NEW YORK News - The Frenchie invasion of New York City continues.
The American Kennel Club has named the French bulldog the city’s most popular breed in its annual rankings for the fifth year in a row.
The adorable, compact dogs are a favorite of city dwellers, as well as celebs like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Martha Stewart, who feature the pups on their social media feeds.
“Having lived in the city, I can tell you they are great apartment dogs,” said Kristy Hodolitz, of Rockville Centre, who owns a 6-month-old French bulldog named Moxie. “They have great, calm personalities. You don’t need a ton of space for them and they are just adorable.”
Hodolitz joined a group of owners and adorable pooches as the AKC officially unveiled its top 10 list with an event at the AKC’s Museum of the Dog in Manhattan. READ The Original Report.
HOUSTON - Houston has a new top dog! The French Bulldog took the city's #1 spot in the American Kennel Club's (AKC®) 2018 ranking of the most popular AKC-recognized dog breeds in the U.S.
The French Bulldog was also recognized as the #1 pup in Las Vegas, West Palm Beach, and San Francisco.
The French Bulldog knocked the Labrador Retriever out of the #1 spot. The Frenchie previously ranked 3rd in 2017. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel broke into the top ten after placing 12th in the previous year.
"French Bulldogs have been slowly growing in popularity over the last ten years, most recently breaking into the top ten nationally," said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. "They're playful, alert and adaptable, which makes them perfect for city dwellers."
Houston's top 10 breeds for 2018 (Houston's Most Popular Breeds 2018):
The AKC also announced its nationwide rankings today in a press conference at the AKC Museum of the Dog in NYC. The Labrador Retriever once again breaks records! The loveable Lab remains the number one most popular breed in the United States for the 28th year.
While the Labrador Retriever continues its reign at the top, the German Shorthaired Pointer has been quietly climbing the charts over the past decade. This versatile, all-purpose hunter came in at number nine in 2018 – its highest position since becoming recognized in 1930.
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The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 20,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field, and earthdog tests.
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Studies have found that women sleep better next to their dogs than their Cat Owner counterparts. Sharing a bed with their lovely fur friend brings such an awesome feeling that women love so much. This is because dogs bring more security to women while sleeping.
It is in the nature of dogs generally to protect their owners whenever they smell danger in the air. Dogs also provide some sort of warmth which makes women tend to want to curl up and chill with their lovely pooch as they love to snuggle.
This is no bluff, a US research where 962 women living with dogs in the United States were studied. Data collected shows that 31% share their beds with Cats, 55% share their beds with their dogs, and 57% with their partners. The research findings revealed that women don't get as much quality sleep sleeping next to their cats as Cats are often awake at night touring the entire house, which disrupts their sleep at night.
So, next time you are choosing a pet or advising someone on which pets to choose, you know what to do.
You'd probably say, "but cats sleep a lot so how is it that sleeping next to a dog is more beneficial than sleeping to your dog". While it is indispensable that Cats sleep a lot, the important factor in this regard is the time that they sleep. The truth is that Cats sleep a lot but Dogs have a better sleeping timing. What this means is that your dogs knows, better than Cats, when to sleep, when to eat, when to go for a walk, or do any other daily routine.
Going forward, sleep next to your dog, I bet you'll love it, there's no warmth like your fur friend at night.
The French Bulldog is a lively, fun-loving, and intelligent breed, unlike the rest. They are affectionately friendly and are bred to be their owner’s companion. In a way, you can refer to this cute little pet as a distant cousin of the English Bulldog. One of the most charming parts of the French Bulldog's body is unarguably their ears - cocked like a bat’s ears. But the intriguing thing about the French Bulldogs ears is that they all don't look the same; while some may appear floppy, others may be pointing up.
Curiously, this distinction or variation in the appearance of French Bulldog ears provides a source of concern for some Frenchie owners, especially those with floppy ears. Frenchie Shop interacted with some French Bulldog owners and gathered some of their points of concern and questions, most common among them, in order to provide some answers that may be soothing.
Why Does My Frenchie have Floppy Ears?
Almost all French Bulldogs have floppy ears at birth. So, if you noticed that your French Bulldog puppy's ears are floppy you need not worry (you wanted your cutie's ears to be pointing up like a bat's) because it is not peculiar to you, that's how Frenchie's are born.
