French Bulldog Puppies: Everything You Need to Know
A French bulldog’s large bat-like ears are always on alert. Between a high level of awareness and selective use of barking, Frenchies make surprisingly excellent watchdogs. They’re small, sturdy and relatively low-maintenance dogs that make adorable companions for a wide variety of people. As puppies, they have a bright, playful nature that compliments the charm.
In the mid-1800s in England, it was the toy-size bulldogs that would lead to the creation of the French bulldog we know today. Toy bulldogs were popular amongst England’s lace-makers at the time, and when that industry eventually migrated to France, they brought their dogs with them.
French bulldog puppy facts
Without a doubt, your French bulldog puppy will grow into an affectionate and well-behaved adult. Here are some facts to consider when adopting your young Frenchie:
Small. French bulldogs typically stand between 11-13 inches tall. They weigh on average under 28 pounds (both male and female).
Breed CharacteristicsAside from the oversized, upward-pointing “bat ears” that are their signature feature, Frenchies resemble their larger namesake a great deal. Their compact bodies are stocky, and the coat is short and smooth. A wrinkly face featuring a very short nose is framed by a large and square head. They come in a wide array of hues, but brindle, white, and fawn are the most common colorings for this particular breed.
Frenchies are considered an intelligent, well-tempered breed. Their high level of alertness of their surroundings means you can’t get away with much under a Frenchies watchful eye. They are relatively sociable dogs, and typically get along with people and as well as other pets. Their big personalities and even temper make them entertaining and lovable companions.
Grooming and Health Needs
Like most breeds, Frenchies require regular grooming, but their short coats and minimal shedding means it can be done less frequently. You will want to keep your Frenchie looking its best by brushing them once a week with a medium-bristle brush, hound glove, or rubber grooming mitt. This will also help distribute oils on your Frenchie’s skin and promote a healthy and shiny coat.
It’s also important for your dog to avoid painful, overly long nails, so be sure to trim them regularly.
As a flat-faced breed, they are also susceptible to breathing problems and need to avoid hot and humid weather. Also be aware of potential eye and skin problems, which are not uncommon for Frenchies.
Frenchies are big-hearted people pleasers but may be stubborn, so early puppy training is recommended. Socializing your French Bulldog from an early age will help it learn good behavior and correct bad habits, and ensure it grows into a well-adjusted adult.
Frenchies aren’t considered a difficult-to-train breed. Making a game out of their training, and using treat motivation is key. Please note that French bulldogs should never be left unattended near a tub, pool, or other bodies of water, due to their top-heavy bodies making it nearly impossible for them to swim.
Frenchies are very alert dogs, remaining fairly quiet and forever watchful. They are relatively calm dogs, and only require modest exercises, such as a daily outdoor play session or short daily walk. Canine sports such as rally, agility, and obedience also make good activities for this breed, as it keeps their brains and hearts activated.
However, potential respiratory problems mean flat-faced breeds like the French Bulldog should never be allowed to exert themselves for very long.
French bulldogs live between 10-12 years, on average.