Ariel Emrani

A Sleepy Day with Frankie

Some people think French bulldogs are lazy – that’s not quite true. Frankie enjoys his sleep and spends many hours each day day napping or deep in sleep. French bulldogs need a lot of rest, and typically sleep for about for about 60 percent of each day. 

The funny part is that when the nap is over, Frankie is full-on ready to respond to a knock on the door, or just to madly run around in circles in the house or yard, back and forth through the house with crazy bursts of energy – a trait called FRAPs, for “frenetic random activity periods,” or “the zoomies.” 

After a restful nap, Frankie is ready for a snack. He wants to eat everything, but needs to be monitored, as he has a sensitive stomach, and I need to watch his weight, so he stays healthy and fit for as long as possible. He’ll overeat if I let him, so I keep him on a strict, healthy dog diet. 

The Frenchie – The Journey from Brothels to the Laps of Royals

The French Bulldog breed is an offshoot of the English Toy Bulldog. During the Industrial Revolution, thousands of lace workers lost their jobs as lacemaking machines took over. These talented lacemakers chose to cross the English Channel and settle in Normandy, where their skills were still valued, carrying their English Toy Bulldogs along with them. 

From there, it is believed that the English Toy Bulldog was bred with the terrier, leading to those distinctive bat-like ears, and the name “French Bulldog.”

Le Belle Epoque and the Frenchie: Rags to Riches

In the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris during the “Belle Epoque,” when optimism, prosperity, when post-impressionist art flourished, the brothel scene was in full swing. Works of art depicted Parisian café and street life. The frivolity and gaiety of the era meant brothels were busy places, and the French bulldog became the signature pup accompanying the “women of the night” Adorable French Bulldogs began appearing in works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who painted a Frenchie called “Bouboule” (loosely translated to “tubby”).

As these little dogs gained in popularity, they began appearing on the laps of European royals, from the Romanovs to King Edward VIII, photographed with his Frenchie, Peter. The fad was soon picked up by Americans – and the love of the Frenchie in our country continues to this day. The world’s first “French Bulldog Club” was established in the USA, and the bat ears standardized as a breed feature. 

Frankie is a smart dog, but obedience may not be his strongest point. He is a sensitive creature who shows his emotions and loves to cuddle up as often as possible. He’s loyal, funny, and always ready for an adventure, whether tearing around the yard madly, or a stately walk through the neighborhood, with his royal roots on full display. 

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