If you decide to get a puppy, firstly you need to know that is not something you should take lightly. All dogs require a lot of attention and commitment from the owner. If you are thinking of getting a new French Bulldog, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to get the essential tips about the French Bulldog.
Here are tips for French Bulldog owners that we think will be helpful;
1. A good breeder.
Make sure you get your French Bulldog from a reputable breeder who takes care of the health side of breeding. Growing just for the sake of looks is not good.
2. Never get a French Bulldog from a pet store!
This is quite popular in the USA. Getting a dog from a pet store might seem easy and quick, but you can never be sure where those dogs come from or how healthy they are. The French are a brachiocephalic breed and need to be carefully tested for various health problems.
3. Watch out for scammers!
Whenever a breed becomes very popular, fraudsters try to take advantage of it. They will post pictures and ads about dogs they do not actually have. They will ask for advances or even the full amount, after which they will never contact you again. Be careful where you get your French Bulldog and be sure to notice the red warnings.
4. Allergies! Be sure not to hesitate to seek a vet when skin conditions occur.
If you notice anything unusual on your dog’s skin, do not panic. Call your vet and ask for help. Skin conditions often look much worse than they actually are. These issues can be easily cured, so make sure your dog gets full veterinary care.
The French Bulldogs are stubborn and need time, but consistency and patience will pay off. They are bored with the same toys. Have a bunch and buy every now and then a new toy and change them. They are like a child and can be naughty when they are bored.
6. Ear infections are common and can be treated
Unfortunately, this is true. French bulldogs are prone to ear infections, and every owner will attest to that. Fortunately, ear infections can be treated. In fact, they are quite easy to treat. However, it would be great to know a little more about them and how easy it is to spot the symptoms. If you notice an ear infection in time, your dog can recover fairly quickly.
7. Stubborn … it’s like you have a two-year-old child all the time.
This is one of the characteristics for which French Bulldogs are known. They may be quite intelligent, but they prefer to do things their own way. When you train one of these dogs, you will have to make him feel like he has an idea to do what you want.
8. They are diggers and chewers, more than many other breeds.
This type of behaviour is mainly associated with terriers. If you have a big yard, it is possible that your dog will try to dig it up.
9. They let out winds … a lot.
This is true for all breeds with a short snout. They may seem like evil little gas-producing machines. You have to pay attention to the way they eat. Don’t let them eat too fast as they can swallow too much air. Too much air in their gastrointestinal tract will cause gas, and you do not want to live with a dog that constantly farts.
10. When you get an 8-week-old puppy, be sure to have enough toys to chew on.
This is another universal truth about puppies. They have a developing jaw and teeth, so do not be surprised if your puppy starts chewing whatever comes their way. Their teeth will start to grow from the age of 12 to 16 weeks, and the story begins again. Their baby teeth will fall out, and new teeth can cause some discomfort. Get quality chew toys or serve them things like frozen carrots.
11. Most of them do not know how to swim!
This is one fact we were not aware of before we wrote the article on dog swimming. However, that is completely true! Most French bulldogs are bad swimmers. They are quite heavy for their size and seem to have a “dense” body.
12. Do not leave them in the heat for long.
This is another great tip for future owners of French Bulldogs. Due to the short snout, French bulldogs cannot properly cool the outside air. Brachiocephalic breeds are prone to heatstroke so you need to make sure your dog doesn’t spend a lot of time outside during the hottest parts of the day.
13. Chicken meat may be banned.
This may not seem like a big deal, but most dog food is actually based on chicken. They use it as a primary source of protein because it offers excellent quality at a relatively low price. It is quite possible that your dog cannot eat it, so you need to prepare to buy dog food that uses alternative sources of protein. Fortunately, there is an excellent dog food that gets its protein from salmon, beef, turkey, bison, and other high-quality meat sources.
14. Get them used to touch paws.
Most dogs feel weird when people touch their paws. If you get your French Bulldog while he is still a puppy, you should get him used to handling it. It doesn’t matter who will actually groom them, and the key is getting the dog used to handling paws. You will have to trim their nails, which could be difficult if the dog does not feel comfortable.
15. Never isolate them for too long.
French bulldogs are companions. They do not mean to spend a lot of time alone. They like to be in the center of the action, and you need to let them. French Bulldogs do not like to be alone, and you should know that before you opt for it.
We hope that these tips will help you decide on the purchase of one of these dogs. You should know that they are wonderful companions, and you will enjoy sharing your life with one of these dogs!