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Do French Bulldogs Make Good Pets?

Before we dive into whether French Bulldogs make good pets, we should review the common characteristics of the breed. The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes French Bulldogs as playful, smart, and adaptable. I would say this is a reasonably accurate description. The AKC describes the physical characteristics of the French Bulldog as having a height of 11-13 inches and a weight under 28 pounds. While all three of my French Bulldogs are under 28 pounds, I have seen many well over 28 pounds. If a French Bulldog is over 28 pounds, however, they do not qualify under the “breed standard.” We do not care about that though unless we plan to show a dog. The AKC continues to describe the shedding level and drooling level of French Bulldogs as moderate and coat grooming frequency as low. They say French Bulldogs bark little and are easy to train. These last two statement may be misleading to a novice French Bulldog owner since frenchies vary in their barking frequency and the ease of training depends very much on the owner. You may get a frenchie that doesn’t bark at all, and you may get one that barks quite often. Regarding training, they are correct in that they are easy to train. That is if you know what you are doing. Frenchies are very smart and have a high desire to please. However, as a bully breed, they do have a stubborn streak. Therefore, the more experienced you are at dog training, the easier of a time you will have. For some tips on training, click here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/08/01/behavioral-modification-using-operant-conditioning-training-your-frenchie/

Now let’s get into specifics of whether French Bulldogs are good pets. We’ll start with the question “Are French Bulldogs Low Maintenance?”

Are French Bulldogs Low Maintenance?

French Bulldogs are absolutely not low maintenance. In fact, they are very high maintenance. Their wrinkle folds need to be cleaned and dried daily with wrinkle balm applied at least once per week. For more detailed information about French Bulldog care, click here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/07/11/caring-for-your-frenchie/

If your French Bulldog has environmental allergies, you will need to wipe them down after they come in from outside to remove any allergens. If they have food sensitivities or allergies, you will need to research and buy them a food that works well for them. For more information on allergies, click here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2021/07/21/dog-allergies-and-natural-solutions/ and for more information about dog food, click here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/07/04/what-should-i-feed-my-frenchie/

Something frenchie parents always say they wished they knew beforehand was that you must wipe their bums after they go potty since they cannot reach that area to clean themselves.

You may be thinking that French Bulldogs may be too high maintenance for you so let me tell you why they are a great pet!

What Makes a French Bulldog a Great Pet?

First and foremost, your frenchie will love you like you’ve never been loved before. The bond you form with these little guys and gals is like no other. They have a strong desire to always be near you. Cuddle time is a must with frenchies. They would lay and cuddle with you all day if you let them. They are very tolerant and a great family dog. For more information about this and for French Bulldog Frequently Asked Questions, you can check out this post: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2021/01/23/french-bulldog-frequently-asked-questions-faq/

Do you have a French Bulldog? If so, share some of your experiences to help potential frenchie parents decide whether a frenchie is right for them.

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe on the 4th of July

Dozer the French Bulldog with patriotic vest

The 4th of July is a day Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence is a document which was drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1776. It states that men are created equal and have “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” You might say that on the 4th of July every year, we express that right to pursue happiness through events such as barbeques, concerts, carnivals, and fireworks displays. While these events are fun for the family, there is one family member that it may not be as fun for. That is right, the family dog! So, how do you keep your dog safe while still enjoying the festivities?

Dog Safety Tips

If you are anything like me, you want to take your pups everywhere with you. However, on the 4th of July, you may want to consider leaving them at home. If you decide to leave them home, leave them in a safe room where they are secure and cannot get out. Leave the TV or radio on to drown out any noise they may hear from surrounding fireworks. If you decide to take them with you, I suggest having their leash tethered to a harness rather than a collar. This will make your hold more secure in the event they get spooked. Since there will likely be a lot going on, be sure to watch your dog closely. Food will be dropped so you want to be sure they do not eat anything potentially harmful to them. We all know the curious nature of dogs and this curious nature does not mix well with some foods. It also does not mix well with charcoal, sparklers, and similar objects that can hurt your pup so keep them away from these types of objects. Finally, keep alcohol away from your dog. Did you know that alcohol is toxic to your dog? That’s right! But this does not mean you need to freak if Fido takes a lick of your beer. Just like with humans, weight plays a role in alcohol toxicity in dogs. Whether or not you decide to bring them with you, be sure they are microchipped and have ID tags. Make sure the information on their microchips and ID tags is up to date. Another good tip is to make sure you have up to date photos of your pup just in case they do get spooked and somehow get out of the house or run away.

