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French Bulldog – Tips and Advice before Buying a Puppy

French Bulldog Breed

Dog breed information, facts, and advice

The French Bulldog is related to the American bulldog and English bulldog, however, the French Bulldog is a lot smaller in size, they are fun-loving dogs, with a mischievous side and love nothing more than people-pleasing (especially their owner). The French Bulldog is now one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the UK making them the perfect companion.

It is still speculated where the French Bulldog originates from, but they say it is most likely from the miniature or toy Bulldog which is a crossbreed of an English bulldog and terrier type dogs. The other theory is that the French Bulldog is a descend from the Chincha Bulldog which was native to Peru, unfortunately, this breed no longer exists.

Fun Facts about French Bulldogs

  • This breed is very sensitive, and get very upset if shouted at or told off
  • Hugh Jackman has a French bulldog called Dali, as well as being very popular with many other A list celebrities
  • French bulldogs are not very good swimmers or Can’t swim
  • Believed to be originally from Ancient Greece
  • They’re known for their Talkative behavior
  • Their ears come in two shapes

 

french bulldogFrench Bulldog Physical characteristics

These dogs may be small but they are very defined, strong, and muscular, again just like the Pug, French bulldogs are known for their appearance, with their large square heads, flat face, slightly rounded skull, large set apart wide eyes and wrinkles these dogs have something different but something appealing about them.

French bulldogs are part of the brachycephalic family meaning flat face, these breeds muzzle is very broad and almost looks as if their smiling all the time, their nose is actually quite large compared to the size of their head but should be short and black, also due to their flat faces they tend to have undershots.

French bulldogs are known for their ears as they are referred to as having ‘bat ears’ this is because they are long and rounded at the top and very broad at the bottom of the ear, and sit at the top of the dogs head just how a bats would.

The french bulldog has an overall look of being stocky and compact, and are very well proportioned all over, they have broad shoulder and a thick neck which gives them their appearance of being strong but also looking proud.

Their tail is either straight or screwed but should never be curly, they come in a variety of colours but the main colours registers by kennel club are:

  • Pied
  • Fawn
  • Brindle

 

Are French bulldog good pets?

French Bulldogs are quirky playful little dogs, they are known for getting on with other pets and families with or without children, they were originally bred to be companion dogs and this is exactly what these dogs enjoy doing. these dogs are more suited to someone who is going to be home a lot as they are very much people-pleasers, when left on their own for long periods of time these dogs can develop severe separation anxiety as they do not like being left alone.

French bulldogs are very easy going and are known for being loving, loyal and friendly, when people are around they like to be centre of attention and always acting goofy and being comical to get the attention they require. when being around a Frenchie there no doubt they put a smile on your face.

This breed is very adaptive to their living surroundings whether they are living in the country or in the city centre in an apartment they adapt to life very easy. this is why they are good dogs for people living in the city and buying their first dog. Frenchies need regular exercise but due to their flat faces shouldn’t be walked far, it’s better to take them on two, but short walks daily. they are known for overheating quickly which can cause them to have a heatstroke.

Are French bulldogs aggressive?

French bulldogs are not known for being aggressive, however, like all dogs, they can be put in certain situations where they feel threatened which can make them act aggressively. With most small dogs they also tend to suffer from big dog attitude which can lead them to get into trouble with other dogs.

Frenchies are known for getting very attached to their owner, which can sometimes make them a little possessive, but apart from this they are known for being very sweet, friendly characters that are loyal and only want to please their owner.

 

Size and life expectancy

french Bulldogs are a small dog breed part of the toy family, females typically weigh around 11-12kg and stand around 30cm tall, as for the males they typically weigh around 12.5-13.5kg and also stand at around 30cm tall. their lifespan is expected around 10-14 years.

 

Food & Diet

French Bulldogs are notoriously known for their love of food, they will eat anything they can get their paws on! Most Frenchies will only respond or do anything when food involved (very food driven) so it is very important to watch your Frenchies weight, do not to overfeed them and exercise on a regular basis, they are known for going through bins so make sure all food waste and where food is stored is always secure.

French bulldogs diets depend on their health and age, feed them a complete dog food to keep them slim and healthy. Thre are four main types of dog food available;

  • kibble (dry biscuits)
  • Frozen
  • Semi-moist
  • canned or wet food

The type you choose will depend on your lifestyle, how much time you have to prepare their food, plus your dog’s preference. It doesn’t hurt to try out a few different types first to see how they respond to each one and to discover what they do and don’t like,

If you are not sure which is the best food for you Frenchie then it is advised to discuss it with your veterinarian, they will be able to give you the best advice on what is suitable for your Frenchie and also suggest how much you should be feeding them too, it’s also recommended that you split their daily allowance meal into two meals a day for them – remember to leave a gap of at least 30 minutes before exercising, giving time for the food to digest. Dogs love routine so try and feed them at the same time every day.

when giving your dogs treat, they should be given in moderation, snack and treats can be high in calories and can unbalance their diet, When giving your dog snacks and treats remember to take it into account of their daily amount or reduce their amount of food, treats should not make up any more than 10% of their daily calories intake.

 

Temperament

French bulldogs are known for being fairly quiet dogs that rarely bark, however, they can unleash the talkative sound to them if not trained properly as a puppy, it is important that your puppy is trained from an early age and socialised properly.

Frenchies can have a stubborn streak in them and if not properly trained can lead them to believe they are boss.

Frenchies are very sensitive dogs because they rely on their owner so much and want to please them they can get very upset when they do something wrong or are shouted at.

Someone who owns a Frenchie needs to be able to give this dog a lot of time especially when it comes to training as they are not the most intelligent of dogs, it can take a bit longer than normal, the same when it comes to house training this breed, again this can take a bit longer than expected (up to a year) so you must be prepared for some hard work.

The French Bulldog is a soft, playful yet comical dog, as we know this breed is a people-pleaser they are always trying to make you laugh with their goofy behavior, they love being the center of attention and love to show off, they are friendly, loyal and easy-going.

Frenchies need mental stimulation so learning new tricks is a perfect way of stimulation and spending quality time with their owner, which they love nothing more.

 

Maintenance

Frenchies are pretty low maintenance when it comes to the grooming side, regular brushing is required to keep their coat healthy, and also minimise shedding, french bulldogs don’t malt like other breeds but they still shed a fair amount during the seasons.

They should only be bathed occasionally and when shampooing makes sure their exposed eyes are protected.

French bulldogs wrinkles and skin folds need to be checked and cleaned on a regular basis, this is to stop a build-up of dirt and bacteria leading to infections, this breed is also prone to skin allergies.

Obesity is common in french bulldogs so it is important not to overfeed them and give them regular exercise, ensure you don’t take them on long walks as they are brachycephalic breeds, and can NOT walk for long periods of time, due to their flat faces. These breeds of dogs are known for overheating in hot weather so make sure you keep them cool and ensure there is plenty of fresh water for them.

 

 Do French Bulldogs have health problems?

As with any purebred dog, they are always going to have some health issues, With brachycephalic breeds, there does tend to be more health problems they suffer from hee is a list of the most common problems French Bulldogs suffer from:

  • Skin allergies
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eye problems
  • Pannus
  • Epilepsy
  • Deafness
  • Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) – breathing problems
  • Back problems

 

Now that we have covered as much general information and advice on French bulldogs we hope this helps you effectively care for your new puppy but help you learn more about this breed before buying one.

The Frenchie makes a wonderful companion and guaranteed to make you smile. By following the right steps, you and your pooch can lead a long, happy life together.

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