The French bulldog, affectionately known as the ‘Frenchie’ was a regular sight in the high society cafes of the Bourgeoisie.
These days their size, friendly-nature, playful character and pure cuteness make them one of the most popular breeds in in the UK. According to The Kennel Club, the number of annual registrations of this breed has increased from 1,025 to 36,785 in the past decade.
They tend to live between 11 and 15 years, and in adulthood, the average Frenchie will weigh between 16 – 28 lbs, stand at about 11 inches high.
Our friends over at dogtime.com have pulled together an excellent list of their generally traits and suitability as a companion, and we’ve compiled some ownership tips for these handsome little creatures.
How to care for your French Bulldog
- A Frenchie needs at least an hour of exercise every day, and it’s recommended to prevent them jumping until they’re at least 18 months old as their pads are easily bruised and their joints haven’t properly formed.
- It’s best to comb them 2 – 3 times per week, although while they’re moulting you might consider combing them daily for a short period. You should comb them against the direction of hair growth, from the tail to the head.
- We’d advise bathing them once a month at most; they’re a breed prone to catching colds so make sure to dry their little bodies and their ears thoroughly.
- Speaking of ears, their bat-like ones are a very cute defining feature of a French Bulldog, which need to be washed weekly to avoid the build up of wax and dirt.
- Another distinguishing feature of the French Bulldog is the folds in their face. These need to be gently cleaned at least twice a week with a damp cloth, as they can easily collect dust and dirt which quickly forms fungus or infection.