So you want a Frenchie?
Are you trying to decide whether or not a French Bulldog is the right breed for you?
Maybe you’re wondering…
“Should I get a French Bulldog?”
“Are French Bulldogs good pets?”
Then you’ve come to the right place!
While I absolutely adore Frenchies more than anybody, they certainly aren’t perfect.
I personally think the pros outweigh the cons, but I’m going to leave that up to you to decide!
Just remember that no breed is perfect and there are downsides to every breed, it’s just a matter of finding what’s right for you.
Here’s what you need to know about getting a Frenchie.
11 Pros of Owning a Frenchie
I could go on all day about why Frenchies are the best dog breed in the world— but I’ll spare you hours of your time and keep it short & sweet.
Here are 11 reasons to love the Frenchie…
- Their personalities
- The cutest faces
- Great companion dogs
- Love to cuddle
- Great around children
- Easy to groom
- Great apartment dogs
- They don’t bark a lot
1. Their charming, unique personalities
It’s hard not to love a Frenchie.
They’re some of the goofiest, playful breeds I’ve ever seen… you’re sure to be entertained all day by their shenanigans.
This being said, if you’re looking for a dog to go hiking with or other strenuous outdoor activities, a Frenchie probably isn’t the best choice for you.
2. That face
How can you resist Frenchies’ adorable, smushed faces!?
Seriously. How can ANYBODY?!
3. Great companions
Frenchies are definitely one of the best breeds for companionship.
Wherever you go, they will follow. All that matters is that they’re with you.
If you want a dog that will lay around and watch Netflix with you or go for a walk in the park, you’ve found your match!
This is one of the reasons why I feel French Bulldogs make such great Emotional Support Animals; you’ll feel loved 24/7.
4. Love to cuddle
If you’re looking for a dog that will lay in bed all day with you watching TV, then look no further than the French Bulldog.
They’re HUGE couch potatoes!
My Frenchie won’t sleep anywhere but squeezed up right against me. If I move an inch, she does too.
Want to give your Frenchie somewhere comfy to sleep? Check out this cute, cozy, cuddly, and comfy Donut Bed on Amazon.
Frenchies absolutely adore their owners and want to always be by your side.
Sure, they may show love for others, but they’ll always end up running back to your lap.
While Frenchies are no geniuses, they are the smartest of all the “bully” breeds. Their intelligence ranks somewhere in the middle when compared to all other dog breeds.
They’ll have absolutely no problem picking up some tricks to show off their skills, however, they can be quite stubborn, but don’t mistake this for them being dumb!
My Frenchie responds to many of my friends and family’s names. She’s only met my sister’s dog a few times but always goes crazy when we mention her name! It’s like she knows what we’re saying!
Toys for an Intelligent Frenchie
Keep your Frenchie mentally stimulated with some Smart Puzzle Toys — there’s a bunch of different designs and puzzles with varying difficulties — you’ll find something your Frenchie loves!
This one below from Outward Hound is a beginner-level Smart Toy — perfect to see if your Frenchie enjoys interactive puzzle toys.
- Easy to clean
- Safe materials
- Mental stimulation
Their hilarious, quirky personalities will keep you entertained for hours. They always seem to get into mischief or do something goofy.
If you don’t believe me, just check out this compilation of some of the funniest Frenchies on the internet!
8. Great around children
In my opinion, Frenchies are the perfect size for kids. They also have a friendly disposition and will get along with anybody!
Frenchies are stocky enough to take any roughhousing, but not big enough that they would trample a little one.
Having a dog that is great around children is a huge plus even if you don’t have any children yourself.
Kids always want to play with my Frenchie (who wouldn’t?) and it’s a Pro that they get along nicely.
9. Easy to groom
Frenchie’s short coats make them extremely easy to groom; just a quick bath every week or so will keep them looking sharp!
Frenchies may be easy-to-groom, but that doesn’t mean no-need-to-groom.
Controlling your Frenchie’s shedding
They shed a bit, so it’s a good idea to de-shed them using something like the FURminator unless you like pet hair all around your house. I also like to use Earthbath Shed Control Shampoo when I bathe my Frenchie to reduce shedding even further. If you bring your Frenchie to a groomer, you can ask them about anti-shed treatments they offer (they’re quite popular).
Keeping them clean
In between my Frenchie’s baths, I regularly use Pogi’s Grooming Wipes to clean her wrinkles, paws, and eyes & to wipe down any dirt/odors.
They’re all-natural and hypoallergenic, so even Frenchies with sensitive skin won’t mind them.
