Where Are French Bulldogs From?
French Bulldogs are, in fact, not French in origin, but British. In the early 1850’s, the bulldog was bred to be smaller and serve primarily as an indoor companion. The English city of Nottingham was the center of the lace making industry and the toy bulldog became the mascot for local lace makers.
Due to the birth of the Industrial Revolution, lacemakers relocated from Nottingham to northern France in search of labor opportunities. They brought their tiny bulldogs with them and introduced this companion to French society. The breed became extremely popular in their new home and were bred deliberately to exaggerate the size of their ears. Over several generations of breeding, these little companions developed a variety of skills, including rat hunting.
In the 1890s, the French Bulldog breed was reviewed for membership in the British Kennel club, but was not recognized as a separate breed until 1906 by the Kennel Club in London, under their official name of Bouledogue Français. The French Bulldog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1898.