What is a French Bulldog?

What is a French Bulldog? – The History of the French Bulldog

To answer the question “What is a French Bulldog?”, we will first have to look at what The history of a French Bulldog tells us. The lace makers of England first bred the French Bulldog in the eighteen hundreds. It was bred as a small domestic dog which was exported to France during the Industrial Revolution.What is a French Bulldog?

It is said that the French Bulldog is descended from the Molossus which originated from the Molossis people in the mountains of ancient Greece. The Molossus breed was generally a large species of dog.

The three countries most closely involved in the history and breeding of a French Bulldog are England, France and America in that order. The French Bulldog comes originally from the old English bulldog. In France the smaller bulldog was developed into a distinct French type, while in America the standard was set with the bat-ears.

At this time the breeders in England started to focus on changing the bulldog breed into a heavier dog with larger features. Others concentrated on breeding smaller dogs used for ratting and the dog-fighting business. This is how the bull terrier breeds originated.

The French Bulldog weight ranges from about twenty to twenty eight pounds and it was developed as a friendly, fun loving and cuddly in-house pet. This new species was very popular with those involved in the lace-making trade, specifically in Nottingham in the midlands of England.

As a smaller house dog was sought after, the French bulldog breeders crossed the bulldog with terriers and pugs and the Toy Bulldog became very popular by the year 1850 in England. Around 1860 when conformation or breed shows became popular the Frenchie, became a popular and regular participant. Classes for Frenchies weighing less than twelve pounds were also introduced.

Many small craft shops in England closed down during the Industrial Revolution causing many lace-makers to emigrate to Normandy in the North of France, taking their little bulldogs with them. The dogs’ popularity spread right down to Paris and with it the breeders in England found they had a thriving new export trade flourishing under the name “Bouledogues Français”.

Specialist dog exporters saw an opportunity and were exploiting the market to such a degree that by the year 1860 there were very few miniature bulldogs left in England. They became favourites to the ordinary Parisians, like dealers in the rag trade, cafe owners, butchers and so on. They were notorious favourites among the streetwalkers who were called “les belles de nuit”. Madame Palamyre, the proprietress of “La Souris” which was a favourite restaurant, had a Frenchie which was depicted as Bouboule in several works by the artist Toulouse Lautrec.

A breed of it’s own was developed…
Gradually the smaller type of Bulldog developed into a breed of its own, and was known as the “Bouledogue Francais”. This French version of the English name is the joining of two words, “boule”, (ball), and “dogue”, (mastiff). These dogs were well sought after by both ladies of society and the prostitutes of Paris alike, as well as being very fashionable with the creative set of artists, writers and fashion designers.

Unfortunately, as the breed developed away from its original Bulldog ancestry, records of these changes were not kept. Different strains of dog such as the terrier and Pug may have been introduced, so altering the breed’s long straight ears and the roundness of their eyes.

A New breed of Bulldog arrived in England in 1893 for the first time
English Bulldog breeders were very unhappy as the French imports did not meet the standards that were in place at this time, and they wanted to prevent the English stock being bred with the French. They were at first recognized by the Kennel Club as a subset of the existing English Bulldog and not as a completely different type of breed. Some English breeders tried to resurrect the Toy Bulldog breed at this time.

In 1885 an American-based breeding program was introduced.
Then in 1896 a French Bulldog was first exhibited at Westminster by Society Ladies. The Westminster Catalogue of 1897 had a picture of a French Bulldog which as yet had not been approved by the American Kennel Club. At the show both the bat eared and the rose eared species were presented but the judge, a Mr Sven Feltstein, only acknowledged the rose-eared ones. This upset the American attendees who in turn arranged an exhibition allowing only the bat-eared dogs to participate.

The Rules were Changed Again.
At the 1898 show in Westminster the Americans were dismayed to find that somebody had again changed the rules, without them knowing, and both the bat-eared and the rose-eared dogs were going to be present. They refused to compete and withdrew their dogs and the judges also refused to participate.

