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By Diane Jessup
For The Sentinel 

Companion Animal

Meet the Breeds Part 4: Buyer Beware - The French Bulldog Fad

 

September 18, 2019

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CUTE BECAUSE OF HUMAN NEED?: The French bulldog, now the fourth most popular registered dog in America, was bred for a short muzzle but suffers breathing diffi culties because of it.

The suave little Frenchman that has taken America (again) by storm is a dog with a complex story. There is probably no more endearing, engaging, friendly and humorous dog breed on the planet, but they can also bring enormous heartbreak when the very traits they are bred for threaten their well-being. This two-part look at the French bulldog (Frenchie to his friends) will take an in-depth look at much more than the usual "they don't shed much and love children" review of the breed. To know the Frenchie and to really understand what ownership-and stewardship of the breed-is about, requires understanding the human forces which have shaped him and brought him to his current "fad" ranking as t...



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