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Breed Group: Non-Sporting Group
Size Group: Small Dog Breeds
Origin: Nottingham, England
Weight: 19-28 lbs
Color: Brindle, Brindle & white, Cream, Fawn, Fawn & white, Fawn, brindle & white, White, White & brindle, White & Fawn with or without White markings, Black markings, Black mask, Piebald, Brindle markings
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Temperament: Spirited, loyal, affectionate, energetic, sociable
French Bulldogs, affectionately Frenchies, are arguably the most popular dog in the world. Their large bat like ears are their most distinguishing feature. That accompanied with their expressive eyes, wrinkled square face and short nose create a masterpiece of charm.
Frenchies are great with people who live alone, couples, families with kids and the elderly alike. They do not require much in either grooming or exercise. They want to be friends with everyone they meet.
They are almost perfect!
Frenchies however, have a variety of health concerns that can mostly be avoided in a home that is vigilant about watching for warning signs.
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Frenchies cannot swim. Their bodies are unable to float. Never leave a Frenchie alone around any body of water, tub, pool, etc. As with all flat-faced breeds they have difficulty breathing in extreme heat (brachycephalic syndrome). Always monitor your pup’s breathing in hot situations.
Other health conditions can include:
Keeping your dog’s mouth clean and problem free goes a long way to your pup’s overall health. Dental hygiene can be the cause or can be the byproduct of other serious health issues.
Visual inspections can be performed to keep track of the signs of potentially waning oral health. These signs can be anything from bad breath to abnormal chewing to loss of appetite.
Keeping ahead of these warning signs can pay dividends. A preventative approach can delay and stop many of the common dental problems from arising.
Oral health can be tackled in five basic steps:
Dogs are just like humans in that they can experience anxiety. The degree to which they are susceptible to anxiety and how they deal with anxiety is breed specific. Left unchecked, initial signs of anxiety could give way to an anxiety disorder. The symptoms of anxiety disorders can lead to a myriad of behavior issues.
Knowing the signs and symptoms will best equip you to keep ahead of it and to nip it in the bud at the earliest signs. There are options available to help with anxiety.
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Frenchies shed a moderate amount. Their smooth coat needs to be brushed weekly using a medium bristle brush or hound glove to help remove dead hair and redistribute naturally occurring skin oils. They have two shedding periods, spring and fall, when you should expect an uptick in their shedding as they completely lose their undercoat.
Brushing in turn should increase to help during these periods. Keep your Frenchie’s face folds dry and clean to avoid irritation.
Regularly check your pup’s ears to make sure they are clean and clear of debris. Keep their nails clipped and brush their teeth several times a week.x
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Flat-faced dogs have a condition that makes breathing difficult in extremely hot/humid situations. When you are exercising with your Frenchie, always keep an eye on their breathing.
Around 30 minutes per day of activity should keep your pup healthy. Short walks or trips to the park will keep your pup happy.
Frenchies should be fed in two separate meals per day. Each meal will consist of around ¾ cups of food. The exact amount will depend on your pup’s age and activity level.
Keep at eye on your pup’s weight as excessive weight gain makes dog’s more susceptible to illness. Start with having the right dog food for your pup.
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As with all dogs, early socialization to people and other animals is essential. Frenchies that are not socialized early on exhibit higher levels of aggression to other animals.
These pups are highly motivated by food, so positive reinforcement and treats will keep your pup on the right path. Frenchies can be difficult to housetrain.
Crate training is a great way to help combat this. Crates additional create a safe space for your pup when they need some alone time or when a newcomer enter their space.
Proper training is essential to ensuring the safety of your dog and those around you. Having your dog come when they should, and in general having them listen is something you want to address early in your pup’s life, as it will pay dividends down the line. There are many tried and true training programs to accomplish this training – faster and better than you might think!
Unless you’re living on a farm, or have the space, a yipping dog, or one that barks all day when you are gone could be an issue with the neighbors and/or landlord. Historically, dogs would bark to communicate with the rest of the pack when hunting and bark as a warning shot to predators eyeing up their flock. Barking is deep rooted in dogs and manifests itself in many ways and for a variety of reasons.
Just like any habit or instinct, there are effective ways you can train this issue away.
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Ensuring a comprehensive preventative vitamin and mineral plan is essential to keeping your dog healthy. Truth is, there are vitamins and minerals that your dog needs, but doesn’t produce naturally. While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in your dog’s current diet and dog food, the question becomes, are there enough vitamins to ensure they aren’t deficient.
Poor nutrition can lead to some of the most common health issues, such as weak joints, compromised immunity, increased allergies, and low energy.
Vitamins play a vital role in your pet’s health and overall life expectancy. Here are some multivitamin and joint relief options.
As regulations around marijuana have eased, the emergence of CBD oils for humans and dogs have sprung up.
Just to begin to dispel the negative stigma, CBD extract comes from Hemp, marijuana’s cousin. Unlike its cousin, there are no psychoactive qualities in CBD oil. An emerging number of clinical and institutional studies have shown the wide variety of healing qualities in CBD, including pain management, and the containment of seizures and epileptic episodes.
Explore this remedy further to see all the health benefits that have transformed the lives of so many dogs to date.
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