Basic French Bulldog Training

Originally bred in England, the French bulldog is a smaller version of the English bulldog.  However, this dog is a strong, compact and well-built breed that has big, rounded bat ears that are naturally upright.  They also have round dark eyes and a flat but powerful muzzle, a pug nose, a rounded forehead, and a square-shaped flat head.  Their skin is smooth and loose, and their tail can be either straight or coiled.  French bulldogs are remarkably good-natured they are very affectionate to their owners and children.  However, they can be a little possessive.  Most of their behavioral problems are due to lack of communication or miscommunication between them and their owners.  They would love to be part of their owners family and to have close contact with them.

Nonetheless, they can behave properly if they are well-trained.  Though they are trainable, French bulldogs are stubborn.  They are hard to train because they have the tendency to be lazy they would take a long nap and would only lounge around most of the time.  Therefore, they are slow at learning new commands.  However, French bulldogs are still recognized for their independent thinking, intelligence and mischievousness.  If they are interested at the task their owners are asking them to do, there is no doubt that they will do best in it.  Their distinctive temperament and personality will need to be considered when it comes to French bulldog training.

French bulldog training would require a huge amount of patience and consistence.  Being patient is important because French bulldogs are very stubborn.  Impatience can cause problems between the owner and the dog during the training.  Teaching a French bulldog can be difficult because they can be really slow when it comes to learning new things.  However, this is not because French bulldogs are stupid but due to the fact that they are smart and have their own will.  Owners should avoid hitting or smacking their dogs they should look for other means to teach the dog who is the one in command.  Consistence is very essential in French bulldog training because French bulldogs will learn better this way.  The dog will have problems with learning if their owner will stray from the usual training routine.  This way, the dog will have a very clear idea of what behavior is acceptable and unacceptable.  Consistence will avoid confusion for the dogs part as it will simplify things to the dog.

In addition, it is important for owners to take their French bulldogs to daily walks because this exercise will help the dog drain its energy, because French bulldogs are naturally very active, alert and playful.  Daily walks can help in French bulldog training as they can use this time to teach their dog to follow simple commands, such as, heel, sit, stay and come.  Confining the dog in a crate is also an effective part of French bulldog training as this will teach them the places that they are allowed to go.

 

French Bulldog Information

Seeing those round puppy eyes in a French Bulldog can make almost anyone’s heart melt. Other names that this breed is also known for are Boule-Dog Francais and Frenchie. It is quite ironic that this dog breed has acquired a French name when in fact, it comes from an English origin. French Bulldogs were crossed from various dog varieties and the toy breed variety of English bulldogs.

Appearance
Fanciers of the French bulldog would agree that there is something special when it comes to the features of this particular breed. Frenchies have distinctive bat-like ears, eyes that are set wide apart, and a round head. The breed has a black nose set on a broad, laid back muzzle. When you look at this small, stocky breed, the French bulldogs intent gaze will give you the impression that it is ready to listen to anything you’ll say. Frenchies have short and muscular legs, broad chest, and short coat. The generally accepted colors of this dog variety are fawn, white, brindle, or a combination of brindle and white.  The average weight set by the American and Canadian Breed Standard for male French bulldogs ranges from 24-28 pounds, and for female, 19-24 pounds.

Temperament
Pet enthusiasts who are looking for a companion dog would be delighted to have a French bulldog. This dog breed is suited indoors, loves to clown around, is cheerful, and can get along well with children. They are very affectionate companions. Families who have other pets in their homes need not worry since a French bulldog will not pose a threat to those animals. It is important that a French bulldog be exposed to training at an early age. Owners have to assert leadership; otherwise, the French bulldog can assume an alpha position and can become stubborn. As with any small dog breeds, French bulldog can develop insecurity to the point that they exhibit unwanted behaviors like excessive yapping and aggressiveness.

Health
The health of a French bulldog in general is exceptional and they are among the healthiest bull breeds. There are certain diseases however that owners should watch out for including joint problems, thyroid diseases, and Von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD). Most breeders are vigilant enough to have young pups tested for the latter two diseases. French bulldogs are also prone to diseases of the eye. The most common problem is cataract which is often hereditary. During hot weather, Frenchies may experience breathing difficulty because of their compacted airway. Owners should make sure that these dogs are allowed to drink plenty of water to avoid heat stroke.

Training
Obedience training is a must for French bulldogs. Since this breed is descended from Bulls and Terriers, it is not surprising that they can be hardheaded and can disregard their owner’s rules. It is essential that owners take training seriously. If the dog exhibits a bad behavior, owners should not get swayed by the cute appearance of the French Bulldog. Instead, they should be firm in enforcing the correct behavior and asserting leadership.

Owning a dog can be a rewarding experience if you are receptive to your pet’s needs. Remember that dogs, just like humans, need care and attention. Knowing if a certain dog breed suits your personality and lifestyle is part of being a responsible pet owner. Laid back lifestyle, short strolls, and a pleasant napthese activities can make a French bulldog the perfect companion for you.