Did you know, In 2020 French bulldog was the second most popular dog in the U.K and U.S?
A French bulldog was rated as the third most popular dog breed in Australia. Being one of the most searched breeds last year, our team at Petamiko biggest healthcare app in India has tried to answer all your queries about a French bulldog.
In this article, we have included all information and facts related to a French bulldog. For first-time pet-owners, everything you want to know about the French bulldog is here in one article.
IS FRENCH BULLDOG SUITABLE FOR THE INDIAN CLIMATE?
Like Siberian husky, St. Bernard, Basset Hound, Tibetan Mastiff, a French bulldog is a dog best suited for a cold climate.
A jaw-dropping revelation for the Petamiko team! While we strongly believe in adopt, don't shop, a French bulldog in India is a rare sighting. For anyone who lives in extremely hot and humid regions like Punjab, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan, and so on, a French bulldog might not be the best choice for you.
Under such conditions, your pet will be more prone to heat exhaustion, dehydration, and behavioral issues. Unless you have a well-air-conditioned surrounding to offer your dog at all times, we do not recommend having a French bulldog. Also, if you live in colder regions of India, feel free to adopt a French bulldog.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SIZES/COLORS OF A FRENCH BULLDOG?
Years ago, the French bulldog was created as a miniature version of a bulldog. When the Englishmen moved to France these dogs got their new name as "French Bulldog." A French bulldog can be 11 to 12 inches tall, weighing 9kg to 12kg in males and 7kg to 10kgs in a female dog. Your French bulldog can be in many colors like white, cream, fawn, brindle, and tan.
WHAT ARE THE PERSONALITY TRAITS OF A FRENCH BULLDOG?
A French bulldog is not a dog that feels the need to bark frequently. A dog of few barks, a French bulldog barks only when they feel alarmed.
Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. A French bulldog is a companion dog and a goofball! Mischievous, playful, intelligent, and naughty, they make great chilling partners. A French bulldog will need a lot of your time, affection, attention, and positive rewards.
Make sure, you do not leave this dog unattended for long hours since anxiety runs deep in them that may result in behavioral issues. Watch your tone with your Frenchie because a French bulldog does not take criticism lightly. These sensitive souls may take it to their hearts and sulk around the corner for the rest of the day.
Try encouraging their good behavior. They are playful but tend to become territorial and possessive about their people. The reason we advise early socialization of the pet with kids, other pets, and important people in your life.
A French bulldog needs an owner who is firm, strong, and a leader as an owner. A French bulldog, if pampered too much, can become stubborn and hard to deal with later.
HOW IS A FRENCH BULLDOG WITH A BABY?
If you are on Instagram, you must have seen videos of the great bonding babies in the west have with their French bulldog.
A French bulldog is an easy-going dog that can be a great companion for your kid. They chill, they are spirited, and they love attention. Low in aggression they do a great job adapting to the chaos that comes with kids.
French Bulldog bark less, and the protective trait makes them perfect guard dog for kids and other toddlers.
HOW TO TRAIN A FRENCH BULLDOG?
Do not give in to those puppy eyes! We wish there were better ways to say this, but they need a Firm hand! Though they look up to you for everything.
A French bulldog is a free thinker. The mood swings, inconsistency in training, or no motivation can make them stubborn.
The right way to train them is to keep them motivated, applaud their good behavior and reward them for anything new they learn. While there are training professionals one can hire for the job, to avoid anger, territorial issues, and possessiveness, we recommend early socialization of the breed with other dogs, humans, and pets.
WHAT ARE GROOMING ESSENTIALS FOR A FRENCH BULLDOG?
If you are looking for a dog that needs minimum grooming, a French bulldog is an answer to your prayers.
The French bulldog has a low-shedding coat. However, it is their ears, teeth, and facial folds or the wrinkles you need to keep dry and clean at all times.
Weekly brushing of the coat will help you remove the dead hair and distribute essential skin oils to keep him healthy and looking his best. Don't forget to trim their nails since nails growing big can cause them pain.
DOES A FRENCH BULLDOG NEED REGULAR EXERCISING?
It is said, that a French bulldog is not good in the water.
Due to its bulky structure, a French bulldog finds it hard to swim. With notorious personalities and a soul as chill as them, a French bulldog tends to become lazy. While they are quite playful in the early years of life, it is not in their nature to exhaust themselves or engage in agility training.
But this also becomes an issue since many of them tend to become obese. To keep their weight in check, we suggest everyday walks. So, a minimal walk like twice a day should be fine.
WHAT TO FEED A FRENCH BULLDOG?
Your pet deserves the best, and we couldn't agree more to this.
A French bulldog as per its health requirements, age, and size will need a high-quality diet. Good dog food with supplements recommended by your vet should do the trick but there are a few must-haves to assure good nutritional value to your French bulldog.
We recommend sticking to wholesome ingredients, lean proteins like chicken and fish. A French bulldog tends to become obese if you don't monitor their treats and feeding scraps from the table. It is advisable to control their calorie intake and stick to a low to moderate fat diet.
Always talk to your vet before making any changes in the diet of your French bulldog.
HOW IS THE GENERAL HEALTH OF A FRENCH BULLDOG?
At the beginning of the article, we told you that a French bulldog is apt for colder temperatures.
Hot temperatures make it hard for them to breathe. The reason is they are "flat-faced dogs" A flat-faced dog is a breed whose bone tissues or the facial structure is compressed, obstructing their breathing due to narrowed nasal cavities, elongated soft palate, and related problems.
With a life span of 10-12 years, French bulldog like humans is prone to various bone and skin diseases. Some health issues in a French bulldog you as a pet owner should keep a check on are obesity, dental hygiene, ear infections, spinal deformities, inflammatory bowel disease, knee problems, hip and elbow dysplasia, and bladder or kidney stones
The best way to know more about any breed and especially about your dog is through an online vet consultation. So, don't forget to get your poodle enrolled for a first-time consultation and then follow-up consultations at regular intervals.
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