In the beginning of the 20 century a new breed of dog - the French bulldog promptly wins popularity both in France and in all of Europe. Dogs of this breed lived in houses of known aristocrats and members of royal families. Thus popularity of this breed was extraordinary great and among simple people. In high society the French bulldog became a dog of choice for the richest people. The French Bulldog sold from 250 up to 750 dollars and in the beginning of the 20th century some sold for 5000 dollars. Well-known Ford sold the "Model T" for 270 - 350 dollars...
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Lady of thoughts of the Parisian snobs and aristocrats of the beginning of the 20th century writer, jurnalist and actrees [Gabrielle Sidonie Colette, 1873-1954], known as Colette, in the letter to the girlfriend wrote: " At that time I have two dogs, however, the hand does not turn to write " two dogs ". I had dog and the French bulldog ". Here so: " the French bulldog " is already an essence of other order...
The French bulldog was one of the victims of lost "Titanic". The rich American industrialist, Mr. Robert Daniels, has bought spotty dog Gamine in France, together with which on "Titanic" should arrive to New York to introduce new blood of the French bulldogs of America. Unfortunately, the small Frenchie was lost together with hundreds of other victims of a fatal trip. Daniels survived this accident, has brought an action and has won it, having received аstronomical on those times the sum $750 as compensatory
cost on purchase of the new favourite, - the French bulldog...
Famous owners of the French bulldogs abroad were Jason Priestly, Jonathan Kellerman, King Edward VII, D.H. Lawrence, Elizabeth McGovern, Patty Hearst, Paul Winfield, Frau Ann Marie Sacher, Dorothy Parker, Colette, Toulouse Lautrec. Hardly later, the first Frenchies, having won popularity in the West, start to get to Russia. Their owners appear aristocrats, members of the imperial family, and known actors.
*French bulldog Ortino was a favorite dog of princess Tatyana Romanova, the daughter of last Russian Csar Nicolas II. Оrtino was executed together with other members of imperial family on June, 16th, 1918. When, a lot of years later, the place of a burial place of family of Romanov's has been found, among remains the skeleton small Оrtino has been found also.
Last Russian Tsar Nicolas II (in the middle) and his family. On right-FB.
*Biographies - Ortino
The Imperial Family loved animals and had quite a pack of assorted dogs, cats, parrots and fish. "Ortino" was Tatiana's French Bulldog, seen below in her lap. Anastasia is with Tatiana and this picture was taken in the Alexander Palace Park after the revolution. Ortino was very privileged and had complete run of the palace. He slept with Tatiana at the foot of her bed. Unfortunately he snorred loudly, which disturbed Olga, who shared the a bedroom with Tatiana.
Tatiana had a collection of Ortinos carved in semi-precious stones just like this one made of rock crystal set with blue sapphires and a gold collar. She kept them in her bedroom and now they have been dispersed around the world, including one in the Cleveland Museum.
Ortino went with Tatiana into exile, but disappears. The last time we see him Tatiana is struggling to carry Ortino while dragging a heavy suitcase through ankle deep mud and a howling crowd at the Yekaterinburg train station. This was two months before she and her family were murdered.
Russian PrincessTatiana Romanova with her Frenchie Ortino
And today French bulldogs remain one of the most popular and prestigious breeds in the world. Many known people hold at home small batt-eared favorites. About some of them I shall try to tell.
Star of mute cinema Douglas Fairbanks a photo of actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and a handsome "Frenchie". The breed, with it's compact, jaunty elegance was popular among many stars of the day, taken sometime in the 1920's.
(a photo from the book " Hollywood Dogs ")
Iv Sen Soran
(Yves Saint Lauent & Moujik III, his 'Frenchie') Now, having departed from affairs of the house of haute couture headed by him, Iv Sen Loran lives by himself, remaining-sisters infinitely betrayed to the family and especially mom, the bright woman and infinitely enamoured in the son. Constant satellites of his life always were dogs of breed the French bulldog, each of which the-Muzhik (Mujik, Moujik)) carried the same nickname. On a photo of Iv Sen loran with dog Muzhik-III.
American actor Jason Priestley, star of the serial " Beverly Hills 90210 " has one personal attachment - French bulldog Svifti whom he will not being apart never and under no circumstances. Such here man's friendship.
Famouse actor Malcolm McDowell also sharing his house with Frenchie
with her dogs-Francesca, two-year-old French Bulldog and Sharkey, another two-year-old Frenchie.
A Trip With Martha To The Home Depot...
Crossing between Terrier & English Bulldog1874
Emblem of The Palace of Dogs. Paris 1900
Jackie von Pfaffenbusch. Kennel in 1907
Kennel Plavia. 1900-1911
This photograph shows Mrs. E.L. Pulsifer seated with her French Bulldog,
Champion Maurice II. 1904.
World War II Little Messanger...
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