As a brand-new dog owner, or someone transitioning from another breed to a Frenchie, it is completely normal to want to know how to care for your dog and how long they will be around.
After all, owning a dog is a huge commitment, and you need to know the ins-and-outs of owning before you dive right in.
Luckily, this mini-guide will let you know how to make your new dog’s life as happy as can be, and give you an estimate of the average lifespan of a french bulldog.
1. Have realistic expectations about the lifespan of your dog
Frenchie’s live on average for 10 to 12 years, which is relatively moderate especially when compared to other small breeds. Of course, some dogs can live to be older than the average with some of the oldest living a whopping 18 years.
While you should never have unrealistic expectations about the age of your dog, you should do everything you can to give them a long and happy life, especially since how they are treated can increase their lifespan!
2. Pick a great breeder
Since Frenchie’s are such a popular breed, there are many breeders out there to choose from. Try your best to find a responsible breeder with many references and avoid anything that seems suspicious. Sadly, puppies that come from puppy mills and shady breeders can have more health problems later in life. But as long as you put in a little research, you shouldn’t have a problem picking out a wonderful new companion!
3. Create a space for your Frenchie
The absolute worst thing you can do to your dog is to put them in a kennel or a crate for twelve hours or more while you’re at work. Frenchie’s are naturally curious animals who need a lot of room to play around. If you just put your dog in a crate while you’re away it can actually decrease their lifespan.
Most dog experts recommend that you devote a room to your new puppy, especially if you plan on being away for more than a few hours at a time. Fill the room with all your Frenchie’s favorite toys, a nice doggie bed, a supply of food (both wet and dry) and water to last through the day.
A Frenchie is similar to a small child, which does mean you will have to baby-proof any room that your Frenchie will be in. Also, French Bulldogs love to chew, chew, chew. Make sure all the toys you provide are safe for strong jaws, but of course still fun for your pup!
4. Learn common hazards
There are dangers to Frenchie’s that also plague other flat-faced dog breeds. One of which is breathing problems. You should learn what to do in case of an emergency, as often you are the only line of defense between your lovable companion and an accident.
Additionally, you need to always monitor your dog near water as they CANNOT swim. Any water over their head is extremely dangerous. But they do love kiddie pools! Make sure when your pup wants to splash around that you make them the center of attention.
5. Take your Frenchie to the vet
Your Frenchie needs to be taken to the vet regularly. They are prone to certain ailments and should be taken every 3 months to ensure a long and happy life. Every Frenchie needs heartworm and flea treatments, blood panels, and diagnostic tests as regularly as your veterinarian recommends.
Blood panels are especially important so your vet can recommend important vitamins and supplements to keep your little buddy healthy. Keep their health well-monitored so they can live a long, happy life!
6. Play with your pup
To end on a happier note, your dog’s lifespan can be significantly improved with a bit of play time each day. That’s right, the best way to make sure your dog is healthy is the same reason you bought your dog in the first place! Your loveable companion just wants to be loved. Play around with them whenever possible.
Follow these simple guidelines (and do a little more research) and your new friendly Frenchie should live a great life.
Will is the proud co-owner of Frankie, a Female Brindle French Bulldog, with his wife Michelle. We share our Frenchie experiences with the world to help health-conscious French Bulldog owners who want a happy, healthy, and long-living dog.