As every canine enthusiast out there knows, the old saying (we've adapted!) that “dog is human’s best friend” is certainly true. As a dog owner, you can expect to find that your canine companion ends up becoming a real and fundamental part of your household, and a valued member of the family in a variety of different ways. But while being a dog owner can, in general, cause all sorts of positive experiences and brighten up your life in all kinds of ways, the specific breed that you go for will, of course, have a major impact on your experience.
Among all the different iconic dog breeds out there, French Bulldogs – also known as Frenchies – are among some of the most beloved and immediately recognisable.
So, what key points do you need to know about a French bulldog if you are interested in becoming a first-time owner of this breed?
Key details about Frenchies:
The French Bulldog is (almost) a miniature Bulldog.
French Bulldogs stand at approximately 11 to 13 inches in height, and typically weigh in at under 28 pounds. Their average life expectancy is around 10-12 years.
The French Bulldog breed is essentially a miniature version of a bulldog in many ways, although Frenchies have their own tell-tale ”bat-like” ears that stand up and give them a very distinct look.
As with bulldogs, French Bulldogs have large square heads, with very short noses and wrinkled facial features. They have a smooth short coat that doesn’t need to be groomed too often, and a muscular, compact body underneath.
Did you know, Frenchies can be good indoor city dogs!
As a result of their small size, combined with the fact that they tend to be very affectionate, good-natured, and adaptable – and don’t bark too much – French Bulldogs can be an ideal breed for keeping indoors in city environments, such as in apartments.
Unlike various other breeds, French Bulldogs also tend not to need very much outdoor exercise, and can be trained up to a good standard in order to ensure that they behave in the right way, in situations that require it.
French Bulldogs don’t need very much exercise as a rule, and one short walk or outdoor play session each day should be enough to keep them happy, healthy, and in good condition.
As far as grooming goes, Frenchies tend not to need much of it, because of the fact that they have short coats and don’t shed excessively. Generally speaking, a weekly brush using a hound glove, rubber grooming mitt, or medium-bristle brush will take care of your dog's primary grooming needs.
Of course, there are specific benefits to brushing your dog regularly even if he’s not shedding too much. For one thing, brushing your French Bulldog will help to promote new hair growth and ensure that healthy skin oils are transferred evenly across the coat and body.
In addition to brushing, make sure to clean between your French Bulldog’s facial folds regularly, and to trim their nails regularly as well in order to prevent discomfort or irritation.
Because of their front-heavy weight distribution, French Bulldogs cannot swim well, and should not be left unattended near bodies of water.
As with all other bulldogs, and short-snouted breeds in general, Frenchies are also prone to breathing problems and are likely to have particular issues in humid and hot weather.
French Bulldogs are also sometimes vulnerable to certain eye conditions, including things like cherry eye and juvenile cataracts. A responsible French Bulldog breeder should utilise appropriate screening tests in order to reduce the risk of these sorts of complications.
Because French Bulldogs have short coats, they are likely to feel the chill in cold environments.
For this reason, it can be a good idea to get some French Bulldog clothes in order to help shield them from the elements and help them to remain healthy and happy in weather conditions that might otherwise not be ideal for them.
Ginger Ted have a range of coats, made for specifically for Frenchies, that are waterproof, with a warm fleece lining, and feature a shoulder harness slot as standard. Perfect for keeping your Frenchie warm, dry and stylish this winter.
If you want a small manageable dog that has a very good temper and gets on well with children and families, that doesn’t require too much exercise, and that has the distinct appearance and breed characteristics of a French Bulldog, this breed could be a great fit for you.
In particular, Frenchies may be an excellent breed for anyone living in an urban environment or a relatively confined space, such as an apartment.