Frenchie FAQ’s

What colours can Frenchies be?
The Canadian Kennel Club recognized French Bulldog colours are: brindle (black with traces of tan striping), cream, fawn, black masked fawn, white, and pied (white with patches of any other recognized colour).

Why do I see rare coloured Frenchies and they are more expensive?
A reputable and responsible breeder only breeds dogs conforming to his or her country’s parent club French Bulldog Breed Standard. The irresponsible breeders who breed for and advertise “rare” colours are intentionally spreading unacceptable colour genes and genes that are linked to health problems through the gene pool. This causes problems for reputable breeders whose main concern is to produce quality puppies. Irresponsible breeders who produce fad colours are profiteers, motivated by greed, because they are able to charge very inflated prices.
Akk shades of mouse (grey, blue, silver, solid blue, blue brindle, blue brindle pied, blue fawn, blue fawn pied, blue mask fawn, blue and tan), Isabella (like in a Doberman), black and tan, all shades of liver, lilac, solid black, Merle, white and black.

Do French Bulldogs bark a lot?
Not more or less barkers compared to other breeds.  French Bulldogs are not typically excessive barkers.

Are French Bulldogs good companion dogs?
They are fantastic companion dogs.  They are fun, entertaining and loving.  The French Bulldog is delightful, easy to groom, and requires little exercise.

How do Frenchies take to apartment living?
Wonderfully.  This is one reason the French Bulldog has been popular throughout the history of the breed.  Frenchies like to be where you are and don’t take up too much space at all.  It is good to get in a good walk as much as possible for overall health and exercise.  If your Frenchie only gets the occasional walk to the grass outside, it is at least something.

Are French Bulldogs sociable?
All dogs seem to do better with exposure to other aspects of life, other dogs, and people too.  The French Bulldog should never be a mean, aggressive or a vicious animal.  It is often recommended and a good idea to take your Frenchie visiting and to various places.  This helps your dog be a better dog and not possibly overreact out of fear of the unknown.  It also builds confidence and character in your dog.  It gives you and the dog an easier time when separated or when traveling together. Your Frenchie should NEVER be penned up for long stretches of time.  He or she needs to be a part of your life.

Are French Bulldogs good with children?
All young children need supervision around dogs, especially puppies.   This is often for the puppy’s sake as well.   That said, French Bulldogs are typically good around children. They are very tolerant of kids and have a lot of energy and endurance to make playing with them fun for the kids, without being too exuberant.

Are French Bulldogs good with other dogs?
This is very much a matter of personality combined with experience.  For any individual dog, it is a question that must be tested to find the answer.  Be sure that the test is supervised at all times.

Are French Bulldogs easy to train?
They can be very willing.  They can also be very stubborn and hardheaded too.  If you make it a game they’ll want to play all the time.  Frenchies are often considered people pleasers and love to be the center of attention. They are quite intelligent little dogs and because they are people oriented and want so much to please, we have found that they are relatively easy to train.

Do Frenchies drool, snore and make other funny noises?
The answer is no, yes and yes. With their gorgeous short snouts, Frenchies do not breathe as efficiently as dog breeds with longer snouts such as the sporting breeds. Frenchies breathe through their mouths more than longer snouted breeds. This results in some unusual noises coming from them, such as noisy breathing or snorting even when they have not exerted themselves.

What about feeding?
Use consideration to feed a French Bulldog properly.  Be aware of artificial preservatives and excessive protein and fillers.  Some dogs may have allergic reactions to certain commercial foods.  Read the label and know what suits your dog’s needs best.  Consult your veterinarian if your dog experiences food allergies.  Food allergies are not uncommon in Frenchies. A healthy Frenchie is not overweight.  Too many pounds can damage their physical structure and shorten their lifespan. Note: Wheat products are known to be flatulence producing in some French Bulldogs.  Corn products and fillers that are an additional source of protein may cause hives (skin rashes or irritations).

Potty training?
Some dogs are harder than others.  Crate training is very helpful in house breaking.  A dog perceives it as their “den” and will not soil it.    Develop a routine after they eat, before bed and first thing in the morning, and be consistent.  A minimum of three potty breaks a day are necessary. For puppies, potty breaks should be every two hours.  Remember a puppy’s little bladders may not be under control as quickly as we’d like so be positive.

Do Frenchies shed and do they require a lot of grooming?
Yes, but these dogs are single coated and shed less most other breeds. As for grooming, they will need their nails clipped, ears cleaned and the folds of their skin on their faces cleaned and dried. Teeth care is recommended for any breed.

Do Frenchies bark a lot?
Frenchies are very moderate barkers and tend to only bark when their feel something is really worth getting excited over. Not all Frenchies are the same, some bark at things that other Frenchies will ignore.

Why are Frenchies so expensive?
The French Bulldog is just not an easy dog to breed. First of all, very few French Bulldogs can breed naturally, mainly due to their narrow hips which makes mounting difficult. Because of this, most Frenchie females must be artificially inseminated. This is fairly costly and time consuming process.
Secondly, Frenchies tend to have relatively small litters. The average litter of live births is about three to four puppies, but litters of one or two puppies are very common.
Thirdly, because of the relatively large head and shoulders of the Frenchie puppies in comparison to the size of the birth canal of the typical Frenchie mom, almost all Frenchies are delivered by caesarian. C-sections are also a very costly and delicate process approaching four figures.
And fourthly, new-born Frenchie puppies take a great deal of hands-on care and attention. Newborn Frenchies need to be fed every three hours around the clock and they should not be left alone with the mom, at least for the first couple of weeks. Frenchie moms are very attentive and good moms, but there is a high probability that a mom will inadvertently roll over on one of her babies and smother it.
When these things are taken into consideration, along with the usual vet bills, micro-chipping, CKC registrations, medicines, food, toys, play areas, shelters and attention that must be devoted to these dogs, breeding Frenchies gets to be an expensive and time consuming proposition.