Do Frenchies bark a lot?
Not more or less compared to other breeds.
Typically, Frenchies are not excessive barkers|
Are Frenchies good watch
Frenchies often make good watch dogs and they
can become somewhat territorial and protective.
Are French Bulldogs good
They are fantastic companion dogs. T
hey are fun, entertaining and loving. The French
Bulldog is delightful, easy to groom and
requires little exercise.
How do Frenchies take to
Wonderfully. This is one reason the French
Bulldog has been popular throughout the history
of the breed. Frenchies like to be where you are
and don't take up too much space at
all. However, it is good to get in a good walk
as much as possible for overall health and
exercise. If your Frenchie only gets the
occasional walk to the grass outside, that is at
Are French Bulldogs
All dogs seem to do better with exposure to
other aspects of life, other dogs, and people
too. The French Bulldog should never be mean,
aggressive or a vicious animal. It is a good
idea, and is often recommended that you take
your Frenchie visiting to various places. This
helps your dog be a better companion and not
possibly overreact out of fear of the unknown.
It also builds confidence and character in your
dog. It gives you and the dog an easier time
when separated or when traveling together.Try to
consider if your Frenchie is penned up all the
time. He needs to be a part of your life.
Are French Bulldogs good
All young children need supervision especially
around puppies of any breed. This is often for
the puppies sake as well. French Bulldogs are
typically very good around children and take to
Are French Bulldogs good
Like with most dogs, Frenchies can be accepting
of life with a cat and most adapt very well to
sharing a home with a cat.
Are French Bulldogs good
with other dogs?
Depending on the dog(s). They can get along just
fine but it would be advisable to consider
supervision at all times until you're sure. Try
using the X-pen to introduce your new Frenchie
to other dogs. While they are protected get your
other dog's reaction and the Frenchies response.
Sooner or later, a puppy may attempt to
establish dominance in some cases with smaller
or more submissive dogs.
Are French Bulldogs easy
They can be very willing. They can also be very
stubborn and hardheaded too. If you make it a
game they'll want to play all the time.
Frenchies are often considered people pleasers
and love to be the center of attention.
Do Frenchies Snore?
Yes, Frenchies can snore and some are pretty
good at it, but in such cases the snoring can be
aggravated by breathing deficiencies.
What breathing problems?
Sometimes you may find a Frenchie that is noisy
or has labored breathing. They may have a longer
tongue and/or an excessive soft palate and is
obstructing their airway. Smaller nose openings
can exaggerate their already noisy
characteristics too. If you suspect your
Frenchie is making too much noise then it’s best
to consult your vet.
Note: Other symptoms of elongated soft palate
are spiting up or regurgitating food or foam
frequently. Consult your veterinarian for
What about Feeding?
It’s important to use consideration when feeding
a French Bulldog. Be aware of artificial
preservatives and excessive protein and
fillers. Some dogs may have allergic reactions
to certain commercial foods. Read the dog food
label and know what suits your dogs needs best.
Consult your veterinarian if your dog
experiences food allergies.
Yogurt (full fat or low fat) Cottage Cheese
(full fat or low fat) Fresh Avocado Flaxseed
meal Fresh meats - cooked or raw (consult your
vet) Whole grains and vegetables Cooked Potatoes
or RiceSome French Bulldogs like nuts, fruits
and melons too.
A healthy Frenchie is not overweight which can
be damaging to their physical structure and
shorten their lifespan.
Note: Wheat products are known to be flatulent
producing in some French Bulldogs. Corn products
and fillers that are an additional source of
protein may increase your dogs energy levels and
cause hives (skin rashes or irritations).
This is a combined effort. Some dogs are harder
than others. Try installing a dog door or at
first you might start by crate training. Develop
a routine after they eat, before bed and first
thing in the morning, and be consistent.
Remember a puppy's little bladder may not be
under control as quickly as we'd like so be
positive and patient.
Do Frenchies shed?
Yes, but they are single coated and shed less
compared to other breeds.
Are Frenchies easy to
It can be difficult for French Bulldogs to breed
naturally and it may be necessary to enlist the
assistance of a veterinarian or reproduction
Due to the shape of the French Bulldog and the
size of the puppies’ heads they quite often are
born by C-Section in a veterinarian
hospital. Always take time to educate yourself
before intending to breed French Bulldogs.
How do I find a vet
familiar with French Bulldogs?
We hope some day to offer a referral service for
participating veterinarians familiar with the
breed. For no, check with a breeder in your area
for a referral.
Things to have on hand and how to care for a new
Frenchie - The following may be partial
information. Other methods may also be valid or
Food and Water?
If you just got a new puppy, ask the breeder to
send some food along with the pup that it is
alreadyused to eating. Use the same food until
it is recommended to change to something new. If
you plan on changing the food or the current
food is hard to locate, try whole basic bland
foods and gradually combine the new puppy food
with the old (follow same suggestions as listed
above in "Common Questions"). A puppy typically
eats about 3 to 4 times a day, depending it’s
age. You may choose to reduce the frequency of
meals to one or two times a day as they mature.
It is not a good idea to allow your Frenchie to
It is also a good idea to take some water from
the breeder of the puppy, if possible. If not,
use bottled water until you can gradually add
your own water to avoid any discomforts.
Otherwise you may get loose stools or worse,
until your puppy becomes adjusted to your water.
Wire or enclosed crate
200 size or medium size?
This doubles as your puppies’ home or bed and a
place to be safe. It is not unfair or unkind to
start crate training since dogs are den animals,
they will easily become accustomed to the crate.
