How Do I Introduce My FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPY To My Family

How Do I Introduce My FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPY To My Family

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Brining a puppy home is an overwhelming day for them as they find themselves in new surroundings and today we will teach you how to introduce your puppy to your family.

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DO FRENCH BULLDOG HAVE HIGH PREY DRIVE

DO FRENCH BULLDOG HAVE HIGH PREY DRIVE

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HISTORY The Frenchie is derived from Britain’s native bulldog, which was much bigger and used for bull baiting! Now when this was banned in the 1830s, instead of disappearing, the Bulldog was kept for it’s companionship. But over the years they changed from a dog that was able to grapple with a Bull to the compact, squashed face companion we are so familiar with today. The fighting nature of the original bulldog was slowly bred out and replaced with an overall personality rooted in a love for human companionship. For an unknown reason, they were extremely popular with the female lacemakers, whilst we’re not sure of the reason why, who could blame them??  Whilst they have become one of the most popular breeds of dog due to their affection for their human family members, it is important to remember that all dog breed have evolved from wolves. Now, it is easy to forget this as the Frenchie is a world away from a wolf but it is key to remember that a wolf’s survival was heavily dependent on a prey drive for survival! So whilst a French Bulldog was bred and cultivated to become the perfect human companion, their ancestral traits can always remain! It’s a classic argument of nature over nurture, all dogs can potentially revert back to basic instincts. But in this video, we’re focused on how high that chance is in a Frenchie when it comes to their prey drive! TEMPERAMENT The Frenchie is a companion dog through and through. This little dog much prefers the company of people to being isolated. They are extremely affectionate towards their family, wanting to be a part of everything you’re doing. Their affection is arguably what has made them one of the most popular breeds today but it’s worth noting that they may become possessive or protective of their owners. This can sometimes translate into some aggression or need to dominant any other pets at home. Which isn’t technically a prey drive, but it is worth noting should you want to introduce them into a home that already has a cat or another small dog. As a couple, you can tackle the possessive nature by training in equal parts and spending as much time with your Frenchie as your partner. But it is up to you whether you want to try and dampen their protective instincts! When training these little dogs, be prepared to come across an intelligent pet with a stubborn and mischievous side. Due to this, you may need to remind them on occasion where they are in your family ‘pack’ but consistent training should reduce the need for that.  TRAINING Their stubbornness can hinder their training, and test your patience. However, for their owner, they will be eager to please. It’s always best to discover if your dog is more food or praise orientated early on so they associate training with a reward they want from a young age. A firm hand is what is going to be needed to train your Frenchie but harsh correction is unlikely to produce a well trained dog. French Bulldogs respond best to positive reinforcement! Recall on a stubborn dog can be a task that may take you months or even years to master. It is worth the effort though. Until this is set in stone, I’d be reluctant to let a Frenchie truly off-lead. Instead, whilst you don’t have 100% confidence in your dogs’ recall, a long line, simply a lead that can be 5-10ft, will be your safety net. Recall is the best tool to prevent them from tearing off after a squirrel or rabbit in a lapse back into hunting mode. Whilst not all Frenchie’s will display this prey drive, it’s always best to be prepared and have those preventative measures in play! As a puppy, once they’re cleared to meet and greet other people and other dogs, it is so so important to socialise them correctly. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean meeting as many dogs and as many people as possible! It’s more that they need to explore the world around them in a positive way to ensure you have a well-rounded dog that’s less likely to be reactive. Taking this mischievous little dog into places like cafes and dog parks and teaching them from a young age not to beg or not to charge over to every dog they see is crucial to a happy life with them. Whilst they aren’t the most intimidating breed to look at, their stuck up ears and alert eyes can come across as confrontational body language to another dog. The last thing you want is for them to think is that bounding over to all the other dogs that they see as good manners. It will get them into trouble should they approach a nervous or reactive dog. Giving them the correct socialisation, letting them know that smaller dogs ect aren’t something to chase, will also help to dampen that need to chase ‘prey’. Again, this won’t always be an issue with French Bulldogs but it is always best to teach them to respect all breeds of dogs no matter the size! OVERVIEW Let’s recap what we’ve gone through today.  Whilst the Frenchie has been cultivated over the years to be a loyal companion dog, their origins and ancestry can make it possible for them to have some level of prey drive. It isn’t typically something that is seen in Frenchie’s but it is always best to keep in mind that all dog breeds have the capacity to display this behaviour. Being aware of their history and temperament means you can alter their training to hopefully help to control that drive should they start presenting that behaviour. 

