French Bulldog.

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Other Names:

Bouledogue Francais, Frenchie

Price Range:

$3,500 – $4,000

Size:

Medium

Dog Group:

Non-sporting

Coat Length:

Short

Energy:

Low

Kid Friendly:

High

Life Expectancy:

10-14 years

Available in these colours:

Characteristics & Tendencies:

TENDENCY TO DIG10%

10%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

SNORING93%

93%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

DROOLING93%

93%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

EXERCISE NEEDS10%

10%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

GROOMING NEEDS10%

10%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

BARKING52%

52%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

APARTMENT FRIENDLY

HYPOALLERGENIC

About the French Bulldog

The French Bulldog, also known as the “frog dog” or the “clown dog”, was first bred in England to resemble a miniature Bulldog. Demand for the dog increased in Paris, earning its ‘French’ name. The Frenchie is known for its ‘bat’-like ears and its adorable, portable size. Standing at around 30 cms in height and weighing approximately 10-15 kilograms, this breed is a muscular dog with a short coat. He doesn’t require large amounts of exercise, and does well in smaller living spaces such as apartments.

This breed is extremely fond of people, and has a charming and playful personality. He is full of courage, bright and easy going. As he thrives on attention, he is suited to homes where his family will be home majority of the time. The Frenchie would much prefer living indoors with his family rather than in the backyard.

As they are a brachycephalic, or ‘flat-faced’ breed, they should have access to air conditioning; it is difficult for them to regulate their body temperatures. Frenchies are also known to snort, snore and grunt. Most French Bulldogs cannot swim, so take care if they are around water.

FEEDING

How much do French Bulldogs eat?

1 – 1.5 cups of food a day

TEMPERAMENT

Are they kid-friendly?

Have a good reputation for playing nice with kids

EXERCISE

How much exercise?

20 mins of daily exercise

LIVING

Do they need a lot of space?

Do very well in apartments or small dwellings

Top health issues

What are the most common health issues for French Bulldogs?

  • Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Megaesophagus
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Pannus
  • Hip Dysplasia

IN DETAIL

Common Staffordshire Bull Terrier diseases & conditions, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in detail:

Feeding

How much does a French Bulldog eat?

French Bulldogs should do well on a high-quality dog food diet, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval.

Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior) and adjustments will be required as their needs change with age. Some dogs are prone to getting overweight so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

Shedding

How often does the fur fall off?

The Frenchie’s short, smooth coat sheds minimally. Brushing him once a week, with a rubber grooming mitt or tool, or a de-shedding glove, will be helpful to remove dead hair and maintain his appearance. The hair that is shed is very fine, and is not too noticeable. The Frenchie’s shedding may increase during changes of seasons. Twice a year, the breed loses its undercoat.

Grooming

Are French Bulldogs high maintenance?

The French Bulldog has moderate grooming needs. Aside from weekly brushing, monthly bathing is usually sufficient to keep him clean. In warmer months, bathe him more regularly. When bathing, ensure the skin between his folds are dried thoroughly. Use a high-qualty dog shampoo to ensure the natural oils of the dog’s skin and coat are maintained. Routine nail trimming and ear cleaning should also be incorporated into the dog’s grooming regimen. Clean his ears with a damp warm cloth, and run a cotton swab around the edge of the canal to check for any bad smells. Trim his nails every few weeks, as overly long nails may cause the dog pain.

Exercise

How much exercise does a French Bulldog need?

The Frenchie has low energy and low exercise needs. However, this does not give them an excuse to be couch potatoes! Frenchies are prone to putting on extra weight, so it is important to incorporate regular exercise into their routine. Whilst they may not do well as a running companion, brisk walks are great ways to ensure your dog gets enough exercise. A couple of 15 minute walks a day should be adequate to satisfy their exercise needs. As Frenchies are prone to heat-related problems, they should be kept to play inside in warmer weather. They should never be allowed to exert themselves in hot or humid weather. Limit their walks and active play to cooler periods in the mornings and evenings. Due to their short and stout build, they are also poor swimmers. Frenchies enjoy canine sports including obedience, agility and rally.

Vet Visits

How often should a French Bulldog visit the vet?

French Bulldogs are disproportionately affected by certain health issues. They are susceptible to overheating, as a result of their single, short coat and breathing difficulties. This makes it impossible to regulate their own temperatures efficiently, and therefore easily becomes cold, and be prone to heat stroke in hotter weather. Its weight should also be regulated, due to its smaller size.

Veterinary care is essential to a dog’s health and wellbeing, however the frequency of treatment and checkups will depend on the dog. Scheduled six-monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure your French Bulldog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. In these annual visits, your vet will complete a physical examination, take your dog’s temperature and check his heartbeat, among other things. Routine maintenance for your dog gives you a chance to track your dog’s growth and development and discuss any concerns with your vet, and forms a key part of preventative care.

Family Suitability

Are French Bulldogs kid-friendly and sociable with humans?

The French Bulldog has a great reputation for getting along with everyone. He thrives when he is included as a part of the family, and is suited for many different living environments. As human connection is very important to this breed, any living environment with people is sufficient for the Frenchie.

The Frenchie gets along well with children, and is often playful and affectionate. The breed is patient and agreeable, and gets along fairly well with other breeds. They are quietly attentive, and will often follow their humans around the house. This breed needs human contact, and commonly forms a special bond with one person. They also make great watch dogs.

Trainability

Are French Bulldogs difficult to train?

This breed has a big personality, which may make them difficult to train at times. They are intelligent dogs, but also free thinkers. They can be stubborn, so a firm and patient hand is required when training. However, they do not respond well to being treated harshly or yelled at. As sensitive dogs, they do much better with positive reinforcement, with lots of food rewards, praise and play. Training sessions should also be kept short and fun.

Frenchies are also stronger than they look. This may present a challenge to first-time dog owners, during leash training, for example. Strong leadership is encouraged when training your dog.

Compatibility with other pets

Do French Bulldogs get along with other dogs or cats?

When they are socialised to them during puppyhood, Frenchies can get along well with other dogs and cats. Overly spoiled Frenchies, however, may be jealous toward other dogs, especially if those other dogs are getting attention from the Frenchie’s very own person.

If raised together with a cat or dog, they may be able to coexist, but some Frenchies will chase cats and other small pets. A Frenchie who hasn’t been socialised to other pets may show aggression towards dogs of the same sex. A Frenchie can show jealousy and competition in a multi-dog household.

Early socialisation and puppy training classes are recommended. Exposing the puppy to a wide variety of people, places, and situations will help him develop into a well-adjusted adult. Puppy training classes serve as part of the socialisation process, promote good behavior, and help the owner learn to recognise and correct bad habits.

Need for company

How often do they need to be around humans?

The French Bulldog thrives on close human contact. He loves human company, and will often follow his humans around the house. He also shows large amounts of affection. This breed will often seek out anyone willing to offer their lap. As a companion animal, they will not do well if left alone for long periods of time. As a result, they may experience separation anxiety, which will cause them to act destructively.

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