French bulldog may not be the right choice for every family.
Living with a French bulldog can be very rewarding, but you
must be committed to meeting the bulldog's particular needs.
These are sturdy little dogs with large, erect, rounded bat
ears, flat muzzles and pug noses. These dogs are playful
and affectionate, curious and alert. They love to clown
around and can run and play for hours. They need
companionship and will not thrive without it. They often
bond strongly to one person. Frenchies are good with
children when raised with them from puppyhood. These dogs
are not easy to train and do not like hot weather. Coat
colors are fawn, pied and red or black brindle. Grooming is
minimal. Height is 12" at the shoulders. There are 2
weight ranges, 19 to 22 lbs. and 22 to 28 lbs.
Some things to consider:
Frenchies or French bulldogs are perpetual children: they
never grow up.
A French bulldog does best in a loving environment, free
from fear and neglect. They are happiest when they are with
people and require lots of attention. When left alone,
French bulldogs can be very destructive.
They may chew throughout their lifetimes. Plenty of things
for them to chew should be available to them unless you want
your furniture destroyed. Anything that you don't want
chewed should be made unavailable to them.
They may need to be crated when they are not being
supervised. A French bulldog should never be left unattended
in your backyard. Not only is it dangerous to your French
bulldog's wellbeing, but French Bulldogs are often targeted
They should never be left outside in the hot summer months.
Being a short muzzle breed, the heat and humidity makes it
too hard for them to breathe which could lead to heat
stroke. However, in mild temperatures they love to be
outside playing or on walks.
French Bulldog is.....
Is short, squat, and chunky
Is round-headed and short-faced, with large expressive
Has a short easy-care coat that comes in many colors
Is usually amiable with everyone
Doesn't need much exercise
Doesn't bark much
The French Bulldog Can.....
Snorting, snuffling, wheezing, grunting, loud snoring
Slowness to housebreak
Serious health problems
Bulldog is an extreme lover. He is affectionate, playful
and demanding of attention, from all that he comes into
contact with. He does not do well left alone in a
backyard. A Frenchie needs the constant companionship of
his family. He makes an excellent companion for
children, although very small children may not tolerate
his over enthusiastic nature. He generally gets along
well with other animals, as long as they are of as
playful a nature as he is. They are generally not given
to excessive barking. They will protect their homes and
alert owners to intruders as well as when people are at
the door. They do not sound vicious, but do have a deep
bark. Most Frenchies tend to sit back and let others
make a commotion. They are often referred to as "little
clowns," and a more fitting description could not be
found. The Frenchie is at his utmost content when he is
being showered with affection. he will return the favor
to his utmost capabilities. He is a true lapdog, an
extreme lover, a bodyguard, a playful companion, and a
true "best friend".
Despite their sweetness, French Bulldogs are not Golden
Retrievers. They have an independent mind of their own
and can be manipulative. Most French Bulldogs are
extremely stubborn. You must show them, through absolute
consistency, that you mean what you say.
Shedding. For such a shorthaired dog, French
Bulldogs shed more than you might think. Their short
coarse hairs come off on your hands when you pet them,
and stick tenaciously to your carpeting, upholstery, and
French Bulldog sounds.
Most French Bulldogs snort, snuffle, wheeze, grunt, and
snore loudly. The sounds are endearing to some people;
nerve-wracking to others.
Many French Bulldogs, especially those with loose jowls,
slobber and drool, especially after eating or drinking.
French Bulldogs tend to resist being told what to do,
and housebreaking is no exception. Expect four to six
months of consistent crate training.
They are not easy to
train, and have a hard time learning to act on command.
You must be more stubborn than your Frenchie ! Some
people suggest crate training as the best source of
getting the lesson learned. You can expect four or more
months of consistent crate training. Frenchies do not
like to take orders. They have a hard time adhering to
the task at hand and are easily distracted. Owners of
this little bully breed , should have a strong will and
an endless supply of patience. Learning to obey basic
commands is something that must be taught with this
breed. Puppy classes are a good way to socialize Your
puppy as well as learning the basic social skills needed
in developing a good relationship with your French
Exercise. The French bulldog is not the breed to
run along side you as you are jogging. They enjoy short
walks when the air temperature is moderate. Never expose
a Frenchie to higher heat as they are prone to heat
stroke. They do well with a short walk and a long nap to
follow. They are heavy headed and do not swim. Frenchies
have been known to drown when left unattended near water
sources. Lakes, rivers, pools, etc, should be considered
a danger to your French bulldog. they should always be
closely guarded when near a swimming pool or lake.
although Frenchies love to play, playtime must be
limited . They will tend to over exert themselves, and
breathing becomes difficult for them. French bulldogs
require a "downtime" after and form of exercise. This is
an excellent time to calm and cuddle them. They will
never turn down any form of affection.
French Bulldog breeders charge $1000 to $1500 to cover
their costs of artificial insemination (because many
French Bulldogs can't mate without assistance) and
C-sections (because the puppies' heads are too large to
be born normally).
that can send you running for cover. Fortunately, French
Bulldogs who are fed a natural diet of real meat and
other fresh foods have much less trouble with gassiness.
French Bulldog Health Page
for more information.
Serious health problems.
Many French Bulldogs struggle to breathe in hot or humid
weather. In the summer they should be kept in
air-conditioning and supervised during outside activity
so they don't over-exert themselves and become
overheated. An alarming number of French Bulldogs suffer
from joint diseases, spinal disorders, and heart
defects. Their compromised respiratory system makes it
very risky to anesthetize them safely.
Expectancy. The French Bulldog is know for a life
span of 10-12 years on average
There are energetic Frenchies, and placid Frenchies.
Hard-headed Frenchies, and sweet-natured Frenchies.
Serious Frenchies, and good-natured goofballs.
Introverted Frenchies, and Frenchies who love everyone.
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