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Fabulous Frenchie

March 2, 2012

I am sorry to disappoint you but by Fabulous Frenchie, I don’t mean Jean Dujardin recipient of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Artist –even though his achievement is well worth a Post: first French actor ever to win an Oscar for Best Actor, that’s no small accomplishment especially considering that the likes of Maurice Chevalier (1929 and 1930) and Gerard Depardieu (1990) never got one but no, by Frenchie I just mean my French Bulldog.

And really there is nothing like the sight and noise of my snoring Frenchie sleeping in a frog-like position on the living room carpet to brighten up a gloomy rainy day, like today. “Pinup”, my adorable French bulldog is the highlight of the neighborhood’s canine club and a class act of her own. She is more often than not licking her own paws and making outrageously loud throat-clearing noises but despite these unfortunate flaws, my sweet little Gremlin is the cutest companion.

French bulldog in frog-like position
Via Tumblr

They say hidden dark secrets run in the best families but it’s hard to imagine that such happy and Oh so cute! Pooches would have as ancestors some English bloodthirsty dogs that were bred and trained during the Victorian era for bull baiting, thus the name: Bulldog.

When blood sports including the infamous bull baiting –where a bull is fastened to a hook and attacked by a dog, which tries to pin its nose were finally outlawed in England, bulldogs became a companion breed. During the industrial revolution small bulldogs emigrated to France with displaced workers and were later cross-bred with local pugs and terriers to become gradually a new breed, significantly smaller and more mellow than their English counterpart.

Frenchies have always been extremely popular with the rich and famous.

Portrait of Prince Yusupov with his French bulldog by Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov, 1903 Leonardo DiCaprio with his French bulldog Django
Portrait of Prince Yusupov by Serov, 1903 Leonardo DiCaprio with his French bulldog

French bulldogs were a favorite of European aristocrats back then and they still are a popular lot among Hollywood superstars today. I guess it’s their unique physique with wrinkled face, pushed-in nose and bat ears that truly make them unforgettable. That and their easy-going attitude and darling personality!

So for all flat-faced dog lovers out there, here is a selection of fashionable bulldog-inspired treats. Enjoy!

Pink Nicholas dog chair by UK Design Firm Jimmie Martin Pink French bulldog pillow by Teo Jasmin
Pink Frenchie iPhone case

Images (clockwise from left): the regal Nicholas Dog chair by Jimmie Martin, a cute little pillow from Teo Jasmin and the pink Uniea Frenchie iPhone case.

And this, just for the fun:

Self-portrait with French bulldog by photographer Retales Botijero
Photography by Retales Botijero via Flickr
7 Comments leave one →
  1. Justine permalink
    March 2, 2012 11:36 am


  2. Karine permalink
    March 2, 2012 12:29 pm

    Valérie, I love your blog ! It is always a pleasure to learn having fun 🙂 i can’t wait to read the next post !

  3. March 2, 2012 1:57 pm

    Thanks Karine for the nice encouragement, and spread the word, will you?

  4. Cathpandolfi permalink
    March 9, 2012 4:25 pm

    Because French is with F as Fabulous…

  5. March 13, 2012 7:56 pm

    Hasard du destin et des photos choisies, le Prince Youssoupov passat de nombreuses vacances a Calvi

  6. Thomas Struan permalink
    March 28, 2012 11:07 am

    Cute post – but I would never trade my current Labrador Retriever, or my prior Mastiff’s for anything 🙂

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