French Bulldogs 1905
The French Bulldog originated in 19th Century Nottingham, England, where lace makers decided to make a smaller, miniature, lap version of the English Bulldog that was referred to as a "toy" bulldog. In the 1860s, when the Industrial Revolution drove the craftsmen to France, they took their dogs with them. The Toy Bulldogs became popular in France and were given the name the "French Bulldog."
French Bulldogs became popular among the ladies of the night and became a status symbol of French Society. The breed eventually made its way back to England for dog shows. Wealthy Americans visiting Europe became entranced with Le Bouledogue Francais and took them back to their homeland.