Despite his glum expression, the French Bulldog is comical, entertaining, and dependably amiable.
As comfortable in an apartment as he is on a farm, he is more lively than you might suspect from his chunky appearance. French Bulldog puppies are especially frisky, and ball chasing is one of their passions. Adults are more dignified and can be champion couch potatoes, but also love to clown around and go for walks in cool weather.
Unfortunately, these nice-tempered dogs are deliberately bred with structural deformities that detract from the dog's quality of life. They especially have trouble breathing. You need to protect them from heatstroke and if your summers get hot, your home needs to be air-conditioned. Along with respiratory disorders, Frenchies also suffer from spinal disorders, eye diseases, heart disease, and joint diseases. Read more about French Bulldog Health.
For such a small dog, French Bulldogs can be quite stubborn and manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. Food is a great motivator for this breed, but it often results in a fat Frenchie who only obeys if you're waving a cookie. I recommend a more sensible training method.
The French Bulldog came from England and was officially recognized in 1898 by the AKC. There is some disagreement about where this dog originated, but the popular idea is that this breed came from a dwarf version of the Bulldog crossed with a Pug and Terrier. Did you know that this breed cannot reproduce naturally? Due to their narrow hips, weak hind legs and heavy build on top male Frenchies are unable to mount females, so they must be artificially inseminated. Also, because of the breed’s large head and small hips, often the mother needs a c-section, which makes breeding expensive.
It was rather interesting to know that the bat ears were originally going to be bred out of the breed as you said, but I’ll still get a Blue French Bulldog puppy since that’s what I like about them. Knowing that they have an average lifespan of 11-13 years as you stated, it would be enough for me to keep a dog for myself for a long time. Females are known to be really affectionate, and learning that they are known for their affectionate and playful ways as you stated makes me want to get one from a good breeder when spring comes.
I have had 2 French bulldogs and my blue frechie, when she was about 2 years old I would take her on walks for an average of 3 to 4 hours. Even when it was hot she could handle it without signs of overheating. My new dog. She is a blue tried and she exercises so much that when walking her veins pop out, and we can’t find ansly fat on her. The younger they are the more hyperactive they are. Now my first blue Frenchie cant even jump to me hips now. She is about 5 years old and basically loves to run around the house in circles and sleep on the couch.
The French Bulldog is known as a funny, affectionate and low maintenance dog. It was bred as a toy version of the popular English Bulldog, and was kept as a companion by the many lace makers of the industrial revolution.
french bulldogs originated in England (not France) during the industrial revolution ! to keep the workers company then when the workers jobs were replaced by machines there skills were still needed in France so they moved over to France and took the dogs with them where they became popular and then named french bulldogs. either before or after they got popular in the US as well.
I own a french bulldog, and they DO require a lot of surgery, but I think people are exaggerating with how much work comes with these dogs. If you buy a SHIFTY dog from a no name breeder, then you're guaranteed to have health problems. But if you purchase one from a respected breeder, and pick one with good ancestors, then these dogs are not too big of a hassle.
I have two Frenchies and while they have night and day personalities (one is more like a cat and sleeps all day and the other is a dog's dog), they are both tremendously sweet dogs. The dog park is their chance to socialize with other dogs, but they tend to go around looking for love from the humans there. They have a "love the one you're with" mentality. Neither of them have had poor reactions around children.
They are stubborn dogs, but that's what you get from a bully breed. One of my dogs struggles with skin allergies and I have spent a lot of money to treat them, so be aware that you may need to stash a little cash away for their health issues. I don't know if Pugs are similar in that respect.
I work all day, and the cat-like one is fine on the couch all day, but the other one could get into mischief, so he's either crated or in a small pen when I'm away. Both are crate trained and it helped quite a bit with potty training, so I'm a huge advocate.
They are wonderful dogs and turn a lot of heads. They know how to work a crowd. My boys do rough house with each other, so watch their play style with regular dogs. It sounds a lot worse than it is because of all the growling and snuffling.
I'm sure you guys are familiar with having to be cautious regarding heat sensitivity in brachy dogs since you owned a pug...my dogs aren't outside for any length of time if it's over 75 degrees. And I live in Houston, so their only outlet for exercise in the summer is doggie daycare or their own rasslin'.
I bought my first Frenchie as my first dog and my breeder warned me that they're like potato chips...you can't have just one. I laughed this off. Two years later I got another one. So be warned. The only thing better than one Frenchie is two!
Mine is only a little older than 4 months but he is just super lazy. He sleeps all the time, loves playing but would be happy as could be in your lap all day. Around my 4 month old niece he opened his mouth like he was going to bark (but didn't actually bark because I told him no) but only when she was crying. He seemed more worried about her than anything, definitely not aggressive. Their temperament varies obviously but I've never seen any that were aggressive. Supposedly they don't get along with cats well but mine loves them - they just don't love him back. I haven't been super good at training so he only really perks up at the word "treat" (go figure!) but hasn't had many accidents in the house. My breeder has dogs that are much higher energy than mine, his dad was a couch potato and his mom is a nut. Leo takes after his dad for sure. I think mine likes women more than men but is more afraid of new people than anything - just a little apprehensive but not aggressive. He gets along great with other dogs - sometimes plays too rough (he bites onto my Sister in law's yorkie's hair or ears and tries to pull him but the other dog doesn't yelp or anything it just looks rough :] ) other dogs have barked and growled at him but he has never done it back.