The French Bulldog has catapulted up the popularity charts in recent years. Most recently, it ranked behind only the Labrador Retriever (on top for three decades) in the American Kennel Club (AKC) list of most popular dogs in the country. Black and white French Bulldogs may not be show eligible, but their striking appearance makes them sought after by pet owners.
Small to medium (11 – 12 inches)
20 – 28 pounds for males, 16-24 pounds for females
10 – 12 years
Fawn, fawn and white, fawn brindle, brindle, brindle and white, cream, white and brindle, white and fawn
Families looking for a playful, easy-to-groom lapdogs that does not require a lot of space.
Easygoing, sociable, gentle, friendly, playful, affectionate
In this article, we’ll look at the history and relevant facts about the black and white French Bulldog, including what it’s like to own one of the adorable beasts.
French Bulldog Characteristics
The Earliest Records of Black and White French Bulldog in History
Black and white French Bulldogs are not a separate breed, and their history is the same as all other Frenchies. The early ancestors of modern French Bulldogs came not from France but across the Channel in England. Toy Bulldogs were popular, especially in the city of Nottingham. When lace makers relocated to northern France due to competition from the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1800s, they brought their dogs with them. The French embraced the pups and bred them with Pugs and other terrier-type dogs until the modern French Bulldog breed was standardized.
How Black and White French Bulldog Gained Popularity
Once Paris discovered the newly developed French Bulldog, the breed’s popularity proliferated. The adorable bat-eared dogs first served as pets of the working class before being noticed by the nobility. Late in the 19th century, French Bulldogs made their way into the rest of Europe and over to the United States. Interestingly, their native England was much less enthusiastic about the new French Bulldog, probably because the love of the traditional English Bulldog ran so deep.
Formal Recognition of Black and White French Bulldog
American tourists were the first to bring the French Bulldog over from Europe. American breeders made the famous bat ear of the Frenchie standard and formed the world’s first French Bulldog Club. French Bulldogs were first shown in America in 1896, and the breed was recognized by the AKC two years later in 1898.
However, black and white is not an officially recognized color pattern for French Bulldogs. Black and white French Bulldogs are not allowed in the show ring but possess all the faults and charms of every other member of this breed.
Top 3 Unique Facts About Black and White French Bulldog
1. A French Bulldog Went Down With the Titanic
At least nine dogs are known to have been lost in the sinking of the Titanic: one of which was a French Bulldog of unknown color. The dog, named Gamin de Pycombe, was a champion Frenchie that was purchased in England by an American banker who survived the voyage. If you’re curious, two Pomeranians and a Pekinese are known to have survived the sinking, smuggled onto lifeboats by their owners.
2. Black and White French Bulldogs Were Once Part of the World’s Oldest Profession
Early in their debut into Paris society, French Bulldogs were most commonly found in brothels, serving as companions to the ladies of the night: the belles de nuit. Artists of the era often pictured the little dogs alongside their mistresses in postcards and prints.
3. Black and White French Bulldogs Come in Many Patterns
Within the general color black and white, there’s a lot of variation among French Bulldogs. They can be mostly black or mostly white, with only a few patches of the opposite color. Sometimes they display a piebald pattern, which is more evenly split between the two. Ticked or spotted patterns are also possible.
Does Black and White French Bulldog Make a Good Pet?
Black and white French Bulldogs make amusing, playful, and entertaining pets, as you might expect, given their popularity. The dogs are small enough to live in almost any environment, including crowded cities. They generally get along well with other pets, but they can be a bit territorial.
The dogs are alert and watchful but don’t tend to bark much. French Bulldogs are smart but can be stubborn, so patience is required when training them. The biggest concern with owning a black and white French Bulldog is their health problems. A recent study found that French Bulldogs were more likely to develop health problems than other breeds. Breathing problems due to their flat faces are the most serious, but Frenchies can also suffer skin, eye, ear, and spinal issues.
Black and white French Bulldogs have a unique and fascinating history. Unfortunately, they are also plagued with many issues in the present, thanks to reckless breeding and their unusual body type. Be very careful to research breeders thoroughly if you’re looking to purchase one of the dogs. Also, be financially prepared not only to cover the cost of the dog but potentially many severe and even life-threatening medical concerns.
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