French Bulldogs are AWESOME... Period!!!
They are the perfect size... not too small,
not too big. They are funny little things, make funny noises & their
clownish ways will entertain you on a daily basis... French Bulldogs or
as the French say "Bouledogue Français" are also called: "Frenchies",
"Frog Dogs" and "Clown Dogs". They are loving , happy & constantly
amusing you with the funny things they do. Their muscular, compact, stocky
and cobby bodies, that beautiful smooshed in face and the Bat Ears the
breed is known for are just a few things that really make them irresistible!
French Bulldogs are small in size, but they are quite large in the personality
department... They indeed are CLOWN dogs and they bring endless amounts
of joy, love & laughter into your home.
An AKC French Bulldog is described as "Well behaved, adaptable, and
comfortable companions." The standard also describes
the Frenchie as being affectionate, even tempered, active, alert, and playful
but not unduly boisterous. They are not all created equal. You can
have siblings who are complete opposites. Sure genetics plays a role in
their makeup, but I do believe for the most part HOW THEY ARE RAISED is
how they will turn out. Of course you do have dogs that can act shy, no
matter how well you socialize them and that's life. We have shy humans,
outgoing humans, more rambunctious humans, quiet and loud humans... See
where Im going? Same with dogs... they all have different personalities.
The breed is known to be friendly and happy and funny... hence the nickname
CLOWN DOGS... they do great when raised with other breeds and children
and for the most part are wonderful pets. Of course you can have a problem
child, it happens, they cannot all be perfect. You have to take the good
with the bad. If women only had children that had the exact temperament
and personality the mother wants when that child is a full grown 30 year
old adult, we'd be a much smaller world. Same with dogs... you never know
how that puppy is going to turn out when its a full grown adult. There
are no guarantees.... you just love them anyway right. What's not to love...
just look at them. If you are someone who doesn't like attention in public,
DO NOT get a frenchie because they are people magnets :)
Frenchies have distinctive breed characteristics
which includes the FRENCHIE BOW... THE FROG DOG POSITION when laying down,
THE FRENCHIE YODEL, THE FRENCHIE HOWL, THE FRENCHIE SCREECH... many of
them can make some of the strangest noises you have ever heard. .... ETC....
They are unique and like no other breed I have ever owned.
Some play hard, some play a little and some snooze all day and are lazy
bullies... ya just don't know. French Bulldogs are loving, funny full of
themselves, spunky, happy, loyal affectionate, playful, courageous.
They are BIG DOGS in little bodies, which can lead
to issues if you do not establish yourself as their pack leader. Not with
all of them, but those that can be stubborn... they are bulldogs after
French Bulldogs as a whole, like to be the center
of attention. They like ALL the loving and feel like the world revolves
around them. Be open minded if the exact sex you want is not Available
because you may be missing out on a great dog. I always use the example
of one lady who wanted a "SMALL UNDER 20 POUND CREAM FEMALE" when she emailed
me. I told her all I had was ONE BOY and he was FAWN and was going to be
BIG.... She decided she could not wait and Adopted him... Now at almost
5 years old this single puppy who was the only baby in his litter grew
to be a 30 pound big, fawn boy and is the love of her life. The sweetest,
smartest and most outgoing dog she has ever had the pleasure to own and
meet. She emails me every year and thanks me for the greatest dog and she's
so Thankful she was open minded because if she wasn't she would have missed
out on being the mother to the most wonderful dog and the love of her life.
As far as looks.... The boys, for the most part, are thicker, stockier
and more blocky headed than the girls and WEIGH MORE. Many people
like to STEREOTYPE all breeds and think that males are more aggressive
or territorial or that the females will train easier.... NOPE>>>> WE DISAGREE.
THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT and neutering a male is a MUST if you are not using
them for breeding or show, it DOES make a difference... they make much
better pets when neutered. Like a castrated horse (gelding), vs an intact
horse (stallion)... it matters. Of course once again, there are exceptions,
but in this case, for the most part a FIXED MALE DOG makes a much better
pet, they are less stressed and are happier because they are not driven
by testosterone. Believe me... it does make a difference. They are
much happier doggies when they get their frenchie nuggets snipped :)
Are they good with Children?
I believe so... if raised together and both the child and dog know their
boundaries. Always have the children be the leaders of the pack I believe
is important so the dog respects them. Teaching our Children and
Dogs what is right and wrong from the beginning will make great kids and
Are they good with other dogs?
