The French Bulldog was born and bred to be a companion animal; this breed of dog, the "gentlemen's dog" has been valued and selectively bred for a number of characteristics that make it so.
Favorable House-Dwelling Characteristics Of The French Bulldog
French bulldogs are not the ideal pet for every household but they are, by design, ideal for the more low-key, indoorsy type. French Bulldogs do not have the high physical demands of many other breeds of dog and so they are the ideal dog for an owner to have in the city. Their small size and low exercise needs ideally suit French Bulldogs to apartment life, too.
French Bulldogs do not bark very much at all; in fact, some French Bulldog owners say it is months before they hear anything more than a grunt or sneeze out of their new pet. Those grunts and groans may become regular occurrences, but they will certainly be nothing to offend the neighbors. This lack of barking is perfect for living in close relation to others.
French Bulldogs are not especially aggressive, but they are moderately territorial and protective; as such, they make good watch-dogs for warning owners of the presence of others. They should not be relied upon as guard dogs in the sense of one that will attack, but their dependability as a warning system is also ideal for living in the city.
French Bulldogs do shed, but very little comparatively speaking. With a short, smooth, fine, coat, they make little mess and require little grooming also fine traits for an indoor city dog.
French Bulldogs are the ideal dog to own for companionship; that is, in fact, their purpose. These are fun, friendly, intelligent playmates that play a big, yet quiet role in the lives of city dwellers.
French Bulldogs are small but hardy with the muscular build of the typical bulldog. They are not frail, but also do not take up a lot of room in a city apartment.
French Bulldogs can easily be socialized and trained not to fear other people or passing pets, and so they can be taken out for short city jaunts with ease.
French Bulldogs have very little need for exercise; they are well-suited to short strolls, but much less so for rough, romping play. Excessive exercise is not good for the French Bulldog, and they do not have a high need to burn off energy in order to behave. This complements the city lifestyle perfectly.
French Bulldogs were always intended to be exactly what they are smart, fun, loving pets, with great senses of humor and minimal daily maintenance needs. The best of French Bulldog breeding has brought out these traits and others that make this dog an excellent choice for life in the city.