The American Kennel Club arranged to have their own French Bulldog show at the Waldorf-Astoria, a luxurious location. Bulldogs have been very popular in Western Europe in the earlier years, the English Bulldog being one of its ancestors.

Although the Americans had been importing French Bulldogs in the past. The dogs at that time were mostly owned by society ladies, who would display them at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 1896. The ladies then began the formation of the French Bulldog Club of America, and the standard was set for the first time that the “erect bat ears” was the correct type.

In the early part of the 20th Century,
French Bulldogs remained fashionable with the high society set, dogs were being sold for as much as $3,000 to influential families such as the Rockefellers and the J.P. Morgans.
In 1902 a meeting was held at the house of Frederick W. Cousens, in order to set up a breed club which would gain individual recognition of the French Bulldog. The standard of breed they adopted was the same one currently in use in America, France, Germany and Austria. Although this was opposed by the Miniature Bulldog (the new name for the Toy Bulldog breed), and Bulldog breeders, the policy on the breed was changed by the Kennel club in 1905, and French Bulldogs became recognized as being separate from the English variety. Known initially as the Bouledogue Francais, the name was changed in 1912 to the “French Bulldog”.

The French Bulldog in America…
The American society was immediately drawn to this very cute and lovable little French Bulldog which quickly became a fashion statement. The British in general wanted nothing to do with French Bulldogs and left the breed to be tended by the French until the latter half of the nineteenth century.

The breeding incorporated some drastic physical changes…
Both the bat-ears and the rose-ears survived. When some wealthy American travelers reached France they could not resist taking some of these very lovable little bulldogs back home with them. They, in general, preferred the erect bat-ears while folk in France and in Britain preferred the rose-eared ones.

After the breed club was formed the breed was quickly recognized by the American Kennel Club and by 1906 the French Bulldog had achieved the status of being the fifth most popular breed of dog in America. This ranking fell to 54th place by 2003 but rose again to 11th place in 2013 as the dogs once again became popular.

The French Bulldog, was the first dog in the world to have a breed club dedicated to it through the French Bulldog Club of America.

The Decline in Popularity of the French Bulldog…
Among the East Coast Society people the Frenchie became more and more popular but this began to decline after the First World War and continued to do so for the following fifty years. The growing popularity of the Boston terrier seems to have contributed to the diminishing demand for the Frenchie.

Because of the rather large size of the head of the Frenchie, the mothers had trouble in natural whelping. Only in later years did more veterinarians become experienced in safe caesarean sections.

The summer heat and lack of air conditioning coupled with the depression in the nineteen thirties caused a major decline in interest in the purebred Frenchie and by 1940, with only 100 registered with the American Kennel Club the breed was classified as rare. World war two just made matters worse for the Frenchie and in Europe many dogs died from starvation.

In 1980 a magazine called The French Bullytin, focusing mainly on French Bulldogs, was born in America. It recorded the rise in French Bulldog registrations that was attributed to the new French Bulldog Club of America which encouraged younger breeders.

The French bulldog specialty shows that were held every year were transformed into Major events. By 1990 the breed registrations had risen to 632 which was a notable rise from the 170 of 1980. By the year 2006 the registrations had risen dramatically to well over 5,500.

The Frenchie has become so popular that today he is visible in cinema shows, advertisements and often seen in the company of celebrities. This alarming increase in demand is rather disconcerting when one realizes that many importers and breeders will complicate matters of pure bloodlines and healthy animals as greed sets in.

In Conclusion…
If someone was to pose you with the question “What is a French Bulldog?” after reading this page you would be able to answer the question quite well.

The new “Frenchie,” as they were now called, was a marvelous companion dog that gave much love and loyalty in an affectionate and playful manner to its owner. A French Bulldog makes an excellent companion which rarely barks unless it wants to draw attention.