For tips on how to keep your pet cool during the festivities, read this post: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2021/05/15/summertime-with-your-frenchie/

One last but important tip is if you do not know if your dog is afraid of fireworks, you must take extra precautions to ensure your pup remains calm and does not dart off. I will talk about ways to keep them calm a little later. First, let’s talk about why dogs are afraid of fireworks.

Why are dogs afraid of fireworks?

Think about it. If you heard a loud banging noise coming from the sky and had no idea what it was, wouldn’t you be scared? That’s exactly what’s going on here. Dogs do not know what fireworks are and they have an acute sense of hearing making them more sensitive to the loud sounds that come from fireworks. Dogs see these sounds as a threat which elicits a fight or flight response. The fight or flight response has been advantageous to the survival of members of the animal kingdom therefore it has maintained an evolutionary advantage. Because of this, it is a strong response and one that may be over exaggerated in an anxious animal. This is the reason many dogs run away during fireworks displays. In fact, more dogs are lost from July 4th through July 6th than any other time of the year. So, what can you do to keep your dog calm and keep them from running off?

How to Calm Your Dog During Fireworks

The best way to ensure your dog does not run off during a fireworks display is to make sure they are not afraid of the fireworks in the first place. If you have a young dog, it is a good idea to start desensitizing them to loud noises such as fireworks. How do you do this? Why, by behavioral modification methods of course! You can start by playing a video of a fireworks display at a low sound level. If your dog does not react and remains calm, praise them and give them a treat. If they do react, lower the sound. While they are remaining calm, slowly increase the sound level and praise and reward each time they remain calm. You will want to repeat this process for several days to ensure your dog remains comfortable with the noises. So, what if your dog is already afraid of fireworks? How do you keep them calm? Well, every dog is different of course, but there are some things you can try such as thunder shirts like this Thundershirt Classic Dog Anxiety Jacket or calming treats such as these Zesty Paws Calming Bites for Dogs- with Chamomile, L Theanine, Thiamine & Magnesium – Dog Stress Relief Supplement – Helps to Calm Anxiety & Barking – Peanut Butter – 90 Soft Chews. Making them as comfortable as possible is the key. If they have a favorite blanket or toy, give it to them. Try to keep them as far away from the sound as possible. If you can go inside a building, do that. Remember that dogs are den animals meaning dens are their safe haven. If you can create a makeshift den, it could help them feel more secure. The most important thing you can do for them is remain calm yourself. Dogs read your energy well so if you are anxious, they will be even more anxious. Relax, take a deep breath, and talk to them in a calm soothing manner. Be their comfort in this time of fear and unknowingness!

For more tips on behavioral modification, read this post: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/08/01/behavioral-modification-using-operant-conditioning-training-your-frenchie/

If you need some help with behavioral modification or if you have other ideas to help other readers, please leave a reply below.

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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 (https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/06/28/potty-training-your-frenchie-puppy/) 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: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/08/01/behavioral-modification-using-operant-conditioning-training-your-frenchie/

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: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2021/01/02/best-pet-insurance-for-your-french-bulldog/

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: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/07/11/caring-for-your-frenchie/

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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French Bulldog Names

When it comes to naming your frenchie, there are several ways you can go about it. You could choose a cute name, you could choose a popular name, you could choose a different name, or you could choose a French name. After all, they are FRENCH bulldogs!

Whatever name you choose, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Most importantly, dogs learn certain names more quickly than others. Your pup will learn and respond to shorter names more quickly. I would stick with one or two syllable names if possible. Two syllable names are preferable because they are less likely to sound like one of their commands which are typically one syllable words such as sit and stay. Have you ever noticed that many dog names end in the sound “EE”? This is because that sound is easier for dogs to register and therefore, they can distinguish it as their name. Other vowels such as “a” at the end of the name also work well since the vowel changes the frequency of the name. Your dog will pick up on this more readily. Ending your dog’s name with an “er” has a similar effect of changing the frequency allowing your pup to catch onto his or her name quickly. With these quick tips in mind, let us get to the good stuff! What are some good French Bulldog names?

