French Bouledogue

Description:
The French Bouledogue is a smaller dog with a compact body and big bones. One of its characteristics are its ears that look like a bats which are thick at the base, rounded on the top, and stand up high although not too close together and they kind of stick forward. Its weight should not be over fourteen kilograms. It has a big looking head and its skull is flat and its forehead is rounded. The nose is deep and wide and its cheeks are well developed. Its nose should be black. The neck of the French Bouledogue is thick and well arched with skin that overlaps on its neck. It has a wide and deep looking chest. The body is short and roundish, the tail should be short, inserted downwards and is straight or curled, not curved though; the base of the tail is thicker and the end is thinner. The front legs of this dog are short and straight and should be well separated. The hind legs are longer than the front ones. This dog's coat is short and quite fine. The colors they come in varies anywhere from white to black, gray, etc. and they often times have two different colors on their body.

Ideal owner:
Although the French Bouledogue is small in height, it has a lot of personality and is a very funny looking dog. This dog has a big heart and is very smart and loves being around children and enjoys family life, as it is very adaptable and willing to please. It enjoys and really loves its family and is very protective making it a great guard dog. This breed is quite sensitive to certain temperatures and cannot stay out in extreme temperatures. There are some that snore when they sleep.

Growth:
The average weight of the French Bouledogue at birth is around 170 grams. At eight weeks it should weight around 2.5 kilograms. From this moment on the males tend to grow quicker than the females of the same litter and the male is also bigger when it becomes an adult. Breeders suggest being very careful when getting one of these because those that are not bred well can run into a lot of health problems as well as behavior problems. If you are anxious to have one of these adorable fellows its suggested you wait to find the right breeder. The French Bouledogue is a very lively dog, is smart and likes to play with its owner. It is important for the owner to start training at a young age otherwise it could acquire behavior problems and become very stubborn. It generally reaches its full physical maturity at the age of two years. When it becomes an adult, the texture of its hair changes a bit.

General health:
Probably the biggest health risk that affects this breed is its susceptibility to cancer. If you and your family are looking into getting a French Bouledogue you will need to ask the breeder about the incidences of cancer in its family line. The most common problems though are related with weight problems. They can have difficulty breathing, cardiac problems and oversized torsos. The person that gets one of these dogs will need to have a good eye to be able to choose correctly. Make sure to feed it properly (ask your veterinarian about this) and to allow it to get plenty of exercise. Von Willebrand disease also affects this breed and it is a hereditary abnormality of the blood the affects blood clotting and formation of platelets. These dogs also have a tendency to develop skin allergies as well as short tails and heads, which is a birth defect. Besides keeping an eye on the diet and amount of exercise it requires, it is in general a very easy dog to care for. Their life span is about twelve years or more.

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