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Is a French Bulldog Right for Me?

Maybe you have seen pictures of French Bulldog puppies with those adorable smoosh faces and funny bat ears or maybe your neighbor has a French Bulldog and has told you they are the best breed around. You may be mulling over purchasing or adopting one yourself but may also be wondering if it is the right breed for you. Let me start by saying these little guys and gals are not the couch potatoes you may think they are. While most of them love a good cuddling session, they can also be crazy balls of energy. As puppies, French Bulldogs can go, go and go some more and they must be watched every moment they are awake as they will try to eat everything in their line of sight. Let’s start determining whether a French Bulldog is right for you by talking more about the puppy stage.

French Bulldog Puppies

The first thing you should know is that puppies can only hold their bladder so long. The rule of thumb is puppies can hold their bladder for approximately an hour longer than how many months old they are. So, a three-month-old puppy can only hold their bladder for four hours and a four-month-old puppy can only hold their bladder for five hours. You get it, right? The point here is that you must be ready to lose some sleep in the first few months of bringing your puppy home because you will need to get up at some point during the night every night to let them do their business. So, the first thing you should ask yourself is: Am I prepared for months of sleep deprivation?

The next thing you should know is that French Bulldog puppies can take longer to potty train than other breeds and they need to be taken out often. I have an entire blog post dedicated to French Bulldog potty training ( but for our purposes here, I will just say that if you plan to get a French Bulldog puppy, you must have patience, lots of treats, and most importantly be able to stick to a strict routine. Therefore, the next thing you should ask yourself is: Do I have the time and patience to properly potty train a French Bulldog puppy?

Socializing a French Bulldog puppy is especially important because socializing them young will help prevent aggressive behaviors when they get older. Just be sure they have all their shots before allowing them to go around other dogs and especially before taking them to dog parks. French Bulldogs properly socialized will love to play with other dogs, especially other frenchies. They also love to socialize with humans particularly the humans in their family. They love always being with their families and can develop separation anxiety if left alone too often. So, another question you should ask yourself is: Do I plan to spend a lot of time with my French Bulldog? If the answer to this is no, you may wish to rethink this breed.

Finally, French Bulldog puppies tend to eat EVERYTHING in sight so teaching the “drop it” command early is particularly important with this breed. It is also important to have plenty of toys for them to chew on to prevent them from chewing on items such as furniture. Some of the toys I buy that my frenchies love are:

KONG Wild Knots Bear Dog Toy – Small/Medium – Assorted Colors #ad

KONG Floppy Knots Fox, Dog Toy, Medium/Large #ad

KONG Floppy Knots Elephant, Dog Toy, Medium/Large #ad

KONG – Puppy Toy Natural Teething Rubber – Fun to Chew, Chase and Fetch (Color May Vary) – for Medium Puppies #ad

(2 Pack) KONG Puppy Tires, Size Medium/Large Assorted Colours #ad

Frenchies are aggressive chewers and these Kong toys hold up great. Now let’s talk a little more about training.

French Bulldog Training

I am sure you have heard that French Bulldogs can be stubborn and that is an accurate assessment. However, they are extremely smart and if you know the correct training methods, you can teach your French Bulldog just about anything. Click here for training tips:

Basic training commands are important for all breeds of dogs, not just French Bulldogs. The earlier you can teach these commands such as sit, stay, and lay down, the better. Once you have the basic commands down, you can start with the fun commands such as shake, high five, and play dead. Frenchies, just like any other breed of dog, love attention and love pleasing their humans.

French Bulldog Adults

While all French Bulldogs are unique, they do tend to calm down as they age. Unfortunately, many also tend to develop health issues as they age. Because of this, I suggest obtaining pet insurance. For information on some of the most recommended pet insurance companies, click here:

What is also important to know is there is a significant amount of maintenance involved in owning a French Bulldog. Please read this post about Frenchie Care before deciding to get a French Bulldog:

French bulldogs are not only expensive to purchase but their ongoing care can also be expensive so the last question you should ask yourself is: Am I willing to incur significant expenses to keep a French Bulldog?