Cute and Popular frenchie Names for girls

  1. Molly
  2. Zoey
  3. Daisy
  4. Bella
  5. Lola
  6. Lilly
  7. Lucy
  8. Addie
  9. Gracie
  10. Maggie

Cute and Popular frenchie Names for boys

  1. Dozer
  2. Chewie
  3. Gizmo
  4. Tank
  5. Frankie
  6. Bubba
  7. Yoda
  8. Georgie
  9. Louie
  10. Stitch

Different frenchie names for girls

  1. Lolly
  2. Mazie
  3. Desi
  4. Harley
  5. Carlie
  6. Fergie
  7. Arya
  8. Ava
  9. Pippa
  10. Nala

Different frenchie names for boys:

  1. Koji
  2. Ryder
  3. Echo
  4. Dolche
  5. Neo
  6. Yeti
  7. Kovu
  8. Kylo
  9. Paulie
  10. Simba

French frenchie names for girls

  1. Esme
  2. Bebe
  3. Sophie
  4. Jolie
  5. Adele
  6. Gigi
  7. Renee
  8. Marie
  9. Ava
  10. Fleur

French frenchie names for boys

  1. Pierre
  2. Henri
  3. Enzo
  4. Arthur
  5. Andre
  6. Franco
  7. Monet
  8. Beau
  9. Hugo
  10. Bleu

There are many names to choose from even beyond this list. Whatever name you choose, be sure to pick a name you and your family like and that will follow your dog into adulthood.

Good luck and congrats on your new bundle of joy!

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Giving Thanks – Frenchie Style!

What do frenchies do best? I would say they are the best at showing love and, well, others may say they are best at curling up on the couch and letting out a big ole fart! While some find this endearing and some cannot stand the smell, either way we must give thanks for our little guys and gals that we love so much and bring so much happiness into our households. We can also give thanks for the food we are provided that causes that foul smell to come from their little frenchies bums, especially when so many people around the world are starving and wondering where their next meal is coming from. Since this Thanksgiving is already a little less traditional than past years, you may consider volunteering to serve food for the homeless or maybe even delivering a meal to a family in need. Bring your frenchie along. They would love the ride and the people are sure to love them since we know how our frenchies bring joy wherever they go. Speaking of thanksgiving fixings, are you aware which Thanksgiving foods you can and cannot feed your frenchies on Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving treats you can share with your frenchies

Turkey is a perfectly fine and delectable food to feed to your frenchie provided he or she is not allergic. Dozer is allergic to chicken and for this reason, I have not even attempted to feed him turkey. I take the safe route and just assume he is allergic to all poultry. However, if your pup has no food allergies, feel free to give them a breast with the skin removed. Sweet potatoes are also a great treat for your dog. Just be careful that the sweet potatoes are not candied or covered with marshmallows. Only feed them the plain cooked sweet potatoes without the skin. Green beans are another thanksgiving favorite that can be fed to our frenchie babies. Just be sure there is nothing mixed in with them, especially onions! Onions are highly toxic to dogs! More yummy Thanksgiving treats for your frenchie are raw carrots and pumpkin. Carrots are loaded with vitamins and pumpkin is great for digestion. Finally, if you are making an apple pie, throw your frenchie a piece of raw apple before making it into a pie. With all these Thanksgiving treats, your frenchie will be sure to give thanks for YOU on Thanksgiving Day!

Other ways to give thanks like our frenchie friends

Frenchies love to cuddle so be sure to give your family a little extra cuddle time this holiday season. Many frenchies love to give kisses so shower your significant other with extra kisses on Thanksgiving Day. Frenchies love to play outside so give your thanks to nature by spending more time outside. Frenchies love toys so show your thanks for all the toys you are able to buy and think about all the little boys and girls that may not be receiving toys this year. You can show your gratitude by finding a local Angel Tree and becoming an Angel to a child in need. To find an Angel Tree near you, contact your local Salvation Army.

Let’s all show our thanks like frenchies do by giving love to others and most importantly, let’s all be sure to thank our frenchies for being….well….so FRENCHIE! If you are wondering how to thank them properly, check out my last post which has plenty of Christmas gift ideas for your frenchie!

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like (a Frenchie) Christmas

‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through the frenchie world not a creature was stirring, not even a merle. Although the stockings were not yet hung, there are thoughts of Christmas presents dancing in our heads. What should I buy my frenchies for Christmas this year? This is what was said.

