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An Insider’s Look at the Insanely Affectionate French Bulldog

An Insider’s Look at the Insanely Affectionate French Bulldog

Are French bulldogs affectionate? You better believe they are.

This breed is very affectionate with his/her owners and gets along well with all family members including children and other pets.

French bulldogs are perfect companion dogs. They’re curious creatures when out and about. At home, they want nothing more than to snuggle. Of course, you can expect moments of high energy around the house as well.

If it’s affection you’re looking for, the French bulldog might be the way to go. Be prepared to have this little joy on your lap most of the time.

You can also expect your new dog to be:

  • affection towards owners
  • playful
  • hysterically funny
  • wildly entertaining

Deciding whether or not a French bulldog is right for your family is a big decision. It’s important to:

  • weigh the costs that will be involved over the lifespan of your dog
  • determine if the puppy will meet your lifestyle
  • be honest about the commitment involved

So Much Cute in Such a Small Package!

The French Bulldog is a cute, small dog with a playful and affectionate temperament. Just watch any TikTok video of French bulldogs and you’ll see what I mean. They have fantastic expressions and tend to mimic their owners and other people.

There’s something irresistible about their large heads and short snouts that brings laughter to the surface within seconds. It’s the way they tilt their heads when they’re listening to you, and their reaction to your voice that is so endearing.

A French Bulldog Will Lift Your Spirits

This is the kind of dog that is going to make you laugh on days you don’t feel like laughing. They’ll warm your heart on days you think nothing will make you feel better.

French bulldogs know how to do all these things because they were bred to be companion dogs.

French Bulldogs Are Very Affectionate

Some Frenchies are a little skittish around people they haven’t met before. That’s not always the case, of course. Just like you or me, French bulldogs have unique personalities.

If you’re wondering just how affectionate the French bulldog is, ask anybody who owns one. There’s a good chance they’ll tell you how cuddly they are at home and how much they want to be up on your lap.

You can expect a nice cuddle at the end of the day. In fact, this breed would be happy to snuggle up to you all day if he/she could.

There are many things that make French bulldogs excellent pets. Their stocky bodies carry more mischievous confidence than you can imagine, and they easily slip into the routine of any household.

They’re Not Lazy

Of course, there are some things you should know about French bulldogs before buying one. There’s a common misconception that French bulldogs are “lazy” and do nothing but sleep all day. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Sure, these guys love a good nap. Their physical characteristics make it impossible for them to over-exert themselves without serious consequences. But that doesn’t make them couch potatoes!

Frenchies Can Be “Velcro Dogs”

A velcro dog is one that never leaves your side. Wherever you are, there they are. If you need to leave the house for errands, expect to bring the dog with you.

They will insist.

These little rascals keep an eye on you at all times and can even predict when you will get up and move. If you do have a velcro dog, it doesn’t necessary mean your dog is anxious. They’re just going what they do…being a companion dog.

If you’re looking for an affectionate dog that will want to be by your side 24/7, this is the dog for you. 

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The True Definition of a French Bulldog

French bulldogs are easily identified by their stocky bodies, short snouts, bat-like ears, and wrinkled faces. These are not “new” breeds. In fact, French bulldogs date back at least as far as the nineteenth century. They originated in England, where they were bred to be a toy-size version of the bulldog.

When people, particularly lace-makers, emigrated to France for work, they brought their little dogs with them for company. Back then, Frenchies didn’t look the way they do now. The original breed had a longer snout and less exaggerated features.

For more information on the history of French bulldogs, read this: History of the French Bulldog Breed by the French Bulldog Club of America.

Is It Cruel to Breed French Bulldogs

French bulldogs are the result of crossing terriers with English bulldogs. Unfortunately, the demand for dogs with flat-faces and exaggerated features has increased over the years. Today, the French bulldog is one of the most popular dog breeds.

Because they’re so popular, some inexperienced breeders are trying to capitalize on the sale of French bulldogs. Sadly, some of these folks are more interested in churning out puppies for sale with less interest in the overall health of the breed.

Whether you think it is cruel or not to breed French bulldogs is your decision.

You’re already on the right track by doing your research. A little due-diligence with breeders will go a long way as well.

Life With a French Bulldog

If you love a good belly laugh, you’re going to love this hilarious dog. Frenchies may be aloof with strangers but will develop a strong bond with the pet parents. 