What You Will Love about your Frenchie

If it sounds like I am trying to talk you out of purchasing or adopting a French Bulldog, nothing could be further from the truth. These dogs are loving, loyal, funny, and my favorite breed of dog. They will love you unconditionally and you cannot help loving all the unique personality traits they possess. They have these looks that just completely melt your heart. They acclimate well to any living environment whether you have a huge backyard or no backyard at all. The point of this post is to provide information so that you can make an informed decision as to whether this breed is right for you. If you have any questions about French Bulldogs, feel free to leave a reply below. Additionally, if this post helped you make a decision whether a French Bulldog is right for you, I would love to hear from you.

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How Frenchies Changed My Life

For ten years my household was a one dog household consisting of only my Bloodhound Copper. Copper has always been a great dog and has always required minimal care. He has been my companion for a very long time and I never had plans to have multiple dogs, much less the four that I now have. I have always worked full time but have always had time after work for extracurricular activities such as biking, kayaking, and nature hikes. My life before frenchies was more about myself and the other humans in my life. Now, well….. it’s all about the frenchies!

Once we brought Dozer home I was a smitten kitten and really wanted a little girl frenchie. We found Molly and brought her home followed by her sister Harley a few months later. Little did I know how drastically my life would change. It is akin to having triplet toddlers.

First, let me start by describing what a typical day looks like for me now that I have three frenchies. I wake up at 5:00 a.m. to many many frenchie kisses on my face. Yes, they tell me what time to wake up. I carry Dozer downstairs and take him outside to pee. I put Dozer in the kitchen and then I take the girls out to pee. I then feed all four dogs their breakfast. My husband takes Copper out (Copper is a 70-pound puller so it’s easier for my husband to take him out). After everyone has eaten, I take Dozer for a walk and then I take the girls for a walk. I get ready for work and then take them all out again before leaving. I go to work and come home at lunch to take them all on a another walk. I go back to work, come home, and take them all out to pee. I feed them all again and take them all for walks again. Let us not forget that after each walk, I wipe their lady parts, boy parts, paws, and their bums. Once they are all fed and walked, I wipe down their faces with baby wipes. I then proceed to throw a load of laundry in the wash, do the dishes, and work on whatever other wifely duties are in store for me that night. These are all just the everyday chores. I also apply wrinkle balm weekly, grind their nails weekly, brush their teeth twice a week, and bathe them every other week. Of course, if they get into something, these things become even more frequent.

If you are a frenchie parent, you know that you must watch these little ones every second of the day. If you turn your back for five seconds, they will find something to put into their mouths. Not that I mind watching them in the least because they are constant entertainment! They are comical little dogs! It is very important to have plenty of toys laying around. If you would like to see a list of my favorite toys and some of my other favorite products, read my post titled “A Few of My Favorite Things.” This brings up another thing that has changed in my world; I spend more money on frenchie toys, frenchie treats, frenchie food, frenchie clothes, and frenchie care products than I do on anything else.

Perhaps the most extreme change in my life is that I went from being an active, on-the-go person to almost a complete couch potato. You see, these little guys and gals love to cuddle up with you on the couch and it really makes a person reluctant to move at all. It is immensely relaxing having three soft little love bugs laying all over and around you. They definitely are therapeutic and I can see why so many people have them as emotional support dogs. Frenchies are good for the soul!

My weekends that were once full of biking, kayaking, and hiking are now full of dog filled entertainment. My husband and I who were rarely home on weekends, now spend most of our weekends at home with our frenchies. When we do go out, we try to find activities that involve our frenchies. We love taking them on car rides and to parks for walks. Lots of frenchie car rides also meant that I needed to change my mode of transportation. Before having three frenchies, I drove a Camaro SS and I loved that car! What do I have now? That is right, I drive an SUV, a frenchie-mobile! Although I loved that Camaro, my frenchies come first and the Camaro was just not practical any longer. Boy do I miss that car! However, I have something better now, three little beings that fill my heart with joy and after all, these are the sacrifices you make for your “kids,” right?

It is a full-time job being a dog mom to three French Bulldogs, but I would not have it any other way. They dominate my time and require much maintenance, but they also bring so much love, joy, and entertainment into our household. Our hearts are full of love for these three little frenchies and I could not imagine my life without them now!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Frenchie parents are continually looking for recommendations on products other frenchie parents use so I am dedicating this post solely to listing and providing the links to some of the products I use on a regular basis and that have worked well for me.