I thought it appropriate as we are beginning our Christmas shopping to provide a list with links of ideas for Christmas presents for our little frenchie boys and girls, so here goes:

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

KONG – Puppy Binkie – Soft Teething Rubber, Treat Dispensing Dog Toy (Assorted Colors) – for Small Puppies #ad

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

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

KONG Camo Wubba Dog Toy – Large (Assorted Colors) #ad

KONG Cozies Dog Squeaky Toy, King The Lion, Medium (2 Pack) #ad

KONG Comfort Kiddos Dog Toy – Pig Small – (4.2″ W x 6.2″ H) – Pack of 2 #ad

Bullibone Nylon Dog Chew Toy Spin-a-Bone – Interactive Dog Toy, Triggers Natural Instincts, and Improves Oral Health #ad

QUMY Dog Goggles Eye Wear Protection Waterproof Pet Sunglasses for Dogs About Over 15 lbs #ad

MIXJOY Orthopedic Dog Bed Comfortable Donut Cuddler Round Dog Bed Ultra Soft Washable Dog and Cat Cushion Bed (23”x23”) (Brown) #ad

Fitwarm Fleece Sweatshirts for Dog Coats Pet Hooded Jackets, Grey, Small #ad

kyeese Dog Pajamas Cotton for Large Dogs Stretchable Dog Jumpsuit 4 Legs Strip Pet Lightweight PJS #ad

French Bulldog Hoodie

French Bulldog Pajamas

Christmas Frenchie Blanket

Extra Softness and Fluffy 350 GSM Lightweight Microplush Fleece Throw Blanket for Small, Medium and Large Dogs, Puppies, Cats and Kittens, All Season Machine Washable Pet Bed Mat, Grey, 80 x 64 Inches #ad

BINGPET BA1002-1 Security Patterns Printed Puppy Pet Hoodie Dog Clothes #ad

Puppy Face Dog Shirts Tank Top with Wide Strips Doggie Costumes T-Shirt Pet Clothes Vest Apparel for Small Extra Small Medium Large Extra Large Dog or Cat (Large, Coral and Beige) #ad

Tylee 100% Salmon Treats

PawHut Foldable Dog Stroller with Storage Pocket, Oxford Fabric for Medium Size Dogs, Grey #ad

SCIROKKO Dog Instant Cooling Bandana – 4 Pack Chill Out Scarf Ice Towel Pet Wrap Kerchief Accessories for Dogs Cats in Summer #ad

PETKIT Dog Water Bottle with Filter, Leak Proof Dog Water Dispenser with Drinking Bowl, Food Grade Material, Lightweight Portable Pet Water Bottle for Walking, Hiking, Travel, Easy to Carry, BPA Free #ad

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

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

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

Furbo 1080p Full HD Dog Camera

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I hope this list helped you with ideas for your Christmas shopping. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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Frenchies are more like humans than you may think

Have you ever watched a specific behavior your frenchie was acting out and thought “Wow, that was very human-like?” Well, there is something to that! Dogs and humans may have more in common than you think.

While observing the interactions between my two female frenchies and while observing the interactions between my females and my male, I cannot help but make comparisons to human behavior. Both girls will share toys with Dozer and happily play with him. However, they are territorial over their toys with each other. Molly absolutely will not let Harley take a toy away from her. Both Molly and Harley play well when they are one-on-one with Dozer and they play well with each other when Dozer is not around. This behavior is intensified when the girls are in heat. If Dozer and Molly are playing and then Harley starts nipping at Molly, Molly will become very agitated and lunge at Harley. This leads me to believe that adding the male (in this case, Dozer) into the mix changes the dynamics of the relationships. With human behavior, females are known to compete for the attention of males and males are known to compete for the attention of a female. Is this what is causing the changing dynamics when Dozer is around? Do Molly and Harley compete for his attention? I do think so.

What other human-like traits do frenchies have? Well, for one thing, they pout. Yep, they will lay down, huff, and pout if they do not get their way. The areas of the brain that control emotions are very similar in dogs and humans and I do believe that frenchies get their feelings hurt.

Another thing we have in common is that dogs have an internal clock just like humans do. They understand the concept of time but they understand it differently than we do. They do not know the concepts of hours and minutes. However, they do know when it is time to get up, when it is time to eat, and when it is time to go to the bathroom. This is one of the reasons that routines are important for dogs. Since they understand when these things should occur, they expect them to occur at a certain time.

