15 French Bulldog Tips from Owners

15 French Bulldog Tips from Owners

Author WDF Staff


Getting a new puppy is not something you should take lightly. All dogs require a lot of attention and the owner’s engagement. If you’re considering getting a new Frenchie, one of the best things you can do for yourself is get French Bulldog tips from people who already own one of these dogs.

At World Dog Finder, we are entirely aware of how vital dog owner’s advice is. They already have an example of the breed you are interested in, so listening to their advice would be an intelligent thing to do. That is why we decided to make a list of the best tips from Frenchie owners! Here are the French Bulldog tips we got;

1. “Good breeder.”

  • This was the first advice we got from a French Bulldog owner’s group on Facebook. It is something we completely agree with. Make sure you get your Frenchie from a reputable breeder that takes care of the health side of breeding. Breeding just for looks is not really good.

french-bulldog smelling a leaf

2. “Never get a Frenchie from a pet store!”

  • This is one of the things that is fairly popular across the US. Getting a dog from a pet store might seem easy and fast, but you can never be sure where these dogs come from or how healthy they actually are. Frenchies are a brachycephalic breed, and they need to be carefully tested for different health issues. Another thing you don’t get from a pet store is a hip test.

3. “Look out for scammers!”

  • Whenever a certain breed becomes very popular, scammers and con artists try to take advantage of that. They will post pictures and ads about dogs they don’t actually have. They will ask for down payments or even for the full amount, and after that, you never hear from them again. Be careful where you get your French Bulldog, and make sure you notice red flags. At World Dog Finder, you will only find registered and reputable breeders that don’t try to scam buyers.

4. “Allergies are a thing! Definitely don’t hesitate to seek a vet when skin conditions appear.”

  • A Frenchie owner, Stephanie, said Frenchies are prone to skin allergies. This is something fairly known in cynology, but not many future owners are aware of that. If you notice something weird on your dog’s skin, don’t panic. Call your vet and ask for their help. Skin conditions often look a lot worse than they actually are. These issues can be easily curable, so make sure your dog gets complete vet care.

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5. “Patience”

  • A Frenchie owner named Sue said you will have to arm yourself with patience. Her whole advice is; “They are stubborn and takes time, but consistency and patience will pay off. They get bored with the same toys. Have a bunch and buy a new toy every so often and switch them out. They are kinda like a kid and can be naughty when bored.”

6. “Ear infections are common and treatable.”

  • Unfortunately, that is true. French Bulldogs are prone to ear infections, and any Frenchie owner will corroborate that. Luckily, ear infections are treatable. In fact, they are fairly easy to treat. However, it would be great to know a bit more about them and how to spot symptoms easily. If you notice an ear infection on time, your dog can recover pretty quickly.

7. “Stubborn...it's like constantly having 2-year-old.”

  • That is one of the characteristics Frenchies are known for. They might be pretty intelligent, but they prefer doing things their way. When training one of these dogs, you will have to make them feel like it was their idea to do what you want in the first place. They have a unique way of looking at life, and you will have to be reasonably patient with your Frenchie in training and in life.

8. “They’re diggers and chewers. More so than a lot of other breeds.”

  • This type of behavior is mainly connected with Terriers. Still, one thing Frenchie owners uncovered is that their dogs love these activities as well. If you live in a house with a yard, chances are your dog will try to dig it up. This might be a type of behavior you’d want to curb, so here is a helpful article that can help you with that - 6 Tips to Stop Your Dog From Digging Your Yard.

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9. “They fart... a lot.”

  • This is true for all dog breeds with short snouts. They can seem like mean little gas-producing machines. French Bulldogs are notorious little stinkers. You need to be careful about the way they eat. Don’t allow them to eat too fast because they can swallow too much air. Too much air in their GI tract will cause gassiness, and you don’t want to live with a dog that is constantly farting.

10. “When you get an 8-week puppy, be sure to have plenty of chew toys.”

  • This is another universal truth about puppies. They have a developing jaw and teeth, so don’t be surprised if your Frenchie puppy starts chewing on anything they can get their paws on. They will begin teething when they are about 12 - 16 weeks, and the story begins again. Their baby teeth will fall out, and the new teeth might cause some discomfort. Get some high-quality chew toys or serve them things like frozen carrots. They will get some comfort from the cold, and carrots are healthy and safe for dogs.

11. “Most cannot swim!”

  • This is one fact we weren’t aware of before we wrote an article about dog swimming. However, it is entirely true! Most French Bulldogs are lousy swimmers. They are pretty heavy for their size, and it seems they have a dense body. If you ever look at a Frenchie that tries swimming, you might notice they simply sink like a rock. If you’re planning on having a summer vacation with your Frenchie, you should get them a doggy life jacket.

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12. “Do not let them out for long periods in the heat.”

  • This is another excellent piece of advice for future Frenchie owners. Due to their short muzzle, Frenchies cannot cool the outside air properly. Brachycephalic breeds are prone to heatstroke, so you have to ensure your dog doesn’t spend much time outside during the hottest parts of the day.

13. “Chicken might be off-limits.”

  • This might not seem like a big deal, but most dog foods are actually based on chicken. They use it as the primary protein source because it offers excellent quality for a relatively low price. However, the majority of Frenchies are allergic to it. It is entirely possible your dog might not be able to eat it, so you should prepare for buying dog food that uses alternative protein sources. Luckily, there are great dog foods that get their protein from salmon, beef, turkey, bison, and other high-quality meat sources.

14. “Get them used to paw touching.”

  • Most dogs feel weird about people touching their paws. If you get your Frenchie while they are still a puppy, you should get them used to being handled. It doesn’t matter who will actually do the grooming; getting a dog used to their paws being handled is crucial. You will have to trim their nails, which might be hard if the dog doesn’t feel comfortable.

15. “Never isolate them for too long.”

  • Frenchies are companions. They are not meant to spend a lot of time on their own. They love being at the center of the action, and you should allow them to do that. French Bulldogs don’t like being alone, and you should know that before you decide to get one.

We hope these “French Bulldog tips from the owners” list will help you decide about getting one of these dogs. You should know they make wonderful companions, and you will enjoy sharing your life with one of these dogs!

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