Seeing those round puppy eyes in a French Bulldog can make almost anyone’s heart melt. Other names that this breed is also known for are Boule-Dog Francais and Frenchie. It is quite ironic that this dog breed has acquired a French name when in fact, it comes from an English origin. French Bulldogs were crossed from various dog varieties and the toy breed variety of English bulldogs.
Fanciers of the French bulldog would agree that there is something special when it comes to the features of this particular breed. Frenchies have distinctive bat-like ears, eyes that are set wide apart, and a round head. The breed has a black nose set on a broad, laid back muzzle. When you look at this small, stocky breed, the French bulldogs intent gaze will give you the impression that it is ready to listen to anything you’ll say. Frenchies have short and muscular legs, broad chest, and short coat. The generally accepted colors of this dog variety are fawn, white, brindle, or a combination of brindle and white. The average weight set by the American and Canadian Breed Standard for male French bulldogs ranges from 24-28 pounds, and for female, 19-24 pounds.
Pet enthusiasts who are looking for a companion dog would be delighted to have a French bulldog. This dog breed is suited indoors, loves to clown around, is cheerful, and can get along well with children. They are very affectionate companions. Families who have other pets in their homes need not worry since a French bulldog will not pose a threat to those animals. It is important that a French bulldog be exposed to training at an early age. Owners have to assert leadership; otherwise, the French bulldog can assume an alpha position and can become stubborn. As with any small dog breeds, French bulldog can develop insecurity to the point that they exhibit unwanted behaviors like excessive yapping and aggressiveness.
The health of a French bulldog in general is exceptional and they are among the healthiest bull breeds. There are certain diseases however that owners should watch out for including joint problems, thyroid diseases, and Von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD). Most breeders are vigilant enough to have young pups tested for the latter two diseases. French bulldogs are also prone to diseases of the eye. The most common problem is cataract which is often hereditary. During hot weather, Frenchies may experience breathing difficulty because of their compacted airway. Owners should make sure that these dogs are allowed to drink plenty of water to avoid heat stroke.
Obedience training is a must for French bulldogs. Since this breed is descended from Bulls and Terriers, it is not surprising that they can be hardheaded and can disregard their owner’s rules. It is essential that owners take training seriously. If the dog exhibits a bad behavior, owners should not get swayed by the cute appearance of the French Bulldog. Instead, they should be firm in enforcing the correct behavior and asserting leadership.
Owning a dog can be a rewarding experience if you are receptive to your pet’s needs. Remember that dogs, just like humans, need care and attention. Knowing if a certain dog breed suits your personality and lifestyle is part of being a responsible pet owner. Laid back lifestyle, short strolls, and a pleasant napthese activities can make a French bulldog the perfect companion for you.