With their large bat like ears, big head and smushed in face the one-of-a-kind French Bulldog is irresistibly cute. Add to that their even temperament and small size the French Bulldog is becoming one of the most popular small-dog breeds in the USA. In fact for the last few years it has ranked in the top 10 right along the always popular Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers who have held the top five spots for over a decade
Why are they so popular?
With more and more people choosing to live in cities, Frenchies can make great roommates.
They are affectionate and playful but don’t require a lot of outdoor exercise. A walk or two a day will keep them happy and healthy.
Since they are small they don’t require much space and are less expensive to maintain. They are also very alert dogs which make them great watchdogs, but they don’t bark much which will keep your neighbors happy.
Frenchies are easy to care for. Their short coats shed minimally. A weekly brushing and daily wiping of their facial folds will keep the Frenchie looking good.
They are very adaptable too. French Bulldogs can live in a big city or out in the suburbs. They can happily share their lives with a single person, a couple or a family. Most tend to be smart, affectionate and very people oriented. Frenchies typically get along with other animals, but like all dogs may choose to chase a squirrel or two.
Why you should think twice about getting a French Bulldog?
- Frenchies can have big personalities which can make them more difficult to train. They can be stubborn, but with patient, persistent training (with food used as a reward) they can be trained
- Like all dogs French Bulldogs can get lonely if left alone for too long
- Frenchies are prone to obesity which puts them at higher risk for health issues
- Due to the flat-face, French Bulldogs often experience breathing problems and do poorly in hot or humid weather.
- Frenchies cannot swim and should never be left unattended near pooled water, like a tub or swimming pool.
- Snorting, snuffling, and flatulence are common with French Bull Dogs
Is the French Bulldog a Good Fit?
A French Bull Dog might be a good fit, if you are looking for a companion that likes to hang out next to you, is easy to maintain and has an adorable snorting and pushed in face. However, if you are looking for a dog you can run with or be active with for extended periods of time, you should keep looking.
For learn more about French Bulldogs check out these resource sites.
- French Bulldog Club of America – https://frenchbulldogclub.org/about/
- American Kennel Club – http://www.akc.org/
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