Your French Bulldog is a very affectionate, patient, cuddly and loving animal who loves children and will easily adapt to other animals in the house if introduced properly.

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Are French Bulldog Puppies Dangerous?


Children love French Bulldog puppies. But small dogs grow into big dogs and they reach this state faster than children do. Therefore, a dog can become larger than a child and this can result in problems. As French Bulldogs are small in stature you won’t have this problem. They remain small even as adults.

If you have a male and a female French Bulldog, they probably won’t reproduce because their structure makes it very difficult for them to do so. It is for this reason that the majority of French Bulldogs are artificially inseminated and to make matters worse, they normally have to be delivered by a veterinary surgeon by caesarean-section.

So if you want a baby French bulldog, remember that the pedigree French Bulldog puppy is generally made to order, at a price. It seems that the baby blue French Bulldog is much in demand at present. It is for this reason that baby blue French Bulldog puppies will be placed in many adverts online and offline. You will, of course, also find a French Bulldog puppy in various colours available from the same sources.

A French Bulldog’s litter is not normally larger than 3 or 4 puppies.
Now, because many dog breeders find it difficult to breed French Bulldogs they are expensive and not very plentiful. So it is unlikely that French Bulldog owners will be inundated with the puppies from these playful dogs in their homes if they have a French Bulldog adult male and female pair.

One of the problems with a smaller house, that has a lot of people living in it is, the house can become quite warm. If you live in a constantly warm climate, this will probably result in health problems for your French Bulldog.

They are more suited to cooler climates and need to be kept as cool as possible all the time. If they remain too long in warm conditions, your French Bulldog could develop heatstroke, respiratory problems and skin diseases.

Apart from all this, raising a French Bulldog is fairly easy. Even your children could do it!

To maintain your French Bulldog’s health and good looks you should make sure they are always clean and well brushed. A French Bulldog’s coat is short and shiny, as well as thin, and they don’t shed a lot of hair. Brushing them regularly will help to keep their coats glossy and clean and will prevent the fur from being tangled.

As with all dogs, you should brush their teeth at least twice a week, using special toothpaste and toothbrush for dogs, also check and clip their toenails and take them to the vet regularly for an examination.

As was said in the beginning, French Bulldogs don’t grow very big. Their full height is usually about 12 inches and they are not very heavy. They shouldn’t weigh more than 19 to 22 pounds for the small dog and 23 to 28 pounds for the larger.

And there you have it. A French Bulldog is the perfect family dog. He will be your friend, companion, watchdog and an all-round member of your family.


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#59 is a Blue French Bulldog


Although the blue French Bulldog is well advertised as a sought after colour and is sold at high prices, it is not acceptable as a contestant at exhibitions!

The French Bulldog’s compact body, muscular strength, bat-like ears and short, stubby nose make it one of the first choices of many families as the perfect pet. They love to play and make good watchdogs.

Did you know, however, the French Bulldog or Frenchie is also well-known for its glossy coat? French Bulldogs come in a host of different colours, some of which are in high demand by various kennel clubs and included in their strict rules for show dogs.

French Bulldogs sport a smooth, short, shiny, coat. Their skin is loose and wrinkled at the head and shoulders.

The Frenchie comes in various colours including brindle, cream and fawn. The brindle also comes in various shades which include Tiger Brindle, Brindle Pied(brindle and white), and Black Brindle. In the show ring unacceptable colours include mouse, liver, solid black and black with tan or white. In spite of this any Frenchie can qualify to be a champion, irrespective of his colour.

So let’s discuss the many varied guidelines set out by the American Kennel Club, which specify what standards are required for French Bulldogs in show dog competitions. If your French Bulldog does not meet these standards they are still thought of as purebred, not necessarily of a lesser standard. However, they will not be allowed to compete in these competitions.

The most common standard agreed upon by the many clubs and organizations is the French Bulldog’s coat and colour. The most popular colour being brindle and white, plus other colour combinations of all-brown. White and fawn are colours that are also acceptable by most competition rules.

