Did you know that Frenchie’s can’t swim!? That is, swim without a buoyant life jacket and constant supervision.
Why can’t Frenchies swim, you might ask? Why not just teach them how to swim?
If only it were that easy…
Frenchies have flat faces and a high muscle-to-fat ratio which makes it hard for them to stay afloat or even breathe at all.
For that reason, I highly recommend keeping your Frenchie away from water (pools, lakes, even bathtubs) unless you are keeping a close eye on them. If you know your Frenchie is going to be around water, be sure to fit them with a life vest, but even with a floatation device you still must keep a close eye on them.
In addition, Frenchies’ flat faces make it almost impossible for some to keep their noses up enough for air.
The reason French Bulldogs seem to just sink in the water is because their bodies have so much more muscle compared to fat… which makes it almost physically impossible for them to float.
Fortunately, your Frenchie can still go for a swim as long as you do a few things to make sure they’re safe.
You’re absolutely going to need one of the following
When your Frenchie is going to be around the water a lot, it doesn’t matter if they’re going to be swimming or not. They need a life jacket just-in-case they fall into the water.
When looking for a life vest for your Frenchie, you’ll want to look for these key features
If you need a life vest to keep your Frenchie afloat in the water, I’d recommend this vest from RUFFWEAR in the medium size.
It ticks all three boxes for a life vest: highly buoyant, high-quality materials, and a snug, safe fit.
When looking for a pool for your Frenchie, you’ll want to look for the following:
You can’t teach a Frenchie to swim.
Their bodies simply don’t allow them to swim like other dog breeds. A life jacket is your best option, but their short noses still make swimming for them far from ideal.