The Fawn French Bulldog is a French Bulldog with a tan coat that ranges from dark to light with hints of red in it. While French Bulldogs can come in many colors and patterns, Fawn is a color that is accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as one of the standards of the breed.
Fawn French Bulldogs are true French Bulldogs in every way. Let’s take a closer look at this dog and their history.
The Earliest Records of Fawn French Bulldogs in History
While they are called French Bulldogs, they actually originated in England in the late 18th century. English Bulldogs were bred with small dogs to get a smaller version of the aggressive bull-baiting dogs. It’s hard to know what French Bulldogs first looked like in their early days.
When lace workers’ shops closed during the Industrial Revolution, they moved to France and brought their little dogs with them. These small versions of English Bulldogs became popular among the French. Breeding continued, and eventually, the dogs developed into the look that we know today.
How Fawn French Bulldogs Gained Popularity
When wealthy Americans traveled to France, they became quick fans of the French Bulldogs because they had the look of English Bulldogs without the exaggerated features. Americans started bringing the dogs back with them from France.
In 1897, a French Bulldog appeared on the cover of the Westminster catalog even though the AKC had not yet approved the breed.
French Bulldogs continued to gain popularity, but that started to decline after World War I. For the next 50 years, interest in purebred dogs was uncommon.
French Bulldogs are brachycephalic dogs, meaning they have short nasal passages. Hot weather is difficult for them, and before air conditioning was common in homes, these dogs weren’t desirable. They also have trouble giving birth naturally and frequently require cesarean sections to deliver puppies. By 1940, the dogs were rare, with only 100 registered with the AKC.
In the 1950s, a breeder named Amanda West from Michigan began showing cream and fawn French Bulldogs. Afterward, these colors were commonly seen in the show ring.
Formal Recognition of Fawn French Bulldogs
At a Westminster show in 1898, a dispute over the types of French Bulldog ears that fit the breed standard caused many American French Bulldog owners to organize the French Bull Dog Club of America. The breed standard was said to only include bat-ear dogs, excluding rose-ear type dogs. Bat ears stood erect and looked like the French Bulldog ears that we normally see today.
In the 1980s, the French Bull Dog Club of America saw a revival, with younger breeders dedicated to transforming the breed. The popularity of the dogs soared and by 2006, 5,500 French Bulldogs were registered with the AKC.
Top 4 Unique Facts About Fawn French Bulldogs
Does a Fawn French Bulldog Make a Good Pet?
Fawn French Bulldogs are adorable little dogs that are playful and social. Although they can be stubborn, they make excellent family dogs. Their playful energy makes them great with children. They don’t require much exercise. In hot weather, they shouldn’t be exercised much at all.
These loyal dogs are protective of their families and enjoy being around people. They are quick to curl up with you on the couch for movie night. Their small bodies help them feel right at home in any size space.
They get along with other pets, especially if they are socialized early. Overall, a Fawn French Bulldog is a beautiful addition to your home, as long as you don’t mind a dog that sheds. They will require frequent brushing to keep their shedding to a minimum.
Fawn French Bulldogs, despite their name, originated in England and became popular in France. Once they arrived in America, their popularity wavered for a bit before undergoing a revival. Today, this popular dog is one of the most frequently registered with the AKC. They have come a long way from their days as bull-baiting dogs and make friendly, playful pets.
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