French bulldog puppies and adult french bulldog/bulldogs – This is what you need to know about them!
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These adorable animals, with growing popularity, usually stand about 12 inches tall at their shoulders.
The ideal weight for a French bulldog is between 16 and 28 pounds, the heaviest french bulldog ever recorded weighed a massive forty-eight and a half pounds.
One sees french bulldogs in many different colors, lilac, cream, merle, fawn, blue, blue and tan, white, chocolate, brindle, and brindle piebald. No matter what their color, they are adorable! The french bulldog black and white variation seems to be a pretty popular choice of pet.
Many french bulldogs have a shiny and smooth single-layer coat, and some, mainly those from the brindle breeds, have a double-layer skin. Those with a single-layer coat can’t adequately protect themselves from extreme weather conditions, so they will often be seen wearing little jackets in winter. In the summertime, owners should take precautions on sweltering days to have opportunities for their french bulldogs to cool down. They should be bathed about once a month with extra care for their wrinkles and folds to prevent infection. Brushing their fur every week is essential to care for their coat correctly.
French Bulldog Shedding
French bulldogs shed somewhat throughout the year and seem to shed more during the cooler months, but their primary shedding time is during the summer and spring months during the warmer weather.
French Bulldog Temperament
French bulldogs are pretty laid back though they do still like to play. They are easy to train, especially when they get treats during training. They make fantastic companion dogs but need proper socialization to accomplish this.
Socialization should happen when the french bulldog puppies are still very young, between the ages of three weeks and fourteen weeks; socialization equips your puppy to be comfortable and enjoy interactions with other animals and humans rather than be overwhelmed by them.
A french bulldog can have a bit of a naughty side to them, so you need to have a personality that can enjoy some cute mischief if you want to own a french bulldog. French bulldogs love being around their human and giving them love. French bulldogs enjoy being playful but are not overly active dogs. They are perfectly content being lap dogs or laying at your feet while you attend to your daily tasks.
They do, however, crave being close to their human. French bulldogs can be pretty vocal when they like something or disagree with it. It sounds like they are having a full-blown conversation with their human sometimes. These conversations take place in the form of barking and howling, like whines and groans. Many people find these so-called conversations adorable. There are even some youtube channels dedicated to french bulldogs and the discussions they try to have.
French Bulldog Health
The lifespan of a French Bulldog
French bulldogs can generally live between ten and twelve years, with the oldest recorded french bulldog being just over eighteen years old. Larger dogs tend to slow down once they reach six or seven years of age, yet the smaller breeds, like the adult french bulldog, only start to slow down and act their age, so to say, when they reach ten or eleven years of age.
Best Diet for a French Bulldog
Surprisingly the best treats for french bulldogs are fruits and vegetables. Diced Apples or carrots dipped or coated in some yogurt or peanut butter makes excellent treats for french bulldogs. Check the contents of the peanut butter you intend on using before feeding it to your french bulldog, as the artificial sweetener xylitol can be deadly to dogs.
There are other foodstuffs that french bulldogs should avoid, like corn on the cob, avocado, onion, and chocolate. In contrast, coconut products are excellent for humans and, in small amounts, can be suitable for dogs. A large part is not good for your french bulldog because of its high potassium content. Cooked bones are also a big no-no for most dogs, not just french bulldog puppies.
The cooked bone, because it is soft, can splinter off when the dog chews it or during digestion and can rapture their intestines. Some raw bones are generally safe to give to dogs; however, the safest option for feeding your dog bones is not to. French bulldogs should also avoid nuts due to their high-fat content. Most pips and seeds are also bad for your french bulldog to ingest.
What they should eat, though, is a diet with five percent of fat and 18% of protein when they are adult french bulldogs. Their diet also needs to be balanced with much-needed minerals, vitamins, and vitamins and of course, water. Because they are a small breed of dog, they have quite a fast metabolism, and because of this, they need to consume a higher amount of calories, but since they are such a laid-back breed of dog, they are also at risk for obesity so at the end of the day it all comes down to balance.
They need to eat enough calories to give them the energy to run around and get through their day without becoming lethargic while not eating so many calories that they end up storing fat. It is indeed a delicate balance, and if you are having trouble finding the correct balance for your french bulldog, you could consult with your veterinarian on the ideal proportions to feed your specific french bulldog, as each dog is unique and different with their own set of needs.
Origin of the French Bulldog
Seeing their name, one would think that French bulldogs originally come from France, but they come from England. They were initially kept as pest control by lacemakers in Nottingham to scare away any mice, rats, or other kinds of little critters. French bulldogs moved over to France from England when the English started using machines to make lace, and the lace makers had to relocate to France to continue in their trade, and of course, their dogs went with them.
The french bulldog gained massive popularity in France, even with the Americans who came to France, causing the dog’s popularity to grow in America as well. They originally had two types of ear shapes the rose shape that an average bulldog has and the bat shape, which is the popular shape we see in french bulldogs today. The ear shape change happened after the migration to France. When the french fell in love with the french bulldog, they started cross-breeding, and hence the bat-shaped ears came about.
What You Need to Know about the French Bulldog
It is interesting to note that the french bulldog breed can’t swim. This is due to their flat noses. They also don’t do well on airplanes; if they need to travel, several extra precautions must be put in place. When the french bulldog migrated to France, they were extremely popular with artists, actors, and even celebrities. That still seems to be the case today, as many celebrities have these fantastic dogs as pets.