ABOUT THE FRENCH BULLDOG
So you are thinking of getting a French Bulldog? That is wonderful news! Bulldogs are wonderful companions, and being owned by a French Bulldog is the best lifestyle ever.
You can research, you can read, and you can learn all about French Bulldogs, but nothing can ever fully prepare you for actually owning one. No two are alike.
French Bulldogs are very much like humans. They are not as obedient as most breeds, because they make their own choices. This quality, makes them more special and endearing. They are loyal and loving, and they absolutely love their human companionship. French Bulldogs can be somewhat of a lazy couch potato, but not until they are completely out of the puppy stage. Puppies are very active, playful, and destructive, so your role as the owner, as well as a trainer, is very important to keep them safe. They are wonderful companions, they can be trained, and just want a comfortable lap to snooze in, food, and most importantly love. They will repay you with plenty of love and affection.
Indoor crate training usually works very well , but just always remember, potty training takes time and patience with any breed.
They should be supervised as much as possible, especially during their first year. They can and will pick up everything with their mouths due to their curiosity. Anything that is the size of their mouth should not be within their reach. NEVER give them anything rawhide, as it can obstruct their airway and cause choking because it's difficult for them to chew it into small pieces. They will soften it by chewing and then swallow, and continue this process until they have this long slimy piece stuck in their throats. Trust me, it isn't pretty when they are gagging as you pull this disgusting thing out inch by inch.
Overheating is one of the leading causes of death in French Bulldogs. Even in cool temperatures, on a nice day outside, they can overheat if they lay in the sun too long. A French Bulldog should "NEVER" be housed outdoors, and playtime or walks outside should be limited.
They are so darling, but with those wrinkles and creases must be kept clean and dry. French Bulldogs can also have something that is called a tail pocket, that needs to be cleaned regularly. Brushing and a good diet should be at the top of your list. The better the diet and more brushing they get, the less they shed.
Stairs and jumping should not be allowed.. Their heavy girth in front can cause severe damage when they jump down from high places. Especially while they are young and their bones are still soft. You may not see any trauma from small undetected injuries until they become older. Jumping can also cause torn ligaments and the surgeries for these issues are not only expensive, but the recovery is also a very long and slow process. Assisting your French Bulldog up and down from high places (like an SUV/Truck, couch, bed) is always a good idea.
Some French Bulldogs can have skin issues, so a good diet and regular grooming is key to keeping them healthy and happy. Allergies are also very common, as well as other common conditions are eye issues, such as entropion, ulcers and cherry eye. The most common problems deal with yeast or bacterial infections in the wrinkles and creases. It is always a good idea to consider getting pet insurance when you get a French Bulldog, and if you are lucky enough to never use it, that is a good thing. The more you read , the more you can learn and avoid trips to the vet.
French Bulldogs vs. Children
The best way to describe what it is like to be owned by a French Bulldog, is comparing them to a young child or toddler.
•Children spill their drink and leave drip marks all over your floor
French Bulldogs spill their drink and leave drip marks all over your floor
•Children leave fingerprints on walls, windows, mirrors and doors
French Bulldogs leave slobber marks on furniture, walls, windows, mirrors and doors
•Children make you laugh and smile because they just do cute stuff that you just are not expecting
French Bulldogs make you laugh and smile because they just do cute stuff that you just are not expecting
•You sometimes have to clean very gross areas on your children, including cracks, ears, between toes and more
You sometimes have to clean very gross areas on your French Bulldog, including cracks, ears, between toes and more
•You have to bathe your children and brush them.
You have to bathe your French Bulldog and brush them.
•You have to feed your children good nutritious meals, and lay off the junk food. It is your responsibility to keep them on a good healthy diet.
You have to feed your French Bulldog good nutritious meals, and lay off the junk food. It is your responsibility to keep them on a good healthy diet.
•You have to guide and teach your young children, they don't know or understand the difference between right and wrong without you.
You also have to guide and teach your French Bulldog, they don't know or understand the difference between right and wrong without you.
•You have to potty train your child, and during this time, they may accidentally pee in their bed.
You have to potty train your French Bulldog puppy, and during this time, they may accidentally pee in their bed or on the floor, or in your shoe, etc.
•You have to change a child's diapers and clean up the poop.
You have to take a French Bulldog out to potty and clean up the poop.
•You have to make sure your child gets some form of exercise so they don't become overweight couch potatoes.
You have to make sure your French Bulldog gets some form of exercise so they don't become overweight couch potatoes.
•You need to give your child plenty of love and affection so they grow confident and well socialized.
You need to give your French Bulldog plenty of love and affection so they grow confident and well socialized.
•You have to bring your child to the doctor and make sure they are current on their vaccinations.
You have to bring your French Bulldog to the vet and make sure they are current on their vaccinations.
•You have to regularly groom your child's nails.
You have to regularly groom your French Bulldog's nails.
•Your children live in your home, where they are kept in comfortable living conditions.
French Bulldogs must also live in your home, where they are kept warm or cool. They are not to be kept outdoors.
•Children are so stubborn! They do what they want, when they want, and need much guidance to understand that it is "your home and your rules". They know what the rules are, they just don't always find it convenient to follow them.
French Bulldogs are also so stubborn! They do what they want, when they want, and need much guidance to understand that it is "your home and your rules". They know what the rules are, they just don't always find it convenient to follow them.
•Many Children learn well with positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement many times do not help improve bad behaviors.
French Bulldogs learn well with positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement many times does not help improve bad behaviors.
Treats and Praise is the best way to train your bulldog.
If you're ready for all the above, then you're ready for a French Bulldog!