The French Bulldog

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French Bulldog

Paris was a favorite resort for the rich Americans of the 1880’s and when the news of a “new” breed was heard of  wealthy buyers came to see it for themselves.  It was the French Bulldog that they found there.
French Bulldogs are without controversy from Great Britain, but it was the Americans that were influential in selectively breeding the French Bulldog into the breed like those of today.  They are also responsible for giving them the massive head, square jaw, and compact body and most of all their bat ears that we see now.  Americans wrote the breed standard, which has had little change in over one hundred years.
The French Bulldog is a stocky dog of no more than 28 pounds.  The French Bulldog possesses a medium sized muscular body, a bulldog type face with full lips and turned back nose placement, with bright expressive eyes.  The distinctive, upright “bat” ears are like that of no other dog in the world.  They add to French Bulldogs overall pleasant and almost grinning facial expressions, that gives the French Bulldog it’s strikingly attractive appearance.  His legs are short and stout.  The French Bulldog comes in a variety of colors, the most common by far being the brindle (a mix of black and brown hairs) and the fawn (a rich blond).  Some are spotted and known as pied, white body with different colored spots (some brindle, others fawn).  Fewer are Black masked fawn, Red fawn, Cream, or White.  Their coats are short and somewhat dense and smooth; essentially maintenance free.  French Bulldogs are born with short tails and ears that naturally stand erect – no cropping needed.
The French bulldog will bark an alarm, but is much too friendly to do much more than invite them in, a better host than a defender, the French bulldog is a quiet and friendly dog.  The breed is outgoing and always affectionate to everyone.  He knows no strangers, and is naturally outgoing.  He is always ready to make new friends, be they adults, children, cats, or other dogs and animals.  French Bulldogs have a boundless capacity to give and receive affection, any loving environment is the right home for a Frenchie.  French bulldogs are house dogs and their niche in life is to be an adored pet.  He is happy and playful, loves children but is equally content to live with a single special person.  Their size and moderate energy levels fall somewhere between that of a Pug or Boston Terrier, a bit too busy, and that of the large and relaxed English bulldog, a bit too relaxed.
Not a numerically popular breed, they do have a large following throughout the world.  The difficulty in breeding these dogs has always kept the numbers in check and that will always be the case, they are always a C-section birth!  A costly puppy to bring into this world, of which their cost reflects.  French Bulldog litters are small, usually three pups or less.  The French Bulldog pups are slow to mature but once properly started in life are a very healthy breed with a life span of 12 to14 years.  They have no fear of cars or water. French Bulldogs cannot swim a lick so steps must be taken in this regard to keep him safe.  They are just too trusting of their human’s world.
French Bulldogs are extremely intelligent and willing workers in obedience and other works of the mind.  French Bulldogs like being your clown on a bad day making you laugh and a loyal friend when you have a secret you can tell no other.  French Bulldogs are the most loving, huggable package you will ever have and love them you will, like you never though possible!  Once you have a French bull in your life to love, no other average dog will ever do again.  So if you would like to add a new love in your life,  E-mail or call us..

We’d be happy to help you…. Questions gladly answered ! !

I’m thrilled to share good news, my wonderful, handsome boy CH Smokey Valley’s Copper Cooper is ALL CLEAR on his genetic testing. I’m so proud of this outstanding boy in all ways from structure to temperament to health, and I’m forever grateful to the Shannon’s of Smokey Valley for their years of hard work and service to the breed and for saying “yes” to me.

Hi Michelle, I just completed the recommended battery of disease tests recommended for the French Bulldog breed and I wanted to send both CH Cooper’s and GrCH Lincoln’s test results to you. I have not tested beautiful Sparky yet but considering Lincoln’s status I assume that she is clean as a whistle too. I cannot tell you how much Cooper and Sparkle mean to me, both as members of my family and as producers. I am so honored to have them, so proud of them and so grateful that you gave me the opportunity to own them. You have done such important, remarkable things in this breed, I sincerely hope that you get the credit that you so richly deserve. I couldn’t have asked for any finer examples of this breed that I got in Cooper and Sparkle and now their kids. To know that they are also in stellar health is beyond fabulous. Thank you for everything! My best, Shelley

Like father, like son. GrCH Starlit Mesa Mr. Lincoln is ALL CLEAR on his genetic testing. Lincoln is such a fine example of the breed in all ways, just like his fantastic parents, CH Smokey Valley’s Copper Cooper and Smokey Valley’s Twilight Sparkles. Linc is a joy to live with and he makes me proud and happy every minute of every day.



