The French Bulldog makes a very good companion dog. She is playful and fairly easy to care for, but she needs plenty of human attention. She is generally good around other pets and loves children. As a reminder, never cleave a child unsupervised around a puppy or dog.
Approximate Adult Size
The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the French Bulldog is about 12 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder). There are French bulldog puppies for adoption two weight classes, 19 to 22 pounds and 22 to 28 pounds.
Special Health Considerations
Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the French Bulldog is no exception. Be on the lookout for breathing problems, skin problems, prone to eye injuries and heat stroke. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.
She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
The French Bulldog has a short, smooth, fine and brilliant coat. She is an average shedder and should be brushed regularly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.
The French Bulldog can live between 10 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
The French Bulldog was first developed either in France or Spain from small bulldogs. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1898.