Unacceptable colours include coats of solid black that have no white or brown markings, black and tan, light brown or dark red, black with white markings or vice versa. If your French Bulldog has any of these shadings, they will still make a good pet, but will not be of competition standard.

Apart from their coat colour, many competitions also have colour rules for the French Bulldog’s nose and eyes. A French Bulldog on show should have dark eyes when the dog is facing forward, with no visible white. A light coloured dog may have lighter eyes and nose. But most judges prefer a black nose.

Consultation with your French bulldog breeder will assist you in acquiring the blue ribbon. When buying a French Bulldog, you need to determine whether you will be entering them in competitions or merely keeping them as house pets. The show dog kind will obviously be more expensive.

But the colour of the coats, eyes and noses is not the most important thing to consider because French Bulldogs are good, loyal companions, playful, good with children and easy-going and friendly dogs. Their temperament will not change according to the colour of their coat.

Frenchies are loving and attention-needing dogs and you must be prepared to give lavishly of your time and love. Your French Bulldog breeder can advise you of what is available in your area.


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French Bulldog Vital Needs



Many people think that all dogs are the same, they have the same needs, like eating, playing, sleeping and messing, how simple is that? Yes, most dogs do have the same characteristics, but some different types of dog have more specialized needs that may require specialized attention.

All dogs have a need for exercise but there are some distinct differences. If you are the owner of a French Bulldog, or plan to become an owner, you need to know the difference between a happy, healthy and contented French Bulldog and one who is unhappy and unhealthy.

Here is a list of important things that all French Bulldog owners should know about their dog’s basic needs. This list will help you to play a valuable role in the life of your French Bulldog and also be of assistance to those who are considering becoming owners of a French Bulldog.

Your guidelines are as follows:
Have a designated area in your house or garden where your French Bulldog can find shade – French Bulldogs suffer in the heat. Because of their strangely shaped head, they find it hard to keep cool.

When it is very hot or they are fatigued they might find it difficult to breathe. If you live in places with warm climatic conditions, a room that is cool or even air-conditioned should be available for your French Bulldog.

The garden should also have shaded areas where your dog can lie on hot days. It is important to make your French Bulldog feel loved and cared for by giving him satisfactory shelter.

Water must be available at all timeswater will help to keep your French Bulldog cool. They tend to build up heat from within and need to be able to drink often. Even after just a little amount of exercise they will become hot and bothered and start to pant. A water bowl should always be available inside and outside of your house.

Exercise – French Bulldogs are not terribly active. They easily get tired and cannot run around for long periods of time. However, it is important to walk and exercise them to build up their strength and muscle tone. This should be done twice daily. This will encourage them to leave their waste matter away from your home. The best time to exercise your French Bulldog is early in the morning or after dark at night, so that they don’t get too hot from the sun.

Nutritional diet – Your French Bulldog’s food should be of a good quality. This will keep your dog healthy and strong, prevent illness and keep his coat glossy and in good condition.

Love and respect – French Bulldogs, as with all other dogs, need love and to feel they belong. It needs your attention and time. French Bulldogs particularly need to be played with and petted.

It is worth spending money on toys for them to play with and little delicacies for them to eat.

It is also advisable for them to have a collar and leash as this can prevent them from getting lost.

Last but not least, trips to the vet are very necessary. Although costly and time consuming, your French Bulldog’s health and well-being is of the utmost importance.


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French Bulldog Clothes


This might seem like a joke to some people, dressing a dog! Dogs don’t need clothes! And they can’t even choose their own! Some dog owners like their dogs to look special and cute, and if you are in charge, you can do what you like, after all.

But how would a bulldog look in clothes? You might be thinking how ridiculous this all is, but French Bulldogs look unlike other dogs, they can in fact look quite ferocious when actually they are very sweet tempered and loveable, much more so than the American bulldog. Dressing them up can be quite an easy and fun thing to do.

