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Breeds Around The World – France

In this blog we take a look at the fabulous breeds originating from France.

Basset Hound

This short-legged scent hound was originally bred to hunt hare. Their name represents their size, with the French word ‘Bas’ translating to ‘low’ in English. Basset Hounds are easily distinguished by their loose skin and long trailing ears. These features are what makes a Basset Hound a great hunter, as the ears stir up scent from the ground, and the folds of loose skin trap the scent.

Fun fact – Droopy, the lethargic, slow talking monotonal cartoon character is a Basset Hound.

Blood Hound

This handsome hound was originally bred to hunt deer and wild boar. This breed is also well known for its fantastic ability to distinguish human scent and track people over great distances. The Bloodhounds sense of smell is better than any other recorded breed, and they have approximately 250-300 million scent receptors (Just to compare, humans have around 400.).

Fun Fact – Adorable Copper, voiced by American actor Kurt Russell, in Disney’s classic ‘The Fox and the Hound’ is a Blood Hound.

Dogue de Bordeaux

This large breed, which is also known as the French Mastiff or the Bordeaux Mastiff, was first recorded in the city of Bordeaux, France, as early as the fourteenth century. The Dogue de Bordeaux was once classified into three varieties, the Parisian, the Toulouse and the Bordeaux, depending on the region of France they were bred in and the jobs they were required to do.

Fun fact – Dogue de Bordeaux, Beasley, starred in the 1989 movie ‘Turner & Hooch’ alongside Tom Hanks.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is a small breed thought to have originated in France some 150-200 years ago, following the crossing of an English Bulldog with local French ratting breeds. Over the years, popularity of the breed has slowly but surely grown. So much so, that they recently overtook the Labrador Retriever, (for the first time since 1990), to top the list as the UK’s most popular dog.

Fun facts – Famous French Bulldog owners include Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dwayne ‘The rock’ Johnson and the Beckhams.


This dainty breed takes its name from the French word for butterfly, due to the long and fringed hair on their ears resembling the wings of a Butterfly. A Papillon with dropped ears is known as a ‘Phaléne’, which is the French word for moth. The breed is thought to be one of the oldest spaniel breeds in the world.

Fun fact – The ill-fated queen of France, Marie Antoinette, had a Papillon named Coco.  There are rumours that she walked to the guillotine clutching Coco under her arm.

Do you own or breed one of these fabulous French breeds? We would love to hear from you. Email us at Hello@Buddies.co.uk or join the conversation over on our Facebook page.

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