French Bulldogs Health & Fitness Tips
Updated: Jul 31, 2019
Due to their cute, flat nose, Frenchies can have some breathing problems and don't do well in overly hot temperatures or excited environments. They may have a smaller windpipe, smaller nostrils, or an elongated soft palate that obstructs breathing in the back of their throat when they get overheated. They can definitely be outside in the yard, but keep a close eye on them during summertime and peak heat hours. A water bowl should always be available to them.
Because they are top heavy and muscular, Frenchies can't swim. An easy fix is to buy them an appropriately-sized life jacket for dogs, but be sure to never leave your Frenchie unsupervised or outside for too long!
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Because they are top heavy, Frenchies' back legs won't develop as much muscle as their front legs. Be sure to not let them leap or jump off high couches, sofas, beds, or any tall place. Keep an eye on your puppy at all times. It's better to be safe than sorry!
Frenchies are extremely clean animals. This means if they have an accident in an enclosed space, they MIGHT eat their own poop to try to clean up their mess! This would usually be caused by leaving them in their crate for too long. If it does happen, there's nothing too worry about here - we've checked with our vet. Just make sure you're taking them out more frequently and not leaving them alone in small spaces for extended periods.
While Frenchies do have energy and will show it in small bursts, too much excitement can cause health issues. Most of the time they will be sleeping or relaxing on the couch. When introducing your frenchie to someone new, do not force anything. If the french bulldog seems fearful at anytime give the puppy a chance to calm down. It's best to take cues from the puppy when introducing him/she or if they seems over exhausted and fatigue.
If you do take them out for exercise (15-20 minutes for the day is more than enough), it should be done during the morning or night, when temperatures are cool and moderate. Always keep fresh drinking water. Remember, heat makes breathing difficult for this lovable, flat-nosed breed!This can be fatal.