French Bulldog vs. English Bulldog: Differences and Similarities

French Bulldog vs. English Bulldog: Differences and Similarities

The French Bulldog and the English Bulldog are very similar pups with a few notable differences. Being relatives, their similarities are uncanny, and with their cute wrinkly faces and sociable nature, they make for brilliant family pets that everyone will adore. The French Bulldog is a more compact and streamlined version of the English Bulldog.

The French Bulldog’s most distinguishable feature is his tall bat-like ears, and the English Bulldog’s most distinguishable feature is his rolled skin that droops down either side of his face.

So, whether you are trying to decide between choosing the medium sized English Bulldog, or the small sized French Bulldog, read on to find out the finer details that will undoubtedly help you to make your final decision.

French Bulldog

Despite his name, the French Bulldog is not French, he hails from England. In the mid-19thCentury smaller English Bulldogs became very popular with the lace-traders in central England, particularly around the markets of Nottingham. When the demand for their lace decreased in England, the traders set sail across the Channel to the northern French countryside with their pups in tow. Almost as soon as he landed, the smaller Bulldog became an instant hit, and over several decades he was crossed with other smaller breeds such as the Pug, and possibly other Terrier type dogs. He then gradually found his way into the laps of French aristocracy in Paris and other rich cities.  He is commonly mistaken for the Boston Terrier.

Towards the end of the 19th Century, he had spread his wings and became popular across Europe and America, and it was the Americans who insisted that he keep his iconic bat ears. However, his popularity never took off in England, as the English nation were very protective of their English Bulldog, and they felt the French Bulldog’s popularity might threaten their national symbol.

However, he is still very popular, and thanks to his adorably alternative features and playful persona the American Kennel Club (AKC), in 2019 ranked him as the 4th most popular dog breed in America.

English Bulldog

It is believed that the English Bulldog was developed in the 13th Century in England for the purposes of Bull Baiting. The English Bulldog in those days were ferocious and their jaws were tremendously strong, and it seemed that he could never be injured in the ring. However, in 1835 this cruel blood sport was made illegal, and as such the fighting went underground. Spectators wanted a more agile dog, and so they bred English Bulldogs with

Terriers, and this was when American Pitbull Terriers amongst other fighting dogs were born. The English Bulldog became unemployed, and in an attempt to save the breed from extinction, fanciers bred them to be more gentle and sweeter in their temperament.

The once thuggish canine soon became a lovable rogue, who made a great family pet. He is now the face of many companies and famous sports teams across the world, but he is probably most famous for being closely linked with one of England’s Prime Ministers, Sir Winston Churchill. He was known to many nations as the ‘The British Bulldog’; tenacious with unrelenting courage, and a stern but droopy smile being their main similarities.


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