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French Bulldog

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have French Bulldog puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a French Bulldog please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new French Bulldog puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a French Bulldog puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The French Bulldog breed is also commonly known by the names Frenchies, Frog Dog, Clown Dog.

Lifespan: 12 – 16 years

Pedigree Breed Status: KC Recognised in the Utility Group

Height
Males 30 cm
Females 30 cm

Weight
Males 12.5 kg
Females 11 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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Small (4/10)

Exercise

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medium (6/10)

Training

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average (6/10)

Shedding

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low (4/10)

Grooming

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low (4/10)

Children

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good (8/10)

Health

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average (6/10)

Cost to Keep

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high (8/10)

Being Alone

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short periods (2/10)

Intelligence

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above average (7/10)

Introduction

Related to both the American Bulldog and English Bulldog, the French Bulldog is smaller in size and is an exceptionally playful and good-natured character that easily adapts to different lifestyles and home environments making them one of the most popular companion dogs.  Frenchies crave lots of attention and like nothing more than to spend time with their owners.  One of their most endearing traits is their willingness to please and although they can be stubborn, when carefully handled Frenchies can be taught to do some amazing things.

French Bulldogs are known to be the clowns of the dog world with a mischievous and playful streak in them.  They may become a little possessive and protective of owners and will occasionally need a gentle reminder about who is the alpha dog in a household.  They are generally very good around children, although it is best to always supervise any encounters kids have with Frenchies.

History

The modern French Bulldog we see today is a descendant of ancient dogs bred by an ancient Greek tribe called the Molossians.  These dogs found their way to many regions of the ancient world having been introduced to these areas by Phoenician traders.

The first ever breed club was established in Paris in the late eighteen hundreds and a little later a breed standard was established.  French Bulldogs were only admitted and accepted as a breed in 1905 here in the UK when they were called Bouledogue Francais, this was later altered to French Bulldog in 1912.  Over the years, the breed standard has been continually updated with more colours being considered acceptable which includes the colour fawn.

Appearance

French Bulldogs are small yet extremely muscular and strong looking dogs.  Heavy in bone with a smooth coat and compactly built, they are powerful little dogs.  The head should be large and square with a slightly rounded skull with skin folds and wrinkles typically found around it.

The muzzle is broad and deep with a nose that should be extremely short and black in colour, except in the case of the lighter-coloured dogs, where a lighter colour is acceptable.  The underjaw is undershot and turned up, but neat.

Eyes are wide apart, set low down in the skull, as far from the ears as possible, being round and moderate in size.  A French Bulldog’s ears are a distinctive shape often referred to as ‘bat ears’, they are broad at the base, elongated, rounded at the tops and set high on a dog’s head.

A Frenchie’s neck is well proportioned and thickly set, muscular and well arched, with loose skin at the throat leading to short, straight forelegs that are set wide apart.  The body is short and well rounded, muscular and compact with broad shoulders leading into a deep chest which gives the French Bulldog their powerful appearance.  Hind legs are notably longer than the forelegs giving the appearance of a higher rump than withers.  The tail can be either straight or screwed, but never curly.

A French Bulldog’s coat is short and fine and comes in a variety colours including the following:

Brindle (Various Shades of Brindle.   Brindle is made up of a mixture of black and fawn hairs), Fawn, Fawn Pied (Mainly a white coat with fawn patches), Brindle Pied (Mainly a white coat with brindle patches)

Fawn with pied being less common than the other colours.  Breed clubs do not recognise any other colours or patterns.  A dog’s skin should be soft and loose, especially at the head and shoulders, forming the French Bulldog’s characteristic folds and wrinkles.

