Country/Region of Origin: England
Life span: 10 – 14 years
Weight: 20 – 28 pounds (9.1 – 12.7 kg)
Health Issues in French Bulldogs:
- Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS) is a condition where the dog has an overly long soft palate with narrow nostrils and trachea. This makes it very difficult for the dog to breathe resulting in low oxygen levels in the tissues and cells.
- Von Willebrand’s Disease is a bleeding disorder which can be found in French Bulldogs. This disease is very similar to haemophilia. It affects the bloods ability to clot due to a lack of certain proteins in the body. Bleeding due to injuries may be difficult to stop.
- Patellar Luxation is a condition which can be found in French Bulldogs. It is the dislocation of the kneecap due to impact on the legs or as a result of congenital deformities. Patellar Luxation can happen in one or both the legs.
- Hemevertebraea is the malformation of the dogs spinal column. These deformed vertebrae can cause pressure on the spinal cord which can lead to discomfort, pain and even paralysis.
- Pregnant dams often have to give birth by caesarean as the puppies’ heads are very large.
- French Bulldogs are prone to heatstroke. The reason for this is that they have a very flat faces and can’t pant effectively to cool down properly.
Interesting Facts on French Bulldogs:
During the industrial revolution many textile workers moved to France to look for new opportunities. Many of these workers took their bulldogs with them. This dog became very popular in France, hence the name French Bulldog.
They are also known by the nicknames ‘Frenchie’ and ‘Frog dog’. “Frog Dog” describes the way that they lie down with their legs stretched behind which looks much like a swimming frog.
Due to the French Bulldog’s flat face, many of them snore.