French Bulldogs are small companion dogs that make excellent family pets. French Bulldogs are smart and affectionate dogs that love to play and are good with children and other animals. Here are some characteristics to think about if you are considering a French Bulldog as a pet for your family:
Physical Characteristics: When choosing a French Bulldog puppy, check with the American Kennel Club for the breed standards for the French Bulldog. This information will give you the standard proportions, symmetry, size, and body shape for this dog breed. Match these physical characteristics with the French Bulldog puppies in the litter that you are considering. French Bulldogs come in many colors from white, brindle, fawn, brown, light and dark gray, and black. Many French Bulldogs have distinctive markings or mottled coats that can give them a unique look.
Temperament: French Bulldogs are very smart and quite playful. When choosing a French Bulldog from a litter, look for a puppy that is calm, friendly, and responsive to your voice when you talk to them. In this way, you can find a puppy that will look to you as a pack leader and respond to your verbal commands and friendship. French Bulldogs are not overly protective and do not bark excessively so they are excellent dogs for city-dwellers and people who live in apartments. Talk to your French Bulldog often as they are gregarious and will look forward to the attention that you give them with this communication.
Activity Level: French Bulldogs are not overly active so you can keep them healthy and happy with daily brisk walks. You can also look for a dog play group where you and your French Bulldog can meet other dogs and dog owners for community play and socialization. French Bulldogs will enjoy the activity with other dogs in addition to their daily walks.
Grooming: French Bulldogs have short hair and do not require extensive grooming. You can bathe your French Bulldog once every month or so to keep their coat clean and healthy. Brush your French Bulldog's coat once a week to loosen hairs and discourage shedding. Brush your French Bulldog's teeth every 3–5 days to eliminate plaque buildup and keep their gums healthy. Take your French Bulldog to a veterinarian to have their teeth cleaned once a year, or more often if you see any visible plaque.
Health: If you live in a location that gets snow or lots of rain, it is recommended that you get your French Bulldog a sweater to make them comfortable when walking outside as they are very small dogs. If you live in a location that has constant warm or hot weather, make sure that your French Bulldog has a cool place to rest indoors as they can get overheated easily with their extremely short snout and air passages.
Once you bring a French Bulldog into your family, it is a good idea to take them to obedience school so that they can become familiar with simple commands and you can learn how to teach them new commands. With good care, grooming, and lots of communication, you can have an excellent French Bulldog pet for many years.
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