If you’re thinking of having a good puppy pet, a French Bulldog may be a worth considering option. And when you’re ready to own them, you may need to have some basic knowledge about this kind. This writing will help you answer somewhat about those.
The French Bulldog is known to be one of the most popular and famous breeds of a bulldog. Its common nickname is “Frenchie”.
Contrary to the name, it came originally from England. Frenchies were supposed to be the hybrid mix of English bulldog ancestors and local ratters in France. And, with typical features as well as outstanding strengths, it has own concrete reputation until now.
- Non-sporting group
- Utility group
- Domestic dog
Size and weight
The Frenchie is the kind of small breeds, usually no more than 12 inches tall. And, according to the standards, it normally weighs around 16-28 pounds. People say that this breed should not weigh much more than 28 pounds to maintain its good health.
Because some colors relate to health problems not usually found in the breed, there are some standards of breed clubs about French Bulldog colors.
Thus, Frenchies can be brindle, fawn, white, or brindle and white. Unacceptable colors are solid black, liver (a solid reddish-brown with brown pigmentation on the lips and nose), mouse (a light steely grey), and black with the white or tan liver.
If you are thinking of buying a French Bulldog puppy, then you would be noted this for a clear distinction. Typical Frenchies are usually characterized by:
– Stocky, muscular and pear-shaped body
– Cute and soulful wrinkled face
– Large and square-shaped head
– Broad and deep muzzle (except the lighter-colored dogs whose lighter colored nose is acceptable)
– Short, black and pug-like nose
– Bat-like ears (large, long straight ears)
– Flat but slightly rounded skull between two ears
– Wide apart and round, prominent dark eyes
– Straight or corkscrew short tails
– Strong and muscular hind legs, longer than forelegs
– Soft, loose skin and short, soft coat with piebald or spotted markings
Although at first sight, it looks like a small Bulldog, its bat ears, body held erect, such small size and intelligence altogether set it apart from the normal Bulldog.
Typically, the life expectancy of a French bulldog is roughly 10 to 12 years, in comparison with that of most purebred dogs (10 to 13 years), and most similar-sized breeds.
A French Bulldog
French Bulldog temperament is almost loyal, patient, loving, playful and extremely intelligent. These can be easily figured out through some features below:
– Rarely bark without reasons, but generally bark when necessary.
– Be excellent guard dogs and alert their owner to approaching strangers.
– Be mischievous, fun, loving and good companion dogs, especially for the elderly.
– Have the active mind of a dog and intelligent creatures.
– Be sociable, not mean, not usually shy at all and not aggressive or vicious (only territorial if they are overindulged)
– Be patient and friendly with the owners and children who will not play rough. (Supervision is still necessary)
– Like being petted, happily curl up and sleep on your lap.
– Get along well with other animals when being socialized during puppyhood.
Frenchies enjoy your lap
French Bulldog for sale
A French Bulldog puppy can cost anywhere between $1400 to $8500. This shocking price also depends on where you live and whom you buy them from.
Moreover, you are advised to buy puppies registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) for best benefits. Having Frenchie puppies with lower prices means paying even much more than those with high prices.
So, the question is why they are so expensive? The answer is fairly clear for these following main factors:
Firstly, the breeding and rearing process isn’t simple and costs much time, effort and money including the fee to register a litter of puppies with the AKC, fees for injections and veterinary checkups, comfort items, and miscellaneous materials to raise them and so on.
Secondly, some Frenchies are not really great mothers. They can’t raise and protect their litter well, and sometimes roll over on them and kill them. Thus, many breeders have to spend long nights feeding and caring for the puppies to ensure their safety. Of course, this also costs much.
Finally, it is not easy to produce this breed in large numbers, and very few ones can be bred naturally. It is important for new owners who pay much attention to the genetics and physicality of their puppies.
Therefore, if you are hesitant about the price of French Bulldog puppies, it is probably not the right time to buy them now.
Some helpful facts for caring and training
– Frenchies should wear a flotation vest when swimming.
– They don’t need lots of exercises, but need daily walks to keep a healthy weight and make them entertained.
– They aren’t used to heat or cold weather and need to be supervised on these days.
– Owners should be firm and patient when training them because they’re sometimes stubborn.
– They’re not really clean but likely to drooling, flatulence and some shedding.
– They are curious and sometimes get into trouble if not watched.
– Owners shouldn’t ignore and leave them outside or alone for long periods as they also require companionship.
– Their food consumption: normally 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food (avoid artificial preservatives and excessive protein or fillers) per day, divided into two meals. How much they eat depends on the size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. And they don’t all need the same amount of food.
All above may give us a full overview of the French bulldog breed and the reason why they have become Britain’s top dog. Expectedly, you may have your own choices as well as essential knowledge about this breed before you are ready to bring one home.