French Bulldog Review

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Kader's review of French Bulldog


“Our French bulldog is a joy to own. He is loyal,...”

Written on: 17/09/2008 by Kader (2 reviews written)

Good Points
Generally calm and more relaxed than many smaller breeds, loyal and easy to transport.

Bad Points
Large number of Frenchies have very poor breathing, which may require expensive operations. Also very expensive to purchase.

General Comments
Our French bulldog is a joy to own. He is loyal, generally calm (unless it is first thing in the morning or you have been out for several hours! then he becomes like an excitable puppy) and easy to maintain.

The biggest negative is the breathing problems that prevent him from exercising like a normal dog. They got progressively worse from a few months old until he was noticeably struggling after even short walks. He had 2 operations to shorten his palate and remove laryngeal saccules (small sacks that are produced as a result of exerting too much effort in breathing) and i would say this produced a 25% improvement.

He is a very active little lad who would love to go for walks with the family but he can not manage more than half a mile maximum before the excess of saliva - produced due to the shortened salivary glands- blocks his small wind pipe and starts the harsh, rasping noises.

He is better in cold weather, admittedly, and will manage a walk round the block much better but it is still unacceptable that so many examples of brachycephalic (short-faced) breeds are afflicted with these problems.

The shortened muzzle, creating the interesting look, confers no advantage whatsoever in terms of function and the ludicrous claims surrounding the very similar English Bulldog i.e that the flat face allows them to breathe while gripping a bull's muzzle, are pure fantasy (bulldogs 100 years ago had much more length of face).

We love him very much and he is so easy to live with, great with the kids and good natured. Without the health issues i would rate him a 10. The fact we can not take him to the park most of the year is a real limitation and would prevent me from owning the breed again- i have no desire to fuel the market for expensive dogs with breathing problems.

Next time we will probably aim for a relaxed breed that can also breathe freely. I just wouldn't want to see another animal struggle in this way for the sake of human fashion. I don't think anyone believes the breathing problems can be so pronounced until they buy breeds like French and English Bulldogs. I certainly didn't think it would be an issue- how wrong i was.

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