So, How Long Does it Take a French Bulldog's Ears to Stand Up?
There's no straight-jacket answer to this question. It may take a couple of weeks, and sometimes, you may start seeing the signs of it springing up within days. It would depend on the level and speed of development of each Frenchie. But ideally, your Frenchie's Ear should start standing at 7 weeks old.
My French Bulldog's One Ear is Pointing Up While the Other is Floppy, Is There Something Wrong?
No. There's nothing wrong. When eventually your French Bulldog's ears start standing up, it is not all the time and all Frenchies that both ears rise up at the same time and at the same pace. You might notice that one ear is up and one is down. It could also happen that the following day, the one ear that was down the previous day could be standing up and the one standing up the previous day could go floppy. Sometimes both ears may start going up and in a day or two, both ears or one of them might go down. Also, one ear may be up weeks before the other even starts to show any sign of rising up.
The French Bulldog ears do all sorts of wonky things. As a matter of fact, you should see the tricky rise and fall as an entertaining and interesting process. It is actually entertaining and interesting, and not worrisome.
I Have Multiple French Bulldog Puppies and Some Still Have Floppy Ears While Some Ears are Standing Up Already, Should I Visit the Vets?
There's no cause for alarm. One thing you must know is that each puppy is on his or her own time table, even puppies from the same litter. Some puppy's ear may be perfectly erect at their 4th week while some may take up to 10 weeks.
What Can I Do If My Dog's Ears Don't Stand Up?
Like I said earlier, at the 7th week, your puppy's ears should already have started showing signs of rising up. If you noticed this, it is better to let the ears stand on their own. But, if at that time you haven't noticed any such sign, there are ways you can help your Puppy's ears to stand up.
Use the following techniques:
1. Tape each ear individually with 1.4-inches wide of masking tape.
2. Make sure the ear is kept flat while taping to avoid a wrinkled-looking ear base.
3. Orient ears to the top where they would normally stand erect.
4. Once in the erect position of 11 and 1 O'Clock, tape a connecting bridge from one ear to the other.
5. Leave tape in place for between four to five days, then make a small cut at the base of the tape and gently peel off to remove the tape.
We hope these few answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about French Bulldog ears are helpful to you and will help you achieve the perfect ear shape that you want for your French Bulldog.
You are most welcome to share with us your experience while your Frenchie's ears were beginning to stand, or what challenges you are facing at the moment with them. Cheers!
According to the American Kennel Club's list of the most popular US dog breeds, the French Bulldog is among the top 4 most popular breeds. In the United Kingdom, French Bulldog is now the most commonly registered pedigree. However, the French Bulldog still ranks among the top dogs with certain health disorders. A UK study shows that 72.4% of French Bulldogs in the United Kingdom has at least one officially recorded health disorder, the most common among them include:
Therefore, if you are interested in owning a French Bulldog, we recommend choosing a reputable breeder who performs genetic health testing on their breeding stock in order to acquire a healthy French Bulldog.
How to Choose a Healthy French Bulldog From a Responsible Breeder
In order to determine whether a breeder is a reputable or a responsible breeder, go through the following 15 ATTRIBUTES OF A REPUTABLE OR RESPONSIBLE FRENCH BULLDOG BREEDER:
1. They allow you to visit and willingly shows you all areas where puppies and breeding dogs spend their time. Those areas are clean, spacious, and well-maintained;
2. A reputable breeder has dogs who appear lively, clean, and healthy, and don’t shy away from visitors;
3. Keeps their breeding dogs as you feel a responsible person would keep their pets: not overpopulated, crowded, dirty, or continually confined to cages;
4. Keeps their dogs in roomy spaces that meet the needs of their particular breed; for example, most small breeds will be housed in the home, sporting breeds will have plenty of space for exercise, etc. (National breed clubs can provide input on the specific needs of each breed of dog);
5. Breeds only one or a few types of dogs and is knowledgeable about the breeds and their special requirements;
6. Doesn’t always have puppies available but may keep a list of interested people for the next available litter or refer people to other responsible breeders or breed clubs;
7. Meets psychological, as well as physical, needs of their dogs by providing toys, socialization, exercise, and enrichment as befits the specific breed;
8. Encourages you to spend time with the puppy’s parents—at a minimum, the pup’s mother—when you visit;
9. Has a strong relationship with one or more local veterinarians and shows you individual records of veterinary visits for your puppy;
10. Explains in detail the potential genetic and developmental problems inherent to the breed and provides documentation that the puppy’s parents and grandparents have been professionally evaluated in an effort to breed those problems out of their puppies. (This will include testing for genetic diseases for which there are valid testing protocols available);
11. Offers guidance for the care and training of your puppy and is available for assistance after you take your puppy home;
12. Provides references from other families who have previously purchased one of their puppies;
13. Is often actively involved with local, state, and national clubs that specialize in the specific breed; responsible breeders may also compete with the dogs in conformation events, obedience trials, tracking and agility trials, or other performance events;
14. Sells puppies only to people he/she has met in person, not to pet stores or to unknown buyers over the Internet;
15. Encourages multiple visits and wants your entire family to meet the puppy;
In addition to the above attributes, they provide you with a written contract and health guarantee and allows plenty of time for you to read it thoroughly. A responsible or reputable breeder will also ask you some questions and sometimes enter an undertaking with you which shows that they are still interested in the welfare of the dog even while under your care.
