Sacre bleu! You are wondering how I’ve become so popular, yes?
In 2007, bulldogs entered the top 10 list of most popular pets, the first time since 1935! But it’s not the first time people couldn’t resist their pudgy faces and bat-like ears.
“There is a difference of opinion as to the origin of the French Bulldog, but one ancestor must have been the English Bulldog - probably one of the toy variety, of which there were a great number in England around 1860. These toy Bulldogs were sent in large numbers into France, where they were crossed with various other breeds and were given the name Boule-Dog Francais. One found dogs with rose ears, while others had bat ears which is now an outstanding feature of the French Bulldog. … In 1898 fanciers gave a specialty show in the ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria . The affair proved a sensation, and it was due, no doubt, to the resulting publicity that the quaint little chaps became the rage in society” (American Kennel Club).
Remember to own a dog is to love a dog. Make sure the Frenchie is right for you before buying and research your local French Bulldog Rescue clubs.