The little French Bulldog is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the United States. If you look back just a couple of decades this dog would have been unheard of by the vast majority of the population. There are many reasons for this and its notoriety has been helped by several celebrities being ‘seen’ with them in recent times.
This article is tongue-in-cheek. I love French Bulldogs, who doesn’t? But, there are things potential owners need to consider before taking the plunge into what will be (hopefully) a long term commitment.
15) You Should Adopt A Frenchie – Don’t Buy
Sometimes, buying a dog isn’t the best option, particularly with the high cost of the French Bulldog. Adopting a French Bulldog (or finding one from a rescue center) is arguably the better way to find your new canine companion. A French Bulldog that is up for adoption or is a rescue needs you more than one that’s been bred to sell.
I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with buying a Frenchie – in fact, there are some advantages, like potentially knowing there are no inherited genetic diseases. However, this can be an expensive option and indeed, the cost may make buying a Frenchie puppy from new, simply not possible.
14) The French Bulldog Will Adopt Your Kids
If you have kids then they will have a new best friend for the next decade. You see, the little Frenchie, more often than not, loves kids. Maybe it’s because they both share similar traits such as being naughty, being cheeky and not doing what they’re told! Whatever it is, the attention these little dogs get from children is reciprocated.
There are a number of good reasons to have a dog in a family. It teaches children so many valuable life lessons. They will learn at an early age how to act around animals and should grow up to be more compassionate about man’s best friend. There are also benefits to your little Frenchie, especially if you introduce children to it when they are young as part of its socialization process. This will help them feel more relaxed around children (and their erratic nature) in the future.
13) You Will Never Be Alone Again
The French Bulldog’s life is nothing without you. They will want to spend as much time with you as possible and you will soon forget what it’s like to be alone. They will follow you into the kitchen, into the bedroom and into the bathroom – so if you’re the kind of person who needs privacy in these kinds of places, then you’re soon going to need to be comfortable with it – as you won’t have much choice!
The Frenchie does not like you watching movies by yourself. So, if they see you curled up on the sofa, you shouldn’t be surprised when they jump up and snuggle into your lap somewhere. You may be uncomfortable for the next hour and a half but you won’t move – you’ll be so content to have them with you!
12) You Will Not Have as Much Money as You Once Did!
The French Bulldog is not a cheap dog to own. It’s not cheap to buy and as it is known to have some health issues, you may also be hit with some large vet bills so make sure you have insurance!
The facts are that unless you’re earning a reasonable amount of money, you will feel the impact of owning and looking after a French Bulldog. They may be small – but their cost is high so make sure you do the proper research before jumping in!
11) You May Put on Weight
You may wonder what I’m talking about here but the French Bulldog is not a dog who should be exercised for that long. They don’t have the ability to be able to regulate their temperature and can subsequently overheat quickly. With no easy way for them to dissipate that heat, it can cause severe problems quickly and with little warning. For that reason, care should be taken when exercising them.
This is no ordinary dog and you won’t be taking them out for an hour at a time twice a day! This is not what they need. Yes, you can play with them as much as you like inside but make sure they have somewhere nice to cool off. If you don’t have an air-conditioned home, then consider getting them a cooling mat and I’d recommend this one from Amazon. The reviews speak for themselves so click over if you want to check out the price. My point is, you will need to help them in losing this heat!
10) The Frenchie Can Be Stubborn
Well, can’t we all sometimes? The French Bulldog though seems to know when you’re trying to get it to do something that is important for them. A bit like a kid actually. It knows you really want them to do this thing so makes it as difficult as possible for you!
The French Bulldog can be a stubborn breed of dog and this can really hinder your progress during early, important training sessions. I think another problem could be that they think it’s all one big game! When you get cross as they haven’t done what they should have done, they see a reaction – which they like, so they repeat! And so the cycle continues.
The emphasis is on you to persevere and be patient and not to give in. Training is important and if the Frenchie can get away with something it will do it again and again and again…
9) You Should Not Leave the Frenchie Alone
The French Bulldog is not a dog that should be owned by someone who is not going to be around for the vast majority of the day. It needs your company and without you around, it may quickly start to suffer from separation anxiety which can lead to other, more serious health problems.
