How big do French Bulldogs get?
The French Bulldog is a small breed with a muscled and compact body. Not to be confused with the bigger English Bulldog, the Frenchie measures 25-30cm tall at the withers and weighs between 10-13kg. Toy bulldogs like the mini Frenchie is bred down to a smaller size.
The Frenchie is well-known for his distinctive bat-like ears. He possesses a square head with a slightly flat skull between the ears.
This small Bulldog’s face is heavily wrinkled whilst a short nose sits atop his snout. He has a thick neck and sports a short tail that is held low. The Frenchies are also called “Clown dog” or “Frog dog” because of the shape of their face and their body posture.
The French Bulldog breed has a short, smooth, and fine coat. The Kennel Club breed standard colours for Frenchies are brindle, fawn, and pied. Whites without patches are classified as pied. All these colours can be exhibited in Kennel Club dog shows.
Can French Bulldogs swim?
The Frenchie is a brachycephalic dog or smush-faced. This trait gives him difficulties in breathing whilst in water. The breed’s other features such as a thick neck and short body, prevent it from becoming a natural and efficient swimmer. In fact, the French Bulldog is in danger of drowning even in shallow water.
If you plan to take your French Bulldog for a swim, it is extremely important to provide him with a doggy life jacket. Make sure that it fits him perfectly and securely. If the jacket isn’t tight enough, it may slip off or may not be able to keep your Frenchie afloat on water.
Never leave your Frenchie unattended even if he is wearing a life jacket. Be sure that you’re always there to support him in case he faces difficulties in swimming.
Do French Bulldogs shed?
Frenchie is a light to moderate shedder. This makes him non-hypoallergenic despite being a short-haired dog breed. If you are allergic to dogs, the French Bulldog is not the best choice for you.
When it comes to grooming, the Frenchie is fairly low maintenance since he has a short and silky coat. French Bulldogs only require weekly brushing.
Since he has no underskin, his skin is quite sensitive. So, use a rubber brush and finish it with a regular hair brush for combing his fur.
Consider using a velvet glove too. It adds extra shine to your dog’s coat and gets rid of dust and dirt as well. The breed sheds during spring and Autumn; thus, frequent brushing is needed during these periods.
Bathe the Frenchie once every 2 or 3 months, or as required if it’s one that likes a mud bath. Do not wash him constantly as it can dry out his skin and coat, which can lead to a skin infection.
The breed is prone to halitosis so daily teeth brushing is also recommended. Drooling is common with the breed too. Wipe his face with a damp cloth or a chemical-free wet wipe regularly to keep him clean.
Overgrown nails are one of the most common problems with the French Bulldog. Avoid this happening by clipping his nails every month. When you hear a knocking sound from the nails touching the floor, it’s time to trim them. If the dog is sensitive to clipping, you might need to bring him to the vet.
Your French Bulldog’s ears should be checked weekly. Use a dog-safe ear cleaning solution and cotton balls to wipe off the dirt. Never use cotton buds as they push gunk further into the ear canal instead of removing it.