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My Crazy Wonderful Life as a Frenchie Mama

Why I started this blog

Hello Fellow French Bulldog Fanatics! My name is Becki Leggett and while I have always been passionate about dogs, there is something particularly special about French Bulldogs. If you have owned them , you already know what I am talking about. If you have not yet had the pleasure, I hope to give you plenty of insight. I created this blog to be about all things frenchie, for other seasoned Frenchie mamas, for brand new Frenchie mamas, and for those of you who are not yet Frenchies mamas (but want to be). We also can not forget the Frenchie Daddy’s out there. Frenchie dads love these little bulldogs just as much as their Frenchie Mamas (well……almost!). New Frenchie parents are rarely prepared for the crazy wonderful life that comes along with owning a French Bulldog (or two or three). Why two or three you ask? Well, quite frankly French Bulldog ownership can be addictive. I currently have three myself: one boy and two girls. They are huge cuddlers, but can be very independent at times. They love you with all they have, but can be extremely stubborn. They are very smart and easily trained, but their stubborn streak can make training seem hard at times. They can be going 100 miles per hour one second and passed out and snoring the next second. You will hear people say they are lazy, and while they definitely can be lazy, in my experience they can go, go and go some more. This is especially true of french bulldog puppies. There is a term endearingly named “The Zoomies” that you will learn about in later blog posts. Seasoned French Bulldog owners know this term well. French bulldogs are more than dogs to their owners, they are their kids, their babies, and they require very special care and have varying special needs. Because of this, new (and even seasoned) Frenchie parents have many questions about French Bulldog ownership. I will dedicate all my early posts to answering as many of the frequently asked questions by new Frenchies owners that I can. This includes questions about puppy training, quality food, quality treats, frenchie care, toys, biting, chewing, gender differences, breeding, rescue groups, frenchie colors, litter mate syndrome, and so much more!

A little about my frenchie babies

How did it all start, you ask? Well, I came home from work one day and the first words out of my husband’s mouth were “I want a French Bulldog and his name WILL BE Dozer.” I wasn’t even sure what a French Bulldog was. Even when I researched the breed (because that’s the type of person I am, I research the heck out of everything), I was not 100 percent sold. But, he wanted one, so I started on the search for our new french bulldog puppy. I made several appointments in the closest big city (At the time, I couldn’t find any close to me) to meet some of our potential future “children”. Dozer was the very first frenchie puppy we met and I was in love! To this day, my husband will tell you he (Dozer) is the love of my life and…. I can’t disagree. One thing about male frenchies is they fall in love with you and you can not help falling in love with them. I loved him so much, I wanted a girl so I went on my search for the perfect little girl frenchie. Boy did I find the perfect girl. She is Blue fawn, has beautiful green eyes and she is a perfect mix of doll baby and evilness! I named her Molly. Molly had a merle sister that my husband preferred. Well, fast forward a few months later and we are the proud owners of sisters and as I’ll discuss in another blog, sibling rivalry definitely exists in dogs too! All my babies have many quirky frenchie traits in common, but just like human babies, they all have their own distinct personalities. Dozer is a mommy’s boy for sure, but loves everyone (furry and not). He is a big lover and loves to play with his toys. Molly is my little diva. She is gorgeous and she knows it! Harley (Molly’s sister) loves belly rubs and whenever you place your hand near her to pet her, she rolls on her back to get belly rubs. She is a daddy’s girl, but also loves her mama and she is weary of other people. I will talk more about my babies in future blogs. For now, just know they are very loved and very spoiled!

Topics to be covered in upcoming blogs

One of the most common questions I hear about french bulldogs puppies is: Why are they so hard to potty train? This will be answered along with potty training do’s and dont’s in an upcoming post.

The second most common question I see new Frenchie owners asking is what food they should feed their Frenchie. It can be daunting finding the right food for these sensitive dogs so I will discuss this extensively in another upcoming post. I will also include information on how to choose quality treats.

French bulldogs require a little more care than other breeds of dogs, but it is so worth it. I will write another blog post about proper frenchie care including cleaning their folds, bathing, ear health, teeth cleaning, and more.

Frenchies are ferocious chewers which can frustrate owners when, for example, they chew up their mama’s baseboards so I will dedicate a blog post to toys: do’s and don’t and longest lasting toys.

People often ask whether they should get a boy or girl frenchie so I will dedicate an entire blog post to this subject, including litter mate syndrome and why you should be careful choosing litter mates.

Another hot topic is breeding. I will delve into breeding, differing breeders, and rescue groups in a future blog post.

Ever wonder about all the frenchie colors? My Dozer is Red Fawn, Molly is Blue Fawn, and Harley’s coloring is called Merle. I will explain all the colors, what is standard, and the genetics behind all the differing color patterns produced in french bulldogs.

If you haven’t already figured it out, I am beyond passionate about Frenchies and I hope you find my blog posts helpful whether you are a seasoned Frenchie owner or a new Frenchie owner.

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