5 Reasons you SHOULD NOT GET A French Bulldog Puppy
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5 – Frenchies absolutely need your company
French Bulldogs are extremely affectionate little dogs and love nothing more than spending as much time with their owners as possible. They do not just prefer you being around – they actually NEED your company to stay healthy: Left by themselves all day, French Bulldogs might develop separation anxiety – which in turn may lead to them becoming destructive in the house. Severe separation anxiety can also cause a number of health problems.
For this reason, if you will not be able to be around for the best part of the day, then you should not get a Frenchie. That does not mean that you never should bring one of these kind-hearted little fellows into your life – it just means that you will have to make some adjustments before you do so. For example, you could arrange for at least one family member to be home during most of the day. Or maybe, you have the opportunity to switch your office job to an arrangement that allows you to work from home.
Should there be a good doggy day care in your area, that is also a way to avoid your Frenchie getting all too distressed by your absence during the day.
4 – Frenchies are not a healthy breed
It is not only separation anxiety that can cause health issues in your Frenchie: Due to their compact heads, short muzzles and flat faces, the breed is extremely prone to the so-called Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. This means their ability to breathe normally is obstructed by the unnatural shape of their airways. Not only does this cause noisy breathing and heavy panting, but, unfortunately, it also means that the dog is in a constant state of discomfort.
Other common health issues Frenchies can suffer from include allergies, skin conditions, back problems, eye dental and eye problems, infected ears, ulcers as well as Luxating patellas (which means the kneecaps temporarily slip out of place).
This means: With a Frenchie in your home, you are most likely going to see a lot of your vet for one reason or another. And, even though the French Bulldog is a small dog breed, these conditions can cause huge vet bills! Also, you will absolutely need to put in time on the grooming-front, like, cleaning your dog’s ears and skin folds to avoid infections.
So, if you are looking for a robust and healthy dog to bring into your life, you should definitely not get a French Bulldog.
3 – French Bulldogs do not travel well
The Frenchie’s numerous health problems that we just discussed leads us to reason number 3 why this breed is not a good fit for you: Because they are a brachycephalic breed, they should not ever be transported on airplanes. The peculiar shape of their airways can lead to their death – which is why many airlines refuse to transport French Bulldogs as well as other bully breeds.
Also, as they are so prone to heat stroke, Frenchies do simply not make good travel companions. Again, you can find different solutions for your vacation time, like having a family member take care of the dog in your absence. But if you want a canine companion who can safely join you on extended trips and holidays, then you should not get a French Bulldog.
2 – You want a highly trainable and active dog
As many owners can attest, French Bulldogs can be rather stubborn and difficult to train. Even though positive reinforcement usually will give you SOME results – if you want a very trainable dog whom you can teach many different commands and tricks, then you should not get a Frenchie.
Also, if you are a very active person and you would like your canine companion to join you on your walks and hikes, this is not the right breed for you: Frenchies are very prone to overheating and should absolutely not be exercised much in warm weather. As well, their snub-nosed little faces make breathing difficult for them.
Again, there are ways to work around this issue. For example, you could take your French Bulldog along on a longer walk in a safe dog carrier backpack. As long as you always have water with you to let the dog drink - and to cool it down should it start to pant a lot -, your Frenchie can be trained to quietly sit and enjoy the ride.
1 – You want your dog to guard your home
So, you would like your future French Bulldog to guard your apartment or house. They are BULLDOGS, after all, right? The answer is: Yes and No. Let me explain: Whilst the ancestors of the French Bulldog are indeed the fearsome, aggressive bull-killers of ancient England, today’s Frenchie is a very mellow and warm-hearted dog. Towards everyone.
Now, this does not mean that you cannot teach them to sound an alarm where appropriate: They are quite intelligent and may well reward your training efforts with a few barks whenever a person approaches your front door. However, their immensely friendly nature makes them rather unlikely to effectively scare unwanted intruders off. Not only are French Bulldogs small of stature, they also have far too loving little hearts to take a guarding role all too seriously.
If you are interested in a reliable guard dog – or, at least, watchdog – then you should not get a French Bulldog.
The world-famous French Bulldog is an amazing breed whose compact size makes it the perfect canine companion for many dog-lovers. But – as is the case with any dog breed – they are not suited for any kind of person or lifestyle. Should any of the 5 reasons why you should not get a French Bulldog apply to YOU, then do not give up on your dream of owning one: Perhaps, at a later point in time, the adorable Frenchie will be the perfect canine companion for you!