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French Bulldog Training, Care & Health Issues to consider when Buying a Puppy

Updated on March 5, 2015

The Many Faces of the French Bulldog

Batpig, BatEars, Frog dog, Frenchie are just some of the comical names that have been bestowed upon this cute, innocent and ever loyal little bulldog. Frenchies make excellent family companions as they are generally very good with small children and the perfect size for modern family homes. They do have special needs associated with being a brachycephalic breed of dog, mainly relating to keeping their facial folds clean and ensuring they are kept cool in warm weather. It's all well worth the effort if you have the time and resources, these little guys have so much love to give.

Frenchie Faces - Little Clowns of the Dog World

Zorro the French Bulldog goes to the beach. A handsome brindle male Frenchie.
Zorro the French Bulldog goes to the beach. A handsome brindle male Frenchie. | Source
The ever beautiful face of Flora the French Bulldog. A stunning double hooded pied Frenchie.
The ever beautiful face of Flora the French Bulldog. A stunning double hooded pied Frenchie. | Source
Frankie the pied French Bulldog - pirate like is her sweet & cheeky face.
Frankie the pied French Bulldog - pirate like is her sweet & cheeky face. | Source
Harriet the Black brindle French Bulldog, just 5 months of age she is still a puppy.
Harriet the Black brindle French Bulldog, just 5 months of age she is still a puppy. | Source
Leah the French Bulldog is a brindle girl. Her face conveys wisdom beyond her years.
Leah the French Bulldog is a brindle girl. Her face conveys wisdom beyond her years. | Source

The French Bulldogs behind the Faces

I love having the privilege of photographing these sweet Frenchie faces. Leah and Flora are mother and daughter and you can really see the resemblance! French Bulldogs really are the little clowns of the dog world and these guys had me in stitches with laughter as they ran like snorting bunnies around the yard. Don't be fooled by their rather serious portraits, Frenchies are not called the little clowns for no reason! When the roast chicken came out these guys really knew how to work the camera. French Bulldogs love their food and it's important not to let them get overweight as this puts extra strain on their joints and breathing ability.

Leah is a brindle French Bulldog and her daughter Flora is a brindle and white pied. Frenchies are social creatures and get along really well together, spending much of their time snuggled up on their mum’s bed, by the pool (Frenchie pool that is) in Summer or in front of the heater during Winter. French Bulldogs are extremely loyal and thrive on companionship. They are not the breed for everyone as they should not be left alone for long periods of time - they need the companionship of their human family for their wellbeing and happiness.

It was a beautiful morning with warm light dancing on their sweet faces – enhancing their unique and inquisitive expressions.

Too cute for words

Too cute for words - French Bulldog serious face!
Too cute for words - French Bulldog serious face! | Source

What to look for when buying a French Bulldog Puppy

French Bulldogs do have a number of health concerns that you should be aware of before considering a potential breeder to source your puppy from:

  • Hip and spine issues - In Australia breeders have their breeding stock hips and spine X rayed by a veterinarian who then sends the X-rays off for scoring by a specialist.
  • Breathing difficulties - all Frenchies have some degree of airway compromise and this comes about due to their squashed faces which is a trademark of the breed. Buying from a reputable breeder who is careful about checking compatibility of breeding partners - for example not breeding two excessively short nosed, pinched nostril or narrowed trachea dogs together.
  • Soft palate - Can be improved by surgery. Simply requires the palate to be clipped once it has stopped growing. Again breeders should not be breeding 2 dogs that have elongated soft palates together and excessively compromised breeding stock should not be bred with.
  • Allergies - Frenchies can be susceptible to allergies. Raw food diets are recommended to help reduce the incidence of itchy skin. Source ingredients that are preservative free and human grade.

French Bulldog puppies playing with their Dad

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Caring for your French Bulldog

Some tips for caring for your French Bulldog

  • Use baby wipes (fragrance & alcohol free) daily to clean out facial folds
  • For itchy skin wash with Malaseb (anti fungal, antibacterial medicated wash) - wet dog, leave on for 15 minutes and wash off.
  • For itchy ears - use Malaseb diluted 3mL to 100mL water, syringe into ear and massage.
  • Diet- raw food diet of minced chicken carcasses, green tripe, liver, eggs, raw fish such as sardines, heart, beef mince, processed vegetables (beetroot, carrot, spinach, kale etc).
  • To stop destructive behaviours provide mental stimulation using stuffed Kong toys, large meaty bones, treat dispensing balls, deer antler chews etc. Also ensure your Frenchie is getting sufficient physical exercise.
  • Use clicker training to train new behaviours quickly and reduce unwanted behaviours by controlling self reinforcement from the environment (for example if your Frenchie barks at people walking past outside the house, close the blind whilst you train and build value for a more desirable behaviour such as playing with a toy or relaxing on their bed.

Important tips for Frenchie Lovers

Raw food diet
Health checks
Dog Training Tips
Care tips
minced chicken carcasses
Breathing - soft palate, narrow airways
Clicker training
Keep cool in warmer months
processed vegetables
Hip Dysplasia
Stimulation - Kong toys, treat balls, bones
Malaseb wash for itchy skin
beef mince
Spine abnormalities
Patience - breed can be stubborn
Raw food diet for allergy prevention
raw offal - eggs, liver, heart, green tripe
Juvenile cataracts
Use toys, life opportunities and food as rewards
Clean facial folds with baby wipes - daily
 
 
 
Sufficient physical exercise
 
 
 
Companionship - don't thrive if left alone for long periods
A summary of French Bulldog tips and tricks to keep in mind

How to Prepare a Raw food diet for Frenchies

French Bulldog Training | Clicker Training

French Bulldog Training | Sit Drop Stand

Funny French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs are charismatic characters and owners never have a dull day because their Frenchie is sure to make them laugh at some point.

Flora the French Bulldog plays with Doberman Pinscher

French Bulldogs are social dogs

French Bulldogs thrive on the company of their human companions but they generally also appreciate the company of another dog. There are exceptions to this rule but generally speaking they enjoy playing with other dogs.
French Bulldogs thrive on the company of their human companions but they generally also appreciate the company of another dog. There are exceptions to this rule but generally speaking they enjoy playing with other dogs. | Source

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      Karnel 2 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      This is going to be our next dog, they are the cutest.

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