If you would like to adopt a French Bulldog, consider both breeders and rescue organizations. The playful and affectionate breed is a great family dog and fits in well with multiple pet households. You can find a great dog with the right research. Here's what you need to know about French Bulldog adoption.
French Bulldog History
French Bulldogs aka Frenchies share a common English bulldog ancestor with several bulldog breeds. During the 19th century, British breeders began to breed small bulldogs that weighed between 12 to 25 pounds. The small dogs were most popular with the lace-makers in the English midlands. When the Industrial Revolution forced many lace-makers to close their small shops, many of the artisans took their dogs and immigrated to the North of France. Once the English immigrants introduced the small bulldog to France, French people of all classes started adopting the dogs as pets. The small bulldogs became so popular in France that by 1896, they were considered a French breed despite their British origins and the fact that breeders in the UK, USA and France bred the dog.
The early French Bulldogs had variations in appearance based upon the breeder's location before the American Kennel Club (AKC) established the breed standard. Breeders in France and the UK preferred rose ears. American breeders only considered upright or bat ears appropriate. UK French Bulldogs tended to have more of a square jaw than French and American versions. By 1898, AKC determined the breed standard that only allowed for bat ears. Modern French Bulldogs are bred following this AKC breed standard.
Why Adopt a French Bulldog?
French Bulldogs make excellent companion dogs and adapt to most lifestyles. The breed has the following qualities:
- The dogs have an affectionate, friendly and loyal temperament.
- The breed is generally patient and gentle with children.
- French bulldogs can live comfortably in apartments.
- A daily walk and potty trips outside provide sufficient exercise.
- The dog has a low-shedding short coat that is very easy to groom at home.
- The breed is generally healthy. Common health issues include a sensitive stomach and skin allergies.
You should make sure that you can provide a suitable home for a French Bulldog prior to adoption. While the breed can adapt to most lifestyles, you should consider the following before an adoption:
- French Bulldogs need a home where they will receive daily attention. Do not leave your dog alone for hours, if possible. Make sure that you spend a lot of quality time with the dog in the evenings if he is alone during the workday.
- Frenchies are indoor dogs. This is not the type of dog that can be tied up outside for long periods of time. These dogs overheat easily and need to be protected when outdoors in warm weather. In hot weather, the dogs should be walked in the morning and evening and not during the hottest times of the day.
- Some French Bulldogs do not get along well with pre-existing pets in a household, especially cats. It is better to get multiple pets at the same time to prevent dominance issues. However, many Frenchies can learn to get along well with other pets with proper introduction and training.
- Invest time for training and socialization. Some French bulldogs can become excessive barkers and display watchdog tendencies without proper training and socialization.
- If you have small children, always supervise interactions between the dog and children. While French Bulldogs are generally good with children, you should still supervise interactions to prevent any accidental injuries.
French Bulldogs make great pets in suitable homes. Take into account your lifestyle and time commitment for a pet when you consider adoption.
Adopting an Adult French Bulldog
If you are interested in a rescue French Bulldog, adult Frenchies make great pets. Adult French Bulldogs offer the following benefits:
- Personality established
- Potty trained
- No destructive puppy behavior
- Extremely appreciative of a new home
- A true rescue because most people want puppies
French Bulldog Adoption Process
Most breeders and rescue organizations will require a potential adoptive family to fill out an application and will then interview the family. The interview will cover the type of dog sought, the proposed home environment and any adoption requirements. The breeders or rescue organization will work closely with the family to select a dog or puppy that suits the family. Some breeders and rescue groups require an inspection of the potential new home.
How to Pick the Right French Bulldog
When you are searching for a French Bulldog, look for the following traits:
- Upright bat ears
- Face with square, undershot jaw and deep muzzle
- Alert, intelligent expression in dark eyes
- Short, smooth coat with fine fur that comes in the colors of white, fawn, brindle or brindle and white.
- Small, muscular dog with compact body
- Straight or screwed tail
- No sign of illness such as dry nose, dried feces near tail or thin appearance
- Friendly and curious
The breeder or rescue organization will help you choose a dog that fits your life style and personality.
Finding a Breeder or Rescue Organization
Contact the French Bull Dog Club of America (FBDCA) to get a list of recommended breeders and rescue organizations in your area. You can also ask local veterinarians for information on recommended French Bulldog breeders.
The FBDCA recommends the following rescue organizations on their website:
Do your research and carefully select a breeder or rescue organization. A good breeder or rescue organization will help you adopt a French Bulldog who suits your lifestyle. When you find the right French Bulldog, you have a loyal and loving companion.