The French Bulldog

Ava (top) and daughter Madeleine

Ava (top) and daughter Madeleine

Frog Dogs Forever! The French Bulldog is often referred to a Frog Dog because of their natural resemblance to frogs! Another reason they’re often called Frog Dogs is because they lie on the ground with their legs splayed out behind them just like frogs!

This lovable, hilarious, companion breed is a non-working, non-sporting dog described by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the “clown in the cloak of the philosopher” (AKC, 2013c, para. 1). Living with Frenchies is a joy. If it is not their flat face that makes one fall in love, it’s their sweet expression, their overly loving personalities, or their “bat” ears. Frenchies are not necessarily loud or extremely active dogs, but are happy, affectionate, out-going, and fun-loving dogs. Frenchies are content to lie on their beds beside your chair, follow you to the barn, go for rides in the car, go for a walk, or watch a movie with you on the couch. Their short, cobby, muscular frame makes them very cuddly overall; never a dull moment in life with a Frenchie.

See Laura's article entitled, "Meet the French Bulldog" in The Carolina's Equestrian Magazine. 


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CH. Lionhearts Famous by Fortune "Ava Maria Penelope"

GCH. Lionhearts Can't Touch This X CH. LionhearT Fabelhaft Fortune TELLER 

AKC CH. Lionheart's Famous by Fortune "Ava Penelope" bred by Milan and Jana Miklos of Lionheart French Bulldogs was sired by GCH. Lionheart's Can't Touch This "Hammer" and is out of dam GCH. Lionheart's Fabelhaft Fortune Teller "Annie." Ava is a FULL SISTER to Westminster's 2014 RBIS (Reserve Best In Show), AOW (Award of Merit), GCH. Lionheart's Fortune 500 "Bobby", who also the 2014 BIS (Best in Show), BOB (Best of Breed), BOS (Best of Opposite Sex) at the 2014 French Bulldog National Championship. Bobby is also the RIS of Eukanuba 2013 and has too many awards to name here! Ava finished her conformation championship shown by owner Dr. Laura Pettler on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Hanover Kennel Club show, under Dr. Michael J. Woods. Ava has also won Best of Breed one time, Best of Opposite Sex, and Select. We cannot thank Milan and Yana Miklos enough and appreciate Brandon Edge for his guidance, support, and advice throughout this journey. Thank you Milan, Yana, and Brandon you made this dream come true possible!


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Cavallerias Famous By Association "Sophia Claire"

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Sophia Claire is Ava's youngest daughter. Sophia is a gorgeous girl. First time in the Puppy Class at the Augusta Kennel Club Dog Show, Sophie won Best of Breed Beginning Puppy and then went on to win the Non-Sporting Group Beginning Puppy! Onward and Upward! 


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Cavallerias Famous Catching Fire "Madeleine Mirana"

Bis, biss, can/am ch. roboBull st. elmo's fire x ch. Lionhearts famous by fortUne

Madeleine is Ava's oldest daughter. She is a large, beautiful bitch. She has a planned breeding in Spring 2018. 


Cavallerias High Notes King Louis I "Louis"

Louis was Laura's first Frenchie. He is a neutered male and is Laura's shadow no matter where she goes. Laura loves Louis with all of her heart. 


History of French Bulldogs 

According to the French Bulldog Club of America (2013b): 

French Bulldogs, almost always historically brindle, with strains from the English Bulldog, originated in England, France, and the United States of America during the 1800s. These endearing little dogs became the breed favorite among citizens from Normandy to Paris when lace-making emigrants with their “miniature bulldogs”, formerly called the Boule Dog Francais, set up shop in Northern France during the Industrial Revolution (FBDCA, 2013b). Soon after, wealthy Americans traveling to France also fell in love with the half-flat-skulled breed as well and began breeding the French Bulldog stateside with stand-up “bat” ears instead of the rose-eared-type (i.e., the kind of ears the English Bulldog has) typically bred by French breeders across the pond. The Westminster Dog show featured a brindle Frenchie on the cover of its 1897 catalog although the AKC did not recognize the breed until 1898 (AKC, 2013d).

To learn more about Frenchies history, check out the FBDCA’s Understanding Frenchies page. Also, the Southeast French Bulldog Club’s FAQs page has responses to several frequently asked questions about Frenchies, such as: Do Frenchies bark a lot? Do Frenchies shed? etc.

 

“Oh, he’s only a pet...”

Successful companion-hood is a Frenchie’s greatest achievement. Frenchies were not bred to pull carts, hunt water foul, herd cattle, or guard castles. The focus and intended function and purpose of the French Bulldog from the historical perspective was to lovingly sit on the wealthy laps of French, English, and American Aristocrats while looking adorable (FBDCA, 2013b).

Form follows function. It is arguable that quality companion-type French Bulldogs are generally bred with temperament and health forefront with confirmation trailing immediately behind. If the French Bulldog has form-related or confirmation-related faults making it unsuitable for the show ring, while being a fun, loyal, playful, and loving companion for his or her human, then theFrench Bulldog has achieved the greatest aspiration of French Bulldog life and its original function...love. Form follows function, in importance for companion-type Frenchies. 

As most breeders do, we love raising quality dogs and love the fact that our quality Frenchies are be adopted into fantastic, loving companion homes like ours and live extremely exceptional and remarkable companion-quality lives. Companion-hood is not to be looked down upon, in fact companion-hood is the most respectable accomplishment for a French Bulldog can achieve, and therefore, advocates should actively move to heighten awareness towards companion-hood being admired and embraced, but most importantly loved and appreciated.

