Victoria pet among the many oldest French Bulldogs on the planet

VICTORIA – A longtime barbershop employee in Victoria is one of the oldest French Bulldogs in the world.

13-year-old dog Pierre spends much of his time at the Victory Barber and Brand in downtown Victoria.

Its owners, who also own the shop, bring it in daily.

“He’s a full-time shop dog, hangs out from 9 am to 6 pm,” said Josh Van Leewuen, owner of Victory Barber and Brand.

Van Leewuen and his partner Crystal Currie and have brought Pierre to the store every day since it opened.

“Yesterday was our 10th anniversary,” said Van Leewuen on Wednesday. “When we started it was the size of a potato.”

Now Pierre is more of a big roast beef. Typically, the heaviest male frenchies weigh around 28 pounds. Pierre is a little stronger.

“He weighs 40 pounds,” said Van Leewuen.

The heavyweight pup is also in the running for the world’s oldest French bulldog.

According to the American Kennel Club, the oldest French Bulldog is 14 and a half years old.

At 13, Pierre could break the record, says Currie.

“We just want to know if Pierre is the oldest Frenchman in all of Canada,” she said.

“We are aiming for the world record,” she added.

While Pierre may not know how to handle the business part of some hair clippers, he has an important job in the hair salon: to give love.

Although the French are not a working race, Pierre has no plans to retire from this Victoria business anytime soon.

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