Growing in popularity among city dwellers, it’s no wonder people ask if the French Bulldog is family-friendly.
As one of the most popular dogs listed by the American Kennel Club, this small breed of dog has plenty of fans. People all over the world are currently looking into this sturdy, lovable breed to see if they are a good fit for a family.
Is the French Bulldog a good family dog?
With their playful personalities, adaptable mindsets, and even disposition, the French Bulldog is a great companion for families. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind to ensure health and safety.
As with all dogs, socialization is key to a family pet. And due to their small size, younger children can often hurt a Frenchie without meaning to. If taken too far, this can result in a reaction from the pup.
As well, French Bulldogs have a tendency to play rough. This is one reason reputable breeders will not allow pups to go to their new homes until around ten weeks. They need extra time to learn how to play and act around others.
These concerns are common with any dog, however, and can be managed with discipline, training, and socialization at a young age.
Housetraining and Attention
Frenchies are tougher than some breeds to housetrain, due to a stubborn streak, and are not typically outside dogs. They are also unusually clingy with their owners! So, if your family is out of the home for a good portion of the day, especially when your Frenchie is young, they may not be the best family pet for you.
Frenchies are known to deal with a range of health issues which could affect your decision to bring them into the family environment.
For example, as with all brachycephalic breeds, they snore and overheat easily. Frenchies also come with a few other genetic issues such as a compressed spine and susceptibility to allergies.
In saying that, once you get on top of some of the most common challenges with French Bulldog health, they are a fairly low maintenance dog, making them a good fit for most families.
Frenchies don’t require a lot of exercise, when compared with larger dogs. This is the perfect trait for time-poor and laid back families who can’t go for long walks with their dog, or families that live in small homes or condos where there isn’t a lot of space to move around.
In saying that, this is not the breed for the daily jogger! A good run in the park on a cool day can be great for the health of a Frenchie, but excessive exercise or heat exposure can be dangerous.
Grooming is quick and easy with the French Bulldog. They have a short, smooth coat, and are not big shedders. That said, they do have a twice-yearly shedding of the undercoat and will require a good rubber brush to keep up. For most of the year, a weekly brushing and a monthly bath are all they require.
However, it’s important not to forget the other maintenance that Frenchies need on a regular basis. Due to their short noses and wrinkles, you need to make sure their face and wrinkles are kept clean and dry. They can, and will, become breeding grounds for bacteria and can lead to several health issues.
French Bulldogs are a fairly small dog in weight and stature, making them perfect for families who like to travel with their pets. They fit neatly into soft-sided car crates or can even nestle up on your lap if you want them too!
With more and more spaces becoming dog-friendly, there is no reason to leave your four-legged fur-baby at home!
So, are French Bulldogs a good family dog? The short answer is yes, they are one of the best family dogs out there. They adapt quickly to their environment, have lovable personalities, and interact well with children.
You won’t be disappointed!
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.