The French Bulldog, originally called the Bouledogue Francais, has regained its popularity in recent years. They fulfill their original breeding purpose as purely companion and lap dogs. Though they did also catch rats, very few of the breed are used as pest control today. As of 2020, French Bulldogs were the American Kennel Club’s second most popular dog breed on their most popular dog breeds list. They have also been listed as the second most popular dog breed in the United Kingdom.
French Bulldogs have mild, friendly, and affectionate temperaments. They get along great as family dogs and with other breeds of dog. They are particularly sweet and cuddly with their human owners. Their small size makes them extremely popular for apartment renters who have limited space. Since they are mostly indoor dogs who need mild daily exercise, a full yard probably won’t be necessary. Like all breeds they do love the park and outdoors though so make sure you have access to one for their walks.
Socialization is a necessary part of training this breed, especially with puppies. Without proper socialization, French bulldogs can get very territorial and aggressive. They may be stubborn, even argumentative, at times. However, this comes from their intelligence. With their favorite treats in hand, training becomes a breeze.
Their loving natures do make French bulldogs prone to separation anxiety. This is something to keep in mind as an owner. It’s best to limit your time away from a Frenchie, as they may become agitated after a few hours separated from you. Having a full plan in place to ensure you have enough time or can share the load with someones else is essential.
If you want a loving lap dog, that is relatively easy to look after, the French bulldog may be the breed for you!