Paddy. The “Frenchie”

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Paddy enjoying a walk in the sun

Meet Paddy, My French bulldog.

Lets start off clearing up the immediate confusion over the name. I know it’s an Irish name for  a French bulldog. This happened when my Mum started to tell friends and family that I was getting an “Irish bulldog” which don’t exist. This amusement meant we turned to an Irish name… and Paddy stuck! Paddy was born on the 24th April 2015.

After lots of research we chose a Frenchie. We live in the city and was looking for a small dog. It turns out, Paddy, a French Bulldogs is perfect. He loves his own company. Enjoys to snuggle up on the sofa, plenty of sleep and quite happy to have a run around the park too.

Best for the city The Times – The Top Dog Guide

French bulldog
This breed doesn’t need much exercise. It can get too cold in winter due to its thin coat but will struggle to cool itself in summer because of its flat nose. In both scenarios it may refuse to go out, but it’s not being naughty.

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Paddy in his bed, December 2016
Paddy quickly fit into our busy working and social lifestyle. He has 4 walks and trips outside at least each day. Between he enjoys a good rest and plenty of sleep.

After reading a few posts on a Facebook forum we are very lucky that he has never damaged any of our apartment furniture, had any trouble with him throughout the night or toilet training . We had Paddy from 12 weeks and have trained him the basics, toilet training, sit, paw, wait and he walks well on his lead. He is hard work and demands your full attention. A guide to a French bulldog

Paddy is very good, friendly and gentle around humans. Our challenge is Paddy with other dogs. Last summer on the way home from his walk he was attacked by another large dog that picked him off the ground and threw him around. This really scared us. Paddy only had a small cut but this really effected our confidence with him around other dogs. Now we are looking for a dog trainer to build our confidence and his.  All ideas welcome…

Today;

The Mirror names The French Bulldog the most popular too.

The Labrador is no longer top dog in Britain – it’s celebrity favourite The French Bulldog

The pointy-eared French Bulldog, a breed favoured by the likes of the Beckhams and Lady Gaga, is set to top the rankings in 2018.

French bulldog overview

The Frenchie shares many of the traits that made its bulldog ancestors so successful in the bull-baiting arena: low center of gravity, wide body, heavy bone, muscular build and large, square head. It has soft loose skin forming wrinkles about the head and shoulders. Unlike the bulldog, it has an alert, curious expression, which is aided by its bar ears. Also, unlike the bulldog, its movement is unrestrained and free, with reach and drive. It is a hardy, entertaining home companion and a solid lap dog.
The French bulldog is a clown in a lap dog. It enjoys playing and entertaining its family, as well as cuddling and snoozing with its favourite person. It is amiable, sweet, companionable and willing to please.

  • Energy level – Medium energy
  • Exercise needs – Low
  • Playfulness – Moderately playful
  • Affection level – Moderately affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogs – Friendly
  • Friendliness toward other pets – Very friendly
  • Friendliness toward strangers – Shy
  • Ease of training – Easy to train
  • Watchdog ability – Medium
  • Protection ability – Not very protective
  • Grooming needs – Low maintenance
  • Cold tolerance – Medium tolerance
  • Heat tolerance – Low tolerance

French bulldog History

In the 19th century, the bulldog was fairly popular in England, especially around Nottingham. Some of these bulldogs were quite small, weighing less than 25 pounds. When many of the lace workers of the region went to France for work in the mid-1800s, they took their “toy” bulldogs with them. The French women, especially, were attracted to these little bulldogs, especially those with erect ears (a common but disliked feature in England). Dog dealers brought more of the clownish little dogs to France, where they soon became the rage of Paris. The dogs were dubbed bouledogue Francais. French breeders sought to consistently produce the erect “bat ears,” much to the chagrin of English breeders. By the late 1800s, the breed had caught the attention of the upper class and had moved into some of the finer homes in France. Around this same time, American visitors to France brought several back to America and began to breed the dogs in earnest. Amid continued controversy over which ear type was correct, an American club was formed and, in 1898, it sponsored one of the most elegant dog shows (just for French bulldogs) ever held. The gracious setting attracted wealthy spectators, and the Frenchie soon conquered America. Their popularity among high society soared, and by 1913 they were among the most popular show dogs in America. The breed has since been passed by many others in popularity, but it still boasts some of the most elite and ardent fans in dogdom.
Credit; http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds/non-sporting/french-bulldog.html
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