The French Bulldog is a sturdy, compact, stocky little dog, with a large square head that has a rounded forehead. The muzzle is broad and deep with a well defined stop. The nose is black, but may be lighter in lighter colored dogs. The upper lips hang down over the lower lips. The teeth meet in an under bite and the lower jaw is square and deep. The round, prominent eyes are set wide apart and are dark in color. The bat ears stand erect, are broad at the base narrowing in a triangular shape and rounded at the tips. The tail is either straight or cork-screw. The chest is broad and deep with the front of the dog being wider than the back end, forming a pear shape.
The French Bulldog has a short, smooth, and fine coat. The colors are brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, white and tan, black and tan, and solid white. The puppies are born white and/or with black spots.
When they are older, the colors have no longer the white or black spots and the puppy is dry or very light colored.
The body is stout, short and stocky. The neck is muscular and the wider the better in proportion to the length of the body. The bag is broad and deep. The shoulders are heavy, the velvety skin, the chest is deep
The front legs are straight, not carried close to the ground, the feet are cat like and the toes webbed. Large, deep and powerful legs, the short, compact and muscular body, the head is large and the forehead is flat.
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The muzzle is broad and deep, the lips are pendant and harsh, the teeth meet in a level or scissor bite. The gums are grey and tarry.
The eyes are brown, black or dark brown, with a soft look in them, and the ears are set high on the head.
The nose is large with open nostrils, and if not black, is carrying black colored drooping lips.
The fore-legs are straight, not turning to the right or to the left, and the hind-legs are parallel in all planes.