The French Bulldog is an active, muscular dog equipped with heavy bones. This breed has a smooth, medium length coat that comes in a variety of colours. As per breed standards, a Frenchie's head should be large and square, the nose extremely short and the flews (the hanging lips) should be thick and broad. French Bulldogs have a thick neck featuring loose skin all over it; the ears are triangular and erected with a soft, fine skin. The overall body shape of the breed is short and well-rounded with short forelegs as well.
Frenchies require close contact with humans and are fond of interacting with both adults and children as well as other dogs. Although the French Bulldog doesn't require much exercise it should still get at least a couple of short walks every day. This breed is sometimes referred to as “Frog Dog” because of the unique way it sits with hind legs spread out. Despite being rather active and playful, French Bulldogs are sensitive dogs and their calm nature makes them an excellent choice of pet, even for apartment dwellers. Frenchies are mostly quiet dogs but can sometimes bark at visitors.
A clean environment is very important for the Frenchie, especially when young. Avoid hot environments and hot weather if possible as this breed is quite prone to heatstrokes. Remember to monitor the length of your pet's nails as well as the eye and ear area to prevent any infection.
Every dog needs exercise and the Frenchie is no different from any other breed: so keep in mind that it will require a minimum of one walk per day. A short stroll is good for your pet's fitness level and its socialisation skills. Just remember to avoid walking your Frenchie in the hottest hours of the day.
The French Bulldog needs to be fed premium dog food as it requires a balanced mix of proteins, carbohydrates and fatty acid. Cheap and low quality food doesn’t suit this breed, especially due to its sensitivity to allergies. Consult with your vet in regards to the best diet to follow.
This breed has a life expectancy of approximately 11-13 years. Remember to always provide your Frenchie with easy access to fresh water and shade. French Bulldogs are prone to eye and heart diseases, hip dysplasia and many other health issues caused by the unique shape of their muzzle. Unfortunately, this type of dog is also inclined to suffer from thyroid conditions therefore they require closer monitoring compared to other breeds.
As all pets, French Bulldogs must always undergo regular vet checkup at least once per month while they are young. Learn to understand any signs of illness or distress in your puppy in order to prevent serious health issues.