When people think of agile dogs, the same breeds usually come to mind.
They imagine a Border Collie racing around an open field, snapping at the heels of wayward sheep, or a Kelpie leaping into the air for a frisbee.
But it is not only these typical athletic breeds that are capable of incredible agility. The French Bulldog agility is far greater than you might have imagined.
The French Bulldog, despite its small size and squat stature, can move around a lot better than people think. While stamina is not their forte, French Bulldogs can shock an audience with their pace and jumping ability.
With regard to speed and energy levels, you should never count a Frenchie out.
Is the French Bulldog Agile?
As mentioned above, the French Bulldog is endowed with surprising agility. Those cute little pups with the scrunched faces? Really? Yes, really!
French Bulldogs are especially agile while still puppies. When they are young, their bodies are quite compact. As they grow, they remain short and squat but their limbs acquire strength that gives them athleticism.
Believe it or not, a Frenchie would actually do very well on an obstacle course with the right training. They have a big jump on them, are fast across the ground, and can be well trained if you get started at a young age.
Of course, you’ll need to make the most of this agility when your pup is young because it does start to wear off…
Does the French Bulldog’s Agility Last?
Like all breeds of dogs (and all animals, for that matter), Frenchies tend to become less agile as they age. They are at their spriteliest while puppies and can start to slow down a bit after.
With that being said, every French Bulldog is different. Some will hold onto their agile ways well into adulthood and others will be slow and lethargic at a younger age. It all depends on their bloodline and the amount you exercise them.
Are There Any Health Concerns to Look Out For When Exercising a French Bulldog?
It is important to take a Frenchie outside every day for a walk or to play. But while they can be quite energetic, it is also crucial that they are not overexercised.
French Bulldogs, like other Bulldogs and Pugs, are a brachycephalic breed, meaning their faces are flat. This gives them different physiology from other dogs and makes it difficult for them to control their body temperature.
This is why it is up to you to keep an eye on your Frenchie while exercising, looking out for panting or excessive salivation, which are signs of overheating.
The French Bulldog agility far surpasses what many people expect from this small breed. But once you have seen one in action, you will understand that Frenchies can motor around with the best of them.
Whether running across the carpet or leaping from one piece of furniture to the next, a Frenchie never ceases to impress.
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.