French Bulldog: Dog food and breed portrait
The French Bulldog is a small dog breed from France. The FCI lists it as a companion dog in group 9, section 11 (standard 101).
The French Bulldog is characterised by its friendly and affectionate nature. This has led to it enjoying great popularity worldwide and inspiring countless dog lovers from young to old.
Origin of the French Bulldog
The ancestors of the French Bulldog come from England, where they were used in animal fights, which were very popular at that time. However, these were banned in the 19th century. British guest workers finally brought the Bulldog to France, where it was first used to hunt rats.
Today's French Bulldog is the result of crossbreeding between bulldogs with spikes, terriers and pugs. It was not long before the animals, originally kept only by the lower classes, were able to join other social classes.
The first breed club was founded in Paris in 1880 and the first breed standard for the French Bulldog was established in 1898. Today the breed is a very popular social and companion dog in many countries.
Features of the French Bulldog
The French Bulldog is a small dog with a muscular body and a short tail. It reaches a weight of 8 to 14 kilos and its shoulder height is 24 to 35 centimetres.
The head of the French Bulldog is massive. Her skull is flat, her forehead is arched and the stop is well defined. She has a short muzzle and a broad jaw. Besides the conspicuous facial wrinkles, the large bat ears in particular contribute decisively to the characteristic appearance of the French Bulldog.
The shiny coat of the French Bulldog is very short. It has a fine texture and offers little protection in cold weather. French Bulldogs are bred in many different colours.
The breed standard of the FCI, however, only allows the following coat colours:
French Bulldog Character and character
The French Bulldog is characterised by a calm nature and a balanced temperament. She is considered to be cheerful and playful and her character can be described as thoroughly pleasant.
Nevertheless, the French Bulldog is a courageous four-legged friend who can sometimes be a little overconfident when dealing with sometimes much larger conspecifics. Aggressiveness is however far from her mind.
The French Bulldog needs a loving upbringing, as well as needing to be paid lots of attention. Otherwise, it can sometimes prove to be stubborn and obstinate in everyday life.
Nevertheless, the French Bulldog is an excellent family dog, which can also cope well with children and which even beginners can easily handle.
Activities with the French Bulldog
Anyone who wants a high-performance four-legged athlete for dog sports is clearly wrong with a French Bulldog. This is because the breed is very cosy and does not have too much urge to move.
Nevertheless, owners should make sure that their French Bulldog moves enough. Otherwise, they tend to become overweight quickly, which has numerous negative consequences for health and, among other things, puts a considerable strain on the joints.
Thanks to its strong play instinct, the French Bulldog can usually be easily stimulated to engage in joint activities. As long as the physical strain is not too great, it is even possible to take up one or the other discipline from dog sports as an occupation.
For example, the French Bulldog can be used in a number of sports:
French bulldog diseases
Provided that a French Bulldog comes from a serious breeder, it is normally a fairly healthy breed. However, like all short-headed dog breeds, it is sometimes prone to developing breathing problems, which in severe cases may even require surgery.
In addition, the French Bulldog may have a higher incidence of the following health problems, among others:
- Due to the characteristic wrinkles, there is an increased susceptibility to skin inflammation.
- French Bulldogs are sensitive to heat and therefore suffer heat stroke quite quickly.
- Problems with the musculoskeletal system such as herniated discs, patella dislocation and hip and elbow dysplasia can occur.
- The French Bulldog has an increased risk of developing urinary stones.
- Small dogs tend to have conjunctivitis, so eye care should not be neglected.
Life expectancy of the French Bulldog
When kept under good conditions, French Bulldogs usually reach an age of 10 to 12 years. However, disease and poor quality feeding can significantly shorten the life expectancy of the French Bulldog.
The correct nutrition for the French Bulldog
With a diet that meets the needs of your French Bulldog, you make a decisive contribution to a long and healthy dog life. Due to the increased tendency to be overweight, it is particularly important to ensure that the amount of food you give your dog is in line with its needs.
It goes without saying that you should also ensure that the food you buy is of high quality and that you always give preference to a well-tolerated food made from natural ingredients. In the Bellfor range you will find everything you need for the appropriate nutrition of your French Bulldog.
We recommend that you choose a combination of our cereal-free dry dog food and our tasty wet dog food. All varieties are free of artificial additives and instead contain high quality food grade ingredients, so you can be sure of excellent digestibility.
If required, the following food supplements and care products for French Bulldogs may also be useful:
With the Bellfor nutritional concept you support the health and well-being of your French Bulldog from an early age.