French Bulldogs, affectionately known as “Frenchies,” are one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. In fact, the American Kennel Club (AKC) ranks French Bulldogs as #4 out of 197 breeds on its list! Their beauty, loyalty, playfulness, and ability to adapt to many situations is virtually unparalleled. But before running out to get a Frenchie, take a moment to learn a little more about them.
Some Basic Facts
- Height: 10 to 12 inches
- Weight: a healthy maximum weight is 28 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years
French Bulldogs don’t require a lot of exercise, making them perfect pets for apartment dwellers, the sedentary, and the elderly. However, they do like to play. This breed will be at its best with an owner who at least will toss a ball with them (even if indoors).
While Frenchies may be considered smaller dogs, they don’t have the barking syndrome notorious with some breeds. While French Bulldogs are very alert (hence, they make good unofficial guard dogs), they aren’t vocal about it unless absolutely necessary.
These pooches also get along well with kids and other animals.
Frenchies do shed and need brushing at least once a week. If you’re not into regular brushing, this may not be the dog for you.
Also, there’s a little bad news. With their distinctive flat and wide heads comes a predisposition for breathing problems. If your French Bulldog has narrow nostrils, they may have an even harder time breathing well. Hence, most Frenchies have a tendency to pant heavily.
In addition, their beautiful “bat ears,” skin, and teeth may be more prone to infections. Regular grooming and veterinary visits are therefore essential.
The Good News
A well-cared for Frenchie will give you and your loved ones (including children) years of playfulness, loyalty, and affection. Expect them to garner attention in the neighborhood, with their friendly dispositions and beautiful, trademark appearances. And unlike other popular breeds, you don’t need a big yard (or even a yard at all) to ensure your French Bulldog’s ongoing physical and mental health!