French Bulldog Temperament: Affectionate, Playful, Alert, Athletic, Bright, Easygoing, Keen, Lively, Patient. Life Span: 10 to12 years. Grooming: Low Maintenance. Training: Moderately Easy. The French Bulldog is a breed of domestic dog, bred to be companion dogs. The breed is the result of a cross between Toy Bulldogs imported from England and local ratters in Paris, France, in the 1800s. They are stocky, compact dogs with a friendly, mild-mannered temperament.