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The French Bulldog is a compact combination of charisma and energy. They hold all of the characteristics of the bulldog, just with a small and lighter body. And the ears! We can't forget about the large tell-tale erect ears that make identifying a Frenchie even easier.
This breed is quick to make friends, with humans and other animals, and they're very loving toward their owner. Frenchies are great companions, they'd love to tag along on adventures and always be at your side. If you don't mind a tiny little shadow, this may be the pup for you!
There's so much more to learn about these special pups. Let's dig deeper into the French Bulldog breed and get to know them inside and out!
Also Known As...
Frenchie. Bouledogue Français. "Would you say that French Bulldogs look more like bats or frogs? "Is there an all of the above option here?"
English trade workers grew fond of miniature bulldogs in the 1800s. Unlike traditional Bulldogs, these pups were intended as companions instead of sporting purposes. When the trade workers relocated to France, the Toy Bulldogs were eventually bred with other dogs to get the adorable Frenchies we know today!
The French Bulldog's popularity boomed in Paris, and later all across Europe and America. Creatives, prostitutes, and high class women kept these pups as fashionable accessories and fury companions.
Lady Gaga, Dwayne Johnson, and Martha Stewart are a few celebrities who are big Frenchie lovers.
These pint-sized Frenchies can grow to be 11 to 13 inches tall as an adult.
An adult male or female French Bulldog can weigh between 16 to 28 pounds.
French Bulldogs would prefer to be constant companions to their humans. Prone to anxiety - especially separation anxiety - Frenchies cannot be left alone for long stretches of hours. Due to their size and fairly quiet nature, it's easy to keep these pups are your side. They simply want to be with their handlers as much as possible.
When in the company of other dogs, French Bulldogs can be aggressive and territorial. They may become a bit more vocal, but usually nothing more than barking. This behavior can be changed with proper socialization and training at a early age.
Intelligence / Trainability
French Bulldogs are smart and playful. It won't take much effort to train a Frenchie, they'll be able to pick up on commands and tricks easily. The only difficulty a handler may experience with their pup is keeping their attention. Although French Bulldogs love to please their humans and make them happy, these pups need to be constantly engaged while training or being taught a new command.
Best Training Techniques For French Bulldogs
- Start at an early age for the best results.
- Frenchies can be stubborn, but the will be eager to learn if properly engaged physically and mentally.
- Make training/teaching sessions feel more like a game to keep your Frenchie engaged and interested.
- Make sure you’re training your pal where there are little to no distractions. You want them to focus only on you.
- Treats are great motivators for a food-driven French Bulldogs
- Positive Reinforcement. These pups are people pleasers and thrive on positive reinforcement for desired behavior.
The French Bulldog is can easily adapt to most environments and they're easy to welcome into your home. Families, couples, and singles would be great with French Bulldogs. The pups don’t take up much space and love being around their humans.
This breed would not do well in warmer settings. They're prone to breathing problems and can easily overheat. During hot summer months be sure to keep your pal inside with air condition.
French Bulldogs aren't able to swim. To keep them safe, make sure they stay away from pool, lakes, rivers. When bathing, never leave them unattended.
Exercise is important in every dog’s life. Maintaining healthy weight and conditions should be top priority for owners. Making sure your Frenchie is staying fit is simple to do with daily walks or trips to the dog park. If it's too hot or cold outside, playing a game of fetch to tug-of-war indoors would be great too!
Good For Families And Kids?
French Bulldogs are very affectionate, playful, and loyal to their humans. These pups would be a great addition to families -especially those with children. The more the merrier for this breed.
As long as the pup is correctly socialized at an early age, they will be easily adaptable to any type of household. Teaching toddlers how to properly treat your dog will help them make fast friends and help create a bond. French Bulldogs are small, curious, and generally ready to play. They stay by your side and always have a toy nearby – which will keep your children entertained and everyone happy!
Your little Frenchie may have the lifespan of 10 to 14 years.
French Bulldogs are compact fur friends, but like all dogs, they’re prone to certain health conditions. It’s always a great idea to keep up with yearly physicals to keep track of your dog’s physical condition. Here are a number of commonly known health issues, some of them hereditary, tied to the French Bulldog.
- Patellar Luxation
- Breathing Issues
- Anesthesia Sensitivity
- Eye Issues ( Juvenile Cataracts and More)
- Skin Allergies
- Autoimmune Skin Disorders
French Bulldogs are pretty moderate when it comes to energy. They are playful, but wouldn't be noted as an active breed - which is perfect since they can easily over-exert themselves and Frenchies often have breathing issues. Like most pups, they love to be entertained and engaged while playing. Frenchies would also enjoy cuddling up on the couch with their human, too.
Friendly With (Dogs? Strangers? Cats/Other Pets?)
French Bulldogs love to make friends. The would co-exist well with cats, dogs and other pets. Although they can be territorial, with proper training and socialization, Frenchies will easily become friends animals and strangers.
Coat & Grooming
The most common coat colors of Frenchies are shades of brindle, blue, fawn, tan or white with brindle patches. Thanks so the very short hair, the French Bulldogs require very little grooming. They're a fairly clean breed and don't need to much effort. About once a week owners should trim the nails to keep them manageable.
Toys French Bulldogs Would Like Best
The French Bulldog need toys that are small enough for them to hold, light enough to carry, and also be able to hold their attention. Toys are a great way to get your pup up and moving. Mental and physical stimulation keeps your dog from destructive behavior and playing creates an opportunity for bonding time between dog and owner. Get that tiny tail wagging with fun play items for your pal.
Recommended Diet Or Supplements
French Bulldogs are small pups and it's not hard to keep them physically fit. A daily walk will help keep off the weight, but don't forget to take care of your pal internally, too!
There are supplements you can give your pooch to help them function at their highest level. A supplement, made specifically to ease joint pain can be a great way to support mobility, especially as Frenchies get older. As always, consult your vet before administering anything to your dog.
This joint supplement is veterinarian-formulated, made with all natural ingredients (glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid), and comes in the form of 150 soft chews. Basically, it looks and tastes just like delicious treats, and it could really help your French Bulldog with joint issues. ($32.99.)
BARK’s Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is made of organically grown whole plants, grown in Colorado, and is non-psychoactive. It comes in 100mg, 250mg, and 500mg varieties, and can help with joint issues, pain relief, and ease aggression in dogs during stressful situations. ($17.99-22.99.)
For French Bulldogs, or other pups who love to lie around, a nice comfortable dog bed is definitely a good idea!
This ultra plush orthopedic dog bed is great for supporting your pup’s small body and giving them a designated place to rest. A high quality combination of ergonomic memory foam and gel foam helps ease body aches, joint pain, and arthritis. This bed offers the best therapeutic support for your favorite buddy. ($27.99-64.99.)
Notable Rescues to Find the French Bulldog of Your Dreams:
Find your own furry companion among these great French Bulldog rescues!
- Phoenix French Bulldog Rescue
- Short Mugs Rescue Squad
- Bullies 2 The Rescue
- Buckeye Bulldog Rescue
- Chicago French Bulldog Rescue
- Adoptable French Bulldogs on Petfinder
Notable Instagram French Bulldogs
Get pictures of these short-nosed cuties every day by following these adorable Frenchies on Instagram!
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