So, if you saw a breeder who is all about the money, and doesn't give a damn about the welfare and health of the Frenchie, turn the other way.
Have you had an experience with a breeder you think is not a reputable breeder following the above guidelines? Share your story with us in the comment box below.
No doubt French Bulldogs are a lovely breed that every dog-loving person would like to own. The French Bulldog has a lot of lovely behavioral traits that it can easily be identified with. On the other hand, there are also some behavioral problems that can make your little pet look more like a problem to solve than a friend to keep. In this article, we will go through a number of French Bulldog behaviors that can make you fall in love with them every single break of the day, and we will also consider some French Bulldog behavioral problems and their causes. Keep reading.
French Bulldog Behaviors that Will Make You Fall In Love With Them
Generally, French Bulldogs are loyal dogs and sweet friends too. They are playful, happy relaxed and lively. French Bulldogs are easy-to-train dogs as they are very smart, thus you can make them what you want them to be - your best pal. The following are some basic French Bulldog behaviors that will make you love them:
French Bulldog has a Mind of its Own: Frenchies require an authority figure - a strong leader because it tends to persist in whatever he/she wants. Hence, the owner has to be mildly authoritative and ensure that he has the last word. This is important before the dog gets a feeling that you are not firm enough, which make them begin to misbehave.
French Bulldogs are Loyal and They Respect Their Owner: Even though Frenchies are loyal and respectful, the owner must be able to keep the dog engaged and in check, pay close attention, French Bulldog misbehavior may also be a sign that you are doing something wrong.
Frenchies are a Curious Breed: They always want to know what happening around them. Why being overly playful, they still pay close attention to their surroundings.
French Bulldogs are Not Giving to Barking: Frenchies are almost a non-barking dog. They do bark but they rarely do. This is one of the characteristics of Frenchies, which makes them great apartment dogs.
Understanding French Bulldog's Behavioral Problems
Compared to other dogs, French Bulldogs are largely well-behaved as the variety of Behavioral Problems in French Bulldogs are minimal. It must also be noted that what we may regard do behavioral problems may not be problems at all to our pets, they just be normal behaviors for them, but which we find uncomfortable.
For example, the following are some behavioral problems dog owners have identified, but when you try to understand such behaviors, you'll realize they are not misbehaviors at all:
Barking: Dogs bark because they have something to tell you.
Digging: Dogs dig because they smell something underneath the ground.
Chewing: Dogs chew because they are teething and are feeling uncomfortable.
Chasing: Dogs chase after moving objects because they are following their instincts.
Aggression: Your Frenchie may become aggressive because he/she wants to protect you.
Causes of French Bulldog Behavioral Problems
While we try to understand some of these "behavioral problems" from the dog's own perspective, there are actually some owner's treatment or attitudes towards their French Bulldogs, which cause, trigger, or fuel these misbehaviors. Let's take a look at some of them:
Health Issue: Many behaviorists and dog trainers believe that at least 20% of all behavior problems are associated with the Frenchie's health. Your French Bulldog might have been misbehaving because he/she is sick or in pain. If you noticed a sudden change in the behavior of your Frenchie, take him/her to the Vets for an examination.
