I know what your thinking a sucker is born every day but I thought to myself I have to have him. I have waited, literally my whole life for this dog. Who know that a little 22 lb Blue French Bulldog would steal my heart.
Anyway, the fix was in. I took my son out to the bulldog breeder’s house and we hung out for awhile and I introduced Emperor to him and he too loved this little lilac French bulldog- so we bought him. I kept him with the breeder for awhile so that we could get things organized for him to come to home with us. We bought a leash, a proper collar- not one of those that goes around his neck but one of the harness style collars, so he wouldn’t choke. We bought a doggie carrier for the ride home, some dog toys a bed and a cage for him to sleep in while he learned how to potty train. He had been living out doors for all his life so potty training him would be a challenge. We put in a little dog run or our own in the backyard for him to hang out in while we were away.
After a month of mentally preparing for his arrival, I was getting concerned that he might get lonely or need a pal to play with. After all the French Bulldog is a social animal and likes to have friends around so for a 2 fer deal we were able to negotiate a deal for a female playmate. We went from a zero dog house to a two dog in just over a month.
I have seen grown men carry little dogs around before and always said that I would never be that guy. I don’t know much about the French bulldog breed but I know what I like. I like his physicality, his personality and friendly disposition. His color was important but not as important as his happy go lucky attitude that almost all Frenchies share. They are good with children, even infants. They are protective but don’t insist on it like some breed. They have a stubbornness that is, for some strange reason, acceptable. I am not a micro-manager of people why should I be of my dog. He will often ignore the simplest of commands, but I don’t mind because he shines the best attributes you could hope for in dog- love.
He makes me laugh, my son giggles uncontrollably, and my wife is finally coming around to the benefits of having him in the house.
The two of them bring a new found excitement to the Cook house. Together they add a certain circus like atmosphere. They help me relax, not take life so seriously. They are the life of the party and provide conversation and spark to everyday.
- Blue Frenchies
- Tan Frenchies
- Cream colored Frenchies
and I’ve even seen pink Frenchies, spotted Frenchies called Merle’s all have one thing in common- they are just plain fun to be around.
Frenchies don’t require a lot of exercise which is nice because we don’t either. I am about 60 years old and am slowing down. Even though he is a puppy in my eyes he doesn’t need a lot of walking. I go golfing if I need a good walk. He doesn’t require a lot of expensive food, they are not finicky and don’t take up a lot of space. The French bulldog is the perfect breed for someone who is a bit of a couch potato to be honest. This might be the reason the French bulldog is quickly becoming one of the most sought after breeds in the world as we move more into city dwellings as a people near jobs and big cities the French bulldog is perfectly suited for this.
I read that English bulldogs were bred with rat terriers to make them small enough to travel with for French aristocratic lady. You couldn’t board a train as easily back then with a large hunting dog so they combined the all the nice qualities of the English Bulldog with the size of smaller terrier. No one knows for sure where the French bulldog descended from could have been any number of smaller dogs, maybe even a pug or Jack Russel for all we know but it doesn’t matter to me.
I asked about health concerns and what to look out for when buying a French bulldog. They main thing is because they have a “smashed in nose” that they have trouble breathing. The are all muscle so they have trouble swimming but that’s not to say they can’t swim, just like anybody they can learn. Watch out for the cold and the hot. They don’t do well in either of those extremes. I’ve heard to look out for their knees and shoulders and hips can get dysplasia but so can larger dogs like golden retrievers. So that shouldn’t deter you when buying a Frenchie. If you are worried about the health of your animal have it checked by a vet or ask for papers of recent tests. Good breeders keep all the paperwork on file.
After finding Emperor and his girlfriend we were shocked to find out that he is one of the most sought-after studs of French bulldogs in the world. The breeder, after we bought him emailed me about a month after he came home and told me to check out the studbook.uk. He had landed in the top 10 of lilac blue French bulldogs by shear luck he was moved into that position. I have no idea how they determine that but I think it has a lot to do with his lineage, his structure, his health and his coloring. People order his semen from around the world. We did a DNA check he carries the gene for Lilac Chocolate and cream.
The one thing that I haven’t mentioned was that he has some of the most beautiful tan points. To me, tan points are like eyebrows on a woman. I have to say, I don’t look at those first but once you get familiar with them, hey those are kind of nice.