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 Hi Michelle, I know that you have sold a lot of French Bulldogs over the years, so you might not remember me.

I bought my French Bulldog, Louis, from you back in 2000 and then a year later in 2001, I came back and picked up Ruffy (Roughcut.)

I just wanted to let you know that we put Ruffy to sleep this morning, but that she had a wonderful life with us for eleven of her 15 1/2 years.

She was very healthy and active for her entire life until about two weeks ago when it was very obvious to us that her old age had finally caught up with her.

Louis will be twelve in September and he is still going strong. We hope that he will be with us for a few more years like Ruffy.

I just wanted to thank you for bringing such wonderful friends into our lives.

My husband and I hope that you plan to breed French Bulldogs for many more years,

because I’m sure there will come a time in the future when we will be ready to bring another little Frenchie puppy into our home.
I hope this email finds you and your family well.
Best Wishes,
Krista Calvin

The most loveable watchdog: The French Bulldog

Ears like a bats, sticking straight up from a square head, a flattened nose

consisting simply of two nostrils. the whole lot carried on a powerful neck attached to a broad chest, a delicate shape terminating in two rounded, muscular hindquarters and a tail naturally short.

So much for the French bulldog, which you either love already or will love when you have made its acquaintance.

They say the first to buy them were the gay ladies of Montmartre, then others, in a rather higher social position, liked to show off by taking them out driving along the boulevards in their victorias. From then onwards the small bulldog became fashionable and was soon to be seen on the stage and at the holiday resorts.

Quite a long list could be compiled of the distinguished people who have owned French bulldogs. It would include royalty such as the Prince of Wales (before he became Edward VII) and the grand dukes of Russia, great artists such as Chaliapine and Mistinguett, writers such as Colette and notabilities of the world of fashion and the press. Almost everywhere in England, Belgium, Austria and American clubs and breeding establishments sprang up.

The infatuation of which the French Bulldog is so often the object, springs first of all from the originally of his appearance and his charm. He is a good watchdog and a delightful companion, proud without being resentful but when vexed he knows how to show it. Affectionate but not excessively so he adapts himself perfectly to our ways without altering his own. When you made a friend of him, you will have his friendship for ever, for he is nothing if not faithful.

His education and his health depend on his master. Get you dog accustomed from the time he is a puppy to living rough and playing rough out of doors.

If you live with him in the country you will see him make his rounds at daybreak following a well established itinerary, return to the house and sit down outside the door of your room to which he will demand admittance, purposefully gently and obstinately. He will rub lightly against the door until you let him in. He wants to say good morning to you and will do so most affectionately.

When you go down to breakfast he will go with you, sit down beside you and look at you steadily until you realize the fact… which you have done for a long time… that he wants his piece of bread and butter. Later if you get into the car he will expect to be taken with you and will sit quiet throughout the journey. When you stop, if you leave him in the car you can do so with the certainty that it will be well watched.

If you go away and don’t take him with you he will pine a bit, but will choose the most advantageous observation post he can find to watch for your return. The welcome your French Bulldog will give you will vary according to his character, but will be quite unresentful. Always happy to have you back into his life and that you are home safely to him.

When it comes to intelligence? Well yes I would say so as some when thirsty will pick up his bowl and drop it at your feet as if to say Hey I’m thirsty!

Also for example if getting up on the bed is a known no no, with the woman of the house you dog will simply await her leaving the room and sunggle with the man of the house until he gets up OR until he hears her return. Upon him hearing his mistress coming back, his ears will stand straight up and he will be down again like a shot as if to say “The real master has returned and I must not cause trouble for him”

His education and his health are in the hands of his master. Bring him up well and Remember too he likes to share the comforts that you yourself enjoy. Like human beings, these dogs delight in luxury but there is a happy medium. natually you want to spoil your dog a bit sometimes but don’t do it to excess.

Treat him well and he will repay you ten fold with all the joy and happiness that is French Bulldog.


French Bulldog


Smokey Valley’s Oliver Prince Charmant

Staring as the: Wild Winged Monkey Beast

Seattle Center’s Theatre District


AKC French Bulldog

Breed Standard

General Appearance
The French Bulldog has the appearance of an active, intelligent, muscular dog of heavy bone, smooth coat, compactly built, and of medium or small structure. Expression alert, curious, and interested. Any alteration other than removal of dewclaws is considered mutilation and is a disqualification.

Proportion and Symmetry–All points are well distributed and bear good relation one to the other; no feature being in such prominence from either excess or lack of quality that the animal appears poorly proportioned.