Imbalanced Diet: Feeding your dog the wrong food, such as foods that are high in protein, fat or carbs may cause some sort of hyperactivity. Also, sugars, starches among other in dog foods can be a source of behavioral problems in your pet. Whenever you are buying foods for your Frenchie, bear in mind that they need different types of food for different stages of their lives, and try to read the label of the food before you feed him.
Exercise: Every dog needs a measure of exercise, even though Frenchies don't require much, if he/her doesn't get any at all, it might be a cause of misbehavior of some sort.
Lack of Leadership: To train a French Bulldog, you must be an alpha leader. Frenchies can be stubborn sometimes, there are times that you must impose your will on them, rather than letting them have their way.
Bottom line, you must understand that all dogs including French Bulldogs develop behavior problems over time, and oftentimes, they are the outcomes of the interaction between a dog and its environment (which includes you), most canine behavioral problems can be controlled if not solved completely.
A recent study reveals that over 12,000 dogs are now bred for the British market annually. Among the most popular breeds is our dear French Bulldog, which has so become popular the U.K. pet parents that the infamous Labrador Retrievers now ranks behind French Bulldogs in popularity. This is indeed, a glamorous development, but how has the Frenchies themselves fared in the midst of the society's embrace? Not quite appealing, health-wise. Hence, according to Dr. Karen Shaw Becker, "There's little reason to celebrate."
THE U.K. RESEARCH FINDINGS ON FRENCH BULLDOG HEALTH CHALLENGES
You can argue that Frenchies are naturally prone to health challenges, but this reality has been worsened in a way. In 2018, a U.K. study examined the many health challenges French Bulldogs face. In a research published in the journal, Canine Epigenetics, and Epidemiology, researchers at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) studied 2,200 French Bulldogs of about 1+ years from over 300 Veterinary clinics. It was found that 72.4% of the sample had at least one recorded disorder, including conjunctivitis, diarrhea, and ear infections. Again Frenchies are not spared from some health conditions common among all brachycephalic breeds such as skin-fold dermatitis, cherry eye, and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome.
In the words of the lead researcher and author, Dr. Dan O'Neill, "One of the interesting findings or our research is that male French Bulldogs appear to be less healthy than females. Males were more likely to get 8 out of the 26 most common health problems while there were no issues that females were more likely to get than males."
Many of these health problems are the results of low quality breeding practices which are typical of irresponsible breeders in puppy farms. Because they are only interested in making money, they produce a large number of puppies without adequate attention to their health, temperament or welfare.
However, there research finding has an alarming limitation in the sense that it may have only represented a great minority of the French Bulldogs in the U.K. market, 2,200 Frenchies that has visited a little above 300 Veterinary clinics across the United Kingdom. Chances are there are more Frenchies similarly affected but haven't been to the Veterinarian. Again, the dogs studied were all less than 2 years old, and at such an early stage, dogs are not yet showing much potential health problems until they have reached the age of maturity, thus, the discoveries made might not be all there is to be found. Those notwithstanding, it is beyond argument that their research is generally true and largely unassailable.
THE MANY HEALTH CHALLENGES FRENCH BULLDOGS FACE ARE NO BIG DEAL
It has been observed that some of the distinctive characteristics which make Frenchies prone to some health challenges may also be the same characteristics which make them unique and in high-demand, like their short muzzles and wide, prominent eyes.
Royal Veterinary College Dr. O'Neill reveals that "the public's insatiable demand for French Bulldog puppies is fuelling a hugely profitable market for unscrupulous dealers and breeder. Many Puppies are farmed in very low welfare conditions, often outside the UK, and then passed off as healthy happy UK-bred puppies..."
So, apparently, the many health challenges of French Bulldogs are no big deals for lovers of French Bulldogs but the high-demand and popularity of the French Bulldog in the U.K. is fuelling the breeding and business of unhealthy Frenchies which, in turn, increase the risk of health problems. It has become a typical case of "Buyers' Beware!" On the other hand, wise counsel could help. If you are intent on purchasing a Frenchie puppy in the United Kingdom, ensure that you double check the Puppy's background properly, or better still deal with members of the Kennel Club's Assured Breeder Scheme because they subscribe to and promote good breeding practice and aim to work together with breeders and buyers too, to eradicate reckless and non-reputable breeders out of business.
