The French Bulldog has enjoyed a long history as a companion dog. Created in England to be miniature Bulldogs, they accompanied English lacemakers to France, where they acquired their “Frenchie” moniker. Besides being companions, they once served as excellent ratters, but today their job focuses on being fabulous family friends and show dogs. Even apartment dwellers and first-time pet parents will love this affectionate breed. Generally, a French Bulldog is about 11 to 12 inches tall. Males weigh 20 to 28 pounds, and females 16 to 24 pounds. The coat of the French Bulldog is short, smooth, shiny, and fine. The skin is loose and wrinkled, especially at the head and shoulders, and has a soft texture. French Bulldogs come in a variety of colors, including fawn, cream, various shades of brindle — a coat patterned with specks and streaks of light and dark markings — such as black brindle and the striking tiger brindle, and brindle and white, known as brindle pied. French Bulldogs can be any color except solid black, liver (a solid reddish-brown with brown pigmentation on the lips and nose), mouse (a light steely gray), and black with white or tan.