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\r\n\r\nFrench Bulldogs,\r\nalso known as "Frenchies", are small bulldogs. They are the result of\r\na cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in\r\nParis (France) in the 1800’s.

\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIn 2014,\r\nFrench Bulldogs were the fourth most popular registered dog in the United\r\nKingdom and in the U.S. the ninth most popular AKC registered dog breed.

\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nModern French\r\nBulldogs descends directly from the dogs of the Molossians, an ancient Greek\r\ntribe. The dogs were spread throughout the ancient world by Phoenician traders.\r\nBritish Molossian dogs were developed into the Mastiff. A sub-family of the\r\nMastiff were the Bullenbeisser, a type of dog used for bull-baiting.

\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nBlood sports\r\nsuch as bull-baiting were outlawed in England in 1835, leaving these\r\n"Bulldogs" unemployed. However, they had been bred for non-sporting\r\nreasons since at least 1800, and so their use changed from a sporting breed to\r\na companion breed. To reduce their size, some Bulldogs were crossed with\r\nterriers, while others were crossed with pugs. By 1850 the Toy Bulldog had\r\nbecome common in England, and appeared in conformation shows when they began\r\naround 1860.

\r\n\r\nAt the same\r\ntime, lace workers from Nottingham, displaced by the Industrial Revolution,\r\nbegan to settle in Normandy, France. They brought a variety of dogs with them,\r\nincluding miniature Bulldogs. The dogs became popular in France and a trade in\r\nimported small Bulldogs was created, with breeders in England sending over\r\nBulldogs that they considered to be too small, or with faults such as ears that\r\nstood up. By 1860, there were few miniature Bulldogs left in England, such was\r\ntheir popularity in France and due to the exploits of specialist dog exporters.

\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe small\r\nBulldog type gradually became thought of as a breed, and received a name, the\r\nBouledogue Francais. This Francization of the English name is also a\r\ncontraction of the words "boule" (ball) and "dogue"\r\n(mastiff or molosser). The dogs were highly fashionable and were sought after\r\nby society ladies and Parisian prostitutes alike, as well as creatives such as\r\nartists, writers, and fashion designers. However, records were not kept of the\r\nbreed's development as it diverged further away from its original Bulldog\r\nroots. As it changed, terrier and Pug stock may have been brought in to develop\r\ntraits such as the breed's long straight ears, and the roundness of their eyes.\r\n\r\n

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