The fight to eradicate irresponsible breeders is not going to be an easy one because the cartel has grown to become a crime syndicate in the United Kingdom, due to the fact that the business of French Bulldog is so lucrative that some previous drug smugglers have switched to illegally smuggling French Bulldogs in the UK Frenchie market. The record has it that about 200 french bulldogs are illegally smuggled into the United Kingdom on a daily basis. They are buying these puppies as cheap as £40 ($50) and sell it as high as £2,000 (over $2,500), because there's a readily available market for them in the U.K.
White French Bulldogs are among the many coat colors of this breed, even though it is much less frequently seen than other patterns and colors. The rare presence of white French Bulldogs can be attributed to a number of factors, such as Albinism, Leucism, Brindle, and Merle genes. In some cases, White Frenchies are known to have some health challenges including skin problem, deafness, and eye issues.
That notwithstanding, White Frenchies are still one of the most beloved dog-breeds the world over, and indeed, French Bulldogs in general.
In 2017, French Bulldog was recorded as the fourth most popular purebred dog in the whole of the United States, and the U.K. and the popularity continue to grow.
Among the French Bulldog breeds, white Frenchie Coat Color is among the standard French Bulldog colors that were described in the Official Breed Standard, which makes it even more worth talking about.
Hence, we are going to devote the rest of this piece to educating you with some relevant information about the White Frenchie Coat Color.
What is a White French Bulldog?
A white French Bulldog is a French Bulldog that the coat color is predominantly white rather than the more common brindle, fawn, cream, or other coat color patterns.
A white French Bulldog is not necessarily an albino dog as most new Frenchie owners would think. As a matter of fact, the albino factor is one of the least causative factors of white Frenchies.
One of the first things you should note when thinking of an albino animal is that the species is very rare, majorly because albinism can only be inherited and it is as well a recessive trait. What this means is that before a white French Bulldog can be classified as an albino, both parents must contribute their genes. It also means that such Frenchie must lack pigment in all areas that pigments are supposed to appear.
A typical Albino French Bulldog has a pink, blue, or amber eyes, depending on how light passes through the iris. Also, the skin is a bit pinkish because the blood vessels are often visible. In some other cases, the dog may still display single white or other colors in areas that are not affected.
Apart from albinism, let's consider other genetic factors that can contribute to the pale coat of a French Bulldog:
A leucistic Frenchie is one that the coat is light-colored, but he usually still has normal eye color. It is easy to confuse Leucistic Frenchie and an Albino Frenchie, but the genes that cause both factors are completely different. Leucism can also occur partially. In such a case, the French Bulldog would have canine markings such as the piebald color pattern.
A white French Bulldog with markings is called a Brindle or piebald. Note that this is when the French Bulldog is predominantly white in color.
Officially, there are about 6 French Bulldog Breed Standard of white-coat with coat color patterns or markings:
Another way a French Bulldog can have the white coat predominantly is when he inherits the merle color pattern gene from one or both of his parents.
If only one parent contributed it is known as a single merle, if both parents contributed to the coat color the Frenchie would be referred to as Double Merle French Bulldog, some refer to it as "False white".
It must be noted that Double Merle Frenchies have a higher likelihood of facing serious lifelong health issues. Hence, reputable breeders don't usually breed this type.
This brings to fore the need for you to always work with a reputable breeder when acquiring a Frenchie, and always ask about coat color-related health challenges.
That's what we have for you today about White French Bulldogs, hope you learned a bunch? We are glad to read your comments below. Feel free to share your view on this topic. Thank you.
Summer is knocking on the door, and it as always, it comes with some pleasant experiences as well as some worries for French Bulldog owners. As humans, summer means sunshine, cookouts and swimming - fun and lots more, but for French Bulldogs, the story is not entirely the same.
During summer, the temperature can be as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius. Veterinarians, however, advise that you keep your French Bulldog indoors when the temperature is anything 30 degrees Celsius or hotter outside. But this does not apply to all Dogs, so why are French Bulldogs in intense need of special care during summer?
French Bulldogs and Heat: French Bulldogs and Heat are not five and six. French Bulldogs just like any other brachycephalic dog breeds have a higher tendency to overheat. One of the reasons for this is because Frenchies are not good at panting - panting is a way dogs generally stay cool under a hot weather condition. But, Frenchies naturally suffer from stenotic nares and inherently labored breathing, thus; they naturally do better in temperate or cooler environments.
