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The French Bulldog is in the top five most popular dogs in the US, according to the AKC. This breed is basically a Bulldog but a miniature version! They have a very interesting look to them, with “bat ears” that are their trademark! They are very adaptable and can live with anyone! Singles, couples, families with children, other pets!
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It’s these traits (but also many more) that make the French Bulldog the perfect dog for anyone!
French Bulldog – Breed information
Frenchies, how the French bulldog is also lovingly called, make great pets. They are loving companions who thrive on human contact, so you won’t ever feel lonely! They belong to the smaller-sized breeds growing about 11 to 12 inches tall. When it comes to their weight, males weigh 20 to 28 pounds, and females 16 to 24 pounds.
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As mentioned above, the Frenchie is very affectionate and loyal. They love to spend a lot of time with their family. If you’re very busy and know that you’ll have to leave your dog alone for long periods of time, maybe the Frenchie isn’t for you.
This breed will thrive with an owner who spends a lot of time at home, for example if you work from home. They’ll enjoy just lying next to your feet while you work. They will probably also follow you from room to room. That’s how much they love being around their owners!
Frenchies tend to be a bit mischievous, so they need an owner who will be consistent, firm, and patient with them.
Besides this, they are also very smart and will learn very quickly! That is as long as you make it seem like a game and keep it fun! Even though they don’t need a lot of exercise, to keep their weight under control daily walks are advisable.
There are a few illnesses that the French Bulldog is susceptible to. It doesn’t mean that every Frenchie will get these diseases, but you should still be aware of them.
Allergies: Allergies are very common among dogs. There are actually three types of allergies you should look out for:
- Food-based allergies – treated by an elimination process of certain foods from the dog’s diet.
- Contact allergies – caused by a reaction to a topical substance such as bedding, flea powders, dog shampoos, and other chemicals, and treated by removing the cause of the allergy
- Inhalant allergies – caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, and mildew.
Patellar Luxation: This is also called “slipped stifles” and it’s a very common problem in small dogs. Patellar Luxation is caused when the patella is not properly lined up and slips in and out of place. This causes lameness or an abnormal gait in dogs.
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Besides these, Frenchies tend to get the following diseases too:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Brachycephalic Syndrome
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Cleft Palate
- Elongated Soft Palate
In short, the French Bulldog is a great dog. Sure, they might look a bit funny, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? Besides their special looks, the Frenchie is a dog with many qualities. If you want a pet who will be loyal and always by your side, the Frenchie is the dog for you! They hate being left alone and thrive on their owner’s attention and love.