The breed standard for The French Bulldog - as written by the French Bulldog Club of England and the Kennel Club
GROUP OF BREED:
FRENCH BULLDOG - UTILITY
Sturdy, compact, solid, small dog with good bone, short smooth coat. No point exaggerated, balance essential. Dogs showing respiratory distress highly undesirable.
Full of courage, yet with clown like qualities. Bat ears and short tail characteristics features of the breed.
Vivacious, deeply affectionate and intelligent.
Head and skull:
Head square, in appearance and in proportion to dog's size. Skull nearly flat between skull and forehead should be supple enough to allow fine wrinkling when the dog is alert. Well defined muzzle, broad, deep and set back, muscles of cheeks well developed. Stop well defined. Lower jaw deep, square, broad, slightly undershot and turned up. Nose black and wide, relatively short, with open nostrils and line between well defined. Lips black, thick, meeting each other in the centre, completely hiding teeth. Upper lip covers lower on each side with plenty of cushion, never so exaggerated as to hang too much below level of lower jaw.
Preferably dark and matching. Moderate size, round, neither sunken nor prominent, showing no white when looking straight forward; set relatively wide apart and on the same level as the stop.
'Bat ears', of medium size, wide at base, rounded at top; set high, carried upright and parallel, a sufficient width of skull preventing them being too close together; skin soft and fine, orifice as seen from the front, showing entirely. The opening to the ear canal should be wide and open.
Slightly undershot. Teeth sound and regular, but not visable when the mouth is closed. Tongue must not protrude.
Powerful, well arched and thick of moderate length
Cobby, muscular and well rounded with deep wide brisket and ribs well sprung. Strong gently roached back. Good 'cut up' , the body while broader at the shoulders should narrow slightly beyond the ribs to give definition to the relatively short, thick, strong muscular loin.
Legs set wide apart, straight boned, strong, muscular and short.
Legs strong, muscular and relatively longer than forelegs with moderate angulation. Absolute soundness essential, Hocks well let down.
Small, compact and placed in continuation of line of leg, with absolutely sound pasterns. Hind feet rather longer than fore-feet. Toes compact; well knuckled; nails short, thick and preferably black.
Undocked, short, set low, thick at root, tapering quickly towards tip, preferably straight, and long enough to cover anus. Never curling over back nor carried gaily.
Free and Flowing. Soundness of movement of the utmost importance.
Texture fine, smooth, lustrous, short and close.
The only correct colours are: Brindle, Fawn; Pied
Brindle: Colour pattern caused by a mixture of black hairs and fawn hairs. White markings permitted provided that brindle predominates. Eye rims, eye lashes and lips black.
Fawn: Clear, self coloured with or without a black mask. White markings permitted provided that fawn predominates. Eye rims, eye lashes and lips black.
Pied: Brindle pied - white predominates with brindle patches (the brindle as defined above)
Fawn pied - White predominates with fawn patches. Whites are classified with pieds for show purposes. In pieds, eye lashes, eye rims and lips should be preferably black.
Any white in the above colours should be clear with no ticking or spots.
All other colours highly undesirable, including solid black, black and white, black and tan, mouse, grey/blue, liver/chocolate and all patterns of these colours.
Ideal weight - Dogs: 12.5kgs (28lbs); Bitches: 11kgs (24lbs). Soundness not too be sacrificed to smallness.
Faults: For both breeds:
ANY DEPARTURE FROM THE FORGOING POINTS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A FAULT AND THE SERIOUSNESS WITH WHICH THE FAULT SHOULD BE REGARDED SHOULD BE IN EXACT PROPORTION TO ITS DEGREE AND ITS EFFECT UPON THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE DOG.
** MALE ANIMALS SHOULD HAVE TWO APPARENTLY NORMAL TESTICLES FULLY DESCENDED INTO THE SCROTUM**