About 10 years ago I got my first dog: a French Bulldog. Before we adopted him we did all the research online and finally decided on getting one.
Now let me tell you this, all the research in the world couldn’t prepare us how it would be to actually own one. Because believe me they are a breed of its own. Nothing compared other dogs.
What they (don’t) tell you about a french bulldog
All the breed standards will tell you that a Frenchie is a small dog, with a loving character, prone to some health issues but overall a very easy dog to handle and maintain.
What they don’t tell you is that that is only true if you give them the proper training and attention. If not, you are in for a treat!
Here we were, arriving at home with our first puppy. We read all the books, saw all the videos and felt somewhat prepared. Our house was filled with puppy pads, toys and a crate for the night. All the items the books advised us to get were present. The one thing we lacked was experience.
And here’s the thing I want to advise you: don’t get a French Bulldog as your first dog.
A French Bulldog is full of character. They are strong willed and do how they like and please if you don’t give them proper training.
I know quite a few French Bulldog owners who are having troubles at home because the dog is either very disobedient or aggressive. We’ve talked to many trainers over the years and not many have experience with this breed.
You know what the problem is with Frenchies? They are very sensitive. So, if you are to strict or harsh, they will be heartbroken and they won’t trust you as much.
This doesn’t mean though that you should get one, you just have to be extra prepared. They are very smart and easy to train. You just have to be more stubborn then them!
Reasons why you shouldn’t get a French Bulldog
Besides them being stubborn and needed proper – but gentle – training there are some other things they don’t necessarily tell you about the breed.
They snore, like an old man times two. Think twice before letting them sleep on your bed as a puppy, because later on they will keep you awake with their snoring. I’m used to it now and can sleep through most of his noises. The only thing that wakes me up now is if it is too quiet or I somehow sense that he is in distress.
Another thing they don’t tell you is that they are farting machines. Like all the time and they stink! They can’t help it, most of the times they are blaming it on you (yes they do that), and there is not much that can stop it. A healthy diet will help lower the frequency a bit but they keep on passing gas.
Speaking of diets, French bulldogs can be very picky eaters. Don’t buy the food in bulk when you aren’t a 100 percent sure that your Frenchie loves it. All the French Bulldog owners I know had to through away lots of food because from one day to another their dogs decided they don’t like it anymore.
Well then don’t feed them anything else, right? It’s not that simple. Because if they don’t want it they won’t eat it. And with them being more stubborn then you they will remain hungry until they throw up and you hastily decide to boil some chicken just to soothe their upset stomach.
Another thing you should know about French Bulldogs before getting one is that they love to be near you. On your lap, in your neck, everywhere as long as they are comfortable. Sweet right? This is a reason not to get them however, because they drool and leave stains on your clothing. Imagine one of my mornings in my house. I’m on the couch drinking my coffee all dressed in my business attire. Here comes mr. Frenchie, first he walks past my legs leaving a mark. Then he continues to sit next to me on the couch, rolling over onto my legs, and me having to change pants again because there are now stains everywhere…
Why you should get one!
If the above reasons didn’t scare you away then maybe you are the perfect owner for a Frenchie.
You know, with all the bad things, I still absolutely adore my little farting/drooling machine. He is always happy to see you. Love to be near you. Keeps your feet nice and toasty during the cold winter months. Will protect you from strangers and is one of the best dogs you will ever own.
Even when they are a complete pain in the behind. He always makes me laugh. When he just decides not to walk any further and just sits on the pavement until you give up and we return home.
How he enjoys staring at ducks swimming by and barks at them when they get to close. They are a funny and loving breed. As long as you are able to deal with the negatives mentioned above.
You are now probably thinking: “it couldn’t be that bad, could it?” I’m not writing this to change your opinion. If your mind is set on a French bulldog you are probably getting one. My aim was to show you what it’s like to own one and give you some of the negatives you don’t see that much online. At least, the things I wished I had know before getting one.
In the end I am happy with my decision of getting one but there were moments I just couldn’t handle him anymore. You have to be strong minded and don’t let them get their ways. On the other hand you have to pick your battles because they are so sensitive. Just find the right balance and don’t overthink. Then you are going to be just fine!