French Bulldog Information
The French Bulldog typically lives for about 10-12 years. The breed only gives birth to 3 to 5 puppies at a time. Both male and female Frenchies grow to 22 inches, and weigh roughly up to 28 lbs.
This breed is highly affectionate. As a matter of fact, the French Bulldog was quite popular among social circles in the 1800’s, and was known as a “little lover.” This breed loves its people. It craves human attention, and is willing to demand it when necessary. The French Bulldog’s small size, adoring personality, and playful demeanor make it an excellent companion pet. While it is active and loves to romp around, the French Bulldog is just as happy to curl up in a nice lap or on the sofa.
The French Bulldog has a reputation for being mischievous and silly. It is an exuberant dog that loves to play. The Frenchie seeks attention, and will wag its tail, dance around, and bring a favorite toy over for a game of fetch. The French Bulldog does well with children, though its liveliness can be overwhelming to smaller kids. This breed also does well with other pets, as long as they want to join the action. The Frenchie may annoy standoffish cats or sedate dogs with its frequent invitations to play.
French Bulldogs are considered to be extremely well behaved dogs, and they make excellent travel companions. They are well suited to urban living, which is what made them such a success in Paris so many years ago.
This breed also makes a good little watchdog. While they will sound the alarm if needed, they are not considered to be excessive barkers. They do watch over their people and property, and will let their owners know if someone approaches.
The French Bulldog is active and playful, but does not require a heavy amount of exercise to keep it fit and entertained. It does fine with short walks or games of fetch. The French Bulldog is somewhat sensitive to heat, and care should be taken during warmer weather. The breed is also unable to swim, so it should not be taken into the pool or nearby lake.
Frenchies require training like any other dog, and can learn to do tricks. They are trainable, though they do tend to have shorter attention spans.
Bred solely as a companion pet, the Frenchie must be around people. It is not a breed meant to be left alone for long periods of time, and will develop separation anxiety. French Bulldogs experiencing separation anxiety may bark excessively, dig, or chew. It can also cause negative behavioral traits, such as nervousness or depression.
Frenchies have some other unique behavioral traits. While not know to be dog that frequently barks, the French Bulldog is somewhat vocal. The breed will grunt throughout much of the day, and has a habit of snoring quite loudly when asleep. Another rather different characteristic of the French Bulldog is its tendency toward flatulence. Some owners may be put off by this particular trait, though many Frenchie fanciers find it to be quite humorous.
The French Bulldog has a coat that smooth, short, and shiny. They are considered to be moderate shedders, and weekly brushing is all that is required to keep shedding to a minimum. The breed does not like to have its feet handled, so familiarizing it with toenail clippings when it is young is necessary. The toenails do not wear down naturally, so frequent clipping are required.
French Bulldogs only need bathing when necessary, though they may need their faces wiped down with a soft, damp cloth on occasion. The French Bulldog’s face and neck are covered in wrinkled, loose skin that sometimes gets dirty. Another feature on the French Bulldog that will require some attention is its trademark “bat ears.” The Frenchie has rather large ears that will need to be cleaned with a damp cloth in order to prevent the spread of bacteria or infection. The skin on the ear can become dry, though treatments or home remedies for this can be recommended by a veterinarian. The dog should receive regular vet care and dental cleanings.
The French Bulldog breed can be subject to a variety of health ailments. These include an elongated soft palate, premature disc degeneration, and some other spinal conditions. The breed can also experience respiratory problems, eye ailments, and allergies. Sensitivity to heat and excessive drying of the skin are also common in this breed. It is important to see a veterinarian with a good understanding of the breed’s possible health challenges.
As stated before, the French Bulldog only needs a moderate amount of exercise. However, as the breed has a tendency towards obesity as it ages, exercise is important. This playful breed enjoys toys, playing fetch, and walks.
French Bulldogs are smart and trainable, and have even been used as circus performers and as canine actors in commercials and film. They require short training sessions and a gentle approach. The breed can be successful in obedience classes and in the show ring.
Housetraining a French Bulldog, however, can take significantly longer than most breeds. The French Bulldog can take up to six months to become fully trained. Those familiar with the breed recommend crate training when the dog is young, and a consistent, positive approach with lots of rewards.
This is a dog that does well on a farm, in a house with children, in a small apartment, or even a retirement home. Small, happy, and affectionate, it is an ideal pet for most lifestyles.
Owning a French Bulldog
The most important aspect of owning a French Bulldog is ensuring that there is adequate time to provide the dog with the companionship that it thrives on. Aside from that, both breeders and rescue organizations can provide potential pet owners with the dog they desire. It is always important to go through a reputable breeder in order to ensure the pet’s health and positive behavioral traits.