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The French Bulldog - Is This the Right Dog for You?

January 15, 2020 4 min read

French Bulldog laying on a sofa resting its head and looking at the camera

Have you ever thought about owning a French bulldog (Frenchie)? If so then keep reading because we are about to cover all about the French bulldog. Topics covered will include the dog’s origin and history, nature and personality as well as grooming and care of the French bulldog.

 

The French bulldog in short

 

Origin

Paris, France

Shedding

Very Little

Group

Non-Sporting Group

Barking Behavior

Usually Quiet with minimal barking

Life Span

10-14 years

Drooling Behavior

High

Size

Female and males:

27 - 30 cm (11 - 12 in)

Social Needs

Moderate to high

Weight

Female: 7 – 10 kg (16 - 24 lbs.)
Male: 9 - 12 kg (20 - 28 lbs.)

Required Exercise

Minimum 1 hour, several short walks recommended

Coat

Short, smooth

Characteristics

Playful

Alert

Affectionate

Enthusiastic

Colours

White

Brindle

Fawn

Tan

Brindle & White

Suitability

City living

Single person

Small Apartment

 

Origin and History

France

The French bulldog breed originated in the 1800s when Toy Bulldogs from the UK were brought to mate with small dogs called Ratters in Paris, France.

USA

1896 saw the arrival of the first French bulldog in the USA at the Westminster Kennel Club show. The breed quickly became popular and was affectionately named Frenchie, a name still popular today.

Australia

Breeders estimate that the French bulldog has been in Australia since the late 1940s and was bred from imported British bloodlines.

United Kingdom

In the UK they are descendant from larger bulldogs used in the barbaric sport of bull-baiting. Smaller non-sporting versions were developed and bred which proved popular, especially to the British lace workers of the time.

black French Bulldog looking over its shoulder

Nature and Personality

The French bulldog is a lively, intelligent and friendly breed. They are at home in city apartments and are a good single person dog. Though being suited to a single person dog they also make a good family and first-time dogs.  As a puppy, they are fun and energetic and love to see what mischief they can get up to.  French bulldogs are people dogs and do not like to be left alone.

 

Responsibilities and caretaking

Training and exercise

French bulldogs can be easy to train but can also be stubborn. They have a mind of their own which can make training a bit of a challenge. Often this breed can prove difficult to house train and it is best to start training early and to be firm and patient.

 

Exercise requirements are a minimum of one-hour daily walking. It is best to break this into several small walks throughout the day. During the warmer months, it is better to exercise your French bulldog indoors as the breed has breathing difficulties during the heat.

 

Feeding requirements

While there are no specific feeding requirements for the French bulldog it is important to feed them, a balanced diet ensuring proper nutritional intake is met.

Options for feeding include dry and wet foods, raw foods and homemade meals.

Dry foods contain meat product as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals. Canned food is similar but usually contains more water so is a less nutritious option.

 

Regarding raw food, it is best to first check with your veterinarian before giving raw food to your French bulldog.

Brown French Bulldog sitting on the floor 

Precautions in feeding

Foods containing wheat products have been shown to cause stomach distress such as wind in some French bulldogs. Foods containing corn products or too many fillers can cause skin irritations, again it is best that you check with your veterinarian before using any of these products.

 

Feeding technicalities

The amount of food that your French bulldog requires will depend on its size, activity level, age and metabolism. Ensuring your dog gets the right amount of food to meet his or her needs will depend on the quality of the food you are feeding them.

 

Grooming and teeth

The French bulldog is high on the list of low maintenance dogs and it is relatively easy to care for them. How often to bathe them depends on their level of activity and whether you feel they need a bath. They have short smooth fur and a weekly brush should be all that is needed to keep his or her coat looking clean and smooth.

 

Eyes

It should come as no surprise that French bulldogs have sensitive eyes. Therefore, proper eye hygiene must be maintained. Keep the folds of skin around the eyes clean and free from dust and dirt.

 

Teeth

Ideally, you should clean your dog’s teeth every second day with a pet-safe toothpaste.

White French Bulldog with black spots on its head walking over grass 

Socialization

As well as being good companions for their human owners, French Bulldogs will enjoy the company of other animals in your household, especially if introduced at the puppy stage. It is good to be aware that they can sometimes be very territorial with their owners which could cause a problem.

 

Common health problems

Sadly, the French Bulldog is known for a long list of health problems, which include.

 

Eyes

Dry eyes, where their eyes can’t produce enough tears

Corneal ulcers occur when a dog loses the transparent layer from over the eye.

Conjunctivitis or pink eye, an inflammation of the front eyeball tissue,

 

Because of their sensitive eyes, it is recommended that the eye area is always kept clean.

Brown French Bulldog laying on the floor, resting its head

Breathing issues

As cute as their little flat faces are, they come with some breathing issues. A restrictive windpipe and narrow nostrils that restrict airflow. A softback roof of the mouth that obstructs the airway and sacs along with the voice box blocking the trachea.

 

Allergies 

They are prone to allergies, again due to being a flat-faced breed of dog. Allergies might include environmental, food, seasonal or drug allergies.

 

Other health issues

The French bulldog is also prone to hip dysplasia which if left untreated can result in the development of arthritis in your dog.

 

In conclusion

If you are after a breed of dog that is easy going, friendly, loveable, and lively. One that will be your constant, loving companion and you are prepared to care for some extra special needs then the French bulldog just might be the dog that you are looking for.


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