This is also a good way to transport your
Frenchie to and from places in safety. To get
your puppy use to the crate, leave the door open
and place the crate in a family room. This way
the puppy can feel more comfortable trying out
his new home.
X-pen (exercise pen)
This is about a 4 X 4 wire pen that folds up and
can be adjusted to varying sizes. It is
recommended to get at least a 24 to 30 inch
height. Very handy when traveling and cordoning
off areas where you don't want your Frenchie to
go. This is also helpful when introducing a new
pet into your home. The crate inside the pen
becomes a bed just like a protective home with a
It is not recommended to leave your puppy loose
and unattended when not at home.
To assist with potty training. Keep on the
floor on one side of X-pen at night and during
the day. Or you might use a tray or pan big
enough to help teach your dog where to go, when
they are unable to go outside.Rolling up a
newspaper: When correcting your dog try using
the old fashion method of a rolled up newspaper.
Hit the floor or wall getting their attention
and use a corrective tone. Another harmless,
corrective tool is a squirt bottle of water.
Note: It is important to reward your puppy when
they do something favorable. Hugs and kisses and
lots of praise go a long way.
Food and Water Bowls
Most recommend stainless steal bowls that will
last, are safe, and do not retain odors or
bacteria and will go in the dishwasher for
A Cozy Bed
Have a nice comfy bed for snuggling and to keep
warm. A good bed is one where they can't get to
the stuffing and either the cover or entire bed
can be put in the washing machine.
All babies, especially when teething will chew
and so do some adult dogs. Puppies will chew
anything and everything so be careful what you
leave laying around. It is very important they
have enough chew toys to keep them busy. Get new
chew toys from time to time to keep their
Note: It has often been recommended to
give your dogs rawhide chew bones or toys.
(over the counter)
Often recommended by vets for minor allergic
reactions. Benadryl will also relax your dog and
can make them drowsy. Please consult your vet in
advance about when it’s safe to administer and
for the proper dosage information.
Note: Bee stings can be highly reactive and
should your dog receive one, contact your vet
Bag Balm (utter cream)
Recommended moisturizer for noses and other
areas and minor skin irritations. Vitamin E
cream is also good to use on a dry nose.
Wash rag and mild
Wash your French Bulldog's face and folds
regularly. And be sure to keep the skin around
the eyes free of moisture too.
Toe nail clipping
It is always a good idea to keep in the habit of
cutting or having your dogs toe nails trimmed.
When you start hearing the sound of
"clip-itty-clip" it's time to trim them down a
bit. Commercial dog nail clippers or a Dremel
Tool work well for this.Bathing your Frenchie
Frenchies are easy to bathe just toss them in
the sink or tub, wash, rinse, towel dry and away
they go. Use a mild dog formulated shampoo or
vet recommended allergy shampoo. Conditioner is
often helpful for rough, dry coats.
Frequently check your Frenchies ears and try and
keep them flushed and cleaned regularly. Make
this a part of your routine after bathing your
Frenchie and always use a cotton ball for wiping
out the ears. Try a feed store, pet store or vet
for a most often used antiseptic ear wash.
Small clipper (optional)
Often show exhibitors shave their Frenchies
muzzles for the ring and it is a nice and neat
habit though not a necessary one.
Know your dog's schedule
for shots and keep them current
Some areas of the country have different
vaccination programs to protect against viruses
not common in other regions. If your puppy was
shipped it may not have been inoculated for
potential parasites or diseases in his new area
so always check with your vet as to the
vaccinations recommended for your area. Be
careful of Rabies shot reactions and inform your
vet that some Frenchies react adversely to LEPTO
and you may choose to avoid this vaccine
Keep your dog wormed regularly and if concerned
get a fecal examination performed by your vet.
Parasites, [ fleas and worms ] can be
devastating to your dog(s) once they get out of
control. Common symptoms of exposure are loss of
weight, a pot-belly and slowed growth. They can
have difficulty putting on weight regardless of
what you feed them and their coats are flaky,
dry and dull. Fleas can also cause skin
irritations and itching. It’s important to not
allow any of these conditions to get control of
your dog for it’s health and comfort and they
can easily spread to other pets as well. Curing
one pet does not cure the epidemic and may
require all your pets to be examined and
treated. Consult your vet about testing on a
routine basis and for any recommended
Make sure to keep your
Frenchie out of the heat and the extreme cold.
Do not leave your Frenchie or any dog in a car
with the windows rolled up, unattended. Dog
parks are fun, but keep in mind Frenchies can be
fearless and get into trouble with strange or
larger dogs. They also have a tendency of going
off with just about anybody. Take caution when
exercising with your Frenchie and do not let
them overheat. Avoid the heat of the day or too
long or vigorous workouts. If your Frenchie
starts to over heat, hose them down with cool
water, use wet towels or a wading pool with a
few inches of water for them to stand in and try
to calm them down. If you're planning a long
walk take periodic breaks and carry plenty of
water or even a spray bottle to use as a mister
for your dog.
Thank you for taking the time to read over this
questionnaire to see if a French Bulldog is the
right breed for you. The French Bull Dog Club of
American wants to encourage healthy Frenchies
and happy owners with an understanding of the
breed through education. The FBDCA does not
endorse nor is it responsible for any
information contained herein that is not
suitable for your specific dog. The information
provided is considered safe and basic by other
Frenchie owners and should serve only as a
reference for basic information about the breed.
Enjoy your new Frenchie because very soon
they'll be your best friend for a very long