When considering what type of dog you want to adopt, it is important to consider their needs. You want to provide the best life possible for your furry friend. There are some important things to consider to ensure you are making a great choice for yourself and the dog.
Here are some quick French Bulldog stats.
- Stocky and strong
- Small apartment-friendly
- Weigh under 28 pounds
- 11-13 inches tall
- 10-12 year lifespan
- Not hypoallergenic
- High-prey drive (may chase cats)
- Independent (not good with other Frenchies)
- Breathing issues
- Skin issues
- Cannot swim
These small but mighty pups are wonderfully playful but can sometimes be a bit stubborn. It is recommended that you attempt to train these animals from the get-go. They are incredibly loyal and make great little watchdogs as they are always alert and looking out for what’s coming next.
Who first bred the French bulldog?
In the mid-1800s, the French bulldog was born. The British were bringing bulldogs to France at this time. The French began breeding them with terriers and pugs. As the bulldog was a national symbol of Britain, they were not too happy when their French rivals called this dog the French bulldog. C’est la vie.
There are some important health considerations with French Bulldogs.
Frenchies have some issues with breathing, their spines, and their skin. They also cannot naturally reproduce and need artificial insemination. If they get pregnant, they have to have a c-section.
Their breathing issues are due to brachycephalic syndrome. The 4 components and cause of this syndrome include:
- tracheal stenosis (small windpipe)
- inverted laryngeal saccules (voice box protrudes into the throat)
- elongated soft palate (palate so long it sits on the throat and can block breathing)
- stenotic nares (small nostrils)
Because of these breathing issues, it is important to avoid adopting a French bulldog if you live where the weather is mostly hot. Also, keep in mind, this condition causes them to snore.
Many French bulldog parents will opt for surgery to help with the brachycephalic syndrome. This is usually done at the same time as the dog’s spay or neuter. This surgery includes stenotic nares surgery or a soft palate resection. The most common surgery is stenotic nares surgery, as it is easier and less pricey than soft palate resection.
Back and skin problems.
The French bulldog can suffer from hemivertebrae, which means that their spines don’t form correctly. It can cause back pain and limited mobility.
They also are prone to skin infections. It is important to frequently clean the folds around their faces to prevent skin problems.
Why you should get a French Bulldog
These loving and watchful dogs will add joy to any home. If you are prepared to care for their skin and deal with lots of snoring and farting, then the French bulldog is for you. They are just so cute and spunky; they are hard to say no to.
Just remember, it is a good idea to train these stubborn little guys from the start. Trim their nails and brush them weekly to keep their coat shiny and smooth.
We suggest you go to a Frenchie rescue over breeder.
If you must go to a breeder, consider these important tips.
If they do ANY of these things, they are not trustworthy, and you do not want to purchase a dog from them.
- Non-refundable deposits
- No one-year health guarantee included
- No photos and pedigrees
- Ships worldwide
- Many dogs breeds for sale
- If they don’t vet you, too.
- If they don’t offer health testing.