What You Should Know about French Bulldog Puppies
When it comes to the decision of adding a new member to the family, dogs are almost always the first on the list. They’re fun, adorable, and everybody in the family would love one! Adding a dog to the family is pretty much every child’s dream.
Even if you don’t have children, you’ve probably always wanted a dog yourself! When it comes to what type of dog to choose from, there’s an array to choose from. One dog that you may not have considered, but definitely should, is a French bulldog.
French bulldog puppies are not often thought about right away when deciding what type of dog to get. Lucky for you, I’ve put together just about everything you’ll need to know about French bull dog puppies so when you bring one home, you’re completely prepared!
History of French Bulldogs
One of the first things you’ll want to understand about the French bulldogs is how they came to be. Since they are distinctly referred to as “French”, you can assume that the French weren’t the first to come across a bulldog. Bulldogs actually originated in England, although at that time their look was very different. They were strong, athletic, taller, and just bigger in general. They were used for a barbarous activity referred to as “bull-baiting” because of their strength.
During this time (150-200 years ago), many people began to breed these big, strong dogs into smaller dogs that could be used for dogfighting, ratting, and other smaller dog activities. They bred them to be smaller by mixing them with terriers. This resulted in a bulldog that was about 15-25 pounds, upright ears, round foreheads, and shorter underjaws.
Right around the time when the Industrial Revolution closed so many of the craft shops, many people moved into the northern region of France along with their small bred bulldogs. Once these dogs hit the streets of norther France, many people were intrigued by their appearance and they became the newest trend in pets.
Since they rose in popularity so much so in France, they began to be referred to in other regions as the “French Bulldog”. Many wealthy Americans that had traveled to France fell in love with these little bulldogs and took some home where they were still referred to as French Bulldogs – hence how they kept their name after all these years.
All about French Bulldogs
French bulldogs have long been known to be a great companion pet. Below is a list of all the different characteristics you can expect from your French bulldog puppy.
Affectionate – Although this can vary from puppy to puppy, just like any other breed, the French bulldog can be extremely affectionate with their owners. They tend to bond really closely with them and others in the family.
Kid-Friendly – One of the extreme benefits of French bulldogs is that they are very kid friendly! This is especially true if your puppy has been raised in a home with children. They are sturdy and stable enough to handle the onslaught that some children offer.
Moderately Dog Friendly – French bulldog puppies can only be moderately friendly with other dogs. While they may not pick fights because they’re smaller, they can have a problem with other dogs when they’re in contact with their owner because of the French bulldog’s ability to bond so closely with their owner. To avoid this becoming a problem, always socialize your French bulldog puppy with other dogs.
Stranger Friendly – Again, this point can vary. But overall, they’re friendly to other people – as long as they’ve been raised being introduced to new people every so often.
Adaptable to Small Places – Due to their small nature, French bulldog puppies are easily adaptable to small living environments. That means they’re perfect for those of you living in apartments!
Great for First Time Owners – Since they’re friendly and very low maintenance, French bulldog puppies make the perfect pet for a first time pet owner!
Not too Sensitive – By “sensitive” I mean that they can be fragile when it comes to loud noises and a large number of people in one space. They prefer things to be quieter and less-crowded so they don’t get overwhelmed.
Does Not Like Being Alone – French bulldogs bond very closely to their owners. Because of this, they have a tendency to get upset with left alone for longer amounts of time. So if you plan on being gone for very long periods of time, maybe a French bulldog isn’t for you.
Not Good in Extreme Weather – These are small creatures! Too cold and too hot of weather can be damaging to them a lot quicker than other dogs. They’re best in a neutral environment.
Does Not Shed Too Much – These short-haired animals only shed a very small amount – which means they won’t leave your whole house riddled with hair!
Very Easy to Groom – Since they’re so short haired, they don’t need very much grooming at all. The occasional shampooing will be enough to keep them in shape.
Some Health Complications, But Not Always – Due to the amount of breeding that ensued – and not all done very well – in order to make this breed, there may be some genetic complications from time to time. Hip dysplasia being amongst the most popular.
Easy to Train – The lucky thing about these cute dogs is that they’re very easy to train! They’ll pick up on potty training and tricks very easily.
High Tendency to Bark – There is terrier bred far into these French bulldog puppies, which means they like to bark! Although they are easily trainable so you can probably train your puppy not to bark as much.
Very Playful – French bulldog puppies LOVE to play! So make sure you keep plenty of toys available for them.
Minimal Exercise Needed – These small dogs are definitely not the type that needs to be run every single day. They’re perfectly happy having you throw the ball around your apartment.
French bulldog puppies are great dogs to have. You know this by how long they’ve been a companion of humans. Now you know all that you should about this great little breed.
What You Should Know about French Bulldog Puppies