September 21, 2008

Do French Bulldogs have a lot of health problems?

Also which similar breeds would you recommend?

They can have a few problems.

French Bulldogs are prone to eye and respiratory problems. If too overweight, the French Bulldog may have trouble breathing, because of a swollen abdomen. They may wheeze, snore and be gassy. It is said breed can not swim because of his physique, so be very careful around swimming pools, however some French Bulldog owners have reported that their dogs can indeed swim. Sometimes bitches must deliver by Cesarean section because of the puppies' large heads. Potential purchasers should be aware that these are high maintenance dogs and you can expect your vet bills can be big.
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August 20, 2008

Ziggy @ 2:16 pm

I think Frenchies are the healthiest of the bulldog set, since they aren't as big, generally are more energetic, don't slobber as much, and don't have the folds in their faces. And, they're shorthaired, which is always a plus for a dog.

Personally, my choice would be a Lab, or similar dog. Another dog that approximates the Frenchie would be a small poodle.

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Ashley S @ 2:17 pm

The biggest thing you have to worry about the breed is the short face. The can overheat quickly and you have to worry about resticting their activity in warm weather. In individuals with dramatically short faces and very small nostrils, they can have a hard time breathing. Pay attention to this when picking out a puppy. You have to make sure their skin folds are always clean. This is true for other breeds similar to them. Some Boston Terrriers have this problem and pugs especially as well. But as far as genetic problems, Frenchies are pretty good in that respect. All purebreds have genetic predispostions of one thing or another and the best thing is to look up the breed online. Be aware, you are going to pay a LOT of money for one of these little guys. Frenchies have small litters that almost always are delivered via C-section, making the cost of puppies very high. Plus they are a high demand breed right now.
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?PomMom?®™ @ 2:18 pm

They can have a few problems.

French Bulldogs are prone to eye and respiratory problems. If too overweight, the French Bulldog may have trouble breathing, because of a swollen abdomen. They may wheeze, snore and be gassy. It is said breed can not swim because of his physique, so be very careful around swimming pools, however some French Bulldog owners have reported that their dogs can indeed swim. Sometimes bitches must deliver by Cesarean section because of the puppies' large heads. Potential purchasers should be aware that these are high maintenance dogs and you can expect your vet bills can be big.
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/frenchbulldog.htm
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Proud For Who I Am @ 2:20 pm

French Bulldogs are prone to eye and respiratory problems. If too overweight, the French Bulldog may have trouble breathing, because of a swollen abdomen. They may wheeze, snore and be gassy. It is said breed can not swim because of his physique, so be very careful around swimming pools, however some French Bulldog owners have reported that their dogs can indeed swim. Sometimes bitches must deliver by Cesarean section because of the puppies' large heads. Potential purchasers should be aware that these are high maintenance dogs and you can expect your vet bills can be big.
Frenchies are sensitive to temperature extremes. Overheating this dog may cause heat stroke. They prefer cooler climates. This breed is good for apartment life. They can be fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Also they live to about 10-12 years.
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Holly B @ 4:13 pm

I have heard of some having to have operations to have their nostrils widened so that they can breathe properly. They are bred with puckered faces, and little pinched nostrils like a cat so not enough air gets through.

This link has some info about health problems in the breed that you might want to research further into:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Bulldog
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August 21, 2008

DANIEL P @ 4:29 am

They do suffer from a number of health problems, such as skin, eye and breathing etc. We had one before we gave him to another member of my family due to him picking on my english bullldog. He had slight skin irritation to his face that he kept scratching which led to it bleeding. French Bulldogs are healthier than English Bulldogs, but there are many other breeds out there that are far healthier.
Other breeds that are similar in looks and temperament that you may like are pugs and griffons. I cant think of anything else.
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