Li Frenchies

Despite their glum expression, the French Bulldog is comical, entertaining, and dependably amiable. They are beyond loving and just want your approval.

The French Bulldog should be on the short list of breeds for anyone who lives without a vast tract of suburban backyard. They have fairly minimal exercise needs, but do require at least daily walks. He's also a good choice for those who might have trouble giving a more active breed ample exercise.

The Frenchie will make you laugh. They are charming, clever dog with a sense of humor and a stubborn streak. Bred for centuries as a companion, they are very fond of people, and becomes particularly attached to their family. In fact, sometimes they become too attached, which means Frenchies are not the best choice for someone who'll be away long hours every day. It also means they absolutely, positively cannot live in the backyard or garage, but only indoors as a member of the family.

French Bulldogs like all bracycephalic, or "flat-faced" breeds, has difficulty regulating their body temperature and needs to live in a climate-controlled environment. Precautions must be taken when exercising a Frenchie during hot or humid weather, as well. In addition, Frenchies are top heavy and therefore have a difficult time swimming.

French Bulldogs are very sweet and an excellent companion. The French Bulldog rarely barks and if he does its often to draw attention, to point that he needs something or just because he is not happy. This breed is patient and affectionate with his owners, especially with children, who are especially protected by the females. French Bulldogs can easily live with other breeds when the proper introductions are done.

French Bulldogs can be stubborn when it comes to house-training. Be patient, be consistent, and consider the use of paper training or puppy pee pads to get around the problem (although it's always best to get the pup outdoors).

A word of advice: any dog, no matter how nice, can develop obnoxious levels of barking, digging, and other undesirable behaviors if he is bored, untrained or unsupervised. And any dog can be a trial to live with during adolescence. In the case of the Frenchie, the "teen" years can start at six months and continue until the dog is about two years old.

When French Bulldogs play, they tend to be on the destructive side. They enjoy mauling their toys, performing "squeakerectomies" and playing keep-away with each other's toys. Avoid giving them toys on which they could choke, such as rawhides, pig ears, and dental chews. They're also fond of hiding things and making their people search for them.

The French Bulldog has a short, fine, smooth coat that is easy to groom. Brush him weekly with a rubber hound glove or a soft bristle brush. Bathe monthly or as needed to keep the coat clean.

Frenchies don't shed much, but twice a year they lose their undercoat. During the spring and fall shedding seasons, use a stripping comb and grooming mitt to remove the excess hair.

The only other grooming required is routine nail trimming, ear cleaning, tooth brushing and wrinkle care. The deep skin folds may need to be cleaned only a couple of times a week or every day. Wipe out the crud from the wrinkles with a soft, damp cloth or a baby wipe, then dry them thoroughly. If moisture is left behind, wrinkles become the perfect petri dish for bacterial growth. Do the same for the indentation at the tail set and the outer vulval area.

Socializing your Frenchie is very important if you don't want your dog to become aggressive around other animals and strangers. So contact with other people besides yourself is key and you want to do it outside their home, in a common area.

French Bulldogs are just loves. They adore their humans and just want to be adored. So please, hug your Frenchie every chance you get!!!