5 Things to Know

Playful and energetic, French Bulldog puppies can be an excellent family pet. French Bulldogs do need some specialized care and any time you bring a new puppy home, providing a safe environment requires some consideration and preparation.

Consider these five important things to know about French Bulldogs and learn our tips and tricks to house proofing to make the transition as seamless as possible.

Bulldogs can be expensive. They are a popular breed for families and for apartment living. It’s important to do your research on the breeder and parentage. Check out of FAQ section to find answers to many questions prospective puppy parents have. You can also visit our site to look at our moms and dads, available puppies and join the waitlist.

Our puppies are all vet checked before being adopted and our parentage/DNA lines are available on the site. It’s important to choose a well-reputed breeder who will openly and honestly answer all your questions. Cross breeding inappropriately can cause genetics irregularities and serious health problems with puppies.

French Bulldogs have a tendency towards obesity, so weight management and a healthy diet is extremely important. Giving your dog plenty of opportunity to move and play is crucial to long term health. Proper diets, daily walks and regular vet check ups will go a long way to keeping your pet healthy, happy, and part of your family for years to come.

French bulldogs are an excellent choice for families with children. They can easily match the playful and energetic energy levels of kids of all ages. It’s important to introduce puppy and children with supervision. Teach children how to interact with and safely play with your new puppy. Before long, they’ll be best friends for life.

Neutering your bulldog will reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases, as well as reducing aggression. There are many benefits to spaying or neutering. Speak to your vet about the advantages and scheduled the procedure as soon as the puppy reaches the age.

French Bulldogs should not be left alone for long periods of time. Bulldogs will become strongly attached to the primary caregiver. They can become anxious and stressed when left alone or with an unknown person. If you need to leave your puppy with someone else for a period of time, make sure it’s with someone the puppy knows and trust to help manage stress and anxiety.

Getting Ready and House-proofing for a Frenchie (or any puppy)

Getting Ready

Now that you’ve done all your research, chosen a great breeder, and filled out your paperwork, it’s time to get your house ready for a new high energy and playful family member. It’s important to make sure that you’ve sorted out bedding and feeding concerns, as well as safety before welcoming your new friend. Your breeder should advise you what food the puppy has been eating. You should start with this food and then slowly transition to your food of choice. Transitioning too fast can cause tummy troubles.

Other important points to ask your breeder:

  • When was the last time puppy ate – eating too soon before the trip home can cause stomach upset and vomiting
  • Typical schedule and routines – consistency will be key in raising a well-mannered and well-rounded bulldog
  • Any known allergies
  • Has house training started – early and consistent training is best

To avoid multiple trips to multiple stores, we advise stocking up on essentials before bringing your puppy home. It is important to never take your eyes off your new Frenchie. Much like a newborn baby, Frenchie’s require more care and attention than adult animals. Love and cuddles never hurt, either.

There are 3 primary types of feeding bowls available for dogs. Slow-feed bowls can prevent your puppy from eating too fast. Eating too fast can cause unpleasant symptoms like indigestion and regurgitation. This is the recommend style of bowl to start with to teach a Frenchie proper eating habits. Ergonomic bowls are also available. They make eating and drinking comfortable in a natural, easy position. Lastly, standard food bowls are readily available but not always the best choice for Frenchie’s.

You should be sure to check with your breeder about what, if any, kind of treats they’ve been using with the puppy. Just like their food, new treats or sudden changes can cause tummy troubles. Low calorie and high-quality treats can be a great training aid.

Breed specific leashes and harnesses are available for Frenchie’s. Your Frenchie could injure the neck, spine or trachea from an improper collar or harness, especially if they pull strongly during leash training. Harnesses are available without the common plastic buckles that could be a chewing/choking hazard. The right harness will be safe and comfortable for both you and the puppy.

Chew toys are essential. Durable chew toys are even better. Bulldogs have powerful jaws and can destroy a chew toy pretty quickly. Puppy clothes, jacket and/or shoes maybe a necessity, depending on your climate. Bulldogs in general, puppies in particular, do not have thick coats to keep warm during inclement weather – cold, windy, or damp.

Shaking, shivering, signs of anxiety, hunched over or a tucked tail are all signs of a bulldog that has been exposed to inclement weather for too long. Pay attention to your bulldogs’ behavior on walks. If the weather is too poor, your Frenchie will let you know with his/her behavior.

Other purchases to consider:

  • A comfy bed – puppies are energetic, but they need a lot of sleep to fuel that energy. An orthopedic bed will be comfy and supportive, preventing injury
  • Car Seat – the safest option for puppies travelling in cars. Car travel should be a positive experience for the puppy and for the family that travels in the car
  • Puppy Gates – helpful to section off areas of your home, for training and safety
  • Grooming Supplies – nail clippers, facial wipes (for the skin folds), and dog shampoo for sensitive skin
  • Cleaning Supplies – be prepared for smelly messes, stain removing solutions will save your carpets during the house training period
  • Pee Pads – useful during training whether you are training the puppy to use the pee pads only or transitioning to outdoor
  • Finding a vet – finding a vet close by that you are comfortable with and who is knowledgeable about the breed is important. The last thing you want is to be scrambling for a last-minute vet during an unexpected illness
  • Pet Insurance – always a good idea, many veterinary services have information on this service.

House-Proofing

To make bringing your puppy home as smooth and safe as possible, here is a list of things to make your home as safe as possible. It’s much like preparing for a new baby or toddler proofing your home.

House proofing is not just a one-time thing. Rather, it’s an ongoing process to remove any and all hazards that are on the floor or low to the ground. It does get easier with time and will become part your daily routine to keep an eye out for things that could be harmful.

Puppies will chew anything and everything they can get their little jaws on. If puppy proofing the entire house seems like an impossible task, start with just one puppy room aka dog space. This has the benefit of not overwhelming the new puppy and providing them a safe and secure area that is contained.

Hazardous items like electrical cords, shoes, choking risks and anything you do not want chewed should be placed high or completely removed. Dangling cords, charging cords and blind cords also should be safely away from the puppy.  

Backyard/Outside Proofing

Outdoor areas can have just as many hazards as indoors. Remove any chemicals like antifreeze and rodent poisons. Fence off or remove any flora or fauna that may be toxic, like wild mushrooms. Water sources like pools and ponds should be secured as well. Most Frenchie’s are not good swimmers and will sink quickly.

Any loose fencing or holes should be fixed before your puppy arrives. Puppies can be easily bored and will get into mischief before you’ve blinked your eyes. Always supervise your puppy outside. Bored puppies can be destructive and will dig holes in the lawn or chew patio furniture, not to mention they can be escape artists.

Final Thoughts

Pay careful attention to household cleaning supplies and medications. If it says “keep away from children” then make sure to keep it away from your puppy. Always close doors to areas (like bathrooms) that you don’t want your puppy to access. Keep trash secure and safe from all puppies.

Raising a well-adjusted puppy by exposing them to a variety of scenarios, experiences and social times while keeping them safe and secure is essential for your puppy. Unhappy puppies will demonstrate unhealthy behaviors. Resist the urge to spoil and overindulge as this can lead to poor behavior, as well. A little spoiling goes a long way.

Lots of exercise, love, attention, and regular vet checks will ensure that your puppy is happy and healthy with a long life.

Congratulations on your new family member! Now that you have all the information you need to get your house, yard, and family ready for a puppy you can focus on welcoming and loving your new friend. As loyal and dedicated as a bulldog is, they truly will be your best friend for years to come.

As always, your breeder and vet are your best source for the most current and up to info for your pet.

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