To say the French bulldog has a colorful past is an understatement. These little guys (and gals) descend from the bulldog, which bullfighters used back in medieval times as “bait dogs” … a practice that, you will be glad to know, England banned in the 1800s.
So, let’s fast-forward about 600 years to the 1890s when Parisians living in the so-called red-light district (Montmartre) bred small versions of bulldogs as companion dogs. The women who “worked” in the district used these little pups as ice-breakers when entertaining their clientele. Eventually, the toy bulldog breed worked its into the hearts of the aristocracy in the U.K., becoming a royal family favorite and, ultimately, the fourth most popular dog breed in the United States (source: AKC.org).
Do French Bulldogs Bark a Lot?
Although French bulldogs aren’t known as a high-barking breed, there’s always the exception. If you are the owner of this rule-breaker you may have found your Frenchie’s bark is triggered by pretty much everything. While every dog barks for some reason or another, after all it is their way of communicating, some dogs’ barks can become excessive.
Consider why your Frenchie barks all the time. Is it because a strange animal or person has approached his territory? He is lonely and bored? Maybe your French bulldog is barking merely to get your attention. It’s up to you to determine that your pet’s barking is unwarranted. If his barking is without cause it’s time to curb this behavior.
How to stop French bulldogs from barking
Regular daily exercise will help your French bulldog — and any breed — burn off energy that he might otherwise spend excessively barking. Although this breed is prone to heat exhaustion, it still needs some level of daily activity. A regular routine of both physical exercise and mental stimulation will leave him less likely to bark without good cause.
Remember that training any dog to stop unwanted behavior requires much time, patience, and consistent corrections; otherwise, you will confuse your dog.
First, identify what triggers your Frenchie to bark and then look for ways to eliminate those triggers. If you can’t totally remove the sights and sounds, then try distractions. For example, if your Frenchie reacts to the mailman’s daily visit, take him for a walk while the mail is delivered. Pretty soon, your French bulldog will be tired enough not to care about this “intruder,” yet still understand mail deliveries are not a threat.
Next, pair distractions with BarxBuddy’s train, treat, repeat methodology laid out in our barking guide. Use firm voice commands and the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool. Positive reinforcement benefits your training, such as in the forms of immediate praise and treats. Be careful with giving too many treats to your Frenchie as obesity can become an issue. If your dog is a barker, don’t yell at him. Using harsh corrections or yelling at him will only teach him to be afraid and might cause him to bark even more. On the other hand, he might think you’re joining in on the “fun” by yelling when he barks.
Lastly, get everyone in your home on the same page about correcting your dog’s behavior and using the same training techniques. If only one of you is training him, your Frenchie will learn to not bark around that person and bark like crazy when left with other household members.
Facts About French Bulldogs
Ranked four on the AKC popular breed list, French bulldogs have won the hearts of many. This bat-eared playful breed is typically noted for their large heads and short noses. Frenchies are intelligent, affectionate, get along well with humans and dogs alike, and easily adapt to life with families of all sizes. Small and athletic, French bulldogs enjoy daily playtime and exercise. However, because they are a flat-faced breed, Frenchies are prone to breathing difficulties. Be extra cautious during hot or humid weather.
- Size: The average height range for French bulldogs is 11-13 inches and the weight range is under 28 pounds.
- Life expectancy: A healthy French bulldog has an average lifespan of 10-12 years.
- Coat: The coat of a French bulldog is short, smooth and brilliant.
- AKC group: French bulldogs belong to the AKC non-sporting group.
Are French Bulldogs Easy to Train?
In terms of trainability, Frenchies are the middle of the road when compared to other breeds. However, thanks to their big personalities and stubbornness, French bulldogs can be a challenge to train. Early socialization and puppy training can help develop a well-adjusted adult and make later training easier. Even if your Frenchie missed out on early training, all hope is not lost as they’re eager to please and food motivated, so plenty of treats as training rewards go a long way. Making your training sessions a game further improves the odds your Frenchie will cooperate.
Do French Bulldogs Need Grooming?
French bulldogs don’t tend to shed much, but they do shed their undercoats twice a year — spring and fall. During these shedding periods you can use a grooming mitt or deshedding comb to reduce the amount of hair they leave behind on your furniture and floors. Frenchies are easy to groom, requiring a weekly brushing with a soft bristle brush or rubber hound glove. A monthly bath will help keep the coat clean. It’s essential to trim a Frenchie’s nails with proper tools like the BarxBuddy nail clippers. Don’t forget to brush their teeth regularly for good dental health and overall well-being.
What If My Breed Is a French Bulldog Mix?
The popularity of Frenchies makes them a favorite choice for breeding mixes. With traits from both parents, a French bulldog mix often possesses some of the more notable Frenchie traits like bat ears and wrinkles. Charismatic, affectionate, and friendly are typical personalities of French bulldog mixes.
Here are some popular French bulldog breed mixes:
- American French bulldog — French bulldog + American bulldog
- French boodle — French bulldog + poodle
- French bull tzu — French bulldog + shih tzu
- French bull weiner — French bulldog + Dachshund
- French bullhuahua — French bulldog + Chihuahua
- French bulloxer — French bulldog + boxer
- French pitbull — French bulldog + pit bull
- French Pomerdog — French bulldog + Pomeranian
- Frenchie shepherd — French bulldog + German shepherd
- Frenchton — French bulldog + Boston terrier
- Frengle — French bulldog + beagle
- Frug or Frenchie pug — French bulldog + pug