Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings basketball team lost track of Rolex, his French bulldog puppy, on the 29th of August. In a moment of brilliance and desperation, he turned to social media network Twitter in the hope that someone had seen the canine who had last been seen somewhere within the Fair Oaks region of Sacramento. McLemore promised a reward to whomever could bring him back in touch with Rolex.
Only a day later, Mat Davis replied to McLemore’s distressed tweet by posting an image of an uncastrated black Frenchie wearing a red collar. McLemore was overjoyed with the news and eventually made it to Mat’s location to reclaim Rolex. McLemore tweeted a picture of himself holding his dog, as well as Mat and Mat’s friend Jon who looked after the dog until such time as McLemore could come to reclaim him.
French bulldogs, also known as “Frenchies,” are a breed of dog that has been around for as far back as the mid 1800s and is the result of crossbreeding British bulldogs with French “ratter” dogs. The French bulldog is among the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Much like their forefather breed the British bulldog, Frenchies have difficulty breathing because of their bulky frames and compressed noses that results in an extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. The inability of French bulldogs to regulate their body temperature is the reason why some airlines will ban them from flying. The American Kennel Club states that French bulldogs can live anywhere between 11 to 13 years.
In addition to having difficulty with regulating their body temperature, the French bulldog’s traits has are unable to easily breed or pass litters of pups without assistance. One look at these animals is enough to know that Frenchies are susceptible to a wide number of back, hip and knees problems; including the aforementioned difficulties in breeding and giving birth. These canines are also especially prone to a variety of eye problems including glaucoma and conjunctivitis. Owners of French bulldogs are encouraged to regularly dry and clean the folds of skin directly beneath their dog’s eyes in order to reduce chances of the dog contracting an eye-based problem.