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America’s Favorite Dog, the Frenchie

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Votes are in! America’s favorite dog the Frenchie has taken over. For years everybody’s favorite dog was the Labrador Retriever. That sweet loving look that they give makes you feel on top of the world. And they are a companion like no other. But they had to slide on over into the number two spot for the French Bulldog after thirty-one years of being number one.

History of the Frenchie

A little history of the Frenchies is needed to understand the popularity increase over the years to America’s favorite dog. Bred back in the 1800s when lace makers from England started to lose business and had moved to Northern France. They took their toy bulldogs with them who became to represent the lace makers. As the lacemakers had made France their home, they had to decided to breed their toy bulldogs with other breeds that are still unsure what breeds had been used to complete the genetic makeup of the Frenchie. It has been said that there is a little Pug and possibly even Terrier genetics in the Frenchie DNA.

Due to all the cross-breeding, the Frenchie developed the famous “bat ear” that we have all come to love. France became well known for their beloved Frenchie, and eventually, as those who came to America with their French Bulldogs soon found that the Americans are crazy about this little lap dog. America’s favorite dog the Frenchie slowly but surely started to take us all by storm.

Frenchies Best Qualities

The qualities that have made the Frenchie so popular in the last ten years, and made them America’s favorite dog, have ranged from the adorable face to compact in size. Famous for their bat ears, which everyone seems to enjoy, this breed’s ability to be such a goofball companion has helped them gain popularity amongst dog lovers, since they flourish on interaction with their humans they are a true faithful partner in crime. Not to mention they are a great family dog. When it comes to children they outreach new heights in the patience category. Even though they are great when meeting new people, don’t let the Frenchie fool you into thinking they are not a guard dog. Frenchie owners have been known to love the watchful abilities the Frenchie possesses.

A Classic Look for a Classic Dog

When it comes to the well-known classic look of the Frenchie it starts with the adorable short-nosed smooshy face with the lovable bat ears. The French Bulldog has a soft smooth coat that can have many varieties in color. Brindle, tan, and fawn are the most common colors. “Pied” is a term used to describe a Frenchie that is white with brindle patches, which has also become a popular color. Don’t forget about the adorable wrinkles that form their adorable look from their loose skin. Frenchies are short stout little fellas that are muscular and carry a boxy square head on a bow-legged gait.

Care for America’s Favorite Dog

Overall care needs for grooming a Frenchie are simple since they have a short coat. The basics of grooming apply to them, which helps make them America’s favorite dogs. Also, their exercise needs are pretty low, which makes them great for living in the city. Frenchies do not do well in hot weather, it’s important to keep them in air conditioning in those kinds of conditions. Training a French Bulldog is fairly easy due to its high intelligence level. Plus they want to please their owners so it makes training enjoyable for them.

Common Issues for the Frenchie

The most common issue with French Bulldogs is Brachycephalic Syndrome, which affects dogs with short noses. Airways then collapse. Frenchies have allergies, another respiratory issue that affects Frenchies on a regular basis. Another health concern with the shortened nose is heat stroke, which they are prone to. Skin infections are also well known in this breed from all of those cute wrinkles they have. Alongside skin issues, they are also prone to eye issues such as cherry eye and many more. Deafness and ear infections have been noted as common health concerns for Frenchies. Hip and elbow dysplasia is also found in the French Bulldog along with many other breeds.

Research What is Best for You

Falling in love with the Frenchie is not hard to do. Those cute adorable faces are hard to resist, just like any other breed of dog, do all the research before diving right into getting a pup. Always get a pup that is suited to your lifestyle.