Daisy Duke the Frenchie.

This French Bulldog named Daisy Duke (or Taz) and her human are not from Hazard but instead were spotted at our Manteca pet clinic. The French Bulldog (or Frenchie) is an odd dog in that it is perhaps the sweetest of all the dog breeds but yet is derived from the fierce bull baiting dogs of old England. Somehow, long after the blood sport was outlawed, a few of the bull dogs survived as crossbreds which were being kept as farm and family dogs. By 1850 people were intentionally crossbreeding them with terriers and from that time a few small and sweet tempered Bulldogs were produced. While they were kept by a modest number of English households, when they were taken to France they became a popular sensation and it was in France that they were intensively bred to the small and intensely loving dogs we know today and that is why we now know them as ‘French Bulldogs’ This is a wonderful story of successful breeding for household suitability but unfortunately, it is also a story of short sighted breeding and inattention to other incidental characteristics: The Frenchie suffers from a host of physical problems ranging from heat and cold sensitivity to musculoskeletal and ophthalmic problems, a near inability to breed without human help and intervention and a sadly shortened lifespan. When somebody begins breeding Frenchies with a similar but healthier dog we will have the best of both worlds.

– Geoffrey Antipa

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