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Pros and Cons of French Bulldogs

By Mawoo Pets · 26 Feb · 6 mins read
Pros and Cons of French Bulldogs

If you're reading this, you might already be falling in love with the charming little French Bulldogs, or 'Frenchies' as they are friendly-named. Or perhaps you've already been smitten by their cute demeanor and brought home one.

This unique breed, originally from England, bred as a miniature bullfighting dog, has now become one of America’s favorite household companions. But as cute and lovely they may seem, Frenchies also come with their own set of challenges. And it’s pertinent for you as a dog parent to understand them thoroughly. 

The Pros of Owning a French Bulldog 

French Bulldogs without a doubt have a lot of positives that make them suitable for many types of families and households. So what's made them so popular and desirable?

1. They're Packed Full of Personality 

French Bulldogs are loaded with personality. They're known for their playful, affectionate, and downright hilarious antics. They're sure to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart every single day, and who couldn't use more of that? Your Frenchie will always be up for a belly rub. What else could you want from a lifelong friend? Your Frenchie will quickly wrap her tiny paws around your heart!

2. They're Perfect for Apartment Living 

You don't need a big house with a huge backyard for your French Bulldog to be happy. They're perfect apartment dogs due to their small size and calm demeanor. Do you prefer a sedentary lifestyle over active living? Well these dogs won't mind. Frenchies are just as content with short walks and lots of relaxation as they are with more vigorous activities.

3. They're Notoriously Loyal 

One aspect that truly sets French Bulldogs apart is their unwavering loyalty to their owners. These dogs are known for forming strong bonds and sticking close to their humans. They relish your companionship and always make sure you know how much they love you. It's hard to overstate how comforting it is to have such a loyal buddy by your side. 

4. They Communicate Adorably 

French Bulldogs are incredibly expressive. You'll never have to second-guess what your Frenchie is feeling. Through a variety of vocalizations and body language, these dogs know how to make themselves understood. You may have seen adorable videos of Frenchies communicating on TikTok or Instagram.

5. Less Prone to Barking 

While French Bulldogs like to communicate, they're not particularly fond of barking. They prefer to save their vocal powers for those occasions when it's absolutely necessary. Peace and quiet at home are lovely bonuses with this breed. And it's a significant advantage for people living in apartments or in close proximity to their neighbors.

6. They're Easy to Groom 

Who doesn't love a low-maintenance pet? French Bulldogs have a short, fine coat that requires very minimal grooming. A quick brush to get rid of loose fur and occasional bathing is all these little guys need to stay in tip-top shape. Plus, their small size makes the grooming process quicker and less cumbersome. 

7. Great with Kids and Other Pets 

If you have children or other pets at home, Frenchies will fit right in. They get along splendidly with kids due to their patient and playful behaviors. Plus, their sociable disposition makes them generally friendly with other dogs and even cats. So, a Frenchie is likely to bring harmony to your household, don't you think? 

The Cons of Owning a French Bulldog

1. Susceptible to Heat Stroke 

Did you know Frenchies are prone to heatstroke? Their adorable squashed faces make them less efficient at regulating their body temperature. During the hotter months, make sure to keep your house cool, and limit their time outdoors in the hot sun. 

2. They Can Be Stubborn 

Certainly, French bulldogs are intelligent creatures, but do they use this intelligence to their advantage? Occasionally. Their strong will and determined attitude can sometimes translate into stubbornness - they may choose to play by their own rules instead of following yours. But with a bit of positive reinforcement and patience, you can surely overcome this. 

3. Potential Health Issues 

Like many purebred dogs, French Bulldogs are susceptible to certain health problems. This includes things like hip dysplasia, heart disease, and various skin conditions. It's crucial for you, as a responsible pet parent, to be aware of these potential issues. Regular vet examinations can prevent many problems, but are you prepared to make that commitment? 

4. Breathing Problems 

French Bulldogs are often susceptible to Brachycephalic Syndrome due to their characteristic flat faces and short noses. This condition can lead to breathing difficulties, particularly during hot weather or heavy physical activity. While keeping a close eye on their respiration and avoiding overexertion can help, serious cases may necessitate surgery. 

5. They’re Not Great Swimmers 

Planning on having pool parties with your pup? Sadly, French Bulldogs are not natural swimmers due to their body structure. If water activities are important to you, or if you have a pool at home, you'll need to take extra precautions to keep your Frenchie safe. Fencing around your pool or providing your dog with a safety vest are good measures to ensure safety during water fun. Never leave your Frenchie unattended near open water. 

6. They Demand Lots of Attention 

Being comprised of affectionate and social animals, French Bulldogs crave companionship. They thrive in an environment where they feel loved and attended to. But the flipside is: Are you prepared to give this significant amount of attention back? If left alone for extended durations, Frenchies can develop separation anxiety. They're best suited for individuals or families who can spend a considerable amount of time with them. 

Expensive to Obtain and Maintain 

If you are thinking about adopting a Frenchie, it's vital to understand that they can be quite an expense. On average, the cost of buying a French Bulldog puppy can vary dramatically, often $3,000 - $6,000. Why this hefty a price tag? This breed's unique physique demands particular breeding techniques, including cesarian births, resulting in raised costs. And even more, the upkeep of a Frenchie including routine vet visits, treatment for potential health issues, and maintaining a high-quality diet can add up overtime.

In conclusion

Owning a French Bulldog is a commitment that comes packaged with both joyful moments and challenges. They're delightfully energetic and loyal pals who are suitable for any environment, from spacious houses to small apartments. But their stubborn nature might give you a run for your money, and you’ll need to consider their potential health issues too. French Bulldogs might be a little high maintenance, but their charming personality and the joy they bring to your life make everything worthwhile.

If you're considering bringing home a French Bulldog puppy, our team is here to guide you in finding the perfect match for your lifestyle. Not sure that a Frenchie is the right match for you? Then try our Dog Breed Quiz instead to find the right breed for your lifestyle. 

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