FRENCHIE FACTS

 

  1. French bulldogs LOVE people! They love anyone and everyone.
  2. Bulldogs are considered a "silent breed". Simply put they don't bark much, which is good for you and good for your neighbors.
  3. French Bulldogs can make good apartment dogs. These dogs don't require tons of space as long as you don't leave them alone too long.
  4. Frenchies enjoy walks. They have a moderate amount energy so short walks can get the job done. They WILL NOT be your running buddy. No collars as to prevent choking, body harnesses only.
  5. Frenchies love order and cleanliness, but they should not be bathed multiple times.
  6. French Bulldogs love spending time with family indoors. Nothing is better than snuggling up with your puppy on cold winter days.
  7. French Bulldogs are independent, funny, obedient, protective and affectionate. All pluses for a family pet. They have also been known to  have a so-called "sixth sense" when it comes to protecting children.
  8. This is NOT an outdoor dog!! This is a Brachycephalic breed (flat faced) and pants inefficiently. Heat stress can cause the throat to  swell, rapidly increasing overheating, and restricting airflow into the  respiratory system.  They can DIE from overheating very easily.
  9. This dog should not be left in your car. If your car is too hot for you it is definitely too hot for your Frenchie.
  10. French Bulldogs are very social. One of the best qualities of a Frenchie is their sociable and happy nature. This means it is your responsibility to provide them with plenty of attention. If you work  long days or are gone for long periods of time then this breed is not the best for you.
  11. French Bulldogs SINK in water. You should reconsider owning this breed if you have a swimming pool or live by a lake or pond. Frenchies  have a top heavy frame, chest and head. The French Bulldog cannot swim,  and will quickly drown if they are in water where their feet cannot  touch the ground. Some Frenchies enjoy water and can do so under close  supervision or with a life jacket.

FRENCHIES REQUIRE FLAT LIVING

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     Since French Bulldogs are top heavy, their back legs will not develop as much muscle as their front. This type of breed are prone to developing joint problems. Excessive jumping or jumping too high and too often may cause joint problems and spinal injuries. All it takes is one hard jump for your Frenchie to get injured. 

     Be sure not to let your Frenchie jump off of tall surfaces such as couches, sofas, beds, chairs, out of the car, etc. Flat living should be practiced especially until 14 months of age. 

     These precautions are necessary because the puppy’s growth plates are not closed until 12 months of age. Jumping on open growth plates may cause damage in the long term. Unlike adult dogs, puppies do not have as much muscles to cushion the impact of their jumps. Therefore it is important to limit their jumping to prevent injury.


How to Stop Your Frenchie from Jumping

You need to consistently correct and redirect your Frenchie’s behavior. You can redirect their behavior with word cues or toys. To make training easier you need to be:

  1. Calm – By remaining calm, they will be more receptive to your corrections.
  2. Assertive – By being assertive you will let the dog know that you are in charge and what you say goes.
  3. Strict & Consistent – You must be strict and consistent with your dog. You cannot enforce something only half of the time with your dog, they will not learn.