There are some dogs that do better by themselves than others. The Frenchie is not one of those so before you decide to bring one into your life you need to ensure there is enough room in your life for them. This dog would best suit someone who works from home or a family that has someone home most of the day. If you’re unable to commit to this, for the next decade or so – please consider another breed!
8) They Are Front Heavy
The first time you pick up a French Bulldog you will notice that something doesn’t quite feel right. You’ll think you’ve done something wrong or they are trying to struggle to get away. Well, this isn’t the case. The problem is the French Bulldog is front heavy! So, their head is heavier than their rear. This means unless you pick them up supporting their front more than their rear, there is a danger that they may roll forwards out of your hands!
This is all part of their (arguably) artificial design as it’s almost not natural for a dog to be front heavy but there you go – it’s not their fault, right? New owners of the Frenchie need to be very careful when handling one for the first time.
7) They Should Not Exist
Well, technically this is true. Due to the problems they have reproducing they should (arguably) not exist right now. But they’re not to blame for this, right? It doesn’t mean we should just ignore them and leave them to die out. Whether it’s right or wrong for this breed of dog to actually exist is a much deeper conversation that I won’t be getting into here but the decisions that sent the French Bulldog down this route were not of its own. Also, it’s not as if it’s just suddenly appeared, the Frenchie has been around for over a hundred years now!
6) They Will Not Protect Anything of Yours
The French Bulldog is most certainly not a guard dog. Putting their rather small stature to one side, they don’t have the qualities embedded within them to be able to do this job – which is fine! If you wanted a guard dog then you wouldn’t even be looking at one of these. As far as most Frenchies are concerned, all property is to be shared equally. You are more than welcome to have some of their food but of course likewise, you need to give them some of yours! Also, don’t think that comfy part of the couch has just been designated for your bottom only! Oh no, what’s yours is also theirs – so don’t be surprised to discover them sitting in your favorite location…
5) They Should Not Be Anywhere Near Water
The French Bulldog was not designed to be an Olympic swimmer. Its physical properties mean that although it may float on the surface of water for a few seconds, it will eventually sink. No matter what anyone tells you, whatever you read – they are not able to stay afloat for long. Some will sink immediately and some may be able to have a few strokes before they start going down. Unfortunately, they are not able then to swim back to the surface so unless they are rescued very soon (within seconds) they will drown.
Therefore, French Bulldogs should not be allowed anywhere near water.
4) They Can Have Health Issues
All dogs can have health issues but unfortunately, the French Bulldog is known to have more than most. It is interesting to note though that the average lifespan of the Frenchie is between 11 and 14 years of age, which isn’t exactly bad. So what that tells us is that despite these apparent and well-publicized health issues – they can’t be that bad otherwise the average lifespan would be a lot less!
I have detailed the more common issues owners have experienced with the French Bulldog in my Complete Guide (opens in a new window). New owners need to be aware of these issues and really consider the value of insurance when buying a Frenchie – vet treatments can quickly run into the thousands and you’ll soon wish you had that insurance policy if you didn’t get it!
3) Most Can Not Reproduce Naturally
Not everyone knows that most French Bulldogs can not reproduce naturally. Conception is usually via artificial insemination and delivery is via C-Section.
The reason the Frenchie can’t reproduce naturally is down to the construction of their hips. The difficulty is they are quite small on both the male and the female which makes reproduction ‘challenging’.
2) Blue Is an Undesirable Color
With some dogs, the French Bulldog included, there are colors that are linked to potential genetic disorders, i.e. dogs of a certain color are more likely to be observed with this problem. For the Frenchie, this color is blue – and it is possibly not fair. You see, the problems that have been found in this color have also been found in others and there are many that believe that there are no problems linked to blue at all!
1) They Are Gorgeous
Well, I did say this article was tongue-in-cheek. Of course, the French Bulldog is gorgeous. If you haven’t spent much (or any) time around one so far, I urge you to seek someone who has one and just spend 30 minutes with them. In that time you will become a new best friend to the Frenchie and you will not want to leave them.
The French Bulldog is an amazing breed of dog, for so many reasons. Be aware that (like all breeds of dog) it has its problems and issues but underneath it all is its wonderful personality. It will love you, unconditionally, from the day you bring it into your new home to the day it crosses the Rainbow bridge.