Signs of an Overheating French Bulldog: The following are some signs of an Overheating French Bulldog:
Foaming from the mouth
Odd sounds coming from the Throat
Exhaustion from the fight for breath
Heaving while panting
Very floppy, loose, discolored tongue
NOTE: that before this signs would be easily noticeable, the situation has become critical. Hence, it always better to start taking precautionary measures on time, rather than having to deal with French Bulldog Overheating.
So, What Can You Do To Prevent French Bulldog Overheating? You'll agree with me that locking your Frenchie indoors all day long is not a good idea. In fact, sometimes during summer, the temperature inside also rises, which why we have cooling systems and sometimes we go swimming. The GOOD NEWS is, technology has made life much easier for French Bulldogs with regard to dealing with heat during summer. To further elaborate on this point, in the next few paragraphs, we are going to explain some important products that have been developed for the specific NEED of cooling down a French Bulldog in the summer. Thereafter, we will touch on other tips and tricks on how to prevent French Bulldog Overheating.
1. COOLIFY Coolify is a Cooling Vest for French Bulldog, and NO! don't say, "another cooling vest". This comes with some amazingly improved technology.
It is an innovative cooling vest that you can soak in cold water and put in the freezer for real ice effects, wring it out, and fasten around your dog. It has an evaporative cooling system like an actual swamp cooler which exchanges your Frenchie's heat with the coolness of the stored water in the coat to keep them comfortable.
THIS VEST is constructed in three layers. The first layer is the wicking outer layer which enhances evaporation and is also an anti-UV (Ultraviolet) protector. Ultraviolet is a type of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun (invisible rays of the sun) that is responsible for summer tans, sunburns, and it's also a major risk factor for most skin cancers.
The middle layer is an Absorbent, which store water for evaporation, and the inner layer transfers the cooling effect to Your Frenchie for maximum comfort.
COOLIFY does not contain chemicals, polymer materials, glues, crystals, or phase change material. In other words, the fibers used are all safe and non-irritating fibers. This type of fabric is light, thin, breathable and comfortable to wear compared to ordinary moisture-proof fabrics.
EXPERIMENT proves that this Vest has the capacity to reduce the temperature from as high as 50-degree Celsius or 122 degrees Fahrenheit down to 18.8-degree Celsius or 65-degree Fahrenheit.
The cool thing is that Coolify allows your French Bulldog absolute freedom to do just about anything. It has an active fit for a full range of motion and the side release buckles provide for an easy on and off.
2. SELF-COOLING PAD BED Now that it’s really getting hot out there, we have to pay special attention to our four-legged friends—you know, the ones who can’t escape their thick fur regardless of the humidity outside.
Luckily there are plenty of new and improved cooling beds for dogs that help give them relief during the hottest of days. A cooling bed is usually filled with either gel or water and works best when kept out of direct sunlight. Most dogs will take a few days to get used to the pad.
Though this mat may look just like the other gel pads, the Self Cooling™ pad bed has been designed to fit onto couches perfectly – which makes sense, considering that’s where pets love to hang out.
It’s also super easy to clean and extra thick, making it ideal for households with dogs that shed a lot or households with dogs who love to chew!
ADDITIONAL TIPS TO KEEP YOUR FRENCHIE COOL THIS SUMMER
Don't leave your Frenchie outdoor for a long time - 20-30 mins at a time is okay, especially when the temperature is rising and leave don't leave unattended. If possible limit the times you take your French Bulldog on the water to the cooler hours of the day. For instance, early mornings or late evenings.
Keep fresh cool water available at all times
Never leave your French Bulldog in a Car, not even for a few minutes because the temperature can rise rapidly.
Teach your Frenchie how to swim and encourage them to swim
Buy your French Bulldog a life jacket for swimming
Give them ice cubes to suckle and gnaw on
Lastly, if your French Bulldog seems to be lethargic and does not cool quickly, do not hesitate to call your Veterinarian.
That's it - our tips and trick on keeping your Frenchie cool this summer. Make sure to check out Coolify and Self-Cooling Pad Bed and use them to keep your Frenchie cool this summer. If you have any comments, kindly drop your opinion in the comment box below. Thank you.