So if you are going to buy French Bulldog clothes you will have to decide if you want a French bulldog sweater because you are living in a cool climate country or if you want a French Bulldog t shirt because you are living in a place that has a warmer climate.

If you are going to a smart occasion where you have to look your best you should probably look for a French Bulldog shirt that will make him stand out in the crowd.

Shopping for clothes is always enjoyable, and shopping for French Bulldog clothes can be equally so. But don’t go wild now! Whether shopping online or at a department store, you need to make sure you are following the correct procedure. As if you were buying for yourself or your children, there are things you need to take into consideration.

First of all, you need to know your French Bulldog’s size. The clothes that you are buying for your bulldog need to fit, plus have plenty of room for them to move around in and be comfortable.

To measure your dog, work out the length by measuring from the neck down to the base of the tail.

Most dog clothes come with Velcro fastenings to allow for different sizes and widths. However French Bulldogs usually have quite a large chest, so you need to specify what breed of dog you are buying for.

You need to remember that French Bulldogs do not cope well in hot weather. If you live in a warm to hot climate, you need to ensure you choose thin, loose fitting clothes for your French Bulldog. This means that the material can breathe and allow air inside to keep your bulldog’s body cool.

What about accessories? All fashion needs accessories. Be careful with this though, as things like buttons, necklaces, tassels and other small items can be dangerous.

French Bulldogs can be nosy, and they might try and chew or swallow something that is hanging from their garment or that attracts their attention. This could cause your bulldog to choke or develop stomach problems. It might be better to just go with some sexy sunglasses or a bandanna.

If you are skilled at sewing you could possibly design and make clothes for your French Bulldog. There are plenty of themes to choose from. Remember though, it is not necessary to dress up your bulldog every day. Do so only for special events and occasions.

You also need to accustom your bulldog to wearing clothes as this is not something that comes naturally to an animal.

Clothing your bulldog is a good idea not only for your pet, but also as a gift for friends who have French Bulldogs.

So when next you shop for French Bulldog clothes for yourself, think about what your Bulldog friends might like as well.


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French Bulldog Health


French Bulldogs are amazing animals. It’s not surprising they are so popular as pets these days. There are plenty of words to describe French Bulldogs, they are loyal, clever, playful, and have endearing human-like personalities.

They are worth their weight in gold for their wonderful companionship. But buying a French Bulldog pup and then finding out that your pup has health problems that could shorten their lifespan could be an expensive and traumatic experience.

French Bulldog health issues can be varied and some are quite serious. It is very important that anyone thinking about buying a French Bulldog be aware of these health issues and know what to look out for, so as to avoid making an expensive mistake.

Firstly, as with any purchase, you need to research and be aware of the many different French Bulldog health issues that can be present in the breed. This will enable you to ask the right questions of the breeders, to ensure that neither the pup you are interested in, nor its parents, has any significant health problems.

It is better to prepare yourself this way as French Bulldogs are expensive and quite adorable, and it is easy to get swept away by one without first ensuring that it is healthy. In the event that your French Bulldog does fall ill, or even die, the cost will be very dear, both in money and emotion.

It is advisable to only go to breeders with a good reputation and who test the health of their French Bulldog puppies. This is something that all breeders should do. The breeder should be aware that all types of French Bulldog health issues can develop and it is vitally important that tests are done, for the sake of the animals and buyers, as well as the breeders own reputation.

Remember, their awards and certificates can be faked, they might only allow you to see their healthy dogs, but sooner or later, a puppy can fall ill, and that is something you want to avoid.

Ensure that you receive a warranty for your French Bulldog. This should ascertain that your French Bulldog is healthy, and if it should fall ill within the time stated on the warranty, you will then be provided with a replacement dog of your choosing, or a refund.

There is never any guarantee that your French Bulldog will never develop any health problems, but at least you will have taken all precautions possible to try and avoid this happening.