So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things:

Favorite toys:

KONG 41938 Classic Dog Toy, Large, Red, KONG Classic Large #ad

KONG KP24 Puppy Toy – Natural Teething Rubber – Fun to Chew, Chase and Fetch (Colors May Vary), 035585131214, Medium, Assorted Pink or Blue #ad

EASTBLUE Dog Chew Toy for Aggressive Chewers: Nearly Indestructible Natural Rubber Puppy Toy Durable and Tough for Medium and Large Dog #ad

KONG Floppy Knots Fox, Dog Toy, Medium/Large #ad

Kong Wild Knots Bears Durable Dog Toys Size:Small/Med Pack of 2 #ad

My frenchies all love stuffed animals. However, it is usually only a matter of minutes until they rip them open and I have to pull the stuffing out. I have found that the Kong Knots are the only stuffed animals that last any amount of time and all three of my frenchies love them.

Favorite treats:

Tylee’s Freeze-Dried 100% Salmon treats #ad

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats Wild Bits Grain Free Soft-Moist Training Dog Treats, Duck Recipe 4-oz bag, Model:800068 #ad

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats Wild Bits High Protein Grain Free Soft-Moist Training Dog Treats, Salmon Recipe 10-oz bag #ad

Minty Breath Bones

From this list of treats, the Tylee salmon treats are my favorite. All three of my frenchies love them and it is a single ingredient treat. They also love the Blue Buffalo treats and they do not upset my Dozer’s sensitive stomach. However, they do have ingredients that are not on my preferred list making them my second favorite dog treat. In addition to these treats, my frenchies love carrots, watermelon, and bananas. There are many fruits and veggies that are healthy choices for occasional treats. Make sure you research first though because there are some fruits and veggies that are toxic to dogs.

Favorite care products:

For weekly cleaning of face wrinkles: Natural Dog Company – Wrinkle Balm

For weekly cleaning of the tail pocket: Squishface Wrinkle Paste – Cleans Wrinkles, Tear Stains and Tail Pockets – 2 Oz, Anti-Itch, Great for Bulldogs, Pugs and Frenchies #ad

For daily cleaning of the face, bum, and girly areas: Baby Wipes, Pampers Aqua Pure Sensitive Water Baby Diaper Wipes, Hypoallergenic and Unscented, 12x Pop-Top Packs, 672 Count #ad

For bathing: TropiClean Hypo Allergenic Puppy Shampoo 2 Pack, Gentle Coconut, 20 fl. oz. or Natural Dog Company Sensitive Skin Oatmeal Shampoo

For ear cleansing after bathing: Animal Pharmaceuticals Sweet Pea

Favorite toothpaste: Well & Good Dental Health Kit for Dogs, Chicken Flavor #ad

Favorite all natural tooth powder: Keep Your Dogs Teeth Healthy, Try a Sample of 100% Natural Toothpowder! #ad

Favorite nail trimmer: Dog Nail Grinder, 2-Speed Electric Dog Nail Clippers Trimmer Grinder, Portable Rechargeable Low Noise Pet Nail Grinder for Small Medium Large Dogs Cats Pets Painless Paws Grooming, 2 Grinding Wheels #ad

Favorite bedding:

MIXJOY Orthopedic Dog Bed Comfortable Donut Cuddler Round Dog Bed Ultra Soft Washable Dog and Cat Cushion Bed (36” x 36”) (Brown) #ad (the small size works for me)

Extra Softness and Fluffy 350 GSM Lightweight Microplush Fleece Throw Blanket for Small, Medium and Large Dogs, Puppies, Cats and Kittens, Multi-Colored, 40 x 32 Inches #ad

Favorite products for walks:

Adjustable Dog Harness, No Pull Dog Harness Outdoor Vest with Easy Control Handle, Hook and Front Reflective Straps – No More Pulling, Tugging or Choking for Small Medium Large Dogs #ad

Max and Neo Reflective Nylon Dog Leash – We Donate a Leash to a Dog Rescue for Every Leash Sold (Orange, 6×1) #ad

Favorite life jacket:

Vivaglory New Sports Style Ripstop Dog Life Jacket with Superior Buoyancy & Rescue Handle, Camo Blue, S #ad

Favorite doggy cam:

TOOGE Pet Dog Camera Wireless Home Security Camera FHD WiFi Indoor Camera Pet Monitor Cat Camera Night Vision 2 Way Audio and Motion Detection #ad

Favorite pet trailer:

Schwinn Rascal Bike Pet Trailer, For Small and Large Dogs, Small, Green #ad

Favorite pill wrap:

Wrap a pill

Favorite supplement:

Natural Dog Company – Skin & Coat Supplement

This supplement is a must have for allergy prone frenchies. It treats allergies and overall health from the inside out!

