French bulldogs are in fashion now. All because of Celebrities and social media they are very popular. Therefore, you might wanna have one. But, before getting one please read this article to learn what you are getting to. These are very cute small sized dogs. Easy to house train but their problems are not that small. You may have to spend a lot of sleepless nights.
French Bulldogs have smushy face and dwarf limbs. These go along well with the children.
The plus point with this dog is that they can be kept indoors, best suited for apartment life.
Not for financially faint hearted
Skin and Ear Problems
This breed is more prone to suffer from skin allergies, especially during the spring season. Additionally, they are more likely to suffer from demodectic mange. This means the frequent visit to vets. Your dog may have to go through food trials.
No particular food suits all Bulldogs. They are very fussy eaters.
Home care- Daily skin fold and ear cleaning shall prevent a lot of problems.
Respiratory problems and pneumonia
As these dogs are flat faced they are more likely to suffer from respiratory problems. Get used to their snoring habit. Additionally, They suffer from pneumonia too often, i have seen kids spending whole night awake with their dogs, just because the dog was suffering from pneumonia. French Bulldogs suffers from asthma too. Some dogs may have a too much narrow nose or internal airway passage. Consequently, These dogs are corrected surgically for stenotic nares. Again, surgical expenses!
Suffers from poor heat tolerance. There is lots of panting in warm weather. Think of the situation when you have come outdoor to spend some time with the kids and the dog and your dog suddenly become too sick!
Spinal problems are more common among this breed. Spinal disk and nerve problems can make them paralytic.
This breed is infamous for their stubbornness.
I know you will go for French Bulldog even after reading this article. Very recently British Veterinary Association has issued alarm not to buy these breed.
If you are determined to take all the trouble, we advise you to adopt a puppy and not buy one. Please use classified section in AKC website to adopt a puppy of your choice.
There are a few facebook pages devoted to Frenchies, adopting a dog from them is also a good idea. Here is a
French Bulldog near Michigan looking for adoption.
Small animal veterinarian for last 20 years. works in self-owned pet clinic in Ranchi, India called Pluto Pet Clinic. Published several articles on pets and social media in various national and international pet magazines, blogs. Part of many international organisations including Nabuur, Mission Rabies, Asian Society of small animal dermatology, WSAVA.