Another cause for concern that could become a health issue is that the Frenchie’s ears are great big dust catchers that need to be cleaned and examined weekly.

When washing your Frenchie be careful not to get water and shampoo down the ear canal. Wet ears are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and yeast causing ear infections. A gentle wipe out with a soft cloth, or if there is evidence of dirt and grime in the ear a spray with ear cleanser would be used.

Ear infections occur frequently in all dogs, not just Frenchie’s, because of the way their ears are designed. The horizontal and vertical components of a dog’s ear make it difficult for particles of dirt and water to escape.

Your vet will have a good ear cleanser that will dissolve the dirt and wax deep inside the ear. Easily applied by spraying liberally into the ear then massaging the cartilage in the front of the ear for around 1 minute. This will encourage the cleanser to go deep into the ear canal and dislodge the debris.

You will hear a squelching sound if you are doing it properly. After the massage your Frenchie will shake the cleanser with the dissolved debris out of the ear and you can dry the ear canal with a dry soft cloth.

Some signs of ear infection to watch out for are:
* Your Frenchie is constantly and excessively shaking its’ head.
* There is yellow to brown discharge in your dog’s ears.
* Your dog’s ears have a yeast-like smell.
* There is redness and swelling on your Frenchie’s infected ear.
* Your dog is scratching at its ear/s constantly.

Regardless of how much you take care of your Frenchie’s well-being, they are likely to have an ear infection at some stage of their life. If you have been cleaning your Frenchie’s ears regularly and you notice any changes such as the above symptoms take your Frenchie to the vet for an examination and treatment asap.

Your Frenchie’s vet will prescribe the appropriate treatment based on what has caused your dog’s ear to become infected.

French Bulldogs are known to suffer from a host of different eye problems found in most other kinds of bulldog. The French Bulldog can often suffer from an everted third eye lid, or what is commonly called a cherry eye.

Other eye diseases that French Bulldogs may suffer from are corneal ulcers, juvenile cataracts, glaucoma and retinal fold dysplasia.

It is very important for French Bulldog owners to clean the folds of skin underneath the eyes and to make sure that this area is dry, so as to avoid their dog contracting any infection.

Preventing illnesses in French Bulldogs is easier if you are aware of the causes of the illness. The best solution is to visit a vet, but this can be expensive and some illnesses are very easy to treat yourself at home.

For example, illnesses that are caused by allergic reactions. French Bulldog allergies should not always be easily dismissed. There are some that can be very severe and can even result in the death of your French Bulldog.

The best way to prevent this happening is to know what allergies may affect your dog and whether a trip to the vet is necessary. French Bulldog allergies are more common in dogs that are small in size.

Pale or light skinned dogs and dogs that are small in size are more likely than most to contract an allergy. Fully grown French Bulldogs fit into this category, and puppies are even more susceptible.

French Bulldog allergies can result from two main categories, the environment and food. If you don’t know which of these is causing the allergy it will be very difficult to treat.

CreamFrenchie2Being short-legged and close to the ground, French Bulldogs are more easily prone to allergic reactions from irritants such as pollen and grass. Because their fur is short and thin, these irritants have easy access to their skin, where they can penetrate more fully. The more they are exposed to these elements, the more likely they are to be affected and irritated.

If your French Bulldog is constantly trying to scratch its face and body against any rough surface such as the carpet, there is a good chance that it has an allergy caused by the environment, also known as atopic dermatitis.

Other symptoms of this are constant chewing of their legs, feet and the pads on their feet. This is because they are constantly feeling itchy and irritated and are trying to scratch and relieve the itch.

To help relieve your French Bulldog you need to wipe down the affected area with a cool, damp cloth. Repeated wiping and the roughness of the cloth will help to soothe the itchy area of skin on your dog.

Another common French Bulldog allergy problem is recurring ear infections. A French Bulldog has bat-like ears, and they can get blocked with obstructions such as dirt and other irritants.

