The French Bulldog is a small sized dog breed (also known as “Frenchie”) among the most popular pets worldwide. If you are among the million of people who are thinking about buying a puppy from a breeder or adopting one from an animal shelter keep reading to find out more interesting facts about this unique breed.
The French Bulldog is no doubt one of the most popular breeds that joins millions of families worldwide every day. Whether you are a proud owner of a Frenchie or preparing to welcome a dog into your home there is a wealth of information to gather on this charming and cute-looking breed.
Here we list some of the most interesting and useful facts to help French Bulldog lovers expand their knowledge of the breed:
- Despite having low energy levels and thus not requiring too much exercise, French Bulldogs still need a couple of fast-paced daily walks to remain fit and healthy.
- Be mindful of the weather conditions in which you walk a Frenchie: due to its short muzzle your pooch will struggle to breath in those hot summer days. Best to go out for a stroll earlier in the morning and later in the evening when the temperature is more acceptable and remember to never leave the house without taking some fresh water for your pet. Always make sure your pet has access to fresh water and cool shelter at home.
- French Bulldogs can be quite difficult to house train and they require a consistent, reward-based training to learn what you expect of it. If you're buying a young Frenchie start training as soon as possible and be patient while your pup understands where you want it to toilet.
- Despite the reputation as "yappy" dogs, not all small-sized breeds bark constantly and the French Bulldog is proof of this. In fact, your Frenchie will most likely be a quiet pet when compared to many other breeds.
- If you have children, a Frenchie could become the ideal playmate for them as it is a really gentle and friendly while also sturdy enough to play with kids. Begin to socialise your pup when it's young and expose it to different environment where it has a chance to interact with different people (including young children) under your supervision.
As many other companion dogs, French Bulldogs are not too fond of spending time alone and they can easily develop separation anxiety. Although a good behavioural trainer can help reduce your dog's anxiety, it is best to carefully consider the amount of time you'll be able to spend with your pet.
- Be sure to never purchase a French Bulldog (or any other pet, for that matter) from an irresponsible breeder or pet store. Always search for a reputable and registered breeder by asking other dog owners, vets and trainers.
- Frenchies should eat high quality (premium) kibble (dry food) so consult with your vet who may be able to recommend a few brands based on your dog's age and activity level. As this breed tends to be overweight, be mindful not to overfeed your pet.
- French Bulldogs have a smooth, shiny coat that needs occasional brushing which can be a benefit for pet owners who don't want to dedicate too much time grooming their pooch. You may find Frenchies in variety of colours however the breed standard recognises brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and any color except those which constitute disqualification.
- Unfortunately, French Bulldogs are subject to many health issues such as joint diseases, hip
dysplasia, IVDD and skin allergies. It is therefore essential that you are aware of this when purchasing your new pup and take into consideration any vet expenses you may face in the future. Always monitor your Frenchie's health and maintain a regular checkup routine with the vet.
- French Bulldogs are charming, smart and affectionate dogs that love being always around their owner. However, if you're planning on adopting a Frenchie you'll soon learn how friendly it can be towards other people (including complete strangers) and pets.
- Frenchies are a good choice for first-time owners whether they are city dwellers living in a smaller apartment or in a house with a large backyard. Regardless of your living situation you must be ready to commit as your pup will need daily walks and playtime.
Author: Marino Tilatti
Member of PetsForAll Editorial Stuff
Posted in these categories: Breeder, Trainer, Boarding, Vet, Pet shop, For Sale, For Adoption, For Stud, Wanted, Dogs, Small breed dogs, French Bulldog
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