Get to know the French Bulldog
All you need to know about the breed
The French Bulldog! The darling of Paris has turned the world on its ear and become one of the most popular breeds. They are seventh on the U.K. Kennel Club’s latest rankings, and fourth on those of the American Kennel Club. Their small size makes the French Bulldog a model canine for city dwellers but it’s their affable manner that has made them a universally cherished breed.
Truth be told, the French Bulldog is a really good pet, especially for first-time owners. They’re content just napping by your side (one of their favorite activities), or playing the day away, and are as much at ease with small humans, once trained, as they are with large ones.
The breed’s striking bat-like ears combined with their “grumpy” face are the exact opposite of their jovial personality. When in their presence, you can watch the comedy routine unfold: French Bulldogs are prone to antics.
All joking aside, obedience training for the French Bulldog isn’t a bad idea. Socialisation will be necessary since the breed can be very bonded to their owner. It’s really the French Bulldog’s petite size more than anything that makes them a tad dependent on a strong partnership. This is not a dog to be used for rescue or guarding; companionship is their best attribute.
2 facts about French Bulldogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your French Bulldog
Their facial contours may be problematic
French Bulldogs health issues are minimal but their facial structure can pose problems when it comes to breathing. French Bulldogs are prone to respiratory problems due to their facial make-up, i.e. brachycephalic syndrome, characterised by a flattened snout and nostrils. Breathing difficulties - especially in too-hot or too-cold weather - can be common, as when their exercise session is too strenuous. Take caution in very hot or cold weather. No dog should ever be in a hot car. They also have frequent digestive problems: Many dogs that have brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome also show signs of gastrointestinal distress.
A robust body that’s prone to obesity
The stocky body of the French Bulldog couldn’t be more endearing but it needs to be kept slim and trim, too. The breed could easily gain weight if meals and snacks aren’t kept in check. Their heavy chest and substantial legs make for a sturdy muscular build, but their small size demands almost more scrutiny than their big brethren. And they can’t take dips in the sea, lake, or pool unless it’s with you holding them tight. They are barrel-like, so they often “roll” instead of swim, their very dense body lacking the buoyancy they need to get through the water. Keep them on dry land for their best exercise routine.
May suffer from cherry eye
It’s not life-threatening, it just looks bad: Cherry eye. The condition happens in French Bulldogs when the tear gland of the third eyelid (which all dogs have) pops out of place. The eye then looks slightly bulging, and is lined in red on the outer rim. Cherry eye happens when the fibres that anchor the gland inside the third eyelid become weak. There’s no avoiding it: Keep a close eye (!) on your dog for any sign of the condition. If it happens, take your French Bulldog to the vet as soon as you can. When looking to add a new dog to your household, make sure to deal only with a responsible breeder.
Caring for your French Bulldog
Grooming, training and exercise tips