Consulting a vet would be advisable in this case, to determine the cause of the infection. If it is an allergy problem, the vet will probably suggest a rinse or wash solution for the ear which will be easily obtainable from a pet shop.

Do not hesitate to consult your vet if symptoms continue. Home remedies should not be the only solution for your French Bulldog allergies.

Another French Bulldog health issue is fleas. Dog fleas can be a huge headache for dog owners. Although it is nearly impossible to avoid fleas completely, with the correct procedures they can be dealt with successfully and this problem greatly reduced.

It is far better to try and prevent fleas from happening rather than waiting for fleas to develop fully. They will be easier to cope with this way, and will also prevent your French Bulldog from suffering through the complexities and consequences of this infestation.

The best thing to do initially is to let your vet look at your dog. French Bulldogs tend to be more allergic and have more health problems than other dogs.

While many home cures do work, speaking to your vet first is the best option to prevent the problem from worsening.

Depending on how bad the situation is, your vet will probably prescribe medicine of some sort, an ointment or spray, with instructions on how to apply.

Ensure that you follow all instructions correctly and very soon you will be rid of the fleas.

Once the flea problem has been successfully dealt with, you need to look at all the places on your property that your French Bulldog haunts.

If your French Bulldog has fleas, rest assured he will deposit them in all his favourite places, like your furniture, especially couches, chairs, beds and carpets.

This could become uncomfortable for the human occupants of the house. You will need to make sure you disinfect everything to prevent the fleas returning.

Vacuum your carpets and floors, as well as couches and chairs, thoroughly. Take your clothes to the cleaners or wash them well with hot water.

If the problem is very serious, you might need to call in professionals to clean and rid your home of possible eggs or flea larvae.

As the owner of a French Bulldog, you are responsible for the safety, comfort and well-being of your pet. It might sound like a lot of hard work, but a French Bulldog is well worth the effort.

Certain French Bulldog health issues can also be due to their body type and build. Even though French Bulldogs are considered to be one of the most healthy types of bulldog, the following are some diseases particular to this type of dog.

Von Willebrand’s Disease
Just as humans suffer from hemophilia, French Bulldogs also suffer from this bleeding disorder. This disease prevents blood from clotting which naturally can lead to difficulties.

In addition they can develop a thyroid condition. People who breed French Bulldogs and some vets have come up with a program to test the dogs when they are young in order to find out if they have this particular disease.

Brachycephalic Syndrome
This disease can result in a soft or cleft palate in the French Bulldog. Most vets find it almost impossible to fix this problem.

This can result in Pups who are born with Brachycephalic Syndrome being euthanized. French Bulldogs born with this extended and soft palate usually suffer from breathing problems and fainting after strenuous exercise.

This disease covers various different deformities and irregularities in the esophagus. Serious problems would be the regurgitating of food or mucus after eating or exercising, thus known as passive regurgitation. This most often leads to aspiration pneumonia.

A blocked or pressed airway can prevent the dog from expelling heat from its body and although harmless in other dogs, can cause death to a French Bulldog.

These are some of the many varied health problems that all French Bulldog owners should be aware of. There are other problems as well, such as back or spinal disease, which are known as chondrodysplasia, skin allergies and cysts. It is not unheard of for French Bulldogs to require an operation when giving birth.

It is always a good idea to enquire from your vet the best way to fully comprehend what is wrong with your French Bulldog. This will enable you to deal with their particular health issue correctly and effectively.

French Bulldogs are susceptible to joint diseases, spinal disorders, heart defects and eye issues. Dams often have to deliver pups by cesarean section, as pups have relatively large heads.

They often have respiratory issues. They tend to wheeze and snore and have trouble in hot weather. They are prone to heatstroke. An overweight Frenchie might have trouble breathing because of a swollen abdomen.

It is important not to overfeed this breed. Putting them under anesthesia is risky as a result of of their breathing problems.

