular in England. The smaller bulldogs with erect ears were not as popular in England, but the French women were fond of these dogs. Soon this toy bulldog became the "fad" in Paris and eventually all the upper class homes in France had to have a "Bouledogue Francais". American visitors were immediately smitten with the dog, soon several dogs were brought back and bred in America. By 1913 we were one of the most popular breeds in America. Thankfully those French women had enough sense to realize how wonderful and important we truly are.

Temperment: We are known as clowns in a lap dog. We are very people oriented and crave attention. Frenchies need to be a member of the family and given lots of love. We are loving, sweet, playful, cuddly, and absolutely hilarious. We get along with mostly everyone, since we thrive on human attention, but sometimes we bond to one very special person. We can not survive without human attention and love. We can not and will not be ignored, we will make outrageous noises or stare until we are given the attention we deserve. I personally lay on my side and make deep sighing noises until I get a belly rub or kiss.

We are protective too ~ well kind of..... it's often known that Frenchies will bark and growl if someone is knocking at the door or lurking outside, but once inside the barking will turn to whines and whimpers of "PLAY WITH ME". Frenchies want to be friends with everyone! Hey, my rule is if someone comes into my house, they must play with me, or leave!

Some males or females can be aggressive, but mostly we all get along fine. We do not bark unless there is a reason. Some of us slobber or drool, but the majority don't. Some of us do well with training and some of us don't. We need lots of love and positive encouragement. We are also known as ruthles hunters of mice. That must be why I always want to chase and kill ants, spiders, birds, and squirrels.

Height and Weight: We are about 12 inches tall give or take a few inches. We can weigh anywhere from 19-about 30 pounds. I personally weigh about 25 pounds, I'm all muscles, wink, wink, kiss, kiss Fig.

Health Problems: We tend to have eye and respiratory problems. Because of our squshed in faces we have trouble breathing, we may wheeze, snore, and make lots of funny grunting noises. I make funny noises all the time, but after a few about ten minutes of hard play I need to chill out and drink water.

Living Conditions: We are sensitive to temperature extremes, overheating can cause heat stroke. We perfer cooler climates, but not too cool. I'm like mommy and wish it was fall all year round.

Exercise: We should NOT be exercised in hot weather, but we LOVE to run and play,we can play for hours. Some of us are really hyper and others of us are lazy, I tend to be a little of both. I HATE the heat and HATE the snow. When I get REALLY Hot from playing I know to sit on the central air vents and cool off. Luckily mommy plays with me inside with the centrail air when its SUPER HOT.

Did I leave anything out, my fellow Frenchie Bernard?


Lorenza said...

Hi, Balboa.
Thanks for sharing with us all the info about your breed. Its very interesting and yes, the french women knew!
Of course we know you are all muscles!
Have a good night

Agatha and Archie said...

We know all this fabulous info because one of our good friends Gracie is just like you!! A+A

Luckie Girl said...

Hey - Of course you are all muscles and super duper manly. I never had any doubt about that ya know?

ROSSI said...

oh wow.. u sure know well bout yourself.. thanks for sharing it.. now i know u are a 'false' protective dog!.. hehehe.. come play with me.. hahah.. good one!

Golden Rossi

Rowan The Dog said...

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Amber-Mae said...

Oh yes Balboa...Errr, not to be rude but flat face doggies should not over exercise especially in the sun coz they can have an heart attack coz they can have difficulties in breathing especially when the nose is flat like you...hehehehe! Thanks for sharing those info about your breed Balboa. Have a great weekend!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Ruby Bleu said...

Wow...that's a lot of good info. I'm jumping over to my pal Bernard to see what he has to say!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Seadra & Zoe said...

We agree with you and your Mommy. We wish it was fall all year round. With all this hot weather we keep telling ourselves that fall is just around the corner. We wish it would hurry up.

Thanks for telling us about your breed. Frenchies are a lot like pugs and bostons. We all have those adorable smooshed faces.

Love, Seadra and Zoe

Ike said...

You guys are a lot like us Bostons - heat and cold sucks!

Joe Stains said...

we seem a lot alike, and certainly NO traces of Doofusism!

Toby said...

You seems a lot like my cuz Fugs. He doesn't do well in heat either.

What kinda funny noises do u usually make??


Momo :) said...

Hi Balboa, I forgot to mention earlier but we often bump into two very nice French Bulldogs at my favorite park. Everytime I see them they remind me of you! Thanks for sharing about your freed.

Momo xoxo

fee said...

hey balboa, can we watch a video of your funny noises please?


Pugsley, Buster, Cricket & Daisy said...

Thanks for sharing you breed info. We enjoyed reading it.

Pugsley, Buster, Cricket and Daisy Mae

Graham & Prince said...

Thanks for your comments about little Tilly - she's certainly showing off her unique character! I'm sure Prince is delighted!

Hows little Balboa doing?

The Airechicks said...


Very imformative - we did not know about you guys getting too hot.

Maybe that why we ahve never gotten to meet a FRENCHIE face to face..not too many here in Texas

Thank you for sharing - now we know that your just a funny boy at heart

Sparky said...

Thank you so much for telling us about the French Bulldog!

Pacco de Mongrel said...

thanks 4 sharing wit us so much about french bully

Girl Girl Hamster said...

Woh thanks for sharing with us. You sure look all muscle to me. :)

~ Girl girl

Amici said...

Whoa, we didn't realize you are a snow dog like me! Or does snow meet the qualification of extreme weather? I like the Fall too. I bet that season up here in Maine would be perfect for you. :)

Very neat info about you. We think you are awfully cute and it was great to get to know more about the history of your breed.

Frasypoo said...

I think I may be part French bulldog!The scaring away strangers part especially

Jake of Florida said...

Interesting info, Balcoa. We didn't know all those things about you Frenchies. Glad you don't live here 'cause it can be pretty hot -- although right now, I think we're cooler than lots of the country.

Thanks for your good wishes!!

Jake and Just Harry

Ferndoggle said...

Thank you for all those fun facts Balboa!! Mom is thinking of getting a Frenchie one day. Hopefully he/she will be as cute as you!!


Duke & Gidget said...

Thanks for the history lesson. We found it quite interesting. You Frenchie's have a lot in common with us pugs.

~Pug Hugs~
Duke & Gidget

Tofu Burger said...

Yay! for Frenchie snorts! You guyss are soo great!


fig said...

Oh, je t'aime, mon chere Balboa!!! Muah!

Stanley said...

That was cool, Balboa (aka Boober Boy)! You are my very first Frenchie friend.

Goober love,