- Safe— won't cut skin or damage coat
- Effective— reduces loose shedded hair
- Easy to use— just gently brush their coat
- Gentle on their skin
- Controls shedding, dander, and allergens
- Moisturizes skin with Shea Butter & Omega Fatty Acids
- All-natural— free of any hard ingredients
- Hypoallergenic— won't irritate sensitive skin
- Easily removes odors
10. Great apartment dogs
Frenchies have become so popular in cities such as NYC (ranked #1) for obvious reasons.
They’re some of the best apartment dogs out there!
In a city like NYC where nearly everybody is living in an apartment, having a large dog that requires tons of exercise isn’t the most practical thing.
Why Frenchies make such great apartment dogs
- Don’t need much exercise or land to run around
- Rarely bark… only when something is important enough to them
- An apartment is enough space for them to have fun and run around in
- Your neighbor probably will have a Frenchie Friend for your pup to play with too
11. Don’t bark a lot
This is another reason why French Bulldogs make such great apartment dogs.
My Frenchie barks so rarely that she won’t even bark to go potty outside (A little frustrating, but at least she isn’t yippy!)
10 Cons of Owning a French Bulldog
With all this Frenchie talk, you probably didn’t think there’d be any cons.
Frenchies aren’t perfect — here are 10 reasons not to get a French Bulldog…
- Farting — can be reduced with a healthy diet & slow-feed bowl
- Prone to Separation Anxiety or Clinginess
- Health issues
- Needy and high-maintenance at times
- Heat & cold intolerance
- They’re noisy (you either love it or hate it)
- Pull on the leash
This is the worst downside to owning a French Bulldog. There’s nothing worse than having your Frenchie fart in your face when you’re hanging out on the couch.
To make matters worse, they have some of the smelliest farts I’ve ever experienced.
The easiest way to cut back a bit on your Frenchie’s farting is by using a Slow Feed Bowl. Eating too fast can cause some air to get into their stomach, which leads to farting.
I use the one below for my Frenchie, but there are a whole bunch of different colors & designs so I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that fits your Frenchie’s personality & home decor.
2. Prone to Separation Anxiety or Clinginess
One of the most common behavioral problems in French Bulldogs is easily separation anxiety.
Separation anxiety in dogs is characterized by their extreme distress when you leave the house. It can range anywhere from mild barking and whimpering to severe breaking everything in the house while scoring a noise complaint from the neighbors.
For some French Bulldogs with separation anxiety, they will do ANYTHING to try and find you, even if it means they get hurt in the process.
For a Frenchie with anxiety or clinginess, there are a few products you can try. My favorites are the ThunderShirt, Zesty Paws Hemp Elements, and the Happy Hoodie Calming Cap.
While my Frenchie isn’t scared of loud noises and thunderstorms, I have used the ThunderShirt in the past on my other dogs that had really bad anxiety with thunderstorms and fireworks. It worked great.
But it’s not only for thunderstorms & loud noises — it can be used for general anxiety for any reason: vet visits, traveling, separation anxiety, grooming, you name it!
The ThunderShirt is what I recommend any dog owner start with if they’re looking for a natural solution to their dog’s anxiety — it works on most dogs, and it works fast.
Effective in 80% of dogs
Calms your Frenchie during fireworks, thunder, separation, travel, vet visits, grooming, and much more with no training and no medication
Comfortable & easy to put on or take off
Relieve stress-related behaviors such as jumping, excessive barking, and inappropriate marking
- Comfy & easy to put on
- Helps sooth stress during thunderstorms and other stressful times
Zesty Paws Hemp Elements
When it comes to calming my Frenchie, I like to avoid sedative medications at all costs. They can aggravate Frenchie breathing problems and I just really don’t like seeing my dog zonked out like they get when taking something strong. Even a Benadryl knocks my Frenchie out & makes her a little loopy.
That’s where Zesty Paws Hemp Elements comes in — it’s a 100% natural way to calm your Frenchie.
It contains Hemp Seed, Melatonin, and L-Theanine to calm your Frenchie without any of the side effects of other sedative medications like worsening their breathing, loopiness, and lethargy.
I highly recommend this for plane travel, as the last thing you want to do when your Frenchie is stuck under the seat on a hot plane is give them something that could worsen their breathing.
- Calms your Frenchie
- All-natural ingredients
- Contains Suntheanine— helps promote a sense of relaxation and calmness for your pup
The Happy Hoodie
The Happy Hoodie Calming Cap is a similar product to the ThunderShirt, but is a bit easier/comfier for them to wear and also protects their ears.
