Dog Paw Licking
Coprophagia in Dogs
Is a French Bulldog right for you?
The French Bulldog is a special little dog, with specific needs. Please be aware of these needs before you decide to bring one onto your family.
A French Bulldog Is not a dog that will happily live outside. Being a companion dog, they want nothing more than to be by your side, everywhere, anywhere and at all times.
Frenchie’s think they are human. They will follow you to the bathroom and expect to sleep on your lounge and bed.
Of course, training and perseverance will teach the Frenchie where his own bed is, as long as it is placed inside your home, and will be sufficient for him to sleep in, if you don’t wish to actually share your own bed.
While all dogs need some outside time, the Frenchie will not always happily do this on his own, and you will need to be on top of his need for sunshine, fresh air and need to toilet at least a couple of times a day! Unless of course you are outside as well, then they are quite happy to stay outside for as long as you are too.
So in a nut shell, you will need to be prepared to share your home, and it’s comforts with a French Bulldog, and not leave him locked in a backyard with a kennel.
Even perfectly trained Frenchies remain stubborn at times. If they don’t want to do something, they will dig their toes in, walk away or even pretend they can’t hear you. This can become frustrating if the behaviour continues, especially if it could potentially be dangerous. Reminder training is often needed in these cases, always with positive rewards.
Frenchies are Fearless. They are not aware that they are indeed a small dog and if another dog approaches and starts to threaten by way of body language or aggression, a Frenchie will not back off.
Their Breed makeup includes some terrier, and this is when it can come out in its temperament. This can be very dangerous for a Frenchie if the other dog is large or aggressive.
Because of this, it is well advised to NEVER allow a French Bulldog to run off leash at any Dog Park or beach. Hightened and excited energy levels can quickly turn into aggressive behaviour between two dogs who don’t know each other.
Living with other dogs
While French Bulldogs can happily live with other canine members of the family, it is not always successful or advisable.
Frenchie’s usually get on well with other Frenchies, and dogs of similar size. As mentioned above, Frenchies are a big dog in mind in a little body.
You can expect your French Bulldog to be anywhere in size from 10kgs – 15kgs. So placing a French Bulldog into a home with a dog excessively larger or smaller than him, could be a potential cause for concern. It is strongly advised to keep the two separate when you are not at home or unable to supervise, especially when your French Bulldog is a tiny puppy.
Frenchies are excitable. When someone arrives at your front door, they will run to the door in excitement and this increases their energy levels. If you have more than one dog, this is another time they can show the terrier side to their makeup and the dogs can turn on each other, in pure excitement. Im most cases, this will be the end of the situation, but if one of the dogs is extremely dominant, it can cause trouble and may start a scuffle.
Being near you at all times is one of the Frenchies dearest traits. They love and adore their humans and show this with affection and expect the same in return.
Living with a French Bulldog is like living with the eternal 2 year old child. They love to play with toys, and will continue to do so into their Veteran years. They are comical and have you laughing at their antics on a daily basis.
They are quick to learn and respond well to positive rewards, especially food. Their intelligence can also make them demanding. Once they have learnt how to get what they want, they will show little patience when it becomes apparent that they want something. This is seen a lot when the dog has leant to knock to come back inside, and you don’t go straight to the door to let him in. The knocks will become more frequent and non stop, until you comply! They can also learn to bark non stop until you let them back inside.
How anything so small and cute can make such a horrid smell, is definitely confronting, especially to guests. Their short muzzles mean that they intake air when they eat and drink. Because of this, Frenchies pass wind a lot and they can easily clear the room! Belching after eating food and drinking water is also a common Frenchie trait.
At times, Frenchies like to chew things that they shouldn’t. This could be anything from your coffee table to your sunglasses. Most Frenchies will grow out of this, however if they develop a certain liking to something in particular (plastic for example), it is likely they will remain this way for life and you will need to be careful of the things you don’t want them to get too. They are really good at finding the things you forget to pick up!
Some Frenchies chew and/or lick their own feet. This can be due to a few reasons ranging from contact allergies, food allergies, comfort, boredom and as a form of calming. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish which of these categories they fit into, as once they start, it can become a bit of a habit, therefore creating a secondary problem in some cases.
As puppies, it is common for Frenchie pups to eat their own poo, it even has a scientific name (Coprophagia) Disgusting right! This can often be a hard and frustrating habit to break. It is essential that poo is picked up straight away and the pup distracted as soon as it has finished going to the toilet. This will not hurt the pup, but it’s not ideal either, so you will need to keep an eye on your pup when it is learning to toilet train.
Most French Bulldogs will do well on a quality kibble as the base for their meals. There are so many on the market these days, but a grain free variety is usually the better option. Some people prefer to feed an all raw diet. You should be guided by your Breeder on any specific brands or dietary requirements. If your French Bulldog is prone to skin problems, then the option of a raw diet has been found to be beneficial in keeping this under control, however it must be done correctly with the right supplements etc.