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ARE FRENCH BULLDOG GOOD FOR FIRST TIME OWNERS

ARE FRENCH BULLDOG GOOD FOR FIRST TIME OWNERS

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TEMPERAMENT  The French Bulldog is a companion dog through and through. This little dog much prefers the company of people to being isolated. They can be extremely sociable dogs if socialised properly as a puppy, I will go into more detail about socialisation later on in this video! They’re very playful and so they can be suitable for families with children, again, this is dependent on their socialisation! Their historical instincts make them a perfect four-legged best friend meaning that for a first-time dog owner, they can become perfect additions to the family. But if you are precious about sharing your favourite spot on the sofa, this breed isn’t for you. Their affection is arguably what has made them one of the most popular breeds today but it’s worth noting that they may become a bit possessive of their owners. As a couple, you can tackle this by training in equal parts and spending as much time with your Frenchie as your partner. When training these little dogs, be prepared to come across an intelligent pet with a stubborn and mischievous side. Due to this, you may need to remind them on occasion where they are in your family ‘pack’ but consistent training should reduce the need for that.  Now for more on their training. TRAINING/ EXERCISE  So yes, their stubbornness can hinder their training, and test your patience. However, for their owner, they will be eager to please. It’s always best to discover if your dog is more food or praise orientated early on so they associate training with a reward they want from a young age. A firm hand is what is going to be needed to train your Frenchie but harsh correction is unlikely to produce a well trained dog. French Bulldogs respond best to positive reinforcement! Don’t be put off by the ‘stubborn’ stereotype, Frenchie’s can be trained using simple commands, you won’t need a Crufts level of experience to create a well trained French Bulldog, just plenty of patience! As a puppy, once they’re cleared to meet and greet other people and other dogs, it is so so important to socialise them correctly. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean meeting as many dogs and as many people as possible! It’s more that they need to explore the world around them in a positive way to ensure you have a well-rounded dog that’s less likely to be reactive. Taking this mischievous little dog into places like cafes and dog parks and teaching them from a young age not to beg or not to charge over to every dog they see is crucial to a happy life with them. Whilst they aren’t the most intimidating breed to look at, their stuck up ears and alert eyes can come across as confrontational body language to another dog. The last thing you want is for them to think is that bounding over to all the other dogs that they see as good manners. It will get them into trouble should they approach a nervous or reactive dog. Frenchie’s are deceptively energetic little dogs. Needing at least 1 hour of exercise a day, over 2-3 shorter walks. As puppies, it’s best to try and keep them from being too rambunctious to protect their growing joints. Once they’re matured, you’ll have a good walking companion that will enjoy simple walks through the park with you. Just keep in mind that whilst they aren’t of working intelligence, they can be mischievous, so a moderate level of mental exercise is also key to keeping them, and you. happy. CARE/ SUITABILITY It would be a doing the breed an injustice if we at Fenrir didn’t highlight a few medical concerns any Frenchie owner should be aware of. We do have a health deepdive video if you would like some more information, for now, I will just overview the most important points. Brachycephalic, flat-faced, breeds can have issues with breathing. Which can be handled by keeping your pup at a healthy weight, watching they don’t over-exert themselves and keeping them cool in hot weather. Their adorable little faces will need regular cleaning, especially between the nose folds! The flaps of skin can harbour bacteria so keeping it clean will prevent any irritation to your little pup! And as always, we recommend consulting a veterinary professional if you have any major concerns! Now, let’s say you’ve researched and located a reputable breeder that will give you a lively, adorable Frenchie pup, you have to be able to give them the best home. Again, in the early stages, it is best to ask a reputable breeder who they think the breed is perfect for. They will know the breed inside and out, meaning they can make sure suitable homes are found. French Bulldogs are small, friendly, affectionate and have relatively long lives. Now, these all sound like good traits! But only in the right environment. A Frenchie is not for you if you have to leave them alone for long periods, are precious about sharing the sofa with a dog or are expecting a baby at the same time! (Looking after a newborn AND a new puppy is a mammoth task, no matter how small the dog).  As much as you might prefer one breed over another, you have to be somewhat objective when looking at your suitability. If you have an outdoorsy job that allows for a four-legged coworker, a bigger, more independent breed may be more suited to you. However, if you can spend the majority of time with your Frenchie and enjoy leisurely strolls through the parks and country roads, they may just be the best companion.  OVERVIEW Let’s recap what we’ve gone through today.  Their affection, playful nature and historical instincts in excelling as companions, these little dogs can be the best dog for a first-time owner. Whilst their stubborn streak can require patience when training, it isn’t something that should deter anyone from getting one. Consistent training is the key to correcting this! They will enjoy leisurely walks with their owners, and will still have the energy for a playful episode later in the day! They will seem to have endless energy but will always want to take their favourite place on the sofa next to their favourite human! Their recent popularity has caused irresponsible breeding that has accentuated some of their medical issues. To best tackle this, please, please do you research before buying one. A healthy Frenchie will be a loved, fun member of the family but one from a reckless breeder will more than likely come with the challenge of major medical issues. And make sure you can give a Frenchie a suitable home, they will be a part of your life for a long time! It’s fair to say that a responsibly sourced Frenchie is suitable for a first time owner, there are just some aspects that they should be are of!