Your French Bulldog's feeding is one of the most important aspects you pay attention in your routine activity of caring for your Friend. But determine, just how much food is best for your Dog and how often he/she should eat may require more experience than dishing a couple of meals a day. In this article, we aim to inform Frenchie lovers how to schedule their dog feeding, what determines the right amount of food to feed your Frenchie (the measure on the food is not always a rule of thumb for all Frenchies), and the methods you can adopt in feeding your Frenchie. Our pieces of advice are based on expert knowledge and our personal dealing with french bulldogs for many years.
First off, if you have just adopted or bought your French Bulldog (which what most owners do, except you are a breeder), you may notice that your new friend is reluctant to feeding, or seldom eat. This is normal, and it is usually as a result of the change of environment. Don't make the mistake of using this early disposition of your Frenchie to adjudge his feeding habit. They always adjust as they get familiar with their new home. Now, what you do is to help them through the process by practicing what we call "Scheduled Feeding".
Scheduled Feeding: Leave the bowl on the floor for ten minutes and then pick it up, regardless of whether he has eaten. (If your dog is a slow eater, this period can be extended to twenty minutes, but only if he is still eating during that time and hasn’t gone off in search of other entertainment.)
At the next scheduled feeding time, put the bowl back down, again for only ten minutes. Pretty soon your dog will learn that he needs to eat when the food is offered.
How Often Should You Feed Your French Bulldog a Day? The number of times a Dog should eat depends on a number of factors:
The age of your French Bulldog
Weight of your French Bulldog
The quantity of meal you are serving
Whether your French Bulldog is a nursing mother, or
Generally, Pregnant, Nursing Frenchies, or puppies may eat up to 3 times per day within 8 hours interval or so, but you should restrict your Healthy adult Frenchie's feeding to 2 times per day within 12 hours interval or so, or once a day if he has a likelihood of suffering obesity.
How Much Should You Feed Your French Bulldog? Knowing the right amount of food to feed your Frenchie is one of the best ways to keep your dog healthy. If you feed your dog too little, you run the risk of nutritional deficiencies, and if you feed him too much, it may result in obesity, which is another problem on its own. Obesity can cause musculoskeletal health challenges such as osteoarthritis, cruciate ligament ruptures, and intervertebral disk disease, Congestive heart failure, Cushing's disease, skin disorders, some types of cancer.
Just like determining how often to feed your Frenchie, determining how much to feed your French Bulldog is also dependent on a number of factors such as:
The type of food your dog is being fed
How many times a day he/she is fed
The size of your French Bulldog
The metabolic rate of your French Bulldog
The amount of exercise they get, and lots more.
If you are feeding your dog processed food, the quantity for the different size of dogs is usually indicated on the label. What you have to note that the measurement or quantity indicated are usually what you should feed your dog within a space of 24 hours or a day. Hence, depending on how many times you feed your Frenchie a day, divide up the frequency of their feeding by the daily quantities of food indicated. Also, combine this information with your knowledge of your dog's lifestyle (using the determinant factors outlined above) to come up with the initial amount of food you are going to offer your dog.
How Should You Feed Your French Bulldog? There are three main methods you can adopt in feeding your French Bulldog, thus:
Portion Control method
The Free-Choice Method: If your Frenchie is a healthy weight and has no records of domestic accidents, the free-choice method may be good for you. This method requires that you leave food out for your dog to eat anytime he feels like it. This is usually advisable if your Frenchie is hyperactive and does some work, unlike the couch-potato friends.
Note, however, that leaving food out all day has its own downsides. For instance, it could attract insects and the likes, especially if your dog eats outdoors. This method is also not advisable for Frenchies that are diabetic, and also not the best idea if you have multiple dogs.
Portion Control method: If you tried the Free-Choice method and you notice that your dog just can't get enough of it, use the portion control method. This method requires that you seek your Vet's recommendation for the right amount of food your dog should eat at a go or use the measurement indicated on the label (note that there may be a variation depending on the special needs of your french bulldog and his/her lifestyle), then split the total amount by the number of times you want to be feeding your do per day.
Timed Method: This method is good if you have concerns arising from the Free-Choice method, or with leaving food out all day. What this method requires is that you serve your dog a certain amount of food and allow him or her a certain amount of time to eat it, say about 30 minutes or so. Whenever that time elapses, you remove the bowl, regardless of whether he/she is still eating or there's still food remaining, throw it out.