Temperament

French Bulldogs are the perfect companion dogs much preferring to be around people than being left on their own.  They crave human contact and enjoy nothing more than acting “the clown” whenever they can.  They are considered to be of average intelligence but are able to learn new commands readily, once you get passed their stubborn streak.  They are known to be easy-going and loyal companions to live with thanks to their sweet and affectionate natures.  They are a good choice for people who live in smaller homes and apartments with the good news being they are not known to be “barkers”

The French Bulldog is an ideal choice of pet for people who lead quieter lives because they will quite happily sit on the couch with their owner.  However, these little dogs need to be given regular daily exercise and ideally this needs to be at least 1 hour a day otherwise French Bulldogs can quickly plough on the pounds. 

It pays to take things slowly and surely when training a Frenchie and being very patient will pay off in the end.  Frenchies can be taught to do all sorts of things, some of which are highly amusing which adds to their label of being the “clowns of the dog world”.

Positive reinforcement training is essential.

Are French Bulldogs a good choice for first time dog owners?

French Bulldogs are a great choice for first time owners because they are always so amenable and eager to please.  They make wonderful companions and family pets because they thrive in a home environment loving nothing more than to be involved in everything that goes on in their surroundings.

What about playfulness?

French Bulldogs are known to be very clown-like and love entertaining their owners which is just one of their most endearing traits and why the breed has become so popular over the years.  They remain very puppy-like well into their senior years making them a joy to have around.

Intelligence / Trainability

Their training needs to start early and it’s essential that it remains consistent throughout a dog’s life.

The other thing about Frenchies is they can be boisterous when the mood takes them which usually means they act like real clowns and this can make training them more challenging.  As such, it sometimes takes a lot of patience and a little more time to get them focused on what is being asked of them.  The thing to bear in mind is that these dogs are smart and know just how to wrap their owners around their little paws which is something that should be considered when training them.

Children and Other Pets

Thanks to their gentle natures and providing French Bulldogs are well socialised from a young age, they generally get on well with other animals and family pets.  Early socialisation is essential as it will enhance their laid back but playful natures.  They are also noted for being a breed that gets along extremely well with children of all ages because they always display a lot of patience and kindness towards younger members of a family, which is just another reason these little dogs have consistently remained high up on the list as a popular choice of family pet.

Health

The average life span of a French Bulldog is between 12 to 15 years when properly cared for and fed a good quality diet that’s appropriate for their ages.

Caring for a French Bulldog

As with any other breed, French Bulldogs need to be groomed on a regular basis to make sure their coats and skin are kept in tip-top condition.  They also need to be given regular daily exercise so they stay fit and healthy.  On top of this, Frenchies need to be fed a good quality diet throughout their lives to ensure all their nutritional needs are met.

French Bulldog puppies are boisterous and fun-loving as well as being incredibly cute.  The good news is that they are easy to housetrain and will quickly learn where to do their “business” when given the right sort of gentle guidance and direction.  However, there may be an accident or two along the way which is to be expected from a young puppy when they first arrive in a new home.

It is important not to leave puppies alone for too long when they first arrive in the home.  As such it’s best to bring them home when people are going to be around for a few days.  The thing to bear in mind is that a puppy would have just lost the company of all their litter mates.  Having you around will help them feel less anxious and should help them through the transition period of having left their group and settling into a new home.

Setting up a quiet area is also important because puppies need lots of napping time in between bouts of boisterous play.  This should be in a corner of a room that does not have too much traffic while at the same time being in a place that’s not too isolated so that puppy knows people are around and you can keep an eye and ear on them too.  You can either set up a dog basket or a crate, whichever is the most suitable for your circumstances.  In case puppy decides to chew on it and that crates should be large enough for them to move around.

It is also important to start a puppy’s education as early as possible which should include grooming them, touching their paws, nails and ears as well as getting them used to wearing a collar or a harness in preparation for them being taught how to walk nicely on a lead.  The best way to do this is to make it fun so that your Frenchie enjoys the experience every time. 

Laying down ground rules and boundaries as well as setting up a feeding routine is all part of the process of getting a puppy used to their new surroundings.  Puppies need to be fed more frequently than an adult, which means they need to be fed 3 or 4 times a day following a breeder’s guidelines.  The thing to remember is that a puppy is still growing which they do in bursts and as such they need the right levels of vitamins and minerals in their diet to ensure healthy growth.  We recommend Royal Canin.

