For all their adorably stout little builds and small scrunched faces, French bulldogs are known for the constant litany of noise they can make, disproportionate to their sizes – grunts, wheezes, snorts and of course alarmingly loud snores when they sleep are all part of the package of owning a Frenchie. As adorable as this is as a quirk of the breed, these noises are actually the result of a French bulldog’s short snout, inherently making it difficult for them to breathe (especially a problem if they get too overheated or overexerted) and resulting in a slew of oddball yips and yaps often compared to their equivalent of spoken language.
This makes Frenchies better indoor pets, scooting around smaller spaces and being the playful little goofballs they are rather than putting their health at risk from prolonged periods of time spent outdoors. Frenchies thrive on human companionship and can be charmingly needy, demanding attention and care from their humans, and one of the ways we can help keep them as happy as they keep us is to make sure they get enough rest at the end of the day, in a comfortable, ideally air-conditioned environment, where they don’t risk overheating. One of the best ways of ensuring this is to give your puppy his or her own hand-picked dog bed, and while the sleeping habits of different puppies will be different, we’ve put together our picks for the most versatile dog beds to let your Frenchie get the most out of a night’s rest.
Good Life Solutions Premium Quality Luxury Pet Bed
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A grown French bulldog weighs between 16 to 24 pounds for females and 20 to 28 pounds for males, and needs a bed with the right size and support to let it snooze comfortably. Whether your Frenchie prefers to conk out on its side, likes to curl up, or sprawls about on its tummy, this 30 inch by 26 inch by 10 inch dog bed is the perfect size for an adult Frenchie to sleep however it pleases. The high bolstered sides are comforting to puppies who like to snuggle or are too anxious to sleep out in the open, as well as for dogs who like to pillow their heads against something soft to nod off. In fact, this bed is just the right size and shape to last your Frenchie a lifetime, the therapeutic, fleece-cushioned seating comforting to older dogs who might be experiencing stiffness or soreness in their limbs and muscles and need a little comforting relief when they sleep. The opening along the bolstered side also makes it easier for older and less agile dogs to make their way in and out of the bed without having to jump over the side.
The pet bed is designed for ease of use, the soft, snuggly cushion removable from the outer nest, and both machine-washable to manage all that dander. The upper section is a durable, soft cotton covering that’ll soothe even the cuddliest of Frenchies, with a waterproof bottom section to withstand any ‘accidents’ your puppy may have. The polyester-cotton-fleece combination also makes for a feather-soft, breathable dog bed that’ll keep your Frenchie comfy and cool through the night.
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Pet Trendy Dog Bed
The average shoulder height of a grown French bulldog is about 12 inches, making this 20 inch by 28 inch by 8 inch bolstered pet bed the perfect size for your Frenchie to stretch and play around in. The bed features three closed, bolstered sides for dogs who like to snuggle up when sleeping or feel more secured in an enclosed space, with an open fourth side for those curious puppers who don’t like to be sealed off away from their humans, or may not be as adroit as younger dogs to leap over the sides when they’re going to bed. The plushy easy-to-clean microfiber construct of the bed not only gives your dogs the utmost of comfort to cuddle down in, but also makes the bed perfect for tossing in whole into the washing machine, the resilient moisture-wicking material capable of enduring not just restless claws and teeth but also a good tumble-drying on low. Available in six attractive and contemporary patterns, this bed lets your Frenchies snooze in style.
Best Friends by Sheri OrthoComfort Deep Dish Cuddler
Perfect for senior Frenchies with aching and sore joints and muscles, this diverse orthopedic dog bed comes in 11 styles, the fleecy Sherpa material making this bed delectably soft and a breeze to keep clean. The breathable, lightweight fabric helps our furry friends keep cool in warmer weather, while insulating them just right when temperatures dip lower. The textured fleecy material, as well as the all-enclosed structure of the bed, evokes a furry, comforting embrace for dogs (and cats) to doze off in, letting them feel safe and secure. The 12-inch high back wall gives support to aching limbs and joints, while the shorter, 9-inch front and sides is just low enough for your pet to rest their head on as they sleep or laze about. The bed is machine-washable, with a nylon bottom which resists moisture-damage and dirt, making it easy to clean and dry as well as highly durable.
