The dawn of this breed brings us back to England where, together with the English Bulldog, dogs of smaller size were bred anonymously and used for their agility during the Bull-baiting (before its ban in 1835) and rat baiting, allowed until 1912.
At the times of Industrial Revolution and the Economic Crisis that struck England, those little Bulldogs landed on Seine’s shores following the English workers, most of them lace makers, that emigrated in Normandy.
In the paris suburbs, reproduced without much attention and crossbred with terrier to enhance their attitude to hunt rats, this subjects undergo a francisation that resulted in the dog that today everybody knows.Inseparable companion of the people of the lowest classes, as lamplighters, butchers and “beauties of the night”, it was in brothels that prestigious exponent of the upper class met the Bouledogue Francais. This little molossus fastly became a symbol of elegance and distinction, constant presence inside parlour upper paris class and inside the houses of well-known people.
Nowadays the Bouledogue Francais benefits are growing exponentially more popular all over the world, thanks to its unique characteristics that makes it different from any existent breed in the cynophile panorama. A “pleasantly good for nothing” dog, a little clown, that interacts with the rest of the world in a singular, almost human, manner.
Don’t let us be fooled by its appearance, inside it’s still present the spirit of its heritage, and in case of need it’s able to have a temper tantrum! It’s the ideal dog for those who desire a loyal and devoted companion, incredibly funny and not particularly in love with binding exercise. Coexiste just right with other animals, but if male, it’s better to avoid leaving them alone with other conspecifics. The French Bulldog, if well bred it’s a solid breed, commensurate with its anatomical and physical characteristics.
Any form of excess or exaggeration in morphological structure is to be condemned. In particular, special attention in selection must be paid to respiration, the construction of the torso, which must be inscribed in the rectangle, and the joints. It’s important to turn to specialised breeders as, being a very fashionable dog, many laymen have approached its breeding without, however, possessing the necessary skills to be able to select correctly.Dogs
In the last thirty years thanks to outcross with other breeds more functional of the classic Bouledogue Francais (in particular Staffordshire Bull Terrier), some colours classified as exotic and not officially recognised by Fci standards, have been selected, even modifying the dog structure with slightly longer nose canines, dorsal lines parallel to the ground and more angulated hindquarters. These cross-breeds have brought a breath of health to a dog that had become famous for its “weaknesses”, and the legend that exotic colour Boules are more sickly than their standard colour cousins must therefore be dispelled, whereas in general the opposite is true. Genetic variability is always the basis for the health of any individual, and in a breed
Genetic variability is always the basis for the health of any individual, and in a breed where breeders have often fallen into serious excesses, the introduction into breeding of more functional subjects has brought greater characteristics, while still coming out of the official standards. There are four colours recognized by the Fci standard, namely fawn in all its shades with preferably black mask, bringee i.e., tiger striped, white fawn and white tiger striped (caille). The exotic colorations, on the other hand, represent a very wide panorama that is constantly evolving, thanks to the efforts of many breed enthusiasts outside the Fci standards. Certainly the best known and most appreciated is the blue colour, which can be solid (solid colour), brindle (with tiger stripes) or with the presence of focature (tan). Another popular coloration is chocolate, again in solid, brindle and tan variants. Fawn with a blue mask is referred to as blue fawn, while black with foci is referred to as black and tan. The most popular merle colorations are blue merle and choco merle, and they may also come with focature (tan). It is difficult to describe all the exotic colours existent, as many breeders are constantly working to select new ones, the shades of colorations possible being truly many. It is important to emphasise that they derive from mating with breeds that are much more functional than the characteristic Bouledogue bred according to the Fci standard, and have a greater genetic variability and on average a morphology that predisposes the animal to a healthier life. This does not detract from the fact that with the latest changes to the breed standard, even the Fci has realised the urgent need for a healthier, excess-free construction in the breed, which by its conformation always remains predisposed to a variety of sensitivities.