Those grumpy, smooshed faces! Those alert ears! French Bulldogs are making a big comeback popularity-wise, climbing up to #9 most popular breed in the United States. If you are thinking about bringing one of these goofy slobbering pups home, here are a few things you should know.
1. They are pretty darn chatty
French Bulldog puppies don’t just bark when they are excited; they have their own intricate language made up of whines, yips, yawns, and grunts to communicate exactly what is on their mind.
2. They are made to be your number one companion
Despite their name, French Bulldogs were actually bred in ENGLAND to be companion animals. They don’t need a massive amount of exercise and get along well with pretty much any child, other animal, or adult human with whom they are socialized. This may not be apparent, as French Bulldogs take slow to training, but they do love you.
3. They can have some breathing issues
For as adorable as those smooshed faces are, the French Bulldog is a brachycephalic breed, meaning they have shorter snouts than other dogs. This can lead to issues, especially when it comes to swimming or flying in an airplane. If you want to take your Frenchie for a swim, be sure to have them geared up with some puppy floaties and stay close to them, as they literally cannot keep their snout (or the rest of their body) above water. Some airlines will not fly brachycephalic breeds since being in a small, hot area under a lot of stress can make breathing very difficult for these dogs and can even be fatal. As fancy as French Bulldogs are, the jet set lifestyle was not made for them.
4. Some issues coming from the other end
Stout and sturdy, French Bulldogs have a way of emitting a…certain aroma, let’s say. French Bulldogs have something of a reputation not only of breathing issues, but also some gas issues. Grab some scented candles and open up some windows if you think a French Bulldog is the right puppy for you.
5. They can be champion couch potatoes AND incredibly playful
French Bulldog puppies can grow very accustomed to living in the lap of luxury. Since they are a companion breed, nothing pleases them more than hanging out next to you. Just because they can be a little lazy doesn’t mean they don’t love to play, though. French Bulldogs can be incredibly silly and playful.
Remember, you can find just about any breed of dog you are looking for at a shelter or rescue. Look on Facebook for a French Bulldog Rescue in your area.