Grooming

A Frenchie needs regular grooming and ideally this needs to be done on a weekly basis paying special attention to under a dog’s tail.  They have what is known as “deep tail pockets” which need to be kept clean of any dead hair, skin and other debris to avoid the area becoming sore and irritated.  The best way to clean under a dog’s tail is to use a damp cloth and to towel dry the area gently, but thoroughly afterwards,

Having a short, compact coat, a Frenchie is quite easy maintenance on the grooming front.  However, because they have lots of folds and wrinkles around their faces and other parts of their bodies, it’s always a good idea to make sure these are kept free of any debris and dead skin which means using a clean damp cloth and regularly wiping the folds before thoroughly drying them with a clean towel.  It’s important to remove any moisture from the wrinkles and folds.

It is best to give a Frenchie a bath every 6 to 8 weeks only using a hypo-allergenic shampoo making sure that dogs are well rinsed and dried off after their baths

Paws and pads should be regularly checked to make sure they are in good condition and have not developed any painful and sore cracks

Exercise Extras

It’s also a good idea to keep these little dogs mentally stimulated by playing lots of interactive games with them, something the Frenchie really enjoys and it helps strengthen the bonds they form with their owners. 

Feeding

Frenchies do a lot better when a fed a good quality varied diet, we recommend Royal Canin because they quickly get bored with their food if they are fed the same food day in and day out.  It is better to feed them two smaller meals a day rather than a single large one.

French Bulldogs are not greedy dogs although they will put on weight all too easily if not given a correct, good quality, nutritious diet to suit their ages and not given the right amount of daily exercise.  This is especially true of younger Frenchies that still have a lot of growing and developing to do.  Any extra weight young dogs carry puts a lot of strain and pressure on their bones, joints and ligaments.

If you get a Frenchie puppy from Little Rascals we would recommend you feed them the same diet they have been used to, which is Royal Canin Mini Junior.  You can then gradually change their diet over a period of a few weeks to avoid them suffering from any sort of tummy upset.  Puppies also need to be fed at regular intervals and ideally this needs to be 3 to 4 times a day until they are anything from 14 to 18 weeks old.  After which time they can be fed once in the morning and then again in the evening.

Average Cost to keep/care for a French Bulldog

If you are looking to buy a French Bulldog, you would need to be prepared to pay anything from £1000 to well over £1500 for a well-bred pedigree puppy.  As a rough guide, the cost of insuring a male 3-year old Frenchie in England would be just over £37.70 a month for basic cover, but this rises to £113.20 a month for a lifetime policy (quote as of March 2016).  It’s worth noting that lots of things are factored in when an insurance company calculates a dog’s insurance premium and this includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether they have been spayed or neutered.

When it comes to food costs, you would need to buy the best quality dog food whether wet or dry to feed your dog throughout their lives and it needs to suit the different stages of their lives.  This would set you back between £30 – £60 per month.  On top of this, you would need to factor in veterinary costs including their second vaccinations, their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying your dog when the time is right and their annual health checks. 

As a rough guide, the total average cost to keep and care for a Frenchie would be in the region of between £100 – £150 a month depending on the type of pet insurance you opt to buy.

Breed Specific Buying Advice

When visiting and buying any puppy or dog, there are many important things to consider and questions to ask of the breeder/seller.  

When buying a French Bulldog however, there are more specific questions to ask below:

Be wary of paying over inflated prices for undesirable coloured French Bulldogs, for example merle, blue/lilac, or black and tan.  These colours might be portrayed by some advertisers as rare or unique, but in fact they are undesirable colours, not recognised by the kennel club and they may have health implications.  The Kennel Club may still register dogs with these colours, but they will state “Colour Not Recognised” on the Kennel Club Documentation. The standard and recognised colours of French Bulldogs are Fawn, Brindle and Pied.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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