French Bulldog - Information and NZ Breed Standards

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French Bulldog

General Information - French Bulldog

Non sporting


9-10 years

very low

very low


Watchdog ability:

Protection ability:
guard home

Area of Origin:

Date of Origin:

Other Names:
Bouledogue Français

Original Function:
lap dog


Probably issued, like all the mastiffs, from the Epirus and the Roman Empire molosses, relative of the Bulldog of Great Britain, the Alans (tribe of the Middle Age), the mastiffs and small type mastiffs of France, the bulldog we know is the product of different crossings done by enthusiastic breeders in the popular quarters of Paris in the years 1880.

During that period, the Bulldog being a dog belonging to butchers and coachmen of « les Halles » (market place), he soon knew how to conquer the high society and the artistic world by his particular appearance and character. He then rapidly propagated himself.

The first breed club was founded in 1880 in Paris. The first registration dates from 1885 and the first standard was established in 1898, year in which the Société Centrale Canine of France recognized the breed of the French Bulldog. The first shown dog was from 1887. The standard, modified in 1931, 1932 and 1948, was reformulated in 1986 by HF Reant and R Triquet (FCI publication 1987), then in 1994 by the committee of the Club of the French Bulldog with the collaboration of R. Triquet.


Sociable, lively, playful, sporty, keen. Particularly affectionate towards his masters and the children.


The Frenchie has minimal exercise requirements, although it is a fun-loving dog. It enjoys a romp outdoors, but it doesn’t do well in hot, humid weather. A short walk on lead is sufficient to meet most of its physical needs. This breed should not live outdoors. It requires minimal coat care.

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