(Merle Teacup French Bulldog by healthypetsupply)
Some people scoff at lapdogs, thinking that back in the day dogs were bred for a purpose like hunting or herding. History would prove them wrong.
While the ancestors of the French Bulldog were at first bred for nefarious reasons like bull-baiting (hence the name: bull dog), the outlaw of these inhumane sports in the 19th century gave bulldogs a new career path. They were imported into France where they were crossed with French dogs used for ratting (catching rats, of course) and were christened French Bulldogs.
While most French Bulldogs today aren’t used for this purpose, they had once been an industrious breed. Now, they’ve gotten even smaller.