It was designed as a grooming tool to protect their ears from moisture & loud sounds (like a blowdryer), but also works at home, while traveling, or anywhere that’s loud & stressful.
You can also use it with the ThunderShirt too, which might be exactly what your Frenchie needs during those really stressful times.
It comes in 5 different colors — I’m sure you’ll find one that fits your Frenchie’s coat & personality — an anti-anxiety product that also doubles as a cute fashion accessory!
Reduce your Frenchie's anxiety
Keeps their head and ears warm
Protects your Frenchie's hearing
3. Their Health Issues
It’s no secret that French Bulldogs can suffer from a wide variety of health issues.
You can minimize the risk of your Frenchie having health issues by finding a reputable, experienced breeder.
Some of the most common health issues are…
- Cherry eye
- Hip dysplasia
- Elongated soft palate
- Brachycephalic airway syndrome
- Stenotic nares (pinched nostrils)
The price of a purebred French Bulldog ranges from $1,500 to $8,000.
While $8,000 is certainly on the higher end of the spectrum, it’s not uncommon to see Frenchies for $5,000 depending on the breeder.
Not only is a Frenchie puppy expensive, but their health issues can quickly add up to astronomical amounts.
Investing in pet insurance is always recommended for Frenchie owners.
Part of Frenchies’ personalities is their free-minded, stubborn nature.
It can be pretty frustrating when your Frenchie literally couldn’t care less about what you think.
I have done tons of obedience training with my Frenchie, however, it’s still hard to get her to listen when something else has her attention.
6. Very Needy & High Maintenance
Not only can Frenchies be clingy, but they also have many other needs that must be met.
Frenchies are high-maintenance because…
- They shed quite a bit
- They always want attention
- They need special care to protect their joints (like using puppy stairs)
- They overheat easily and can have breathing issues on intense exertion
For example, you have to be super careful in the summer that they don’t get overheated and be wary of them jumping off of tall furniture so they don’t hurt their backs or joints.
Their joints need extra care
To help reduce the strain on my Frenchie’s joints, I like to use these Puppy Stairs — they come in different steps/heights for different furniture, and a whole bunch of colors.
I put them next to every bed in my house that my Frenchie will be getting on/off of.
Available in 3-step (13.5” high), 4-step (18”), and 5-step (22.5”) to match your furniture.
Available in many different colors to match your furniture
- Protects your Frenchie's joints
- Tons of colors & patterns to match any room
- Machine-washable cover that is easy to remove
- Available in 3-steps, 4-steps, and 5-steps
Check it out: Puppy Stairs that Reduce Joint Strain on Amazon
7. Heat and Cold Intolerance
Due to their brachycephalic nature, Frenchies often struggle to regulate their body temperature.
For example, it will take a Frenchie much longer to cool down after running around when compared to other non-brachycephalic (not flat-faced) breeds.
Remember this next time you’re at the dog park, and see the other dogs running laps around your Frenchie while they struggle to catch their breath.
Frenchies have special needs — don’t push them past their physical limitations.
Keeping your Frenchie cool
You can accommodate for them by having plenty of water, a not-too-hot area, and knowing when enough is enough.
8. Lots of Shedding
It surprises me how much my Frenchie sheds especially as she has such a short coat!
I have to constantly de-shed her coat using a tool like the Furminator unless I want to walk around covered in dog hair.
If you suffer from dog allergies, a French Bulldog might not be for you. Frenchies are not a hypoallergenic breed.
Let me repeat, French Bulldogs are NOT hypoallergenic.
9. Snoring, snorting & snarling
Because of their smushed faces and something called brachycephalic syndrome, French Bulldogs often snore… loudly.
They also make a bunch of other funny sounds that personally don’t bother me at all, but it’s something you should be aware of before getting a Frenchie.
This is just one of many quirks of the breed that you’re going to have to learn to love.
10. Pulling on the leash
Frenchies are notorious for pulling on their leashes.
Not only is leash-pulling annoying for us Frenchie owners, it also puts a lot of strain on your Frenchie’s neck/spine.
They’re also pretty strong which makes pulling on their leash a huge pain in the butt!
Frenchies are like a 100lb dog in a 25lb dog’s body.
A Comfy Leash & Harness
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Frenchies good apartment dogs?
Yes, Frenchies are the perfect apartment dog as they don’t require lots of exercise!
Your living room should be enough for them!
Are Frenchies good around children?
Yes, Frenchies are a great breed for children!
They’re super friendly & rugged enough to take any roughhousing from them.
Are French Bulldogs smart?
While Frenchies aren’t necessarily geniuses, they’re the smartest of the bully breeds.
They’re super stubborn though!