Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Frenchie; Bouledogue Français
The French Bulldog is a highly regarded, easy-going apartment pet with a lot of personality that doesn't demand as much exercise as some higher-energy breeds. If you'd like a charming dog with some chill, this breed might be the right choice.
The Frenchie got its name because it probably developed from English Bulldogs brought to France in the 1860s and bred with French Terriers. These dogs were eventually brought back to England by fashion-forward French lacemakers. As they soared in popularity, they made their way to the US, where American breeders developed a strain with the distinctive "bat" ears we know today.
Appearance / health:
The Frenchie is a heavy-boned and muscular little dog; she is of small to medium, but compact, build. She is rather pear-shaped; the width of her shoulders should be wider than the hips. She has a head that is square and flat with a rounded forehead; her muzzle is short; upper lips are wrinkled and overhang the lower jaw; and, she has an underbite. She has a pug nose (being one of the brachycephalic breeds); her dark eyes are round and prominent; and her distinctive “bat” shaped ears sit on the corners of her skull. Her coat is smooth and her skin is loose at the throat area. Her tail naturally bobbed and is either straight or somewhat screwed.
The Frenchie requires little in the way of grooming; a regular brushing of the coat and regular attention to teeth and nails is all it takes to keep them looking beautiful.
Please do pay extra attention to their wrinkled areas. Keep the areas inside their wrinkles clean and lubricated to avoid the development of sores which can become easily infected and quite painful to the dog. Your Veterinarian can best advise you what product to use to lubricate your Frenchie’s wrinkled areas.
The Frenchie is an average, consistent, year-round shedder.
The exercise requirements of the French Bulldog are minimal. A good walk, a nice romp in the backyard, or even an extended play session inside the house will keep them exercised. The most important part of any exercise regime for a French Bulldog is to make sure, when walking or playing outdoors in warm or hot weather, he does not overheat and have a heatstroke.
The most common health issues of the French Bulldog, in no particular order, are:
Anyone considering sharing their life with a French Bulldog needs to be aware that you can anticipate a lot of Veterinary expense. Always purchase from a reputable breeder who has had their breeding stock certified for sound hips and eyes and who will willingly show you the parent dogs so you can see for yourself that the parents have long backs and front/back legs that are even and proportionate.
Behavior / temperament:
The Frenchie was intentionally bred to be a companion animal; they are playful, amusing and have a natural curiosity about them. They are very lovable and sweet-natured dogs and are known to have a great sense of humor. They are very devoted to their person, love to please and amuse their person(s), and require a lot of attention and companionship; depriving them of the companionship and attention they so love will create a very unhappy Frenchie. Many people consider the Frenchie to be quite child-like in their behaviors and temperament and they’ve even been known to separate themselves from their owner or family in order to go sulk when they’ve been reprimanded or believe they’ve done something wrong.
Early socialization is an important part of any Frenchie’s early training; this will go far toward preventing them from becoming too much of a one-person dog, which occasionally happens in this breed.
The Frenchie is very intrigued by scents and you’ll find him snuffling all over the house and the yard, investigating what has gone on while he was not there. For this reason, always ensure your Frenchie is well harnessed and leashed when taking him out in public so that he doesn’t have an opportunity to follow all those intriguing scents until he becomes lost. Don’t be at all surprised when he snuffles you after you’ve been out, too. He’s going to want to know where you’ve been and what you did!
Frenchies make excellent little watch dogs and will keep you alerted to what is going on outside the home.
For those of you who are more fastidious than others, it may be important to know that, while there are those that do not, many Frenchies do slobber and drool.
The Frenchie is rated high in learning rate; low in obedience; and, low in problem-solving skills.French Bulldogs can be a little hard-headed when it comes to training; however, a patient, consistent owner/trainer who uses calm but firm tones and a reward-system of training will find that the Frenchie will respond to training and will want to please such a gentle, caring owner/trainer. Using harsh training methods will almost guarantee you a Frenchie that not only will not obey, but one you will have made fearful of people, including yourself. Remember, they are very emotionally sensitive dogs.
French Bulldogs are not known to be barkers and do not have a high-pitched, “yappy” bark so often associated with small breed dogs.
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French Bulldogs are stubborn, vocal, playful and cuddly. They have the giant personality of the bully breed condensed down into their squat bodies. Do not get a french bulldog if you value your own personal space. I slept with mine on the floor by his crate for the first few nights after we brought him home. He loved it and has demanded to be held and cuddled at night before he goes in his crate ever since. He also expects an afternoon nap promptly after lunch. Be ready to accept him bringing toys into your lap to play with them there. Napping aside, they are quite playful. They love other dogs and match up well with larger dogs for play time. They are quite pushy when they play like other bully breeds. Be wary of matching them with a more timid dog who they might annoy and scare. Our french bulldog loves fetch, tug, swimming, and riding four-wheelers. Be aware of their sensitivity to heat and activity as a brachycephalic breed. They will keep playing without realizing that they are endangering themselves. Allowing them around water is only safe if they have a life jacket. The heaviness of their heads can lead to drowning. Training a french bulldog can be difficult. They are not motivated to please their owners. Food is a good motivation, but they tend to like being bribed. It is important to not spoil your frenchie too much. Make him work for his food and attention just a little. Potty training our french bulldog was not easy. He seemed not to care as much about peeing or pooping in his own area. I stress boundary training with your french bulldog. Do not give him full access to your home until he is very reliably potty trained. While this breed has such a lovely personality and truly matches well with elderly, families, and small apartment living, they have health problems. Veterinarians and dog lovers are starting to question the ethics of purposefully breeding brachycephalic dogs. Many even well-bred french bulldogs find themselves at the vet from some complication stemming from the short nose and inability to breathe properly. Many french bulldogs cannot be bred in the old fashioned way because of their odd body shapes. The bitches are artificially inseminated and then must deliver the puppies by c-section. As breeders continue to select for shorter and shorter noses, the future generations of this breed will suffer more debilitating defects to their ability to breath. I truly hope that this breed survives with more ethical breeding centered on health and temperament rather than looks. They truly are lovely, funny little dogs..
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When dealing with any fear, aggressive or otherwise, distance is your friend. Find out how far the dog needs to be away from the subject of their fear and work from there.
I recently worked with a dog who is fearful of people and dogs on walks outside of his home. My mentor trainer and I took him to a field along the beach. Oso, the dog, watched people pass by and was rewarded when he brought his attention back to mom.
Many times, dogs learn to bark because it makes the scary thing go away. You want to show them that the scary thing will leave without barking. If the dog does begin to bark, move him away and treat when he focuses on you.
Desensitizing a dog that is afraid can be a long process. The older the dog or the more bad association the dog has with the stimuli only makes it worse. Be patient and remember distance is your friend..
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