Did You Know...
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Disorders based by breed. Click Button Below to view PDF.
Common Health Issues in Frenchies...
It's critical to understand the special needs a French Bulldog has prior to making the decision to acquiring one. These are not problem-free dogs, nor do we want to sugar coat what is required of you as a responsible owner when you bring a Frenchie into your family.
As a brachiocephalic breed, Frenchies are prone to heat stroke and are easily exhausted. This is an anatomical abnormality in all flat faced dogs including English Bulldogs, Pekinese, Lhasa Apso's, Pugs, Boston Terriers, etc. Frenchies are prone to stenotic nares, which means compressed nasal passages, along with elongated palates. This is what causes them to have very "snarfully" breathing when excited or over exerted. This is also what makes them snore.
Frenchies have a single, thin coat so they need to be kept warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather. This is why Frenchies MUST BE HOUSE DOGS and given access to a climate controlled environment at all times. Though short coated, Frenchies do shed!
A common health issue with French Bulldogs are food and skin allergies, which is why it's so important to have your dog on a premium diet using the appropriate protein that suits your dog best. Many dogs don't do well with Poultry, some do okay with Lamb or Beef, others do not. Always offer a grain free food to Frenchies. If you can, raw is best. Our dogs eat a commercial diet that is Salmon and Sweet Potato based alternated with a Duck and Sweet Potato base, along with raw meat and cooked sweet potatoes. We offer probiotic and digestive supplements, along with an immunity and muscle support supplement. If you're interested in seeing the supplements we feed and recommend visit our "Frenchie Items We Recommend Page".
As for other health concerns Frenchies are a miniaturized breed which essentially means they have been selectively been bred down in size and "compacted" over generations. Like many similar longer backed, miniaturized breeds Frenchies are prone to back problems. Care must be taken to keep your dog from jumping off or onto too many things. Carry them up/down stairs and offer them support when you carry them. Back injuries can be devastating in Frenchies.
We like a bit of bobtail on our Frenchies. Why? Well, to be honest it helps with the "pinch off" factor when they defecate. No tail means ineffective finish when they potty and means you'll be wiping their bottoms for their entire lives after a trip outdoors. Even with a tail, from time to time you may need to assist. Are you prepared to keep baby wipes on hand to help your Frenchie in his potty time of need?
Yeasty ears, feet and skin folds are an issue with French Bulldogs, which is why we cannot express enough why it's so important to monitor your Frenchies ears and keep those folds wiped clean. When the pollen or mold is high in the environment (welcome to Central Texas!) it can cause problems in your dog as much as it causes problems for you. Consult your vet on what is their best choice for dealing with yeast and temporary environmental allergies.
As for other less common health issues, we found a great download from the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association which shows the common illnesses associated with each breed of dog, Frenchies are on page 8 in Section I. Each corresponding number following the breed referenced corresponds to a specific illness and description in Section II.
As you'll see, Frenchies have more than some, but significantly less than others. Nonetheless we want you to make an informed decision when choosing this breed and always recommend that when you make the commitment to bring a Frenchie into your life, and budget, that you make accommodations for Pet Insurance. Again, consult with your Veterinarian about which plan they have good experiences with. AKC also offers a plan of their own.
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have on French Bulldogs, please feel free to contact us at any time.