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French Bulldog Adoption

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What do you need to know before you adopt a French Bulldog? We asked the experts!
 

National Mill Dog Rescue says:

Frenchies are known as the clown in the robe of philosopher. They are cute, fun, energetic and live to love! They aren’t barkers and they don’t sleep all day. They are up for most activities and prefer to be with their families 24/7. They like to be the center of attention.

Health Concerns:

Spinal Conditions
Brachycephalic Syndrome
Patellar Luxation

They must be in climate-controlled environments. They are really great!

Short Mugs Rescue Squad says:

The Good:

French bulldogs LOVE people! They love anyone and everyone. They are not the most loyal dogs, but they do love their owners the most.

French Bulldogs get along with other dogs, but CAN be aggressive with other dogs, and are prey driven. They are generally social and can live with other species if you make the correct introductions.

French Bulldogs make a variety of noises. You will come to learn their different barks, yawns, snorts, chortles, yodels, screams and death wails.

All is takes to make a Frenchie happy is to include them in your daily life so they aren't home alone most of the day.

Frenchies enjoy walks. They are a moderate energy dog so short walks get the job done. They WILL NOT be your running buddy.

French Bulldogs can make good apartment dogs. These dogs don't require tons of space as long as you don’t leave them alone too long.

The Important:

This is NOT an outdoor dog!! This is a brachycephalic breed (flat faced) and they pant inefficiently. Heat stress can cause the throat to swell, rapidly increasing overheating, and restricting airflow into the respiratory system. They can die from overheating very easily.

This dog should not be left in your car. If your car is too hot for you it is definitely too hot for your Frenchie.

French Bulldogs are very social. One of the best qualities of Frenchies is their sociable and happy nature. This means it is your responsibility to provide them with plenty of attention. If you work long days or are gone for long periods of time then this is not the dog for you.

French Bulldogs SINK in water. You should reconsider owning this breed if you have a swimming pool or live by a lake or pond. Frenchies have a top heavy frame, chest and head. The French Bulldog cannot swim, and will quickly drown if they are in water where their feet cannot touch the ground. Some Frenchies enjoy water and can do so under close supervision or with a life jacket.

This dog is hardheaded. If you are not a patient person or don’t have time to train your puppy for the first couple of months then this is not the breed for you.

This dog can be tough to housebreak. French Bulldogs can be stubborn, and potty training can take months.

More about the French Bulldog

Thinking about adopting a French Bulldog puppy? Here are three reasons to adopt an adult instead:

1. You have kids.

Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a French Bulldog puppy (or, gasp! find a French Bulldog puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a French Bulldog puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears.  Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order.  Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display.  When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals.  This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.

2.  You value your possessions.

Puppies teethe.  They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos.  Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult French Bulldog (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.

3.  You work, or otherwise leave the house.

Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day?  A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?

If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours).  So a three-month-old French Bulldog puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on.  If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a French Bulldog rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.

Let’s bust these myths about adopting a French Bulldog

Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about French Bulldog adoption, we hear the same things over and over again.  If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have.   So it’s time for us to set the record straight:

  • You CAN find purebred French Bulldogs for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.
  • French Bulldogs and French Bulldog puppies for adoption are NOT in any way inferior to or different from those for sale.
  • The dogs in the shelter are NOT there because they’re bad dogs.
  • If you want a puppy, you DON’T have to buy a French Bulldog puppy.  French Bulldog puppies ARE available for adoption.
  • If you have children, adopting a dog is likely the SAFEST option.

Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a French Bulldog, even a French Bulldog puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.  And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs.  In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck.  Think about it: let’s say you buy a French Bulldog puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful French Bulldog if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter.  The lucky person who adopts your French Bulldog would be getting a great dog!  Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times.  Many of them are housebroken and trained.  French Bulldog rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the French Bulldog you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new French Bulldog to their family!

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