Introduction to the French Poodle
It seems that many breeders are experimenting with mixing two great dogs together to get a new “hybrid” breed of dog, according to Dogs and Dog Advice.
This is a growing trend, as breeders once strove only to better the breed (no matter what the breed might be). This often meant the idea of mating two great parents of different breeds was definitely out of the question.
History of the Breed
However, in the 1990s, breeders (often hobbyists) decided that it might be beneficial to pet parents to begin creating hybrid breeds.
One reason for this had to do with those who love animals but have an allergy which prevents them from keeping a dog full-time.
According to AKC, One such breed that has become a popular parent breed (which created a hybrid resulting breed) is the Poodle.
It does not matter what size the Poodle parent might be – Standard, Miniature or of the Toy variety – the Poodle remains a frequent choice for those who wish to create a hybrid dog that is considered at least somewhat hypoallergenic.
According to PetGuide, This brings us to the adorable hybrid French Poodle. The French Poodle is a mix between the French Bulldog and the Miniature Poodle (note: some breeders have used the Toy variation of the Poodle for this combination). Much of the choice in this matter has to do with the size of the mother.
The French Poodle has been in existence for approximately forty years. No one knows the exact beginnings of this adorable mixed-breed dog, but the breed is most definitely one that is considered “low-shedding.”
For the person electing to purchase this type of dog due to its potential for little or no shedding, the French Boodle is an adorable and practical choice.
The French Boodle might be a dog that is recommended for owners with allergies, but it is not a breed for those who have no experience with dogs.
The French Boodle may often carry a bit of a stubborn streak. This is typical of all Bulldog breeds. The French Boodle also often possesses great intelligence – often greater intelligence than other dog breeds.
The Poodle parent has a long history of high intelligence. The Poodle was originally a hunting companion, and, although it might seem surprising, the Poodle was a great water dog, retrieving fallen birds for hunters.
The Poodle also has a history of performing in the circus, where the dog was able to learn a wide variety of tricks and perform them daily.
The French Bulldog is not without his own intelligence. However, the Bulldog tends to want to do things as he sees fit to do them.
When intelligence and stubbornness are coupled together, this explains why first-time pet parents should steer away from the French Boodle – at least until they have a little more experience with other, more laid-back dog breeds.
Character Traits of the French Boodle
Intelligence and stubbornness are not the only personality traits of the French Boodle. The French Boodle hybrid dog is typically very playful, and her antics are quite comical.
The dog has unique creativity that is particular to the French Boodle, and it makes for a much more enjoyable companionship.
The French Boodle is also quite loyal, as are most Bulldog breeds. They love children, and they are hardy enough to play with the roughest toddler. They crave attention from their family members, however.
Families with obligations that keep them away from home for hours – or days – at a time might want to seek a different breed as the French Boodle longs to be with beloved family.
What Should I Feed My French Boodle?
When it comes to the diet of the French Boodle, you won’t have to worry a great deal about issues such as special commercially-made food. You won’t have to worry about food allergies very often, either.
Feel your French Boodle a high-quality food that corresponds to her weight and activity level. Some vets can recommend a commercially-made food for you, or you might choose a brand that is AAFCO-approved (This is similar to the FDA approval of human food.)
You might consider making meals for your French Boodle. This should supply protein as well as a healthy balance of vegetables. You’ll want to ensure that fiber is provided for your French Boodle as well.
Sweet potatoes are a great option for vegetable servings for a French Boodle; you can also add regular potatoes (boiled or steamed, of course). Add carrots and peas and you have a great variety of healthy foods for Fido!
Of course, you’ll want to consider organic vegetables, but canned peas, carrots, potatoes, and even canned corn is good for your pup.
Since the French Boodle is a Hybrid Dog, what will my dog Look Like?
This will chiefly depend upon the parents of the puppies! Typically, the French Boodle can be any number of colors – white, black, red, tan, or a multi-color.
The hair of the French Boodle may be somewhat lengthy, and it will typically be curly. However, it may also be just a little longer than typical French Bulldog hair and wavy.
The coat of the French Boodle may be the coat of the French Bulldog parent, which would be a singular, smooth coat.
Conversely, it may be a double coat, like that of the Poodle parent. Again, whether it is wavy or curly and the length of the coat will vary depending upon the parentage of the dog.
What is it Like to Train the French Boodle?
The French Boodle is highly intelligent, but he is also stubborn at times. So, when training the French Boodle, you’ll need to ensure that you engage the curiosity of the dog.
In other words, make training a game or something Fido wants to do. Provide treats and positive reinforcement.
Never scold the French Boodle; this will deter him or her from wanting to participate in training activities.