Yes for the most part, but there are exceptions to every rule. Some can
be dog aggressive and some like to hunt down chickens, squirrels, birds,
etc.... Read this page for more information on this
subject: [ French
Bulldog Aggression ]
Are they good with cats or other animals? Again,
it just depends on the dog and heck on the cat too. We don't have cats,
but know of many who do and their Frenchies get along great with them
French Bulldog Males VS Females - "What's the
difference?": We get this question A LOT...
Look ... you cannot stereotype every dog. Like humans, they are all different.
If you want a guarantee what a puppy is going to be like as an adult, then
don't get a puppy. There are no guarantees in life with babies, HUMANS
OR CANINES... If you want a "stereotypical" comparison... they say
frenchie girls can be more "bitchy", "moodier" and "feistier" if you will
and boys are more mellow, sweet and easy going (as long as they are neutered
of course). Does that mean you can't have a moody boy or a mellow girl...
of course not... they are all different and we have them BOTH. You cannot
paint them all with the same brush.
Raising a puppy is a 50/50, there are no guarantees
what a puppy is going to grow up to be no matter what breed..... so don't
be fooled by breeders who make you false promises on a puppy. A puppy is
just a puppy people :)
Frenchies grooming needs are pretty easy and basic.
They need their facial wrinkles wiped with baby wipes (hypoallergenic and
fragrance free) and pat dry with a soft towel... Some of then need
their butts wiped because the tail can get dirty when they poop.
Brushing the coat a few times a week and a bath 1-2 times a month is good
enough. Also clipping of nails is important and keeping their ears clean.
Vinegar and Water 50/50 solution is good for ear cleaning, squirt, let
them shake, cotton balls to wipe and done... Then give treats :)
Well... some are easier than others. It's mostly
about the owners consistency and being diligent and sticking with a routine.
Do not expect a 10 week old puppy to be housebroken, doesn't happen and
a breeder who tells you otherwise is lying. It takes time, like potty training
a human toddler. Not all are created equal, what works for you, may
not work for the next person, so once you have your new dog or puppy at
your home, you can get them on a routine and be CONSISTENT... You
must let them know it's not okay by telling them NO and taking them outside
and praising once they go outside. Patience and time. There is no SET AGE
..... For the most part most should be housebroken with little to
no accidents by 6 months old. So if you have patience, it's only about
4 months of being consistent from the time you bring your baby home until
the time it's trained. I have gotten reports back of 4 months old being
fully potty trained... can't paint them all with the same brush. Some adults
dogs tend to forget the rules when changing environments, so keep this
in mind if rescuing a dog or bringing an older dog into your home, sometimes
you have to start from scratch and teach them what you want out of them
and WHERE they have to potty in their new environment.
There are no MINI-FRENCHIES... the AKC has a
Standard... 18-28lbs. Can some be smaller? SURE... Can some be bigger?
SURE... but that is what the AKC standard calls for. They vary in sizes
from bulky, wide, stocky and cobby to taller, rangier with a longer body...
it all depends. Height is average of 12 inches. Beware of Imports, that
cute puppy can end up being a 40 pound, long bodied, out at the nose dog...
Make sure you see photos of the adults any breeder has, ask for photos
of the parents. Any puppy can be cute, but what is it going to look like
as an adult?
OF THE BREED:
Brindles, Creams/Fawns or Pieds are the most common and those colors
come with all kinds of different shades and markings. Disqualifications
in the show ring are: Black (meaning with out a SINGLE white or other colored
hair; Black and tan (Doberman Type Colors); Liver and Mouse (blue/gray).
Heavy ticking, which is spotted pigment all over... like you see in other
breeds like the Setters, is to be avoided. A solid black dog or a dog with
ticking is only disqualified in the show ring, they can be just as nice
as any other color, just they cannot be shown, that's all, still make great
For a more detailed discussion of the standard for the French Bulldog
please consult the AKC Standard.
here for different pictures of different Frenchie Coat Colors
Short & smooth. They don't shed a lot, although some can
shed more than others. Until they are grown you just don't know what kind
of "shedder" you will have. Nutrition plays a role in this too and also
how many times you bathe them, what shampoo you use I have found makes
a difference and also the weather... In colder climates the dogs
will grow a winter coat and they will shed that when it gets hot.
