FRENCH BULLDOG BREED DESCRIPTION

The French Bulldog is a small sturdy, compact and solid dog with good bone structure and a short smooth coat. None of the dogs features should be exaggerated with balance essential. French Bulldogs showing signs of respiratory distress are highly undesirable.
The French Bulldog Breed are a vivacious and deeply affectionate breed that are highly intelligent.
The French Bulldogs Eyes should preferably be dark, matching and of a moderate size, they should be round, neither sunken nor prominent and showing no white when looking straight forward the eyes should be set relatively wide apart and on same level as the stop.
The French Bulldogs mouth should be slightly undershotand its teeth sound and regular, but teh teeth should not visible when the mouth is closed and the tongue must not protrude.
The French Bulldogs legs should be set wide apart be straight boned and be strong, muscular and short.
The legs should be strong, muscular and relatively longer than the forelegs with moderate angulation. Absolute soundness is essential. The Hocks should be well let down.
The tail should be undocked, short and set low with a thick root, tapering quickly towards tip, preferably straight and long enough to cover anus, never curling over back nor carried gaily
Texture fine, smooth, lustrous, short and close
Ideal weight: dogs: 12.5 kgs (28 lbs); bitches: 11 kgs (24 lbs). Soundness not to be sacrificed to smallness
Full of courage, yet with clown-like qualities. Bat ears and short tail characteristic features of the breed.
Head square in appearance and in proportion to dog’s size. Skull nearly flat between ears, domed forehead. The skin covering the skull and forehead should be supple enough to allow fine wrinkling when the dog is alert. Well defined muzzle, broad, deep and set back, muscles of cheeks well developed. Stop well defined. Lower jaw deep, square, broad, slightly undershot and turned up. Nose black and wide, relatively short, with open nostrils and line between well defined. Lips black, thick, meeting each other in centre, completely hiding teeth. Upper lip covers lower on each side with plenty of cushion, never so exaggerated as to hang too much below level of lower jaw
’Bat ears‘, of medium size, wide at base, rounded at top; set high, carried upright and parallel, a sufficient width of skull preventing them being too close together; skin soft and fine, orifice as seen from the front, showing entirely. The opening to the ear canal should be wide and open
Powerful, well arched and thick, of moderate length.
Cobby, muscular and well rounded with deep wide brisket and ribs well sprung. Strong, gently roached back. Good ‘cut up’. The body while broader at the shoulders should narrow slightly beyond the ribs to give definition to the relatively short, thick, strong, muscular loin.
Small, compact and placed in continuation of line of leg, with absolutely sound pasterns. Hind feet rather longer than the fore-feet. Toes compact; well knuckled; nails short, thick and preferably black.
Free and flowing. Soundness of movement of the utmost importance.
Brindle, pied or fawn. Tan, mouse and grey/blue highly undesirable.
Brindle: a mixture of black and coloured hairs. May contain white provided brindle predominates.
Pied: white predominates over brindle. Whites are classified with pieds for show purposes; but their eyelashes and eye rims should be black. In pieds the white should be clear with definite brindle patches and no ticking or black spots.
Fawn: may contain brindle hairs but must have black eye lashes and eye rims
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work