This is pretty much like the scheduled feeding talked above, and would equally have the same effect and implication.
The benefits of using the Timed Method is it establishes a routine, which allows you to monitor your Frenchie's health appropriately. One of the effects of the Timed Method is that your Dog learns to eat his/her food as soon as you put it down on the floor, knowing that you are going to put it away if he/she doesn't eat. With this training, it makes it easy for you to notice once your dog begins to lose appetite, which is often an indication that he's not feeling - and in need of a Veterinarian's services. This is not possible if he has the Free time to pick his food all day long, whenever he wants.
Furthermore, when you set the Time for feeding, you are also indirectly setting a time for poops - You'll know this.
What About Treats? Dog treats should make up 5% to 10% or less of your dog’s daily diet. Ask your vet about the number of treats this means for your dog. It’ll vary based on his weight and activity level.
If you need to use treats frequently for training, use very small pieces. You can also set aside some of your dog's daily portion of kibbles to use as “treats” when you train.
That's it about How Much and How Often You Should Feed Your French Bulldog. What do you think about the perspectives expressed in this article, we'll be glad to hear your view. Comment below.
French Bulldog is not as prone to cavities and teeth problems as humans, but that does not detract from the fact that we still have to care for our Frenchie's dental health and hygiene. One of the important reasons why Frenchie Dental problems aren't something you should take with a grain of salt is because Plaque and tartar can build up over time, and it not only causes bad breath, it can as well cause loss of teeth and painful gum problems. Beyond that, teeth problem may escalate to further cause serious heart, liver, and kidney problems. Research shows that more than 85% of French Bulldog aged four years and above develop some sort of periodontal problems. This is why we took an interest in elaborating on this subject matter so that our fellow Frenchie lovers will be better informed on how to keep their cuties away from harm's way as long as dental care is concerned.
So, pay attention to the following Quick Tips to keep your French Bulldog's Teeth Healthy.
Pay Attention to Your Frenchie's Breath: If he has a musky-like smell, it is a likely warning of some oral disease, which can degenerate to Tooth pain and possibly spread to other tissues beyond the gum and mouth. So, once you notice this sort of Musky-like smell, it is important that you take drastic measures to correct such rising oral mal-odor before it becomes an emergency.
Regularly Brush Your Frenchie's Teeth: Brushing of the Teeth is not a natural activity for Frenchies, so just like every other thing he has learned how to do, you can also make him learn or get used to brushing his teeth. Training usually meets a level of protest from Frenchies, but it works eventually to get them to the position or attitude we want them to be. You should brush his teeth daily, just like you do to yours. Note, however, human toothpaste is not healthy for French Bulldogs, so you should find Dog toothpaste to use for him, or consult your Veterinarian for a recommendation. Apart from teeth brushing, which may become a tussle between you and your Frenchie, you should find other strategic ways to keep your French Bulldog's Teeth Clean. For instance, you can get this World's Most Effective French Bulldog Toothbrush. There are also some Toys that are designed to Clean Frenchie's Teeth while he is playing and having fun.
Go for Dental Toys, Special Treats and Certain Types of Food: Flowing from the foregoing paragraph, not all Frenchies are going to be submissive to Brushing their teeth every day no matter how much tweaks you put to it to make the exercise convenient for them. Hence, you should get creative on how you'll continue to keep your Frenchie's teeth clean and healthy. Go for Frenchie Teeth Cleaning Toys, Treats and select his foods carefully. A little research will expose you to what type of food is a good feed for your French Bulldog's Dental Health. Find the kind of Toys that he can chew and play with - not something he can bite off and swallow, they are good for the gums and for removing tartar and plaque, which eventually became a harmful daint when it accumulates.
Carry out periodic Dental Examination: Once in a while, take your Frenchie to the Vets for general health examination including teeth and gums. This is especially essential if your Frenchie is anything from 4 years old and above. Also if your Frenchie is younger but has had a history of dental problems, it is important you go for a periodic check-up. If you are changing your regular Veterinarian, the new Vet will usually inquire about your Frenchie's health history, keep nothing in the cupboard. Some of the common areas you should ensure you check up are his gums, teeth, mouth tissue, and also look for signs of bleeding or inflammation. The Vet would usually also check further for other likely health problems.
When it comes to keeping your Frenchie safe and sound, especially his oral health you can NEVER be TOO CAREFUL.