French Bulldogs are high maintenance and potential owners need to be aware that their vet bills might be high. Take this into consideration before choosing a Frenchie puppy.


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French Bulldog Training


Many French Bulldog owners will say that French Bulldogs are thought to be one of the best types of dog to have as a pet. First known as Boule-Dog Francais, with their intelligence, small, compact, though surprisingly solid bodies, the French Bulldog is a wonderful watchdog and companion.

Some of them might have aggressive tendencies, which is why, like all dogs, French Bulldog training is very important. French Bulldog training will require much repetition and loving patience as our little friends are extremely stubborn.

When training any dog, it is advisable to acquaint yourself with their behavioral traits. Although very intelligent, French bulldogs have short attention spans.

You will need plenty of patience. French Bulldogs also like to have your attention all the time. They can be aggressive in a playful way, and if this is the case with your French Bulldog, you need to teach discipline to your dog before you allow them to be around small children.

If they want you to play with them and you do not give them the attention they desire, they can become aggressive. They can be very sweet natured and will do tricks to get your attention.

Your method of French Bulldog training should be based on their particular characteristics, so that you will know which areas need extra work. This way you will not be wasting your time trying to teach them unnecessary things.

Laser target training will allow you to enjoy the training session with your French Bulldog. This will give you a well taught and disciplined dog, as well as allowing time for the two of you to bond.

French Bulldogs can become stubborn and independent if they feel you are trying to teach them something that is unnecessary.

Be firm and assertive in your training, but do not yell at them or hit them. If they do not obey, be very firm in your commands. Show them that you are in charge and use a loud, firm voice, don’t scream at them or get angry, this will confuse the dog.

Your commands must be logical and similar all the time. When showing praise or disappointment, use the same command all the time.

Reward obedience with a treat to show you are pleased with them. Keep the training time short. French Bulldogs have short attention spans and also cannot exert or overwork themselves and get too hot.

Lastly, be patient. French Bulldogs may be clever and intelligent, but they are just dogs. It will take a while before they are fully trained enough to understand your instructions.

Your French Bulldog can embarrass you by behaving unacceptably at the wrong times. This can happen when in the presence of other dogs or people. Picture the scene – you and your French bulldog are strolling through the park; suddenly he pulls the leash out of your hand, runs away, won’t respond to your call, chases other dogs or worse, people, maybe even biting them. This could become a serious problem if your French bulldog does not receive the proper training to teach him how to behave, socialize and when to be aggressive.

Fortunately, French bulldog training is fairly easy. Easier than other dogs, that is, but still not a cakewalk. French Bulldogs are still only dogs, and training will take time, but because they tend to be more sociable compared to other dogs, training them will not be too difficult.

Socializing begins at home. Start your French Bulldog training slowly and in the comfort of his or her own home. If you have a new pup, give him some time to adjust to his surroundings and his new family.

When you have visitors, give your bulldog some space and don’t crowd him, this could be overwhelming and cause him to react aggressively. When you can judge that your French bulldog is used to having strangers around him, give him the opportunity to be around other dogs.

Ask your friends to bring their dogs to your home. When your French bulldog is used to having strange dogs around in his familiar surroundings, you can allow him to visit different places.

It is important to always walk your bulldog with a leash. Keep a firm hold on the leash. Take him to less crowded places first, gradually visiting more and more populated areas as he becomes used to people.

Walking him on a busy street could be traumatic and might make him shy away from social occasions. A quiet park is best.

It is also important that your French bulldog pup has been vaccinated, as they are easily susceptible to allergies and other health problems that they might pick up from other dogs.

Get into the habit of carrying treats with you to reward your French bulldog for good behavior. If he barks or becomes aggressive, reprimand him firmly, but do not shout or hit him.

He will eventually get into a socializing routine as French bulldogs are naturally friendly.

Don’t forget!, French bulldogs become easily overheated, so don’t expose them to too much sun.


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