Most Common Behavior Problems:
Let's get the potentially lousy stuff out of the way first. A calm, confident canine leader is always vital to raising a perfect canine companion. Without it, there can be issues. What are the most common behavior issues that our little Frenchie suffers from when they lack so guidance and direction?
Excessive barking is one of the top behavioral issues with this breed. Even though they are tiny, they do need to burn off some steam and deplete energy. Though, this issue can come from more than just lack of exercise. Boredom and separation anxiety can also be big variables in making the Frenchie overly vocal.
Not to repeat ourselves, but separation anxiety can also be pervasive an issue. The Frenchie is a companion breed to its core. So, too much time alone or worse isolation- can put a damper on things. And separation anxiety can come in many forms, not just barking, but also destructive behavior.
Another of the more common behavioral problems seen in this breed can be jumping and lousy leash manners.
Possible Downsides and Known Temperament issues:
Sometimes there are things in a dog's temperament that isn’t necessarily wrong or bad, but they can still cause problems for us. Not every breed is for everyone, so now let's jump into some of the things about the French Bulldog that might not be for you.
Even if we don't get fully into separation anxiety territory, the Frenchie still needs a lot of social interaction. Like the English Bulldog, this breed came from bullbaiting dogs long ago. And when Bullbaiting went away in 1835, the Bulldog was faced with two options. Extinction or find a new purpose. The Frenchie is one of the breeds intentionally bred to be reformed into a companion breed and are pros at their new job. But that also means they need you. A lot of you.
This breed can be stubborn. It isn't hard to understand when we take a look back in time at Bullbaiting. This was a bloody practice where a pack of dogs was set on a tethered bull. The dogs would then need to latch onto the bull's nose and hold on for dear life as the bull thrashed them around to remove this nose nuisance. It only ended when the bull conceded. It takes an instrumental amount of tenacity and will to be able to ride something like that out. So, while breeding efforts have changed these dogs to almost be unrecognizable from their bull wrangling ancestors, some traits haven't been eliminated. This stubbornness can affect how easy it is to train this breed and get them to participate in things they would rather not do.
The Frenchie can also be high maintenance and needy. While some may find this endearing, some might find this trait to be something of an annoyance.
Overall the temperament of this breed tends to be consistent and stable. The American Temperament Testing Association has awarded the breed as a whole a 96.2% rating. Though, there are still some individuals out there with temperament issues. This is why working with a reputable rescue or breeder is always a must. As it helps to make sure you are bringing in a dog that has the right traits for its breed.
While we can make great strides with dogs with temperament problems, sometimes it isn't that simple as temperament problems can sometimes cause an individual dog inconsistent and unreliable.
The French Bulldog breed's biggest temperament issue is nervousness causing them to withdraw, be overly shy, lack of confidence, and have a plethora of other problems related to bad nerves.
With correct temperament and a high-level canine leader:
Now that all of the unpleasant bits are out of the way. Let's talk about the awesome things about the Frenchie’s temperament.
The French Bulldog is a charmer. They are loving, devoted, active, playful, maybe a little quirky, and have a big personality wrapped up in a pleasant little package. If you are looking for endless love and cuddles, this breed is an excellent choice.
The breed also does not bark much naturally, so if they get plenty of mental and physical stimulation, they can make good little watchdogs and will let you know if anything strange is afoot.
Frenchies also do great with other animals and children. They also enjoy making new human friends. So, if you are in the market for a breed that is pretty agreeable with everyone, this might be the one for you!