It has always been believed that dogs do not have a sense of self and while they do not recognize themselves in a mirror, they do know their own smell. Dogs sense of smell is greater than their sense of sight so it makes sense that this is the way they would recognize themselves.

Just as humans have distinct personalities, so do dogs. Dogs get scared, dogs get stressed, dogs feel love, and dogs can suffer from anxiety. Some dogs are more affectionate than others just like some humans are more affectionate than others. Some dogs are more independent than others, just like some humans are more independent than others. You get the point; they have personalities and OH do we love those quirky frenchie personalities!

Another commonality is that dogs love food just like we do. Interestingly, recent research has shown that the microbes in their digestive systems are the same as ours. Just like in humans, these microbes function better in healthy dogs than they do in obese dogs. So, not only do we have social and emotional similarities, we also have physical similarities.

Dogs and humans have been evolving together for an exceptionally long time and have developed an understanding of each other. The best example of this understanding is the fact that dogs look where you point. You can point to an object and the dog will look in the direction you are pointing. There are other animals, such as elephants, that understand pointing. However, no other animals understand our gestures like our canine companions do.

Take some time to just sit and watch your dog’s behavior and how they react to certain situations. If you really pay attention, you will see that your frenchie really isn’t that different 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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My Struggle with Infertility and Why my Frenchies are so Important to Me

I am going to get a little more personal with this blog post in order to give you insight into why my frenchies mean so much to me. They truly are my kids, my babies, my heart.

My struggle with infertility

In 2003, my husband at the time and I decided we were ready to start a family. We thought it would be easy. After all, it is easy to get pregnant, right? Well, as I soon discovered, it is not as easy for many women as you may think. I tried for six months to get pregnant. It was not happening, so I set up an appointment to go talk with my doctor. My doctor told me that getting pregnant is not as easy as people think and advised me to give it another six months. I did that and still had no luck so back to the doctor I went. This time, my doctor sent me to a fertility specialist who ran several tests. Turned out I had an “inhospitable environment” coupled with blocked fallopian tubes. The doctor told me that my chance of getting pregnant naturally was only 3% and that artificial insemination was not an option due to my inhospitable environment. Therefore, my only options were invitro-fertilization or adoption. I immediately started sobbing and thought to myself “what woman can not have a baby?” The feeling is hard to explain to anyone who has not experienced this for themselves. You feel a profound sense of loss. Not a loss like losing a loved one, but a completely different and overwhelming feeling of loss. My husband at the time did not want to adopt. He wanted a child that was biologically his so after a lot of research, discussing, and thinking, we opted to try invitro-fertilization. The closest clinic to me that did invitro-fertilization was over an hour away so we set up a visit to go discuss the process. During my first visit to the fertility clinic, I was extremely optimistic. The fertility specialist informed me that because of my young age, my good health, and the fact that invitro-fertilization completely bypasses the fallopian tubes, my chances were very high that invitro-fertilization would work for me. They showed me pictures and told me the invitro success stories. They went over the expense and although it was going to be extremely costly, I was convinced it would work so the expense would be worth it in the end if it gave me the baby I so desired. So, I began my journey of invitro-fertilization. I started with daily injections to increase the number of eggs I produced which resulted in Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. Basically, my body had an exaggerated response to the hormones I was injecting, and my ovaries swelled and produced many more eggs than the ovaries should have produced even in the artificial situation we were creating. Due to my response, we had to stop the process, let my body heal and then try again. After several months, we tried again with a lesser amount of hormones. This time it worked. I produced the optimal amount of eggs which they were able to retrieve and fertilize. We ended up with three “perfect” embryos. The doctors were still telling me that I was the perfect candidate for invitro-fertilization and instructed me to only have two of the three embryos implanted since I did not want to end up with triplets. They gave me an ultrasound picture of the three embryos that I kept sitting on my entertainment center up until the time that I received the bad news. The embryos did not attach, I was not pregnant. I was devastated to say the least. To this day, I still cannot listen to the song ‘Arms Wide Open’ by Creed because that was the song playing when I got the bad news. It took me a while to decide whether I wanted to go through the whole process of invitro again (the process is hard emotionally and physically) and if I wanted to go through the heartbreak of it not working again. I did ultimately decide to try again. This time we had frozen embryos from the first attempt, so we thawed them and again implanted two. And again, it did not take. I divorced before we got the chance to try again and then I turned 35. Your chances of invitro-fertilization working after 35 years of age is exceptionally low. That fact coupled with the fact that I was divorced made up my mind that I was done with my journey of trying to become a mother, at least to human babies.

