Crufts 2014: French winning British bulldog challenge

However, the wildly fashionable French bulldog, did even better, surging by 49 per cent to 6,990.

The “Frenchie” as it is known to fans, is a kind of bulldog-lite, barely half the size of the classic but reputedly easier to keep and possessed of a Gallic vivacity some people find irresistible.

Owners of the English variety counter that their animal gets a bad rap, suffering from the fad for “handbag dogs” although they take some consolation from their belief that the “bouledogue française” – as it is known across the Channel – owes its origins to Britain.

According to their version of events, a type of crossbred miniature bulldog was taken to France by laceworkers from Nottinghamshire in the 1850s. It became popular, particularly in Paris high society, and its English roots were expunged.

To some extent the ’s reputation has been tarnished by identification with the yobbo-tendency’s pursuit of ferocious looking pit bull-types.

But Merlin’s owner insisted: “This dog’s truly chilled,” as the two-year-old beast glowered from a bed of straw beneath a bunting of Union flags.

The 41-year old from Dudley in the West Midlands added: “Bulldogs only look bad tempered; they’re really affectionate and brilliant with children.

The one thing they’re completely useless at is as guard dogs. They’d much rather sleep.” Bulldogs have been a prime adornment of the British dog-o-sphere since the 17th century when they were used for bull-baiting.

The breed was gradually refined, becoming popular with the gentry and finding stardom as the companion of John Bull, a Regency caricature of what was perceived to be the quintessential, patriotic Englishman whose finest hour, ironically, was as a national symbol of resistance against the threat of French invasion during the Napoleonic era.

Isn’t it time to forgive and forget? “I suppose there’s room for both types,” soothed Dawn Law who was showing off her French bulldogs, Lily, Lola and Cracker. “But these dogs are especially lovely.”

The, 63-year-old dog owner from Northants, claimed the Frenchies are “more intelligent” and suffered fewer health problems.

The is not the only breed to see its popularity wane: the Skye terrier is now rarer than the giant panda with only 17 puppy registrations last year, and Otterhounds have become ultra-rare since hunting otters was banned in the late Seventies.

Only a few hundred of these dogs — which have webbed paws and can follow a scent underwater — are left. Thomas and Helen Hacking were displaying theirs and Mrs Hacking said: “Their big thing is smell, so they don’t listen very well and don’t look where they are going.”

Some blame the new popularity of the Italian Spinone – an otterhound lookalike. Not that any dog is perfect. On the Spinone stand a sign read: “Beware of flying slobber.” That’

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    • seifer black
    • March 8, 2014

    I think you are talking about a northern light suplex i think, and hes
    wrestling in new japan 

    • thomas singleton
    • March 8, 2014

    first fags spotted^

    • TheMexicanFish11099
    • March 8, 2014

    5th COMMENT!!!

    • Avid Gamer JC
    • March 8, 2014

    Matt! If you want a good root beer, Try Barq’s Root beer! …well okay it’s
    my favorite and I love it plus it’s got caffeine to keep me up during
    gaming nights. 😀

    President’s Choice Root Beer’s been ruined recently. They butchered it by
    overloading it with way too much syrup.

    The Can says: “New Great Taste!” I say: “New Cardiac Attack!”

    Love ya guys, I’m writing as I woke up at
    *12:58* AM ( <---- Don't click me! Stupid Google auto-links...) from my last night! 🙂 Everyday I cycle uptime and sleep time on a 100 (Up):80 (Sleep) ratio :)

    • Andrew Fix
    • March 8, 2014

    69 = GET UR POOP IN A GROOP 

    • violentjett
    • March 8, 2014

    So does it have a little kick or is it flat A-Roc? You back peddled.

    • MrCodfreak222
    • March 8, 2014

    i don t like root beer because it tastes like mouthwash

    • ThinkDK
    • March 8, 2014

    I’m curious as to why you guys are so into pro wrestling? I’m not saying
    you guys should be more “manly” and watch UFC instead or something like
    that, but I’m just wondering how you guys can get into something that is
    very athletic, but still generally scripted. I know Matt used to actually
    participate, and that would be fun. But if I wasn’t actually doing the
    sport myself, there’s no way I could enjoy it unless I was 12 again.

    • Terrence
    • March 8, 2014

    A-Roc looks like a Skate 3 character

    • Polaris 175
    • March 8, 2014

    Sprecher (pronounced spreker) is the best root beer

    • Arlen Tzamarot
    • March 8, 2014

    soDUHHHHHH

    • Wartler
    • March 8, 2014

    On the one hand, you guys said it was very carbonated, but on the other,
    you said it was flat. So which is it?

    • Greg Rodallegas
    • March 8, 2014

    YouTube told me this vid had 1 view so i clicked on it…

    • triangletime
    • March 8, 2014

    i think you got a flat one i like that brand, and i am a root beer fan,
    cause

    • JDTheGuru
    • March 8, 2014

    LOVE ROOT BEER!!!

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