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The French Bulldog and the Bull Terrier are both incredibly popular breeds. They have a number of similarities and differences but which would be better for you? Today we compare the 2 breeds.

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Where Should My FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPY Sleep?

Where Should My FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPY Sleep?

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How Much Does A FRENCH BULLDOG Cost?

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When buying a French Bulldog puppy you should think about more than just the initial cost. Owning a dog can be very expensive so you should always think about the ongoing costs. Today I break down the overall cost of a French Bulldog.

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NEVER LET YOUR FRENCH BULLDOG EAT THIS!!!!

NEVER LET YOUR FRENCH BULLDOG EAT THIS!!!!

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Watching what your dog eats is very important as there are many poisonous things to dogs and today you can learn what to foods to keep your dog away from. 

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5 AMAZING FACTS About The FRENCH BULLDOG

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ORIGIN  The Frenchie is derived from Britain’s native bulldog, which was much bigger and used for bull baiting! Now when this was banned in the 1830s, instead of disappearing, the Bulldog was kept for it’s companionship. But over the years they changed from a dog that was able to grapple with a Bull to the compact, squashed face companion we are so familiar with today. They had to adapt to being miniaturised so that they took up less space and didn’t need as much food to be attainable for the low-wage mill workers. For an unknown reason, they were extremely popular with the female lacemakers, whilst we’re not sure of the reason why, who could blame them??  They began to grow in popularity in the lace making industry hub of Nottingham but after the collapse of the Industrial Revolution, this loyal little dog was taken over to France with workers. Their popularity travelled from Normandy to Paris and continued to grow! In France they became known as the ‘Bouledogues Francais’. These lively little dogs made their way into all walks of Parisian life, from café owners and rag traders to ladies of the night! The French then became guardians of the breed and cultivated the compact body and straightened legs whilst ridding them of the underbite of the old English Bulldog.  FBDCA Now, whilst Frenchie’s have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, they were so popular back in the 1800’s that the ‘French Bulldog Cub of America’ was actually formed before the American Kennel Club even recognised the breed. The original constitution of the FBDCA was written in 1897, but the AKC didn’t acknowledge the French Bulldog as we know it until 1898.  The founding of the FBDCA was all down to a dispute about ears! American breeders were infuriated that an English judge had put a rose-eared Frenchie in a competition at Westminster. Most British and French judges favoured the rose ears but there were no published breed definitions of the French Bulldog and so the Americans took it upon themselves to create one! Which is now why the Frenchie has the comical bat ears we are all so familiar with today! Whilst this was met with fierce criticism from England and France, the Americans dug in their heels and so today the bat ear is a universally recognised trait of a Frenchie!  