The French Bulldog, also referred to by their nickname, "Frenchie," is a small-medium sized breed that actually did not originate in France despite their name. These small bulldogs were developed in Nottingham, England to keep lace workers company and rid their workrooms of rats. It is believed that the Frenchie resulted from the cross-breeding of toy-sized bulldogs from France and perhaps Pugs, to develop their widely recognized appearance. The new miniature bulldog became popular in France as well and took on the name of their new home, Bouledogue Francais. Eventually, French Bulldogs rapidly gained popularity because of their love for companionship and today, they are one of the most desired breeds in the United States.
Known for their distinctive "bat-like" ears, the French Bulldog is certainly one of the most unique-looking bulldogs. They are quite muscular for their size but their compact frame makes them easy to carry. The Frenchie's coat is short and smooth with wrinkles that are commonly seen on the head and shoulders. They are seen in many colors such as brindle, cream, and fawn with dark or light-colored eyes depending on the coat color. One of the French Bulldog's most distinctive features, besides their compact body and small size, are their erect ears which are broad at the base with a rounded top. They have a large, square-shaped head with a broad muzzle and short nose. Like most bulldogs, the Frenchie's short tail can be either straight or cork-screwed.
The French Bulldog is widely considered to be a very gentle and playful breed that tends to get along well with children. If properly socialized, they can also do well with other dogs. They are a fairly quiet breed but will alert you if they hear unusual noises or see strangers. Although they are a bit stubborn, Frenchies are eager to please their owners, especially for food. Due to having a flat face, the breed can be easily overheated when playing outdoors in high temperatures. They can do well in apartments since they are not a very active breed, but they still require regular exercise.