Enter the Frenchies

I have mentioned before in previous posts that I have been a dog mom to several dogs over the years. However, no dogs or any other animals for that matter, have stolen my heart like my frenchies have. My dream of becoming a mother to human babies did not come true. However, my dream to be a mother did come true. My frenchie babies love me unconditionally and I love them unconditionally just like a mother loves her human children. The fact that they require so much care has completely satisfied my maternal instincts. I feed them, I bathe them, and provide all the care they need. I did not appreciate the fact that I started with three perfect embryos and ended with three perfect frenchies until my husband brought it to my attention. Once he mentioned it to me, I spent a lot of time thinking about that and the fact that everything happens for a reason. I have degrees in Biology and Behavioral and Social Sciences, I have studied animal behavior, and I have worked with animals for many years. This coupled with my love for animals makes me a great dog mom and this is what I was meant to be. I also love to help people and that is why I started this blog. I have three frenchie babies that I love with my whole heart and have experienced a lot with them. Additionally, I have knowledge of animal behavior so what better way to give back than to start a blog to try to help other frenchie parents be the best frenchie parents they can be.

By the way, I am no longer sad about not being a mother…. because I am a mother. I am a mother to Dozer, Molly, and Harley, the best kids any mom could ask for!

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French Bulldog Rescues

As a dog mom, I am very thankful to all the volunteers who dedicate their time to working with rescue groups. Many of them work long and hard ensuring rescue dogs are taken care of and adopted to the right person or family. When you conduct a google search for French Bulldog rescues, many different organizations pop up. How do you know which rescue group you should work with and more importantly how do you know which rescue groups are legitimate? In my research I had the privilege of corresponding with a member of the Board of Directors from the French Bulldog Rescue Network. I chose to interview the French Bulldog Rescue Network since they were the most visible French Bulldog rescue on social media.

French Bulldog Rescue Network

The French Bulldog Rescue Network began in 2001 when the French Bulldog Club of America ended the rescue portion of the organization. The rescue is a national 501(c)(3) organization. The 501(c)(3) dedication indicates they are registered with the IRS as a charitable organization. For a 501(c)(3) to retain this designation, they must obtain at least one third of their donations from a “broad base of public support.” The French Bulldog Rescue Networks mission statement reads as follows: “to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home French Bulldogs in need from commercial breeding kennels, import brokers, public shelters, private rescue groups, owners or Good Samaritans” Their goal is to “place healthy and happy French Bulldogs into forever homes.” The rescue is run solely by volunteers who work in varying capacities from vet visit coordinators to foster managers who oversee all the foster homes with dogs in their care. When asked what the hardest part of running a rescue was, the representative from the French Bulldog Rescue Network stated that “coordinating vet visits and veterinary care for the dogs across the entire country over multiple time zones is the biggest challenge.” This is where their vet visit team comes into play and these volunteers are said to be the backbone of the rescue.

Why Rescue?

There are many reasons you should look into rescuing a French Bulldog as opposed to buying one and, no, one of the reasons is not the cost. The cost to purchase a French Bulldog could be the smallest price tag you have to pay over the life of your frenchie. If you are lucky, you will have a happy, healthy French Bulldog who has no health issues whatsoever. However, there are many health issues that come along with this breed from allergies to spinal issues. The first reason you may wish to rescue instead of purchase is that having a puppy is much like having a newborn baby. If you are willing and ready for many sleepless nights and constantly cleaning up pee and poop, then purchasing or adopting a puppy may be an option for you. If not, rescuing an older frenchie may be a better option. The second and most important reason, in my opinion, is simply that there are so many dogs in rescues that are in need of forever homes. The French Bulldog Rescue Network typically has 60-70 dogs in its care at a time and has had upwards of 100 dogs at a time and this is just one rescue. French Bulldogs have become increasingly popular over the past few years. This has led to many more people breeding French Bulldogs. There are many reputable breeders out there. However, there are also many people breeding frenchies who are not experienced with the breed. Therefore, they are not making the best decisions when breeding or simply not caring about the health of the breed and only caring about making a buck. People may purchase a French Bulldog puppy without thoroughly researching the breed and then end up with a dog with a plethora of health problems. When they can not afford the veterinary bills for the dog, they may surrender this dog. The French Bulldog Rescue Network receives frenchies that are malnourished and have severe health problems. Some of the common health issues they see in the dogs they rescue are allergies, breathing problems, cardiac, and spinal issues. In 2019, the costs incurred by the French Bulldog Rescue Network for veterinary care alone totaled $300,000.00. This is one of the reasons that donations are so important to rescue groups. If you are interested in donating to the French Bulldog Rescue Network, you may donate here: http://frenchbulldogrescue.org/help-fbrn/donate/ or text FRENCHIE to 44321. You may also choose the French Bulldog Rescue Network as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile like I do. For qualified purchases I make on Amazon, Amazon donates a portion to the French Bulldog Rescue Network.

