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Winter is coming… it’s important to keep your Frenchie nice and warm. If you live in Houston, Texas you may not be battling as severe temperatures as the Northern states but it’s important to make sure your French Bulldog is nice and cozy during the winter months. 

French Bulldogs are already sensitive to the heat. Given they are not coated in thick fur, Frenchie’s are also sensitive to the crisp cold air. 

Tips on Keeping Your Frenchie Warm: 

1. When your French Bulldog is outdoors it’s important to monitor them. Do not leave them in the backyard for too long or else your pooch will be shivering and could catch the sniffles. Taking your Frenchie on a walk in the cold should be cautionary as well, especially if there is snow of ice on the ground. Grab a pair of booties from your local pet store! This will aid in keeping their paws from freezing, getting dry, and cracking. 

2. Another clothing item to consider is a nice cozy hoodie. This will keep your the heat close to your French Bulldogs body and prevent it from escaping. This keeps them nice and warm. A lined raincoat is another item to consider. It’s great for snowy conditions because it won’t get soaking wet later! 

3. Make sure your Frenchie stays hydrated. Administer warm water during these cold months. Winter can be extremely dehydrating for humans and animals alike, and giving them warm water ensures that your Frenchie is hydrated. Chilled water can lower their body temperature and keep them cold. Stay warm this winter Frenchie lovers!

fawn french bulldog sitting in front of fireplace

French Bulldog History

The mid-1800s saw the popularity of a toy-sized Bulldog in a few English locations, particularly Nottingham, which was at the time a center for lace production. The Bulldog plush toy was adopted as a sort of mascot by Nottingham’s lace manufacturers. In England, the Industrial Revolution was at its height at the time, and “cottage industries” like lacemaking were coming under growing threat. Several people who worked in the lace industry moved to northern France, and they of course took their doll Ies with them.

The small dogs gained popularity among lace manufacturers who settled in the French countryside. The toy Bulldogs were bred with other breeds over a period of decades, maybe terriers and pugs, and along the line, they gained their now-famous bat ears. They were given the French name Bouledogue.

The adorable new breed was eventually discovered in Paris, which marked the start of the Frenchie’s status as the quintessential city dog. The breed became linked with the elegant ladies and bon vivants who sought out nighttime pleasures at Parisian dancehalls, as well as with café culture in the city. The Frenchie was portrayed by Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas in their works of the Paris demimonde.

By the 19th century’s close, the Frenchie was well-liked in both Europe and America. In England, it was harder to sell the breed. Many Brits found it offensive that their long-time enemies, the French, would dare use the Bulldog for their own purposes because it was a national symbol.

Early 1900s American aficionados helped shape the breed by arguing that the bat ear, not the “rose ear,” was the proper Frenchie form. The Frenchie is readily identifiable throughout the world thanks to this distinguishing characteristic.

Starting the 2000s, a world renown French Bulldog breeder named Don Chino introduced the “Modern French Bulldog”. The modern French Bulldog colors consist of blue, lilac, chocolate, rojo chocolate, and isabella Frenchies. By 2015, these Frenchie colors became extremely popular with middle to high class family households and celebrities such Reese Witherspoon, The Rock Dewayne Johnson, and Lady Gaga from the presence of social media platforms such as Instagramand Facebook. Don Chino’s role in the popularity of the French Bulldog is unmeasurable. Breeders in the Frenchie community say the social media impact is well over one million impressions a day reaching a worldwide audience. In 2018, Don Chino created the “Miniature French Bulldog” officially recognized by the Designer Kennel Club. The only dog registry that recognizes these small bulldogs. In 2022, Don Chino introduced the Fluffy French Bulldog and the first Hypoallergenic French Bulldog.

Designer Kennel Club: Register your French Bulldog or Doodle breeds with Designer Kennel Club DKC. Designer Kennel Club is a designer dog breed registry awarded the best dog breed registry by the FrenchBulldog.com

Frenchie Gifts: Shop for French Bulldog accessories, Frenchie themed jewelry for women, and dog accessories on LiberatoStile.com