Favorite probiotics:

Purina pro plan FortiFlora

Zesty paws probiotic bites #ad

I sprinkle Zesty paws on their food daily and use the Purina Pro Plan as needed to firm up their stool.

As the title of this post suggests, these are a few of my favorite things. I hope this list and the links help you in your search for the perfect products for your frenchie. As we know, not all frenchies are made alike. However, after testing many products, these are the ones that have worked best for me.

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Caring for Your Frenchie

You may have heard that french bulldogs are hard to care for. While there is some additional care involved in owning a french bulldog, I wouldn’t necessarily call it hard. In fact, I believe that these little extra things you do for them just strengthens the bond between you and your frenchie.

So, what is this additional care I am talking about? Let’s start at the beginning:

You’ve picked up your little love muffin, bought the essentials, and hopefully read my last blog post and decided on a quality dog food. Now what? Now you prepare for the wonderful crazy life of frenchie parenthood!

There’s a reason frenchie parents love these little guys and gals so much and why most non-frenchie parents just won’t understand the profound love we feel for them. With their big expressive eyes, huge bat ears, frog legs, and big ole cuddly nature, you can’t help but fall in love!

However, just like any other relationship, this one takes a little work.

You can’t help but fall in love with your frenchie and your frenchie will love you just as much as you love them. They crave your love and want to be near you constantly so it’s important to provide your frenchie with plenty of attention. If you have multiple frenchies like I do, you need to carve out some one on one time with each one. Of course, most of the time all three are with me. However, I do take them on separate walks and will take them one at a time to the store so they have their special alone time. They really do appreciate this one on one time with mommy and daddy!

Socializing Your Frenchie

If you socialize these munchkins early, they are very easy to take along with you anywhere. They will love all the people they meet along the way and they will love all the sights there are to see.

Be careful not to socialize them with other dogs too early though. It is very important that puppies have all their shots before bringing them around any other dogs so puppy play time must wait a bit. You bring this cute little puppy home and want to show him or her off. So, you take them to the local dog friendly beach. Big mistake! Puppies can catch all sorts of diseases before they have all their shots. Make sure your puppy has all three sets of vaccinations before bringing them to the doggie beach, doggie park or any other doggie friendly area where you find congregations of dogs.

However, as soon as it is safe after they receive all their vaccinations, make sure to socialize them with other dogs as soon as possible. I wait at least a week after the third set of vaccinations to bring my puppies around other dogs. The sooner you socialize them with other dogs, the more likely they are to have a life long love for other pups.

I must add that your frenchie may be very protective over you around other dogs even when they have been socialized. One time I stopped to pet the cutest little puppy (maybe 3 months old) and Dozer lunged at her as to say “Stay away from my mommy!”

Let’s talk heart worm prevention

There are many heart worm prevention medications available. However, my go to has always been Heartguard. I have always given my pups of all breeds the Heartguard chews. They think it is a yummy treat which makes them easy to give and they are vet recommended. I tried Dozer on one of the pills that are heart worm prevention and flea prevention combined. However, the poor little guy just threw it right back up. So, back to Heartguard we went. Whatever heart worm prevention medicine you choose, just make sure you use one. Heart worms are easy to prevent with medication. However, they are hard and costly to cure.

Frenchie wrinkles

Those wrinkly little faces we love sure are cute. However, with that cuteness comes some care. It is very important to wipe between the wrinkle folds every day. Bacteria can build up in the folds of their wrinkles if the dirt is not cleaned out regularly. I use Seventh Generation Baby Wipes, Free & Clear Unscented and Sensitive, Gentle as Water, with Flip Top Dispenser, 768 count (Packaging May Vary)In addition to wiping the wrinkle folds daily, it is important to use some type of wrinkle cream, wrinkle paste, or wrinkle balm weekly. I use Natural Dog Company Wrinkle Balm and it works well for me. None of my babies have ever had dried out noses or wrinkle folds or stinky faces.