 

Breed for Quality, not Quantity...

Although French Bulldogs are one of the healthiest of the bulldog breeds, due to unhealthy breeding and care practices, French Bulldogs can have some breed-related health problems, such as spine issues and allergies.

Our private breeding program is centered on breeding high quality, companion-type, classic brindle, high sought after crème, brindle, and traditional fawn French Bulldogs towards bettering the breed. All of our dogs are x-rayed towards verifying that they do not have spinal problems, such as a Hemi-Vertebrae (i.e., abnormalities in the spinal bones that can cause eventual pain, hind limb ability, and/or incontinence) or other skeletal issues. Our dogs are also screened yearly to verify that all of their organs are functioning properly. So far, we are happy to report that our dogs are healthy and happy from the inside out.

No Fad Colors...

Quality isn’t expensive, it is priceless as many say. Especially when it comes to your dog. Ever heard the old adage, “You get what you pay for?” This adage is definitely true when it comes to buying a French Bulldog. “Rare” colored French Bulldogs, such as Mouse or “Blue” as it is often advertised online, is not only an inflated-price-marketing-scam in our opinion, but more importantly blue or mouse dogs are created by recessive genes, which are often accompanied by a myriad of health problems, such as blindness and follicular dysplasia (Maxime French Bulldog Art [MFBA], 2013). There is nothing "rare" about a Blue/Mouse/Grey French Bulldog. What the issue is is that the dog is born of a recessive gene pool. White, White and Black, White and Black with no trace of Brindle carry the deaf gene, have eye problems, and can be blue eyed (MFBA, 2013). Liver or “Chocolate” can go blind, have juvenile cataracts, and yellow eyes (MFBA, 2013). Black and Tan and ALL-Black-With-No-Trace-Of-Brindle is extremely dominate and will eliminate all other colors in the litter (MFBA, 2013).

The AKC DOES NOT recognize or register these colors of dogs. If a breeder is trying to sell you a dog of any of the colors above as an AKC Registered French Bulldogthey've lied to the AKC about the dog's color in order to get it registered and will definitely lie to you!!

Fad color dogs cannot be shown in AKC Shows and these colors are linked to health problems, such as:

  • Blindness
  • Follicular Dysplasia
  • Deaf Gene
  • Cataracts

The Wrong Puppy is one of the most heartbreaking sources of credible French Bulldog information available to prospective new French Bulldog Owners and it is imperative that if anyone considering adopting a French Bulldog takes time to read the critical information provided on this website. We are very concerned about over population and the health and safety of all animals. If you are interested in adopting a rescue French Bulldog, there may be options available to you! Please contact a French Bulldog Rescue listed at the top right of this page (*We are not affiliated with these groups, but completely advocate and support all humanitarian efforts of all animal rescue groups completely).

Cavalleria's French Bulldogs are only registered with the American Kennel Club. Although there are several dog registries available, such as the Continental Kennel Club (CKC), the American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, is the oldest kennel club dedicated to confirmation dog shows (AKC, 2013a). Cavalleria French Bulldogs are registered with the AKC and are eligible for AKC non-sporting group competitions. Our French Bulldogs are bred from Confirmation Champion Bloodlines towards doing our best to leave the breed better than when we found it.

The French Bulldog Club of America: The French Bulldog Club of America (FBDCA) founded in 1897, is the oldest French Bulldog Club dedicated to preserving and promoting the French Bulldog breed in the world (The French Bulldog Club of America, 2013). The FBDCA also conducts breeder and dog owner surveys towards studying French Bulldog genetics, helps owners understand confirmation and health, along with heightening awareness of the French Bulldog breed for the general public (FBDCA, 2013).  Check out their website for tons of great information about deciding if the French Bulldog is right for you.

We completely advocate, support, and will continue to promote the breed to enhance public awareness of the importance of breeding quality, healthy Frenchies. Here are some additional credible French Bulldog Information sources that offer support, education, etc. about Frenchies: 

  • Southeast French Bulldog Club 

  • California French Bulldog Club 

  • Northern California French Bulldog Club 

  • Dallas Fort Worth French Bulldog Club 

  • The Bullytin  

 

References:

American Kennel Club. (2013a). AKC history. Retrieved from http://www.akc.org/about/history.cf

American Kennel Club. (2013b). French bulldog breed standard. Retrieved fromhttp://www.akc.org/breeds/french_bulldog/breed_standard.cfm

American Kennel Club. (2013c). AKC meet the breeds. Retrieved from http://www.akc.org/breeds/french_bulldog/index.cfm

American Kennel Club. (2013d). A look back. Retrieved from http://www.akc.org/breeds/french_bulldog/index.cfm

French Bulldog Club of America. (2013). Home. Retrieved from http://frenchbulldogclub.org/Maxime

French Bulldog Art. (2013). French bulldog colors. Retrieved fromhttp://www.maximefrenchbulldogs.com/French%20Bulldog%20colors.htm

Grebe, J. (2003, September). Only A Pet by Jan Grebe. French Bulldog Column, AKC Gazette.


French Bulldog Links & Info

Lots of great individuals in the French Bulldog world! We admire their hard work and their contributions to our learning. It is important to support and promote each other for the betterment of the breed.