6 Facts About French Bulldogs

6 Facts About French Bulldogs

Mar 25 , 2020

#1 Most Frenchies Can’t Swim

Because of their somewhat ‘’bulbous’’ bodies, most French bulldogs can’t swim. They feature heavy bones and thick muscles.

These breeds have a characteristic smooshed face called brachycephalic, meaning they boast a short, wide skull.

In addition to their weight, the other core reason why bulldogs can’t swim has to do with their brachycephaly.

Due to their short snouts, they must tilt up their faces higher to remain out of the water. Since they’re tilted up, they have more trouble staying afloat.

What’s more, is that their heavy torsos and short legs aren’t conducive to floatation.

High humidity and exhaustion may also have an impact on the ability of your dog to stay above water.

If you do decide to put them in water, make sure they are wearing a proper dog life jacket.

#2 Their Origin Isn’t From France

Contrary to what many people think, French bulldogs didn’t originate from France.

Their origin is English, Nottingham to be precise. An English artisan gave these dogs their name after their breeding shifted to France.

England provided the solid foundation for the modern Frenchie – also known as the old bulldog. It’s breeders in France that developed the tiny bulldogs into the distinctly ‘’French’’ type.

American breeders, on the other hand, set the standard to what is today prescribed as the all-important ‘bat ears.’

The dog’s toy version drew the attention of lacemakers in England, as they worked, they’d use them as lap warmers.

When the lace industry shifted from England to France, they took their pups with them. It is in France that the bulldogs from England bred with terriers to come up with the French bulldogs or bouledogues français.

#3: Their Ears Come In Two Shapes

Most French dogs are popularly known due to their ‘’swat’’ ears.

Originally, the French ones had rose-shaped ears, which is almost the same to their larger English relatives.

The thing is, English breeders preferred the shape, but their American counterparts liked the distinct bat ears.

One of the most common concerns and fears among new French bulldog owners is wondering whether their dog is destined to have erect or floppy ears.

The truth is watching these dog’s ears go up is both an interesting and entertaining process.

When the ears begin to go up, in most instances, they don’t do it at the same time. The ears do seemingly do all sorts of wonky things, especially during the teething stage.

For instance, one ear can be up while another one down, and then the following day, the opposite ears will stand and/or lay down.

One ear might be up for weeks before the other one stands up. When they begin standing up, often, they aren’t completely erect. They resemble airplane wings.

The point is when your dog is done teething, generally, his or her ears will stand correctly.

#4: Ranked #1 In The U.K, #4 In the U.S and #1 In The World

In terms of popularity, the Labrador retriever and German shepherd have always stolen headlines throughout the world. However, times are changing.

Frenchies’ rising popularity can be attributed to the fact that countless professional athletes and celebrities not only own them, but they also film themselves playing with these cuties.

Their recent popularity has resulted in a soar in their price. From the normal colored to the exotic ones, all types of Frenchies are costly.

For instance, the exotic colors cost around $3000 - $8000. The mini Frenchies tend to be relatively affordable compared to the normal-sized ones.

Their pricey price tag is also attributed to the fact that they don’t breed naturally – they need to be artificially inseminated.

#5: They Fart So Much

One of the most notable and funny attributes of French bulldogs is that they fart so much!

The fart – stenchy ones are without a doubt a Frenchie thing. However, the excess farting is not exclusive to this breed only.

Other breeds such as the Pugs and Boxers are also notorious when it comes to farting.

So what makes bulldogs prone to stench bombs and gas?

Their anatomy explains it all! Their farting behavior emanates from their sensitive stomachs, which do not digest their food well.

The dog’s skull shape also affects their intake of food. They have a flat face and short nose, which makes it challenging to eat at the correct pace.

Due to eating food fast, it results in excess air inside their intestines.

Digestion might be a reason why bulldogs fart so much. The following foods can extend your dog’s farting spree:

  • Grains – Grains such as corn or what can contribute to farting issues.
  • High-fermentable foods – Soy, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and beans are highly fermentable. They can cause farting to your dog.
  • Dairy products – Dogs are lactose intolerant too. Dairy products such as milk and cheese may cause flatulence in dogs.
  • Table scraps or leftover foods – At times, a dog’s begging face can be hard to resist. While that might be the case, giving him or her leftovers is sure to cause gas and you can bet it won’t smell nice.
  • Excess carbohydrates – Most commercial dog foods are full of carbohydrates, which contain starch and sugar, which can end up fermenting the intestines which result in too many farts.
  • Inexpensive and poor-quality dog food – The last thing you want is to give your Frenchie pup cheap dog food. A good number of them are low in quality. Unfortunately, even some costly foods can lead to farting especially if the ingredients do not augur well with your dog.

Give your bulldog the following to lessen or stop farting:

  • Anti-fat dog cookies
  • Herbs
  • Dog foods rich in fiber
  • Top-quality dog food

#6: Cautious Flyers

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, bulldogs are unfortunately most likely to die in airplane cargo holds.
The reason? The short-nosed breed — a characteristic technically referred to as brachycephalic — has respiratory issues that, under certain circumstances such as stress or a temperature change, cause the airway to collapse thereby cutting off airflow.  

If you must take flight with your French bulldog, prepare ahead of time: make sure your dog is not overweight; reduce potential stress by familiarizing your dog with a travel crate using only a thin towel or blanket; use a pet carrier if your dog is small enough, and have him board the plane with you; choose flights that leave early in the morning or late at night when the temperature is cooler on the tarmac.

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