The French Bulldog is unarguably one of the most popular dog breeds and is certainly cherished by our family. We couldn’t imagine our lives without these little love-bugs, but we caution those interested in the breed to not enter into the decision of adding a Frenchie puppy to your family lightly. It is obvious that human selection has shaped the characteristics of the breed. Since the mid-1800’s breeders have selected hard for the compact, muscular build, the endearing bat ears and that sweet ‘squished’ face. Unfortunately, as is the case with most purebred breeds, in our quest for specific physical attributes selective breeding has created issues that have become common in the breed.
As breeders, the responsibility to the puppies we bring into this world weighs heavy on our hearts and we do everything in our power to breed healthy, happy, well-socialized puppies that will go into their new homes and thrive. With that said, we caution prospective owners to take into consideration the possible health concerns associated with the breed; elongated soft pallet, allergies, small or collapsed nostrils, uneven bite, loose hips and/or knees and umbilical/inguinal hernias.
In addition, the other big consideration when deciding if this is the right breed for you is their temperature sensitivity. Because of the shortened nasal passage they are not able to efficiently regulate the temperature of the air they breath, resulting in dogs that easily overheat and ultimately will heat stroke, which could lead to death, if left outside for too long in the heat. Although there will be variations in temperature sensitivity from one Frenchie to the next they should not be allowed outside in temperatures above 85 degrees for more than ten minutes. The rule in our home during the summer months is that when the dogs are let outside one of us goes outside with them. It is too easy to let them out and get distracted and forget about them.