Do you live in a city apartment, and perhaps you are looking to adopt a dog? Consider the French Bulldog. Quiet and easily adaptable, the Frenchie can make a great companion to you and your family. Are you interested to learn more? This article provides you with essential information on the French Bulldog breed.
French Bulldog Breed Basics
- Size: Medium to small
- Weight: 9-13kg
- Life expectancy: 10-14 years
- Classification: Non-Sporting
- Good with other dogs: yes
- Good with kids: yes
- Good with cats: yes
History & Origin
Contrary to the name, the French Bulldog (also known as ‘Frenchie’) breed originates in England. Bred initially as a toy, the breed was popular among lace workers in Nottingham who eventually emigrated to France for a better life and brought their bulldogs along with them.
The French Bulldog has distinctive characteristics: its stocky build, squashed (or brachycephalic) face, and pointed bat-like ears. Their sleek coats come in different colors, including black, white, fawn, and brindle. Keep in mind that this breed is also prone to drooling, flatulence and shedding.
The Frenchie dog is a smart and fun-loving breed that enjoys playing and generally spending time with their human family. They rarely ever bark (though there might be exceptions), and they are very adaptable and easy to befriend. For this reason, they make an excellent choice if you live in an inner-city home or an apartment.
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In addition, they do not do well alone for long periods of time. Separation anxiety may lead a lonely French Bulldog to exhibit destructive behaviors such as digging and chewing. However, Frenchie dogs get along with other pets and children as long as they don’t feel neglected.
Frenchies are easy to train, but they can be stubborn. Thus, be firm, patient, and consistent with them. They tend to take training very well when there are food rewards, play, and praise involved. Bulldogs do not require as much exercise as other sporting breeds (i.e. Labrador & Golden Retriever). However, it is vital to include daily walks in their routine to help them maintain their healthy weight.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are French Bulldogs high maintenance?
Yes. As a brachycephalic breed, the French Bulldog is a high maintenance dog whose vet visits will potentially be more expensive. In addition, a lot of Frenchies are prone to many of the following diseases:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Brachycephalic Syndrome
- Patellar Luxation
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Cleft Palate
- Elongated Soft Palate
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Is it better to have 2 French Bulldogs?
French Bulldogs are companion dogs that do well in pairs. It may benefit you to have two of them when you aren’t around to keep them company as they will have each other.
Is a boy or a girl French Bulldog better?
The answer depends on you and your family’s needs. Although each dog has a personality that differs from others, certain qualities are found in males and females. For example, male Frenchies are usually more playful and assertive, whereas female Frenchies tend to be more timid and affectionate. Females are also easier to house train.
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