French Bulldogs - The Pamela Anderson of the Dog World
If you are buying versus adopting a Frenchie DO NOT go to a pet store - it is the worst thing you can do for your future with this animal since the breed is prone to lots of health issues without the added factor of poor breeding techniques. Since there are no guarantees in life we can just try to minimize risk and pain by not purchasing this or any breed from an unethical breeder (puppy farms).
DO purchase from a UKC approved breeder who will allow you to see the puppy and it’s mother's living environment. A good ethical breeder would never produce puppies that do not conform to breed standards or perpetuate existing breed disorders. If you are looking for immediate gratification, getting a well bred healthy Frenchie from a reputable breeder will not bring you immediate gratification but patience will bring you long term gratification - a good breeder rarely has Frenchie puppies available and they DON'T ship their dogs….
DO choose adoption - a great group I found for Frenchie rescue is: www.frenchbulldogrescue.org
Are you financially comfortable and have disposable income? If the answer is yes and you want the scrunchie faced pup then DO bring that Frenchie into your life - remember it will be a life time (9-14 years…) of care, health management and maintenance, higher than average oil/gas bills for heat and electric bills for keeping the air conditioner on at all times. Do you have the financial ability to do this?
DO your research (that's why you’re here)
Here are a few issues this breed is prone to:
Brachycephalic breeds - this causes their breathing to be less efficient than breeds with longer noses, they have heat and cold sensitivities and overexertion can be risky. This breed needs to be kept comfortable at about 75 degrees - activity in hot or cold climates can be deadly for them so DO plan to keep your bully in a temperature controlled environment where the risk of becoming overheated is eliminated.
DO find a vet that has extensive experience with the brachycephalic breeds as these breeds have specific requirements with the use of anesthesia and certain meds. DO read this information regarding risks associated with brachycephalic syndrome:https://www.acvs.org/small-animal/brachycephalic-syndrome
Spinal disease - inter-vertebral disc disease/degenerative disc disease. DO keep your Frenchie in good physical condition but be careful with heavy exertion - keep activities moderate and in an environment where the temperature is comfortable for the breed.
Dry eyes and corneal ulcers - DO keep an eye on your Frenchie's eyes - it is common for them to have dry eyes which lead to corneal ulcers - this is why you need have them on high quality foods and have a vet that is knowledgeable about the breed and it’s issues.
Foods - sensitivities/allergies - The smell of gas passed from your Frenchie's ass can be disruptive so DON’T feed dry kibble which overtime will burden their overall digestive system and organs. DO keep their calorie intake balanced and use whole foods or high quality wet foods where ever possible. If your bully has itchy skin or allergies consider a non-processed whole food diet - contact a holistic vet or holistic pet nutrition expert to guide you.
Chews & Bones - This breed has a higher risk of choking because of their wide jaws the right size and type of chews as well as supervision while they are chewing is imperative. DO keep and eye on your pup when you give him a chew bone and DON'T be cheap, buy size appropriate products for him to chew on.
DO hire a good trainer to guide you. This is a sweet breed but without guidance and direction from the new parents you will have hell on wheels to deal with as the breed can be a bit head strong.
DO NOT leave Frenchies unattended near swimming pools or bodies of water where there may be a risk of drowning. They’re just about as top heavy as Pamela Anderson in Bay Watch but unlike her, this breed is a lousy swimmer and has the tendency sink like a cement block. DO get your pup a life vest.