General Appearance: The French Bulldog has the appearance of an active, intelligent, muscular dog of heavy bone, smooth coat, compactly built, and of medium or small structure. The hallmarks of the breed are the square head with bat ears and the roach back. Expression alert, curious, and interested.
Proportion and Symmetry: No feature being in such prominence from either excess or lack of quality that the animal appears poorly proportioned.
Substance: Weight 25-30 pounds.
Head: Head large and square. Eyes wide apart, set low down in the skull, as far from the ears as possible, round in form, of moderate size, neither sunken nor bulging. All colored eyes are acceptable. No haw and no white of the eye showing when looking forward. Ears known as the “Bat Ears,” broad at the base, elongated, with round top, set high on the head but not too close together, and carried erect with the orifice to the front. The leather of the ear fine and soft. The top of the skull flat between the ears; the forehead is not flat but slightly rounded. The muzzle broad, deep and well laid back; the muscles of the cheeks dense and defined. The stop well defined with heavy wrinkles forming a small rope over the extremely short nose; nostrils broad. Nose black or light color is accepted. Flews thick and broad, hanging over the lower jaw at the sides, meeting the underlip in front and covering the teeth and tongue, not visible when mouth is closed. Underjaw is deep, square, broad, undershot and well turned up. Wry mouths and any bites other than undershot are serious faults.
Body: The neck is thick and well arched with loose skin at the throat. The back is a roach back with a slight fall close behind the shoulders, gradually rising to the loin which is higher than the shoulder, and rounding at the croup. The back is strong and short, broader at the shoulders, and tapering to the rear. The body is short and well rounded. The chest is broad, deep, and full; well ribbed with the belly tucked up. The tail is either straight or screwed (but not curly), short, hung low, thick root and fine tip; carried low in repose.
Forequarters: Forelegs are short, stout, straight, muscular and set wide apart. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet are moderate in size, compact and tight set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails.
Hindquarters: Hind legs are strong and muscular. Hocks well let down. Feet are moderate in size, compact and tight set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails; hind feet slightly longer than forefeet.
Coat: Coat is brilliant, short and smooth. Skin is soft and loose, especially at the head and shoulders, forming wrinkles. Coats other than short and smooth are a disqualification.
Color: Acceptable colors: white, cream, fawn (ranging from light fawn to a red fawn), blue (dilute), chocolate (recessive), lilac or any combinations of the foregoing. Markings and patterns are: brindle, piebald, tri-color (tan points), merle, black masks, black shadings, and white markings. Ticking is acceptable but not desired.
Gait: Correct gait is a “four tracking” foot pattern with the front track wider than the rear track. The movement should be light and effortless.
Temperament: Well behaved, adaptable, and affectionate companion with an even disposition; generally active, alert, and playful.