The Scoop on French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs are the most amiable of all breeds. Despite the look of apathy on their face, they are a sweet-natured breed. As youngsters, Bulldogs are funny and frisky. Adults are more quiet and reserved, spending much of the day snoring and lazing about.  The Bulldog is not a terrifying watch dog, but his build and strength can give an intruder second thoughts when roused or threatened.

The positives of acquiring an French Bulldog are many—they are easygoing and dependable, they don’t require excessive exercise and are low key in the household, they seldom bark and have a short coat that is easy to care for. The areas of difficulty you may experience with a Bulldog are their tenacious stubbornness (hence the bullheaded name). They can display serious food possessiveness, they do shed, shore, wheeze, grunt and snore loudly. Bulldogs slobber and drool and have flatulence.  They are costly to purchase and can inherit a multitude of health problems and have a short life span.

So let’s talk about this stubbornness. Despite being such sweethearts, most French Bulldogs are very stubborn. You must be very firm and consistent with them. It is important to teach your dog respect in a positive way. A dog who respects you will do what you say and will stop what he’s doing when you tell him “No.” Teaching your dog to respect you means interacting with him in specific ways that encourage respect.

Food is very important to the French Bulldog and they can be very possessive of their food bowl. It is a good idea not to feed them in the presence of other animals or small children just to be safe.  Slobbering and drool are part of owning this breed. After eating or drinking your English Bulldog will be especially slobbery. Flatulence is a common issue with all short-faced breeds. They tend to gulp air when eating and many of the commercial pet foods make this gassiness worse because of the added fillers and fibers. It is helpful to feed your Bulldog a grain-free diet.

Though they don’t bark much living with an French Bulldog can be far from silent. Their flat face impairs their nasal passage causing them to go through life snorting, grunting, wheezing, and snoring very loudly. Choosing a dog that does not breathe normally is something to consider if you find these sounds not endearing. In hot weather they should be kept in an air-conditioned environment and supervised during outside activity so they don’t over-exert themselves and become overheated.

The Bulldog has a short, coarse coat of hair that sheds a lot. If you treasure your clothing and furnishings then you may need to reconsider your choice.

The cost of owning one can be very expensive. French Bulldog puppies for sale can cost thousands of dollars because this breed requires artificial insemination to breed, c-sections to deliver and don’t be surprised to spend a great deal of money on veterinary care for this breed due to health issues such as hips, heart and skin problems. We already covered their compromised respiratory system so it is costly to put them under anesthesia to perform procedures such as dental cleanings.