Legitimate Rescues vs Non-Legitimate Rescues

You may be asking; how do I tell a legitimate rescue from a non-legitimate rescue? While corresponding with the French Bulldog Rescue Network, they confirmed that non-legitimate rescues may not have a 501(c)(3) designation, they may charge extraordinarily high adoption fees and they may not have a social media presence. Some other red flags they warned that could indicate a rescue is not a legitimate rescue is that they obtain their dogs from unknown or distant locations, they do not use volunteers, they may not screen potential adopters or they overly screen potential adopters, they have a high volume of “designer dogs”, they withhold important information, they get defensive about answering questions, and they do not provide names and/or contact information on their website. Some so-called rescue groups may be puppy mills posing as a rescue group so be sure to look for these red flags. Legitimate rescue groups will be recognized by other rescue groups and are willing to work with shelters and the other legitimate rescue groups. They are genuinely concerned with what is best for the dog. They will conduct vet checks to ensure potential adopters provide veterinary care for their pets and they will conduct home visits. The French Bulldog Rescue Network is now conducting home visits via Facetime, Skype or Zoom due to the pandemic.

Whether you choose to rescue or purchase your frenchie is a personal choice. I hope to have offered some convincing reasons why you should consider rescuing a French Bulldog.

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The Zoomies

The first time I witnessed Dozer running as fast as he could across the couch, then down onto the ground, across the living room, back up on the couch, then over to the ottoman and back around again and again like a bat out of hell, I thought “What the heck is wrong with this crazy dog?” When dogs get the zoomies, it seems as if they go from zero to one hundred miles per hour in a split second. Sometimes they will tuck their bums under and explode into a sprint of what looks like utter merriment. While the zoomies are not specific to frenchies, I never personally witnessed this phenomenon until I became a frenchie parent. I relish when my frenchies get the zoomies. It is certainly entertaining to watch.

What are the zoomies?

Zoomies are short (or sometimes not so short) bursts of energy exhibited by dogs. They are the result of pent up energy. Zoomies are a natural dog behavior which can be expressed late at night, when going outside for a walk, while observing another dog, after a bath, or even after pooping. There is a formal name for the zoomies. It is Frenetic Random Activity Periods or FRAPs for short. Normally FRAPs are totally natural and show that a dog is a happy healthy canine. However, on the rare occasion, it could be a sign of something else such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. A dog chasing their tail for an extended period can be a sign of this disorder. Be sure to pay close attention to your dogs’ behavior before and after the zoomies to clue into whether they are normal happy dog zoomies or something else that could be a sign of an underlying issue.

Is it OK for dogs to engage in the zoomies?

It is absolutely okay for your dogs to break out into the zoomies! I have already mentioned that it is a natural dog behavior. By the way, it is not only dogs that get the zoomies. Other animals such as goats, horses, and cats also get the zoomies. If the animals are somewhere safe when the zoomies come on and they are not going to run into something that may hurt them, you usually do not need to interfere. There is, however, another concern for French Bulldogs in the running and jumping aspect of the zoomies. French Bulldogs are known to be prone to back and hip problems so if they are running and jumping on to and off of high furniture, there is a risk of injury. If you have high furniture, it would be a good idea to invest in ramps or steps and make sure your frenchies use them instead of jumping on and off furniture.

An interesting aspect to the zoomies is that it is extremely hard to distract your frenchie from the zoomies once they start. Neither their favorite treat nor their favorite toy will coax them to stop. But that is alright! Let them go, let them zoom! Zoomies are just one of the many things that make being a frenchie parent fun!