SWIMMING Moving on, whilst a Frenchie may love a paddle in a kid’s paddling pool on a warm summers day, they are actually terribly inefficient swimmers! It isn’t just the Frenchie’s, but all bulldog breeds are generally bad swimmers. They just aren’t built for the water! They’re top heavy and have flat faces, meaning that they can struggle to keep their noses above the water. Of course, there are always exceptions. Younger, more agile French Bulldog’s may enjoy a bit of a doggy paddle in a pool with you, but you will need to supervise them regardless of how well you think they can cope. You should never leave a Frenchie alone with deep water about, research suggests that once they go below water, they will sink quite quickly and be unable to get back up. The curse of being dense and compact! Even if you get them a lifejacket, please still be wary of them in the water. Even if they stay buoyant, if they inhale water into their lungs, it can cause them to choke and panic or even trigger pneumonia. Basically, you want to treat a Frenchie the same as a toddler around any body of water!  TITANIC  Sticking with the water theme, there was actually a Frenchie aboard the Titanic! Of the 3300 people that were aboard the Titanic, only 12 dogs were permitted! They all belonged to high class passengers that had to pay a fare for their four-legged travelling companion that cost the same as that for a child. Of the 12 dogs onboard, one of them was a French Bulldog. The Frenchie in question was Gamin De Pycombe and he was a brindle pup owned by US banker, Robert Daniel. He was a champion French Bulldog, his father being CH Charlemagne of Amersham who was the UK’s first pied champion Frenchie! Gamin’s owner had paid £150 for his high-class pup, which equates to around £11,000 if you were to buy him today! Unfortunately, little Gamin didn’t survive the sinking of the Titanic, the only documented dogs to have made it were a couple of Pomeranians and a Pekingese (which were probably smuggled onto lifeboats, concealed by their owners big winter coats!). Even though he met an unfortunate end, Gamin lives on in James Cameron’s film. The director honours the pup by adding in a scene where you can clearly spot a little brindle French Bulldog being walked along the deck. Keep an eye out next time you watch it!  CELEBRITY FAVOURITE  It seems as though the French Bulldog has always been a part of the privileged lifestyle, they’ve made a name for themselves from wealthy New York socialites in the 1890’s to some of the biggest celebrities of the 21st century!  Some of the more notable names include; Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson who adopted two Frenchie’s, endearingly named Hobbs and Brutus in 2016. Unfortunately, Brutus went over the rainbow bridge a few months after being adopted. The Rock still pays homage to Hobbs’ brother, and continues to give Hobbs all the experiences any one of us would be jealous of! Hobbs even has a cameo role in his dad’s blockbuster, ‘Hobbs and Shaw’!  Carrie Fisher is also a big Hollywood name that adored her French Bulldog. His name is Gary Fisher and he was actually a service dog for her, he helped her cope with her bi-polar disorder. She was open about her mental health and praised the emotional support and stability that Gary provided for her Upon her passing, he was taken in by Carrie’s assistant but he now enjoys retirement in Florida with the actresses daughter, Lourd. He even has his own Instagram for any Star Wars fans out there! 

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