5 interesting facts about French bulldogs
French bulldogs are amongst the most popular dog breed in the world, but despite such high popularity, people don’t seem to know too much about them, apart from the fact that they are small, extremely cute and quite impulsive at times.
If you are interested in welcoming a Frenchie into your house, or simply just want to know more about this much-desired breed, you will find the following facts interesting, at the very least.
Breeding can be quite difficult
Frenchie breeders go through a lot of struggle if they want to bring more pups into the world; a fact that is not known by many French bulldog owners. Despite the difficult impregnation and gestation period, what seems to bring the most trouble is the actual process of giving birth.
Frenchies have broad shoulders and large heads, meaning in most of the cases, to ensure that the life of the mother and pups is not in danger, vets have to perform a C-section. This precisely why most owners fear to put their Frenchies through this process.
Life expectancy is not as low as some people believe
Many people believe that, because Frenchies are small dogs and require a bit more attention than other breeds, they usually live less. Truth be told, that’s not the case at all. Their life expectancy is usually 10 to 12 years, depending on their overall health.
Frenchies require lots of love and attention, but if you take care of your little friend, they will be with you for many years to come. All you need to do is acknowledge the fact that they need to be cared for in a certain way. Make sure you monitor their weight and overall health and that they have all their vaccines done in time. Spoil them with lots of love and you will have a loyal companion for at least ten years.
They are terrible swimmers
If you plan on taking your Frenchie on vacation with you, it may be worth knowing that they don’t do well in water. Most dogs love to swim, and French bulldogs like water just as much. The only issue is, they are not good swimmers at all. You may want to consider getting them a life jacket if you want to enjoy a day by the pool with your little buddy.
Unfortunately, they are not good with flights either, as their smooshed face makes it hard for them to breathe in high altitudes. This is why they are allowed by many airlines to fly in the cabin, instead of the cargo area, where pets are usually placed.
They have two different types of ears
One of the funniest facts about Frenchies is that they have two different types of ears. Originally, Frenchies had rose-shaped ears, the same as English Bulldogs. For some reason, American Frenchies have bat-shaped ears, which most people find extremely funny.
One of the most amusing parts of watching them grow is watching their ears go up. Most of the time, it happens with one ear at the time, and they do look extremely funny in the process
They are very emotional pets
Frenchies are really sensitive dogs, meaning they don’t take criticism very well. If you want to teach them how to behave, do so in a gentle way and avoid scolding them. Constructive criticism works best with this breed, and so does encouraging them every time they do something well.
Being so sensitive also means they make for great family dogs. They are extremely good with children, as they become quite protective and caring with them. They are calm and extremely intelligent, meaning it will be easy for you to train them.
Frenchies do require a bit of care and patience to raise, but when done well, they turn into one of the most intelligent and loving pets. Don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions, or if you want to bring a Frenchie into your family.