Invasion of the French bulldogs

Invasion of the French bulldogs!

Invasion of the French bulldogsWith their squashed snouts, bulging eyes and squat spindly legs, these diminutive dogs belong to one of Britain’s fastest growing breeds according to the Daily Mail. 

Maybe it’s his enormous, bulging brown eyes. Or the permanently wrinkled up-turned nose. Or it could be his pointy, over-sized ears. There’s little doubt that Alan, a diminutive five-month-old French bulldog, has a certain je ne sais quoi. ‘Most people associate bulldogs exclusively with England, but this one’s different and definitely full of character,’ says Alan’s besotted owner, Lisa Bristow, a 31-year old marketing director from London. ‘I can’t walk him down the street without people stopping and admiring him.’

They aren’t the only ones. The French bulldog — a kind of ‘bulldog-lite’ which emerged in the 19th century when traditional bulldogs were mated with pugs and terriers to create a miniature version — is one of the fastest growing breeds in Britain, with owners willing to pay £1,000 for one. Last year, the Kennel Club received 6,990 new French bulldog registrations — an increase of 49 per cent on the previous year and of more than 1,000 per cent compared to ten years ago.

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Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko says: ‘People see a picture of a celebrity out carrying a small dog and want one, too.’

But although responsibly-bred Frenchies can enjoy long and healthy lives, living for more than a decade, the breed is prone to health problems. Their short snouts and compact heads, the result of centuries of selective breeding, mean their airways are compacted. They struggle to regulate their temperature, and find breathing in warm weather difficult. Exposure to extreme heat can be lethal.
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  1. Dear Lyudmila, Yes, Nubs is a wonderful story of the frsdienhip between a man and a dog! It made my cry the first time I read it! Thank you for your suggestion! It sounds like a wonderful book. If your students like these kind of stories, they might like the stories of by Carol Buckley or by Isabella Hatkoff. If don’t know if they are available in Russian, but they are great stories of the frsdienhip between animals who shouldn’t really be friends! Tarra is an elephant who becomes close friends with a dog. Owen is a hippopotamus who was separated from his family after the tsunami in Asia. He becomes friends with a tortoise named Mzee! My very favorite is the story of by the same authors as Nubs. It’s the story about a cat and dog who bond after the Katrina hurricane in Louisiana, USA. Happy Reading!Mrs. Hembree

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