Get to know the French Bulldog
All you need to know about the breed
The French Bulldog! The darling of Paris has turned the world on its ear and become one of the most popular breeds. They are seventh on the U.K. Kennel Club’s latest rankings, and fourth on those of the American Kennel Club. Their small size makes the French Bulldog a model canine for city dwellers but it’s their affable manner that has made them a universally cherished breed.The breed’s striking bat-like ears combined with their “grumpy” face are the exact opposite of their jovial personality. When in their presence, you can watch the comedy routine unfold: French Bulldogs are prone to antics.
2 facts about French Bulldogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your French Bulldog
That cute face may be problematic
French Bulldogs health issuesare minimal but their facial structure can pose problems when it comes to breathing. French Bulldogs are prone to respiratory problems due to their facial make-up, i.e. brachycephalic syndrome, characterised by a flattened snout and nostrils. Breathing difficulties -especially in too-hot or too-cold weather -can be common, as when their exercise session is too strenuous. Take caution in very hot or cold weather. No dog should ever be in a hot car, only in air-conditioned places. They also have frequent digestive problems: Many dogs that have brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome also show signs ofgastrointestinal distress.
A robust body that’s prone to obesity
The stocky body of the French Bulldog couldn’t be more endearingbut it needs to be kept slim and trim, too. The breed could easily gain weight if meals and snacks aren’t kept in check. Their heavy chest and substantial legs make for a sturdy muscular build, but their small size demands almost more scrutiny than their big brethren. And they can’t take dips in the ocean, lake, or pool unless it’s with you holding them tight: They are barrel-like, so they often “roll” instead of swim, their very dense body lacking the buoyancy they need to get through the water. Keep them on dry land for their best exercise routine.
May suffer from cherry eye
It’s not life-threatening, it just looks bad: Cherry eye. The condition happens in French Bulldogs when the tear gland of the third eyelid (which all dogs have) pops out of place. The eye then looks slightly bulging, and is lined in red on the outer rim. Cherry eye happens when the fibres that anchor the gland inside the third eyelid become weak. There’s no avoiding it: Keep a close eye (!) on your dog for any sign of the condition. If it happens, treat your French Bulldog quickly at the veterinarian. When looking to add a new dog to your household, make sure to deal only with a responsible breeder.