Some are smarter than others, but they are intelligent
for being bulldogs... They aren't the smartest of breeds and some learn
quicker than others, but I would classify them as intelligent. Its up to
the owner to train them and stimulate their minds. Some are more stubborn/hard
headed and some need more corrections because some will try to get away
with murder if you let them. It just depends on the dog of course.
Frenchies thrive on positive reinforcement.... They like to please
their owners.... Most Frenchies do not like to be reprimanded, so being
harsh is not the answer, the answer is consistency, be the PACK LEADER
first and foremost and then spoil them.
They tire quickly, even those that like to play, play, play. There
can be an exceptions to every rule... especially with imported Frenchies
who tend to be hyper and very energetic, but for the most part this is
not a very active breed. I would say they have a low activity level, even
if they like to play hard, it isn't for that long. Doesn't take much to
tire one out. They do not do well in hot temps... so must take precautions
when outside. Most cannot swim. The Frenchies will pant after little
exercise, so not much is needed really. Many prefer just to relax and play
indoors... ... many enjoy jumping in kiddie pools, chasing balls
and yes some do like to hunt down frogs, bugs and lizards...... Most
Frenchies have less prey drive than other breeds, but again THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS!!!!
They are funny dogs who enjoy fun lives.
Environment & Working Homes:
Frenchies make excellent pets for either apartments or homes, they
thrive in cities and in the country. Frenchies are happy anywhere as long
as they are loved and of course not in extreme heat, as they can overheat
easily, so air conditioner is a must in cars and homes on hot days. Frenchies
are not too hard to please as long as you feed them right, love them, provide
a comfy bed, take them out for short walks or dog parks on cool days...
they do not require much. They are pretty adaptable little dogs and just
happy to be loved on. They can thrive with one owner or a family. They
can be raised with kids and other animals...Basically wherever they are
loved is where is best for them.
I get asked this all the time... WHAT ABOUT
WORKING HOMES.... Can they live with families who have a 9-5 job?
My answer is... Absolutely!!!!! Most of my babies are in homes with
working folks... take a look around, look at our FRENCHIE FAMILIES and
you will see how my babies are loved and how they live great lives. I never
understand those breeders or rescues who insist that all dogs HAVE to live
with stay at home parents. This is real life and most people work. Of course
in a perfect ideal situation every dog would be in a home with someone
24 hours a day, but it's just not reality... MOST PEOPLE WORK outside of
the home. Dogs sleep more hours of the day then they are awake, so as long
as you are home after work and on weekends and dedicate time to them they
are fine. When I worked outside the home, I had dogs... what an injustice
it would be if working folks were not allowed to own dogs and experience
the joy of raising a dog from puppyhood. My most well behaved dog was a
puppy I raised when I worked outside the home at my 9-5 job... He was obedient,
socialized, well behaved, well trained, had manners, sweet, loved every
person he met and had the most stable temperament you could ask for....
It did not matter to him that I was not home, he had more than enough attention
when I was.
Please make the right decision for you are your family. I don't believe
in leaving them locked in a crate 10 hours a day. I suggest the "Play pen"
set up, which all my "frenchie families" get exact details and instructions
on what to buy and how to set them up. This is a great set up for
french bulldogs, especially when they are puppies. They have a crate to
lay in a designated "potty area" and space to play and have their toys...
Every family I have ever recommended this to has been more than happy and
those with multiple dogs wish they would have used it when raising their
other dogs before they could be trusted to be left alone to roam the house.
The have to be able to "hold their pee/poo" and be old enough to not chew
on things... Leaving them in their "set up" gives the owner piece of mind
and assures you the house will be intact when you get home and the puppy/young
adult will be safe and out of harms way. Best deal for everyone.
Being a Brachycephalic Breed (flat faced) they can have issues... .
HERE for Frenchie Health Issues
SPAN: 10 - 14 Years
SIZE: 2 - 4 is most common. Most
Average 3 puppies, sometimes 1, very few have 5-6 and even 7 which is VERY
RARE. If you see them with 8-9 puppies, I'd question their size and
look at the pedigree, they most likely are larger IMPORTED FRENCHIES from
very large females usually, some of these can run 40+ pounds. Sometimes
they are not even pure bred, it's definitely not the norm for frenchies
to have large litters, just doesn't happen.
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