They have moments where they zip around the house like maniacs, and times when they’re happy just to take a long nap on your lap. 

French bulldogs are one of the best companion dogs, mainly because that’s what they are bred for.  Of course, as you’ve probably already guessed, there’s more to owning a dog than first meets the idea.

In addition to the initial cost of purchasing a Frenchie ($5000 or more), you should also factor in the costs of pet insurance or vet bills, special dietary needs, and more.

They are a great dog for individuals and families because they have a lot of personality and even more love to give. (Even if they snore and drool!)

When to Spay/Neuter Your French Bulldog

The best time to neuter your French Bulldog is around the age of 4–9 months.

The general consensus for all dog breeds is that females are usually spayed around 6 months of age before the first heat cycle. This is especially important with French bulldogs.

The unique thing about French Bulldogs is that they are not designed to breed or give birth naturally. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, but the likelihood is low. French bulldogs cannot give birth without human assistance.

This usually means that a cesarean section is necessary. The pelvis is so small and narrow that it is very dangerous for birthing. Puppies and the mother are at a much higher risk of death when attempting to birth naturally.

Breeding a French bulldog requires artificial insemination.

The reason for this is because of the dogs’ very short legs, compact body and narrow hips. The male cannot easily mount the female to reproduce. That’s not to say a different breed nearby cannot get your female dog pregnant when they become fertile.

There are other reasons for having your French Bulldog spayed or neutered including:

  • reduces the risk of prostate disease in males
  • reduces the risk of uterine infection in females
  • reduces the odds of mammary cancer in females
  • may improve behavior

French Bulldogs can live anywhere happily.

These dogs are ideal for both city dwellers and country dwellers. This is because Frenchies can adapt to almost any situation. The exception would be in climates where it’s difficult to escape the heat. Too much heat and humidity are not good for this breed.

City Dwellers

French bulldogs are just as happy in the city as they are in the country. As long as they are safe with loving owners, they will do just fine.

Keep in mind that cities can get very hot in the summer. There is generally a lot of concrete and asphalt, which can become extremely hot on little paws. Thankfully, the French bulldog only requires one or two short walks a day.

Always watch for signs of over-exertion including:

  • Panting with a wide-open mouth
  • unusual sounds coming from the throat
  • your dog may begin foaming at the mouth
  • thick, excessive drool
  • exhaustion from trying to breath in more oxygen than it can

If your dog does show signs of heat-exhaustion, get him/her out of the heat into the shade or into a cool building. Apply a cool, wet cloth to their feet. Don’t apply ice because a rapid cool can be just as dangerous.

Place your dog near a fan to help aid the cooling process. As your dog begins to cool down, give him/her a drink of cool water. Remember to restrict extremely cold water until your dog is back to normal.

Check your dog’s temperature. Once it’s normal (approximately 103 degrees F), you can stop wetting and cooling your dog with water/fan.

Any time you suspect your dog may be severely over-heated, get him/her to a veterinarian for assessment. Heatstroke is life-threatening and needs medical aid.

Country Homes

The amount of space you have isn’t all that important with French Bulldogs. In fact, more space isn’t necessarily a good thing, especially if you want to let your dog roam the backyard alone.

French bulldogs can get themselves into trouble pretty quickly. So, regardless of how much yard space you have, it’s still a good idea to be with your dog when outside.

Apartments and Condos

French bulldogs tend to do very well in apartments and condos. Air conditioned units will make your dog very comfortable. Nearby parks or green spaces for your dog are ideal.

French Bulldogs Are Not Great Exercise Buddies

If you’re looking for a dog to go on long hikes with, the French bulldog is not for you. Frenchies love to play, and they do need some exercise. That said, there’s a limit to how much they should be exercised.

Over-exertion can lead to serious over-heating or heat stroke.

Do French Bulldogs Show Affection?

Frenchies make the best companion dogs. A little attention from you will reap huge rewards. French bulldog owners develop a strong bond with these loyal dogs.

This breed’s personality can go from sleep-mode to zoomies in seconds. They’ll drag out every toy they have, beg to be on your lap as much as physically possible, and will follow you wherever you go.

This desire to be close to their owners has been nicknamed “Velcro dog syndrome”.

Separation Anxiety in French Bulldogs

Because they were bred to be human companions, they should not be left alone at home for extended periods of time.

If you work long hours and leave them alone for the majority of the day, your Frenchie will be miserable.

