The American French Bull Terrier is one of the more recent, and rarer, designer dogs that was developed after breeding an American Pit Bull Terrier with a French Bulldog. Both parent breeds are built solidly, with a powerful look to them. The American French Bull Terrier is an excellent choice for a family companion due to their nature and low maintenance.
American French Bull Terrier History
Like many crossbreeds, the American French Bull Terrier is a more recent hybrid, with a possible date of development in the 1990s, and not much specific breed history. Both parent breeds have a history beginning in the 1800s.
The French Bulldog gets its origins in England as a Miniature Bulldog in the mid-1800s and then made its way to the French countryside. After decades of being bred with other breeds, such as terriers and pugs, the French Bulldog came to be. Not long after, the people of Paris took notice of the new breed and it became associated with city and café life. In the late 19th century, the French Bulldog, with its bat ears became popular across Europe and the Americas, but wasn’t able to gain popularity in England, where their national symbol was a Bulldog.
The American Pit Bull has an interesting history beginning in the early 19th century, when bull and terrier breeds were created for bull and bear baiting. After being deemed inhumane and illegal in 1835 people began to fight dogs. They wanted to create a breed that wouldn’t bite humans, so that they could stop the fights without getting hurt. Thus, began the life of the Pit Bull. The American Kennel Club recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier as a purebred in the 1930s, however wanted to shy away from the stigma attached, so they are referred to as American Staffordshire Terriers in the AKC.
American French Bull Terrier Characteristics
The American French Bull Terrier is a medium sized dog, smaller than the American Pit Bull Terrier thanks to its French Bulldog parent. Their bodies are short and stocky, reaching heights of 14 inches, and weighing up to 60 to 65 pounds.
Though small, these dogs are agile and strong, with deep set eyes and triangle ears, with the tops sometimes flopping over. The American French Bull Terrier muzzles tend to be a mix of the two parent breeds, straighter than the French Bulldog’s eliminating the breathing and health issues found in them.
American French Bull Terrier Temperament/Personality
The American French Bull Terrier is an optimal family companion breed that is great with children and other pets. They are easy to train and love to receive praise and positive reinforcement. They become very attached to their people and are sensitive to moods. Due to their love of people they do not make good guard dogs as they are more likely to make friends with intruders.
Caring for American French Bull Terrier
There’s not much to worry about when it comes to caring for your American Bull Terrier. They’re a relatively low maintenance and healthy breed, that don’t even require much bathing.
American French Bull Terrier Nutrition
When it comes to feeding your American French Bull Terrier you have a lot of options as they do well on high-quality dry kibble, wet canned food, raw food, and homemade food that you prepare yourself.
American French Bull Terrier Grooming
The American French Bull Terrier doesn’t need much in terms of grooming as their coats are pretty much self-cleaning and there is minimal shedding. Regular brushing will help get rid of any dirt and debris. Instead of bathing, rub them down with a wet cloth every so often.
American French Bull Terrier Activity Levels
The American French Bull Terriers love to be active, especially when it’s with their people. Whether it’s going for a walk or having play time with the family, the American French Terrier is always happy to be on the move. They are small so and tend to stick close to people, so they don’t need a lot of space.
American French Bull Terrier Maintenance
Once a week check and clean your American French Bull Terrier’s ears and teeth. While doing this cleaning, just check their eyes to ensure there is no buildup or infection starting.
American French Bull Terrier Health
The American French Bull Terrier is a relatively healthy dog, with a lifespan of 12 to 15years. The most common ailments to look out for are hip dysplasia and heart disease, and less often cataracts.