alert, and playful, but not unduly boister- ous” (Quotes from the FBDCA Standard of the breed.) Whether the dog is to be a pet, to compete in canine companion sports or to be shown in conformation; these char- acteristics are very important. Let’s look at them individually. t "QQFBSBODF PG BO BDUJWF JOUFMMJHFOU (dog). Th ese dogs are smart! And active! Th ey have muscular little bodies, and to maintain them, they do require some exercise. While they are not a breed to jog long distances with you in the sum- mer heat, they are also not lazy. Th ey make good apartment dogs as long as their family is diligent in providing short walks in a park, or around the neighborhood. Th e opportunity to get out and meet people and see new sights also provides necessary mental stimulus. Th ough they can and should be crated at times, their need for both exercise and mental stimulation would make crating all day and night terribly boring and physically unhealthy. Th ey consider themselves family members and require that type of social interaction. t ɨFFYQSFTTJPOTIPVMECFBMFSU DVSJPVT and interested. Th ey are very aware of their surroundings, are quick to inves- tigate, inquisitive. Th ey are also very attentive or focused. Th ey can often be
found sitting on the back of a sofa, rapt- ly watching outside their home’s win- dows. Many are known to watch TV! I have one who will watch TV silently for long periods (her favorite show is Animal Planet), but she does not like or trust cartoons! She will bark to warn us if an animated show or commercial comes on her TV set! t 8FMM CFIBWFE BEBQUBCMF BOE DPNGPSU - able companions. Th ey should be easy going, fitting in and adjusting to the needs of a family, a couple, or single home. Th ey seem to grasp the needs of each member of a family…snuggling with one, playing fetch with another, willing to be dressed up by children (or adults). Th ey will happily learn tricks; especially if there is a treat involved. t "O BĊFDUJPOBUF OBUVSF "ĊFDUJPO JT demonstrated di ff erently depending on training and personality of the specific dog. Our French Bulldogs love kisses. We often tell new puppy parents to remember to kiss them on their little black lips! However we allow (encour- age) that behavior. If that does not work for you maybe snuggling, lap sitting, or playing does. Th e point is they are a ff ectionate and do require your atten- tion to be happy. t &WFO EJTQPTJUJPO /PU UPP XJMEy OPU too stoic… not too anything! Th ey are
tolerant but not pushovers, a ff ectionate but not needy, playful but not frenzied. Th e French Bulldog is often described as a “balanced dog” …that description also applies to their temperament! t (FOFSBMMZ BDUJWF BMFSU BOE QMBZGVMy Th is may not be the couch potato that has been described to you by some breeders! Th ough they thoroughly enjoy a nice snuggle and nap; they also need mental and physical stimula- tion. Th ey are more playful than the average couch potato and will often invent games to amuse themselves if you are busy. You will see them bow and bounce and even playfully nip to encourage chase games. Th ey love to be chased and to chase. Th ey may try this with the family cat or other pets so proper introductions are very impor- tant, as well as an astute evaluation of other pets you currently own. An older pet or a sickly pet may not appreciate their playfulness. t #VUOPUVOEVMZCPJTUFSPVT8IJMFQMBZ - ful; the French Bulldog is not to be “Hyper”. Th ey should be spirited but not unruly. Th e French Bulldog is often noted to be “A philosopher in the cloak of a clown”. It is a very apt description! You can often see their little brains working, while their charming antics will keep you smiling!
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