Symptoms of separation anxiety in French Bulldogs:

  • urinating
  • defecating in the home
  • howling
  • Pacing
  • heavy panting
  • drooling are the third symptom.
  • chewing everything in site including shoes, pillows, and furniture
  • digging

Preventing and Relieving Separation Anxiety in French Bulldogs

The reality is that any dog can develop separation anxiety. Sometimes it’s a short-term problem that resolves on it’s own but most of the time it requires a change of attitude by the dog owner.

The following are a few tips for you in case you run into this problem.

Develop a calm routine.

It’s important to leave the house calmly without dramatic and teary goodbyes. Dogs sense your anxiety and get the feeling that something huge is about to happen.

This can leave an already anxious dog feeling nervous and unsettled. The energy you leave him/her with is the energy they have to deal with after you leave.

Make no fuss about leaving the house.

Start small and only leave the house for 5 or 10 minutes at a time. Get your dog used to seeing you gather up your things (keys, purse, jacket, etc.) and then quietly leave the home.

You don’t have to actually go anywhere! Just work on gradually getting your French bulldog used to short absences.

Provide them a comfortable and secure environment

A comfortable and secure environment for a dog usually means a crate. Crates can be useful tools as long as they are not used as punishment.

Many dogs learn to love the secure feeling of crates. Start your dog off by adding comfortable bedding and a few toys in the crate. Leave it nearby with the door open so that your Frenchie can explore it from time to time.

After a while, your dog will feel very comfortable being in the crate and should be able to spend short periods of time in there with the door closed.

Consistent positive reinforcement

Once you’ve started practicing short absences, make sure to praise your dog appropriately. Don’t get overly excited the minute you walk in the door. Walk in slowly and put your things away.

In the beginning, your dog will probably want to jump on you or use some other methods to try and get your attention. Ignore it.

After a few minutes, when your dog has settled down, quickly praise him/her and offer a treat if you’d like.

Appropriate Exercise

Exercise can go a long way towards helping your dog relax. A few short walks a day usually work best for brachycephalic breeds.

Unfortunately, French bulldogs have a hard time regulating body temperature. Avoid the hottest times of the day between noon and 3 pm if you can. Make sure your dog has plenty of water.

Dog walking and daycare services

We all have to work for a living (most of us, anyway!). Unless you work from home, it means you may need to leave your little buddy alone. There’s nothing worse than the guilt you feel having to leave them home alone.

I know, because I’ve felt it too.

Consider hiring a dog walker to pick up your dog once a day for an outing. You might also consider a daycare service for work days.

Use a remote camera to monitor and communicate with your puppy.

These days, there are some pretty neat things on the market that make working and communicating with your pet really easy. Chewy, for example, has some great pet cams with 2-way audio! That means you can talk to your dog directly from your office.

Some of these gadgets even toss your dog a treat!

Some of the best-selling pet cams available include:

  • Wyze Cam v3 Pet Camera
  • Petcube Cam HD Monitoring With Vet Chat Pet Camera
  • Enabot EBO SE Automatic Smart Robot Camera
  • Petcube Bites 2 Lite Interactive WiFi Pet Monitoring Treat Dispenser Camera
  • Arf Pets Smart Auto Wi-Fi Enables Pet Feeder with HD Camera

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Read the following posts for more information on Frenchies:

From 9 Weeks to Walking – A Guide For Your French Bulldog

Why French Bulldogs Shouldn’t Have Puppies Naturally

How to Encourage Your French Bulldog Puppy’s Ears to Stand UP

Are Male French Bulldogs Less Affectionate Than Female French Bulldogs?

Male and female French bulldogs are both equally affectionate. Ultimately, the personality of your dog will have a lot to do with his/her environment, socialization, behavioral training, and health.

The sex of a dog should not be the most important factor in determining whether or not it will fit into your family.

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Health Concerns of a French Bulldog that Can Affect How Affectionate They Are

A common misconception about French Bulldogs is that they are sick all of the time. That’s not true, especially if you’ve chosen a responsible French Bulldog breeder. Like any dog, however, they can develop health issues.

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome

Unfortunately, the same thing that makes Frenchies adorable (flat faces, short snouts, etc.) are the things that can cause Brachycephalic airway syndrome.

These dogs’ muzzles and noses have been bred to be short. That leaves their throats and breathing passages undersized or flattened.

Elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, and everted laryngeal saccules are all common in these breeds, and are referred to as Brachycephalic Syndrome.

Essentially, their skulls are not structured properly to facilitate healthy breathing.

French bulldogs, however, aren’t the only dogs that can get this syndrome. The English bulldog, French bulldog, Pug, Pekingese, and Boston terrier are all examples of brachycephalic dog breeds.

Elongated Soft Palate

Elongated soft palate is a disorder in which the soft palate (the roof of the mouth) is too long. It ends up protruding into the airway, obstructing airflow into the lungs. The noisy breathing you hear from your French Bulldog might be caused by an elongated soft palate.

Stenoic Flares (deformed nostrils)

Stenotic Nares are deformed nostrils that collapse inward when the dog breaths. Imagine having a bad head-cold for the rest of your life. It’s a bit like that.

Everted Laryngeal Saccules

Laryngeal saccules are actually small bags of tissue that found in front of the vocal cords. Through normal breathing, these saccules stay in place.

Brachycephalic breeds like French bulldogs, however, have to work so hard to breath that it can pull those sacs down into the airway.

As you can guess, this blocks the airway.

Heat Intolerance

Over-activity, excitement, or severe heat or humidity can cause exercise intolerance, cyanosis (blue tongue and gums from lack of oxygen), and sometimes collapse.

Obesity just makes everything worse, so watching your French Bulldog’s diet is crucial. No feeding French Fries for TikTok videos!

Sensitive Stomach

French bulldogs tend to have sensitive stomachs. This is usually become of food allergies. Be careful what you feed your Frenchie. Consulting a veterinarian for an appropriate diet is a great idea. These days, there are some great commercial products designed specifically for French bulldogs including the following:

Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition French Bulldog Puppy Dry Dog Food

Royal Canin products are approved and trusted by consumers and vets. Products like these are formulated specifically for various breeds, including the French Bulldog.

This particular product has the sensitivity of your little French Bulldog puppy in mind.

Royal Canin Breed Health Nutrition French Bulldog Adult Dry Dog Food

This product is similar to the one above except it’s for adult French Bulldogs.

Facebook French Bulldog Group Recommends:

I’ve been reading a lot about people’s experience with French bulldogs and the types of food they have found the most success with. According to these folks, some of the following suggestions have helped settle sensitive stomachs and food allergies:

  • Raw Wild Dog Food
  • Acana Dog Food
  • Z/D Prescription Dog Food
  • Primal
  • Farmina Lamb and Pumpkin Puppy Formula

Environmental Allergies

French bulldogs can suffer a variety of environmental allergies caused by pollution, dust, mites, flea bites, etc.

It’s always best to discuss allergies with a licensed veterinarian. There are many ways to treat allergies, but it’s not necessarily a once-size-fits-all solution.

CORNEAL ULCERS 

French bulldogs are also prone to various eye conditions, including corneal ulcers.

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Should I Rescue or Buy a French Bulldog From a Breeder?

Unfortunately, many of the French bulldogs you’ll find in a shelter are sick. They have been put there for a reason. That does not mean you shouldn’t rescue a French bulldog! It’s just important to understand what you’re getting into.

If you decide to rescue (good for you!), be sure to ask plenty of questions and really take the time to consider what that means for your family. It’s always a big responsibility so make sure you have the time and the financial means to care for your new family addition.

You also have the option of researching reputable breeders. For more information on how to find the best breeder, check out this post by Top Dog Tips: 16 Tips on How to Find and Pick Local Dog Breeders in Your Area.

Summary

You wanted to know whether French bulldogs are affectionate and the answer is yes! These dogs will wiggle their way into your heart and soul in a way like no other.

The question of affection is a no-brainer. They were born to be companions, and are they ever!

Beyond their cuteness level is their health and happiness. It’s vital to understand their unique physical characteristics and how to protect them from certain health issues.

This isn’t the dog that will be able to go on long hikes with you. They’re not exactly couch potatoes, but pretty close. Yes, they will have energic moments throughout the day. They may even be a little cheeky (dare I say naughty?) during playtime.

At the end of the day, French bulldogs want your love and attention. They don’t realize how expensive they can get, but it’s something you may need to factor in.

French bulldogs are one of my favorite dogs. It’s absolutely vital to find a reputable breeder, however. This is the best way of ensuring optimal health and longevity for your dog.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope something really good happens to you today.

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