The popularity of the French Bulldog has skyrocketed as they’ve become must-have family pets and companions. Learn what you need to know.
The French Bulldog is a loving dog that’s a joy to be around and cute in a comical way. Behind the big bat ears and flat face is a big personality, but also some important health care issues. The following is an overview of the breed:
- Group: Non-sporting.
- Life expectancy: 10 to 14 years.
- Height: 11 to 13 inches.
- Weight: 16 to 28 pounds.
- Colors: White, fawn, black, brown, brindle, and tan.
- Temperament: Affectionate, easygoing, sociable, patient, and playful.
- Good with: Families, kids, and other dogs.
Characteristics and traits
French Bulldogs are one of the most recognizable breeds right now because of their popularity with celebrities and their unmistakable looks.
They’re stocky little dogs with barely any tail and a broad head with a flat face.
For size, they’re around 11 to 13 inches tall and weigh between 16 to 28 pounds, depending on their age and sex.
Colors can vary with combinations of white, fawn, and brindle. They’re not to be mistaken with the Boston Terrier, who has similar bat ears and stature but a black and white coat.
In terms of their personality, they have a big presence for their stature. They’re often playful and goofy little companions that are the heart of a family.
French Bulldogs get along well with all family members and small children with the right training. They’ll also express this with a lot of affection and a desire to stay close.
The downside here is the risk of separation anxiety. But, you’ll also find that they are talkative dogs.
Care and grooming
Frenchies may be incredibly popular as family pets because of these positive character traits, but they require a lot of care and attention.
You need to be sure that you can get them the diet, exercise routine, and
grooming regime necessary.
It’s important to keep an eye on their health at all times, especially in hot weather because they may struggle. It isn’t a good idea to have a French Bulldog if you live in hotter climates.
The good news, however, is that a Frenchie that’s well cared for can live up to 14 years.
The good news is that Frenchies have short coats and don’t shed too much.
However, it still helps to brush them regularly to keep the coat and skin in good condition.
Skin issues are a possibility, so promoting blood flow with skin massages and watching out for food allergens can help.
You’ll also want to make sure to trim your dog’s nails regularly to avoid discomfort there.
Also, be sure to carefully dry the fold of skin when bathing your dog.
Be very careful when feeding French Bulldogs because they’re prone to obesity.
A good diet of age-appropriate food and good portion control should be fine.
Dogs that develop skin conditions may benefit from supplementation, but you should consult a vet about this.
As a part of portion control, it also means no scraps from the table.
Another way to stop French Bulldogs from gaining too much weight is to exercise them regularly.
They only need short bursts of activity to keep them strong and trim.
Longer sessions can be too much of a strain. Stick with short daily walks and playtime in the yard.
The biggest issue with French Bulldogs is that they are a brachycephalic breed.
They’ve been overbred to have shorter muzzles and constricted airways.
It makes breathing more difficult, which is why they struggle on long walks or in hot weather.
Some French Bulldogs will also develop eye issues and hip problems. They must receive regular check-ups to detect issues before they cause pain or distress.
French Bulldogs aren’t the easiest dogs to train, but they certainly aren’t the most challenging either.
They can develop a bit of a stubborn streak, which could cause them to give up on training if they aren’t in the mood.
Their affection and loyalty should help when it comes to getting the best from them.
Be patient and give your French Bulldog plenty of positive reinforcement for a job well done.
Also, make sure to work on all forms of obedience and socialization from an early age.
It often surprises French Bulldog owners to learn that this dog doesn’t originate from France if you go back far enough.
The assumption is that there was the Engish Bulldog and French Bulldog, and then the latter became a popular import to America.
The last part is true, as many dog lovers brought the French Bulldog over to the US in the 19th century. They then enhanced the bat ears through the generations.
But, the French Bulldog of the 18th century is the result of the interbreeding of Toy Bulldogs from England and an unknown breed. As this occurred in France, they got the name French Bulldog.
The following are fun facts about French Bulldogs:
- Some French Bulldogs are used as watchdogs.
- French Bulldogs also have rose ears like their English cousins.
- They’re better of with all four paws on the ground. French Bulldogs don’t do very well in the air or the water because of their shape and airway structure.
There’s a lot to love about the comical and loveable French Bulldog. But, don’t overlook the challenges that come with owning a Frenchie.
These dogs have crucial health care needs that can limit their suitability in all homes. If you can provide a happy home and plenty of affection, French Bulldogs will make an excellent pet.
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