If you have any other interesting facts about zoomies, feel free to reply below.

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How to Spot a Scam when Buying a Frenchie Puppy

People are buying French Bulldog puppies more now than ever despite the high price tag. This also means that people are getting themselves into bad situations and losing hard earned money now more than ever. It is too often that I see someone post on social media they were scammed out of their deposit money. They send in a deposit via some money app just to be blocked right after the transaction goes through. Many legitimate breeders also ask for a deposit. So how can you tell a legitimate breeder from a scammer?

Asking the right questions

What is most important in weeding out scammers is knowing the right questions to ask.

The first question to ask is “Can you call me, or can we Face time?” If they say no or keep skirting the issue, they just might be a scammer.

The second question you should ask is “Can you send pictures of the puppy from different angles?” If they only have one or two pictures of the puppy, that may be because they have stolen the images from a legitimate breeder’s website. You can also ask for a picture of the puppy with a piece a paper by it displaying today’s date on the piece of paper.

The third question you should ask is “Do you have pictures of the puppy’s mom and dad.” If they do not have pictures of mom and dad, this may be just another sign they are not a legitimate breeder.

With all this being said, a breeder may be uncomfortable with calling you or may be having problems taking pictures. Even so, if you ask all these questions and they are unable to call or Face time, they only have two pictures of the puppy and will not provide the specific pictures you request, AND are unable to produce pictures of mom and dad, then you most likely have a scammer.

It is also a good idea to ask for referrals and ask around to see if anyone has dealt with that breeder in the recent past. Look up their website, Facebook, and Instagram to see if everything seems legitimate. How long has their Facebook been open? Do they post a lot and do people respond to their posts? Do you see them corresponding with other people who have purchased puppies from them previously? Does their Facebook page have a lot of followers? These are all questions to ask yourself when reviewing their Facebook page.

Now what? You have done everything I mentioned above, and you may be thinking to yourself “They seem legitimate, but should I send a deposit?”

Should I send a deposit?

You must be incredibly careful when sending a deposit to purchase a puppy. As I mentioned, many reputable breeders ask for a deposit to hold a puppy so they don’t lose out on selling the puppy to another buyer. However, there are some things you can look for. For example, how are they asking you to send the deposit? If they are asking you to wire the funds or send the deposit via gift card, that is a huge sign they are a scammer.

I have personally not paid a deposit for my French Bulldogs. I found local breeders, went to pick up the puppies, and paid them at the time I picked up the puppies. However, you may be required to pay a deposit. Just make sure before you pay a deposit, you have completed your research to ensure the breeder you are dealing with is indeed a legitimate breeder. It is also important to use a money transfer option where you can get your money back unless you know the breeder personally. Many cash apps do not have this option. Once the money is sent, there is no getting it back.

If they ask for more money than you initially agreed upon, that is another red flag. The biggest red flag when looking for French Bulldog puppies is the price. If the price is below $1,500.00 for a French Bulldog puppy, you can be quite certain you are dealing with a scammer. Prices for French Bulldog puppies run anywhere from $2,000.00 up to $10,000.00. I have even seen them priced higher than $10,000.00. So, how do you spot a legitimate breeder?

How to spot a legitimate breeder

A legitimate breeder will maintain constant contact with you. They will answer all your questions and send you pictures when you ask for them. They will not say “Trust me.” When you ask for pictures and they do not send them, then say something to the effect of “Why, you don’t trust me?” that is a definite sign you are speaking with a scammer. Legitimate breeders typically have a Facebook page that has many followers, many posts, and constant dialogue between them and their followers.

There are many French Bulldog groups on Facebook which scammers seem to target. However, these groups are good resources to use to talk with other frenchie parents. Asking others which breeder they used is a good idea. Just remember, that person on the other end of the computer or phone that you don’t know could also be starting a scam. So, talk to many people, ask many questions, and do your research. If you still feel uncomfortable or unsure after your research is complete, check out the French Bulldog Club. Their site has lists of reputable breeders.

On a final note, if you have been scammed, be sure to report it to the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission so other people will not be caught in the same scam you were.

If you have suggestions of additional ways to spot a scammer or to spot a legitimate breeder, feel free to leave a reply at the bottom of this page.