French Bulldogs: For Your Information

French Bulldogs are a breed that we personally enjoy, because they are known for being an affectionate companion dog, with a smooth coat, short face and trademark "bat" ears. These little dogs are known commonly as “Frenchies”, but don’t let their small stature fool you – every dog, no matter their size, needs a caring and informed owner. If you would like to adopt one from us, read below to find out more about this breed!

Vital Information

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

French Bulldogs have an endearing curious and alert facial expression, that is enhanced by their large ears. These dogs differ from the English Bulldog in their movement, which is freer, unrestrained and has better reach and drive than their heavier English counterparts. Their loose, soft skin around the shoulders and head form adorable wrinkles, and French Bulldogs are known for being strong and sturdy lap dogs. They share several characteristics with their Bulldog ancestors, such as a heavy-boned and wide body, muscular build, square head, low centre of gravity, and a short coat, which can vary in colour, including brindle, fawn, white, and black.

PERSONALITY AND TEMPERAMENT

Frenchies are sweet and friendly little companions. They are often considered to be clownish lap dogs, that enjoy playing with and entertaining their family. Owners will find that they are fond of snoozing with and cuddling close to their favourite person.

CARE

French Bulldogs are fun-loving creatures, and require minimal exercise. They love outdoor adventure but are not fond of and do not do well in overly hot or humid weather. It is important to note that these dogs are not very suited to outdoor living, and cannot swim. A short walk is adequate to fulfil most of this dog’s physical needs, and coat care is minimal. However, the facial wrinkles of the dog will need regular cleaning as they tend to drool, snore and wheeze.

HEALTH

These sturdy little dogs have an average lifespan of 9 to 11 years, and can be prone to health problems such as brachycephalic syndrome and intervertebral disk disease (IVDD).  The breed is also quite sensitive to heat and anaesthesia, and puppies must be delivered by Caesarean section. Annual visits to your vet are encouraged, we recommend pet health insurance.

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