Fun Fact: French Bulldogs are affectionately known as Frenchies. They have their own special language and make all sorts of funny noises. They also cannot swim due to their squat frame and bulbous head.
Despite their name, they do not originate from France. They are descendants of British Bulldogs.
They are a brachycephalic breed (flat-faced) and have shorter snouts than other breeds. This can result in them suffering from a variety of breathing problems and problems staying cool in hot weather.
Did you know that the French bulldog is on the no-fly list for certain airlines? Airlines such as American Airlines and British Airways will not carry them, despite carrying most other breeds! This is because the brachycephalic face causes additional risks when flying as they struggle to maintain a stable body temperature when hot and if they get stressed out they struggle to get enough air.
Lots of celebrities have a passion for the French Bulldog. Some famous French Bulldog owners include David Beckham, Reese Witherspoon, Madonna and Hugh Jackman.
The key health conditions identified by the kennel club are:
Breathing difficulties: The soft tissue in the nose and throat of some brachycephalic dogs may be excessive for the airways, making it difficult for them to breathe normally (causing heavy panting or noisy breathing). Some dogs may also have narrow nostrils making it even more difficult to breathe.
Skin problems: Some brachycephalic dogs may have an excess of skin, which creates folds, especially around the front of the face. These folds can make a warm, moist environment which is perfect for bacteria and yeast to grow, possibly leading to infection and severe itching.
Eye conditions: Some brachycephalic dogs may have shallow eye sockets, causing their eyes to become more prominent and at a higher risk of trauma, ulcers and increasing the chance of them becoming dry and painful (due to not being able to blink properly).
If you are a Frenchie owner, then you will know high quality nutrition is an absolute must to keep the chances of these conditions down. And, keeping your Frenchie to an ideal weight is crucial. Particularly those summer months when they are regulating heat by panting.
Keeping your Frenchie at an ideal weight is one of the best gifts you can give them. So, if you are not sure if yours needs to go on a diet, or not sure where to start, why not book a free 15 minute consult to explore how you can help you faithful friends health in the long term as well as short.