Influence of Sex–In comparing specimens of different sex, due allowance is to be made in favor of bitches, which do not bear the characteristics of the breed to the same marked degree as do the dogs.

Size, Proportion, Substance
Weight not to exceed 28 pounds; over 28 pounds is a disqualification. Proportion–Distance from withers to ground in good relation to distance from withers to onset of tail, so that animal appears compact, well balanced and in good proportion. Substance–Muscular, heavy bone.

Head large and square. Eyes dark in color, wide apart, set low down in the skull, as far from the ears as possible, round in form, of moderate size, neither sunken nor bulging. In lighter colored dogs, lighter colored eyes are acceptable. No haw and no white of the eye showing when looking forward. Ears Known as the bat ear, broad at the base, elongated, with round top, set high on the head but not too close together, and carried erect with the orifice to the front. The leather of the ear fine and soft. Other than bat ears is a disqualification. The top of the skull flat between the ears; the forehead is not flat but slightly rounded. The muzzle broad, deep and well laid back; the muscles of the cheeks well developed. The stop well defined, causing a hollow groove between the eyes with heavy wrinkles forming a soft roll over the extremely short nose; nostrils broad with a well defined line between them. Nose black. Nose other than black is a disqualification, except in the case of the lighter colored dogs, where a lighter colored nose is acceptable but not desirable. Flews black, thick and broad, hanging over the lower jaw at the sides, meeting the underlip in front and covering the teeth, which are not seen when the mouth is closed. The underjaw is deep, square, broad, undershot and well turned up.

Neck, Topline, Body
The neck is thick and well arched with loose skin at the throat. The back is a roach back with a slight fall close behind the shoulders; strong and short, broad at the shoulders and narrowing at the loins. The body is short and well rounded. The chest is broad, deep, and full; well ribbed with the belly tucked up. The tail is either straight or screwed (but not curly), short, hung low, thick root and fine tip; carried low in repose.

Forelegs are short, stout, straight, muscular and set wide apart. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet are moderate in size, compact and firmly set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails.

Hind legs are strong and muscular, longer than the forelegs, so as to elevate the loins above the shoulders. Hocks well let down. Feet are moderate in size, compact and firmly set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails; hind feet slightly longer than forefeet.

Coat is moderately fine, brilliant, short and smooth. Skin is soft and loose, especially at the head and shoulders, forming wrinkles.

Acceptable colors – All brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and any color except those which constitute disqualification. All colors are acceptable with the exception of solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black, which are disqualifications. Black means black without a trace of brindle.

Correct gait is double tracking with reach and drive; the action is unrestrained, free and vigorous.

Well behaved, adaptable, and comfortable companions with an affectionate nature and even disposition; generally active, alert, and playful, but not unduly boisterous.

Any alteration other than removal of dewclaws.
Over 28 pounds in weight.
Other than bat ears.
Nose other than black, except in the case of lighter colored dogs, where a lighter colored nose is acceptable.
Solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black. Black means black without a trace of brindle.



Smokey Valley’s Casino Royale
Thanks Rick & Michelle for this wonderful frenchie!

Edgar & Ruth 🙂


What American Achievements With French Bulldogs Mean (In 1926.)

Surely what has been recorded in the preceding pages, showing as it does what has been accomplished by American fanciers in the breeding and cultivation of French Bulldogs, fully justifies the claims that the preservation and development of these French Bulldogs owe, as much if not more, to American than to any other country. What has been accomplished in the establishment of this breed, within a period of twenty five years is not only a remarkable feat, but a distinct triumph in American French Bulldog breeding, that can only be compared in its results to the success achieved with the distinctive American dog, the Boston Terrier, although operations with the latter breed cover a much longer period of time.

Within the brief time that has elapsed, since Americans became interested in French Bulldogs, they have been among the main factors in the world in bringing the French Bulldog from a condition of comparatively little regularity in conformation, style, or expression to their present position as a distinct breed, everywhere now recognized as such and mainly known from definitions as to properties they should possess, as originally first described and adhered to with little deviation, by American fanciers of the breed. These properties have now become so thoroughly established, as attributes of these dogs that by application of scientific breeding methods they are capable of being reproduced as near perfection and with as much regularity as is attained by any breed, with the exception of the older breeds, whose cultivation has continued along prescribed lines during a century or more.

