Tips For A New Frenchie Owner
Our baby Lulu is now 4.5 years old and is our child. We wanted a French Bulldog because we love the looks of them and their easy going nature was what we were looking for. I was super picky when it came to getting one as I was looking for certain personality traits for our new family member.
I was picky as in wanting personality traits that could be passed down and learned from the parents like no aggression or barking. Living in a family home not a puppy milll. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find breeders who are only breeding the female 1-2 times. Many breeding dogs are used to produce a litter 1-2 times a year! They are a family dog and I wanted one being born into a household where it would live amongst the family.
Lulu recently had her first and only litter of puppies (she is now fixed). She had a litter of 8 puppies who are all the same colour (she came from a litter of 7 puppies all identical). I wish I had known these tips when Lulu was young. I have compiled my tips I have learned over the past 4 years to help new Frenchie owners keep their new baby healthy and happy.
- Use a harness instead of a collar when walking them. It makes the biggest difference in teaching them not to pull and also isn’t restricting their airway.
- Feed them a quality food with limited ingredients. Grain free is best and chicken is not recommended. I use Perfomatrin Ultra Limited in the flavor sweet potato and venison. It is also made in Canada!
- Stainless steel water dishes will keep bacteria from growing in their bowl and causing skin irritations on their face.
- Wipe the puppies face after eating to avoid clogged hair follicles. Once they are adults you don’t have to wipe their faces as often.
- A feeding schedule comes in handy and creates routine for the puppy. I feed Lulu twice a day with the recommended food intake stated on her bag of food for her weight.
- A life jacket is needed for swimming as they are too top heavy to keep their head above water.
- Watch their ears when bathing them as they can easily get ear infections if you get water in them.
- If you notice small white bumps near their muzzle or chin don’t be alarmed they can get puppy acne and there is nothing you can do for it. The vet will tell you it will go away on it’s own.
- They are not good in extreme temperatures. They need shade and lots of water when it is hot out and can’t be out in the cold for long.
- Be very hands on with them as they crave affection.
- They are easy to train as they will do anything for a treat or some attention.
Toxic Food For Dogs
- Apple seeds
- Chocolate especially dark