The French Bulldog, also known as the Boule-Dogue Français, the Bouledogue Francais, the Frogdog, Bat Ears and, more affectionately, the Frenchie, is perhaps best known for its bat-like ears, miniaturized Bulldog appearance and clownish personality. Frenchies are not normally noisy or snappy dogs. Early in their history, European breeders tended to prefer a dropped or “rose” ear. However, preservation of the bat ear is a hallmark of the modern French Bulldog due to the persistence of selective American and other breeders. The French Bulldog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1898 as a member of the Non-Sporting Group.
The average Frenchie is approximately 12 inches at the withers and weighs between 22 and 28 pounds. Dogs or bitches weighing over 28 pounds are disqualified under the breed standard. Their short, smooth and brilliant coat is easy to care for, and a number of different coat colors are acceptable in the American Kennel Club conformation ring. The Frenchie’s erect ears should be cleaned regularly.