Tear stains

A very common question from frenchie parents is: How do I get rid of those pesky brown tear stains? While using the wipes daily and the balm weekly definitely helps, I didn’t see a noticeable difference in my frenchies until I stopped giving them tap water to drink. I personally give my babies spring water to drink. Filtered water also works because it does not contain the iron and other impurities that are found in tap water. There are many products out there for tear stains. However, I have found that daily wiping along with applying the balm weekly and providing a clean source of drinking water is what has worked best for me. For extremely stubborn tear stains, these work very well:

Bath time

You will hear many different answers to the question “How often should I bathe my Frenchie?” The short answer is as often as they need it. If they smell, bathe them. If they roll around in the dirt or mud, bathe them. I personally bathe mine once every two weeks. Some may say that’s too often and that their skin will dry out. However, even my sensitive boy with food and environmental allergies never gets dried out skin. Bathing your frenchie with environmental allergies is actually a good thing as it cleans off all the allergens he or she may have picked up outside. You just need to choose the right shampoo. Early on I found a puppy shampoo that I loved which was TropiClean Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo Puppies. I now use Natural Dog Company Sensitive Skin Oatmeal Shampoo.One thing to remember after bathing your frenchie is to flush out their ears with a good rinse such as VetWELL Cat and Dog Ear Cleaner – Otic Rinse Dog Ear Infection Treatment for Yeast, Mites and Odor in Pets – 8 oz (Sweet Pea Vanilla) if you get even the slightest bit of water in their ears. When water seeps into the ear canal, this leads to ear infections. Much like heart worm prevention, ear infections are cheaper to prevent than to treat.

Teeth Cleaning

Dental health is very important to your frenchie. Just like with humans, bad dental hygiene can lead to other health problems so it’s important to get rid of that tartar and not let it build up. You should brush your dogs teeth at least three times a week. I place the toothpaste on the toothbrush and let them lick it before brushing. This makes the process go easier and you are not forcing the toothbrush into their mouth. They may be hesitant at first. However, if you brush their teeth regularly, they will get used to it being part of their routine. Routine is everything with these pups. Once they get their routine down, they know exactly what they should be doing.

Nail trimming

I have always been hesitant to trim my dogs nails afraid of accidentally cutting the quick and hurting them so I’ve always had my dogs nails trimmed at the groomer. Then, along comes COVID-19 and shuts everything down. What do I do? I remembered seeing a commercial for Dog Nail Grinder, 2-Speed Electric Dog Nail Clippers Trimmer Grinder, Portable Rechargeable Low Noise Pet Nail Grinder for Small Medium Large Dogs Cats Pets Painless Paws Grooming, 2 Grinding Wheels. The commercial mentioned that you didn’t have to worry about the clipping and cutting the quick so I researched these nail grinders and ended up purchasing one for myself. What a life saver it has been! I followed their directions and held it up to them first to get them use to the sound. I always only grind each nail for 5 seconds at a time as they suggest. It is amazing how easy it is to grind my frenchies nails! I wish I knew about these things years ago and saved myself thousands of dollars in grooming fees.

Baby wipes aren’t just for the face

I remember watching my ex’s mother wipe her dogs behind and thought to myself “I would never wipe my dogs butt.” Fast forward fifteen years later. Guess what? I’m wiping my dogs butts! You pretty much have to with these little guys and gals. Most dogs can reach their hind area and clean themselves if they need to. Our chunky little stout frenchies do not have that luxury. So yes, you have to do it for them. I don’t mind though, it’s just all a part of their grooming process. You may not need to brush them often due to their short coat, but you do have to wipe their hiney to get their hiney clean.

If your frenchie is not particularly fond of any of these care techniques, be sure to give them a treat and praise afterwards. I recently bought a new treat for my dogs that they absolutely love. 100% salmon is the only ingredient. I love that, they love them, and that is the key. You want to find a treat they absolutely love (and of course is good for them) and use it to praise them for all their good deeds.

I hope this blog post was helpful. Be sure to read my previous posts for detailed information about potty training and choosing a quality dog food.

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