Pet Profile – French BulldogBy Morgan | August 27, 2019
As one of the most popular dog breeds in Australia, the French Bulldog has garnered quite the following, and for good reason – they’re incredibly cute! You’ll find many in the dog parks of your city or enjoying a latte with their favourite human at Sunday brunch.
Known for their unique look, stocky build and bat-like ears, the French Bulldog can be easily identified at the local dog park. While they share characteristics with Bulldogs and Boston Terriers, they retain their own distinctive characteristics and personalities.
They have an even-tempered manner about them and crave the affection of their owner, and at times, may even come across a little demanding. As they rarely bark, this makes them great for apartment living and for single-person homes.
The breed was established in the early 1800s when English farmers took their small bulldogs with them in their search for work in France. The French upper class quickly took a liking to these small bulldogs and the French Bulldog breed was solidified. For the late part of the 1800s and the early part of the 1990s, the French Bulldog was a sign of wealth and prosperity, meaning that this breed has long been accustomed to the finer things in life, with one even accompanying their wealthy owner on the Titanic’s maiden voyage.
Things You Should Know About the French Bulldog
Exercise Requirements: 20 minutes of exercise daily is enough to keep them in a healthy condition.
Grooming: Minimal grooming is required, they may shed a little.
Health Issues: French Bulldogs have several genetic conditions you must be aware of. Due to their breeding, they are more likely than other breeds to suffer from one or more of the following:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Brachycephalic Syndrome
- Patella Luxation
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Cleft Palate
- Elongated Soft Palate
Other things to be mindful of when getting a French Bulldog to add to your family is that they find it extremely difficult to cope in the heat. Their short snouts make it difficult for them to pant and cool themselves naturally, so ensure they have constant access to freshwater and cool places.
Your French Bulldog will be a terrific addition to your life and will love you unconditionally. Treat them with the love that they give you and give them the gift of better healthcare by having a Vets on Call vet visit them in their own home. We think your pet deserves better, so remove the stress, get a more accurate diagnosis and a better healthcare outcome for them with Vets on Call. Browse our website to download the Vets on Call app today.