Did You Know...
Funny, Loving, Stubborn Little Jokesters...
The temperament of French Bulldog is equally important to their looks. Though much of how a dog is cared for and treated determines their ultimate disposition, French Bulldogs are known for being, funny, goofy, loving companions. These are not guard dogs by any stretch of the imagination. They may bark when someone new arrives as an "alert" but all they want is to climb into their lap.
A word of caution, however --- first and foremost Frenchies are BULL DOGS. Bulldogs were bred to be tenacious when in a fight in a bullring. This is where the challenge to train and stubborn disposition likely comes from. If you're not an "Alpha Dog" type person and let your dogs run your home/life, then this is not the right breed for you. Because Frenchies are so funny and cute, they tend to get spoiled a lot. What this causes is little monsters in your home who may get territorial about food, toys, people, etc.and will likely start a fight with a "sibling dog" or "outside dog" or may growl or snap at humans simply because they "think" they are top dog and were not taught any manners. Frenchies need to have kind, consistent discipline in their lives or you may end up with a "problem-dog." I am a big fan of Cesar Milan's methods and ensure that all my dogs understand what is and is not acceptable. I take a "carrot and stick" approach to training my own dogs and don't believe that reward only training is effective in this breed, though some trainers may disagree with me. A great way to ensure that your Frenchie remains playful and loving is to first spay/neuter it by around 8 months of age and spend the time to train it. If you are not interested in training your Frenchie yourself, at least consider hiring a trainer it is well worth the expense, however training your own dog is not only fun, but a great way to build bonds.
If company is coming, watch your hors' devours... Frenchies have a strong "snack drive" and are likely to just help themselves if something is left on a table low enough. Be careful where you leave things, like children's lunch bags, or restaurant leftovers as many human foods can easily make them sick. However, bribing with healthy dog treats is typically the best way to train them.
Frenchies tend to recline in humorous positions and universally seem to prefer lying belly down with their legs kicked out behind or right on their backs with legs up.
Frenchies are not typically known to be aggressive, but like all dogs can get territorial about their toys and food with other dogs. Like all "siblings" we occasionally have skuffles over bones and toys, but Frenchies are far more likely to lick (or snort) on a stranger than bite or act aggressively towards them. I have always had a "rule of thumb" and it's never steered me wrong, If for some reason my dogs don't like somebody, there is probably a REALLY GOOD REASON. I tend to trust my dogs' judgement.
All of our breeding dogs are well socialized and love nothing more than taking turns going with us to our local Farmer's Market, the store or outdoor Festival as they always assured lots of love and belly rubs from strangers.
Our puppies are lovingly handled daily and are introduced to the common goings-on of a household from day one. Somehow, they quickly figure out where the kitchen is. Our puppies are always outgoing, curious and extremely affectionate. However, no matter how cute, all puppies/dogs require on-going socialization and proper training utilizing positive reinforcement techniques. We recommend all our Frenchie parents participate in a group training session with a local professional -- plus, it's fun! We also recommend that you learn to say "no" as many cute puppy behaviors can become annoying problems in adult dogs, and Frenchies can really lay on the cute to get what they want!