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The French Bulldog is a small size molosser dog, probably developed from a toy version of the English Bulldog popular with the coachman and butchers of the La Villette area in Paris in the 19th century.
Despite its size, it is a courageous dog that does not show the same frailty as other small dog breeds. While first considered a working class dog, appreciated for its ratting abilities, it soon climbed up the social ladder.
As the favorite dog of Parisian coachman and courtesans, the French bulldog soon became popular within the Parisian artistic scene and the aristocratic circles across Europe.
Although its French origin can not be denied, it were the British who founded the first breed club in 1902. In 1912 the name Bouledogue Français was changed into French Bulldog. Breed enthousiasts in the United States further contributed to develop the breed to its current standard.
The French Bulldog is good natured and affectionate in temperament and conveys the appearance of an active, very muscular and intelligent animal. The French Bulldog's main distinctive features are its bat ears and its irresistible, expressive gaze.