Can French Bulldogs Swim? Your Questions Answered

Can French Bulldogs Swim? Your Questions Answered

10 Replies to “Can French Bulldogs Swim? Your Questions Answered”

  1. June 18, 2018 Mike

    My french Bulldog can swim… please don’t put all Frenchies into one category… that’s like saying “women, cannot swim.” Sure I’m bet someone has said that before they allowed one to try or gave a female swimming lessons… but don’t white wash the breed with that because it is nonsense.

    1. June 26, 2018 Frankie

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for checking out the site and leaving a comment…

      We would highly recommend that Frenchie owners don’t let their pups swim. As much as there are some cases of Frenchies being able to handle the water, for the most part, it is very dangerous for them. Yes, they love it. Which is part of the problem. Once they swim they will want to continue swimming whenever possible and perhaps even when you’re not around.

      The Frenchie stature and breaching capabilities are not made for swimming in most instances and it is a high-risk decision to introduce them to pools or deep bodies of water.

  2. September 7, 2018 Jakey

    Today my 5 month old Frenchie decided to dive into the sea at my local beach. She managed to swim until i could wade in to rescue her in waist deep water

  3. March 25, 2019 Karen

    I have 2 frenchies, they both love the water and seeing as we live on a lake I do not let them outside alone without their life jackets on, they do sink like a stone! I agree that not all can be painted with the same brush but I would say the vast majority of frenchies do not swim well.

    1. April 2, 2019 Will Blunt

      Thanks for sharing Karen!

  4. April 23, 2019 Gloria

    Thanks for the great info Will!! Not sure if my MeeMee is one of the swimming Frenchies, but I’m so terrified of a drowning accident I plan to keep the baby pool filled all summer to stay cool!!
    It’s already filled and she’s splashing away!!

    1. May 10, 2019 Will Blunt

      That sounds like fun Gloria!!

  5. May 15, 2019 Anne

    Thanks for the advice, Will. Our local supermarket stocks those children’s blue plastic paddling pools/sandpits, so Fanny (1 year) will have one and I will also buy a FB flotation aid for marine excursions.

    1. June 6, 2019 Will Blunt


  6. May 28, 2019 kim ostman

    I can garantee 100%that frenchies will sink very quickly i put my millie in a horse trough when she was hot she stayed afloat for a few seconds then preceded to sink she would have drowned had i not being there maybe crossbreds can swim i have pugs as well they sink also


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