Froodle

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
France -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Froodle

The Froodle is a hybrid of the French Bulldog and the Poodle. It is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club. A sturdy little dog, the Froodle is pleasant and playful by nature, affectionate and devoted to its master and family. Be aware that this little dog can have a stubborn streak, and that it will take patience and firm but gentle communication to overcome its resistance. The Froodle is a dog that wants to be part of family activities, doesn't like to be ignored and loves attention. Their coat can vary from short and smooth to medium-long and wavy like the Poodle. They are intelligent and good at retrieving, agility, competitive obedience and making a good watchdog. A family friend, they're a good all-round dog.

History of the Froodle

The Froodle's history is fairly limited, so it's advisable to look to its parent breeds for indications of its characteristics.

 

        

A little of the French Bulldog

        
The French Bulldog was born in Nottingham, England, in the 19th century. The lacemakers of the time bred them from the English Bulldog as companion and companion dogs. When the Industrial Revolution drove the lacemakers to France, they took their little dogs with them. These became very popular with the French, earning them the name French Bulldog. On their return to England many years later, the British hotly debated the French name, as England was their homeland, but the name has stuck to this day and the dog is known as the French Bulldog. The two dogs have an interesting history that will be reflected in the hybrid Froodle offspring.
Standard of the French Bulldog

 

        

A little of the Poodle

The Poodle is an ancient breed and is even depicted in 15th century paintings. Its origins are unknown; France tried to claim it, but the honor fell to Germany through the American Kennel Club. They were used as water dogs to retrieve waterfowl. The miniature version of the Poodle was used to sniff out truffles hidden in the woods. The Miniature Poodle evolved from the Standard Poodle and became very popular with royalty in the 18th century. The Poodle enjoyed great popularity in the 1950s and 1960s and was renowned for its ability to learn tricks as it was great in circuses, its obedience and was a good watchdog.
Standard of the Poodle

Appearance of the Froodle

The Froodle is a sturdy little dog with legs proportionate to the body. The head is rounded with a definable stop, leading to a muzzle that may differ according to the influence of the parent dog. It may be shorter, like the Bulldog, or longer and more tapered, like the Poodle. The same goes for the ears, which can be long and drooping or rounded and carried high. The eyes are large and round, with a mischievous expression. The Froodle's nose is black with open nostrils. As with most hybrid dogs, their size, shape and temperament can vary considerably depending on the genes of the dominant parent they inherit. As a result, your Froodle could resemble either the Poodle or the French Bulldog, but either way, it will be an active and attractive little dog.

Temperament of the Froodle

The words that best describe the Froodle are: fun, comical, intelligent, alert, affectionate, curious and gentle. The Froodle is a lively dog, happy to play games as long as you're willing to participate. But he's just as happy to sit on your lap and enjoy family time together. The Froodle is an intelligent dog and, as such, needs mental stimulation through play and outings to remain a well-behaved dog. They are excellent to train, although they may be sensitive to your tone of voice or a little stubborn, so calm and kindness combined with patience will get the best results. Socialize these dogs well, right from their puppy years, and you'll have an emotionally well-developed dog. They're good with children if they've been socialized, otherwise they can be a little irritable and sensitive. Teach children to treat the Froodle with kindness but also with firmness, as these dogs will push children around if they can.

Needs and activities of the Froodle

The Froodle comes from parents known for their activity levels, so it's safe to assume that the Froodle will do the same. Walks around the neighborhood or outings to the animal park to meet other dogs will provide the exercise and mental stimulation this dog needs. Any outing around water - remember, though, that the Bulldog is not a great swimmer - such as a walk on the beach, will be much appreciated, and activities like obedience trials or learning a new trick will keep your dog happy. Limit activities in hot weather, as these dogs are prone to heat stroke. A paddling pool for children will be welcome on those days to relax in.

Maintenance of the Froodle

Froodle grooming needs vary according to the coat it inherits. If your dog's coat is more like that of the French Bulldog, it will be short and smooth and easy to care for. A simple brushing twice a week and a bath if necessary will suffice. On the other hand, if your dog has inherited the coat of the Poodle, it will need to be groomed more, clipped and washed more regularly to keep it in good condition. While grooming, check your dog's ears for infection, infestation or inflammation. Nails should be trimmed regularly, and check around the eyes to make sure they're in good health. This is a great time to bond with your dog, and you can finish it off with a good dose of teeth brushing and a few cuddles for good behavior.

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