Had Americans not taken up, in a generous and enthusiastic way, the cultivation of French Bulldogs, when they did it is more than likely that the bat eared French Bulldogs of this breed would soon have ceased to exist, as the whole tendency both in France and England at the time as has been explained was to the preservation of the rose eared type only. Had this condition continued without the forceful opposition, such as the American fanciers provided, this asset which now gives the French Bulldogs their strongly accentuated individuality, would have been lost and there would likely have emerged a more purely miniature English Bulldog.

Those whose contend that Americans exceeded their right, in first declaring, as to what should characterize a breed, that had its beginning in another country, must remember they took up its cultivation before regular classes had been made for French Bulldogs of this type at any known show, and before any country or place seemed in the least disposed to stand sponsor for them. This ignoring of their existence was, perhaps, more complete in France than in any other part of Europe. At best they were the creation of chance and as far as can be learned with no preconceived planning. They had simply “grown up” like Mrs. Stow’s immortal Topsy and when they arrived no doubt, were no more welcome or appreciated. in fact, if the early American searchers for them can be believed, they were considered in the beginning as discredited foundlings of the dog world. When Americans first began their search for them, they could be found only in the byways and haunts of the lowliest of the population of Paris. So when Americans adopted them they had gained no place of importance and it was only after their generous buying of these French Bulldogs gave them commercial value, that there was the least challenge of their right to mildly suggest, what qualities in these dogs should represent their true type.

What criticism may be leveled at us, in respect to the part people of this country have taken in the perpetuation and cultivation of the French Bulldogs, loses, however, its force in the face of the wonderful progress we have made with the breed. Today, America is not only the best market for French Bulldogs but we have without doubt, been more successful in bringing them to greater uniformity, toward a desired type, than has been attained in any other part of the world, a fact freely admitted by most dog fanciers, widely acquainted with conditions, now prevailing in this regard, both in America and abroad.

Exurbs for this article taken from The French Bulldog book published by The French Bulldog  Club Of American and The French Bulldog Club of New England 1926.

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French Bulldog

Multi Ch Smokey Valley’s Double O Seven as a young pup

showing he has what it takes to be a great show dog.

His Junior handler is our grandson.

A French Bulldog

You may love dogs, you may hate dogs, but you cannot ignore dogs. Wherever you go, in town or country, in high or humble society, you will meet dogs. Pedigreed dogs and those of doubtful parentage. There will be clever dogs and stupid dogs, nice ones and nasty ones. Brave ones, mean ones and other useless but all will be dogs just the same.

Somewhere in this medley will be the greatest charmer of them all, The French Bulldog.

His appearance will fool you. The French Bulldog is an active, muscular. Compactly built dog, deep chested and powerful looking with huge head, big jaws and the most unusual bat ears.

Yet he’s a little fellow, ranging from nineteen to twenty eight pounds, just the right size to share your easy chair or to act as a foot warmer on your bed. You will think he is fierce when you look at him but all the fierceness he has is the intense devotion he has for his master and friends.

The French Bulldogs love has no bounds and his desire to be with you is unceasing.

His smooth short coat is easily kept clean so you are not bothered with unsightly dog hair. No special primping is necessary even for an appearance in the show ring.

He has a soft voice, a sort of muted guttural woof. The French Bulldog is never boisterous in any way, nor noisy, so he will not disturb neighbors.

The French Bulldog is ideal to live in small quarters of a widow’s apartment, a bachelor’s accommodations, the home of a retired couple, the small dwelling of a newly married couple just beginning life together or the home of a family with kids and plenty of love to give him. The frenchy will give his best in devotion and loyalty in any of these circumstances.

Hot weather can take its toll so keep him from it, inside or a cool tree covered back yard. The short noses with short breathing passages make breathing in hot weather difficult, thus leading to getting overheated.

Strange as it may seem, even the sometimes loud snoring while the French Bulldog sleep makes the little fellow no less unpopular.

The French Bulldog may never be as valuable as Aibe, the hunting dog. For whom an ancient Irish king paid six thousand cows, nor as important as Balto, who led a dog team across Arctic wastes to save a city. The French Bulldog may never make newspaper headlines as did Laika, the little Russian mutt that traveled through space, nor be the choice of a president of the United States as was Roosevelt’s Fala or Johnson’s beagles or Four’s retrievers. He may never gain fame as a seeing eye dog but he will put to shame many a human lover. As a heartbreaker, I am sure he will earn his niche in the history of dogdom.

Only because the French Bulldog is not the most populace in numbers of many breeds, (and many hope he will never be) there are still few owners who will say “The king of all dogdom is the French Bulldog.” Such owners we are as our pets are Frenchies.

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Smokey Valley’s Goldfinger in Rio                   

Being schooled by a Junior handler                    

in Brazil.