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It is often remarked that French Bulldogs today do not enjoy the same popularity they did some years ago.
This false assumption is due almost entirely from the fact that the French Bulldogs are not shown as generally as at an earlier date in their history in this country. This is not due to lessened interest in this dog breed or because they have decreased in numbers. On the contrary, there are now more French Bulldogs of good show type in this country than ever before.
There were more French bulldogs registered in 1925 than in 1913, the year when the largest exhibit of them occurred at the French Bulldog Club of New England show. At which affair over one hundred and forty dogs were shown.
It should be borne in mind that French Bulldogs are essentially pets or household dogs and individuals owning them have become reluctant in placing them at dog shows, while others keep from exhibiting for various other causes, one being the very general wrangling at the dog shows, and a mistaken idea that the judging is not fairly conducted. These are the factors, however wrong they may be, that keep many a good dog from being shown.
In spite of these conditions, the French Bulldog is advancing in number as well as quality in every part of the country, and lately much so in the middle west and Pacific Coast territory. Last year in Detroit, there were sixty-five Frenchies benched at the specialty show in that city, mainly made up of dogs within a comparatively short distance from the place of the show.
Perhaps in Germany this dog breed is working its greatest progress today and this is remarkable from the fact that the advance in the production of these dogs has mainly been made since the close of the World War, a fact which practically wiped out the French bulldog in that country.
Today the French bulldog Club of Germany has six hundred members, while there are four hundred and sixty registered French bulldog kennels, all mainly active in breeding these dogs. The German club maintains its own stud book. This was started in 1923, when for that year three hundred and five French Bulldogs were registered.
The war, of course, interrupted further effort along this line, but when the second volume of the stud book was published in 1924,, French Bulldog registration had increased to two thousand nine hundred and twenty-four dogs, while the stud book for 1925 shows the astonishing increase to fifty-five hundred dogs.
The club also publishes a monthly magazine known as the Monthly News and is exclusively devoted to this dog breed. When it is considered how thoroughly scientific are the methods the Germans employ in their breeding operations, it must be admitted, with the splendid start already made in the cultivation of French Bulldogs, that they are likely to prove most valued factors in their production and quality.
When the illustrations of German bred dogs that are to appear in our book are seen, I believe it will surprise American French Bulldog breeders.
No, it is no time for the pessimist to croak about a decadence In French Bulldogs. Never before has there been such a world-wide interest in them. They have come to stay and will continue to flourish as long as dogs are loved and cherished.
Excerpted from Dog World magazine, February 1936.