The history of the Free-Lance Bulldog is widely unknown but it is suspected that the breed was developed as a result of the designer dog movement. Breeders desired dog breeds that would end up healthier than the parent breeds. The Bulldog descended from an ancient Mastiff in England. In 1500, there was a first mention of the breed which was then used for bull baiting. Because of the projected use of this canine, the aim was to develop a dog who had brawn, strength, courage and aggression. As a result, the earlier Bulldogs were bigger than the modern Bulldog. In 1835, bull baiting was finally outlawed in England. Breeders modified the Bulldog in order to create a more loving, affectionate breed. Many people admired the breed's stamina and persistence. In 1859, Bulldogs began to show up in conformation shows. In 1864, the first Bulldog breed club was formed. In 1890, the Bulldog Club of America was developed. In 1896, the breed standard was created and in 1890, the American Kennel Club recognized the breed which today, has much less of the strength and stamina purposely developed but is now a much loved companion. The French Bulldog originated in England and was developed as a toy-sized version of the Bulldog. Lace workers from Nottingham enjoyed the breed and brought the dog to France with them when they migrated during the Industrial Revolution in hopes of better job opportunities. Breed enthusiasts worked to change the look of the dog and that is when the bat-eared look that this canine is adored for first came about. The French Bulldog became a favorite breed in France. In 1898, the American Kennel Club welcomed its first French Bulldog. Today, the breed has earned a lovable nickname, “Frenchie”.