Aspen Pet Oval with Bone Applique
Just right for dogs who like to ‘nest’ – the act of padding around in a circular motion in an instinctive attempt to soften up the place so they can curl in to sleep – this 20 inch by 16 inch by 5.5 inch bed is stuffed with downy polyester fiber fill, as comfy as we imagine sleeping on a cloud to be. The raised, bolstered sides keep the cold out while letting your puppy feel secure and snuggled in, the plush cushioned seat perfect for puppies who like to curl up while still big enough to let your Frenchie stretch and sprawl about. The fabric, while durable enough to last several washes in your washing machine and the attacks of a restless puppy in a chewing frenzy, is still breathable, so you won’t have to worry about your Frenchie overheating as it sleeps.
Everything You Need to Know About Your French Bulldog
Playful, quirky and adorable, a French bulldog will easily become your best friend and loyal companion, bumbling into your heart with their pointy ears, square faces and soulful eyes. The perfect indoor dogs, Frenchies are great furry friends to keep you company if you’re living in a small space or an apartment, content to scurry around at your heels from room to room without being a bother, or chilling on the couch next to you as you watch TV. If you’re a first time pup parent, you might find it much easier looking after a Frenchie than other dog breeds – but this of course is subjective, and doesn’t mean they don’t require the appropriate attention and love to live healthily and in contentment.
French bulldogs can be dorky pups, excitable yet easy-going with pleasant, loving personalities. And when we say loving, we do mean it. Frenchies thrive on doling out attention to their family while craving it in equal measure themselves, which means they don’t do very well alone. If they’re isolated for too long they may even start to get depressed and make themselves sick, or develop unhealthy and problematic behaviors like excessive barking and digging. If you’re looking for a pup who’ll be able to handle some alone time by themselves, especially outdoors, Frenchies are not the right choice.
Nonetheless, French bulldogs are highly intelligent and alert dogs, and with the right degree of patience and a firm but gentle approach, you can train your Frenchie to negate the likelihood of troublesome or hard to discourage behavior. In fact, Frenchies can be stubborn pups if they decide to be difficult, so it’s better to start gradually training and teaching them from a young age when they’re more malleable and receptive than they’d be once they’ve adapted to certain behaviors. They can be as young as 8 weeks old when you start training them.
Despite their friendly nature, Frenchies can also tend to be somewhat territorial and possessive, so they might display aggressive behavior toward strangers and other dogs whom they perceive as a threat. Usually, though, their open and friendly dispositions make them sociable, and their affability means they’ll usually get along with anyone, including children. They also make great watchdogs, alerting you to the approach or presence of others, though Frenchies aren’t exactly barkers (which again makes them great indoor pets in apartment buildings where you might otherwise risk bothering the neighbors). If they do start barking, it’s worth checking out what’s alarmed them since they’re typically such a quiet breed.
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Grooming and care
One of the most important parts of Frenchie care is ensuring your pup is sufficiently cool. Frenchies tend to overheat quickly, prone to heat exhaustion and therefore not suited at all for long hours outside on warm days. They’re much more comfortable in cool indoor environments, with the air conditioning on during hot days.
Remember not to take them out for walks on unbearably hot days either – instead, opt for 15-minute daily walks when the temperature is a bit cooler. Despite being relatively low energy, Frenchies still enjoy playing and engaging in other physical activities, and a healthy degree of activity is recommended to help keep their weight down to prevent certain health risks (which we’ll explore further in the next section).
Frenchies also tend to be somewhat destructive, and you might find they’re shredding up their toys and making a mess. At a young age, when your pup isn’t yet fully trained, it’s better to limit their access to anything they can readily destroy – crate training is one way to go, especially to prevent your pup from accidentally swallowing and choking on something they’re not supposed to be playing with. Because of their playful and free thinking natures, it might take you a lot of patience and time to control habits like this, and even then, you might find your Frenchie hiding their toys or other items around the house for you to find as a game to keep them amused. Some owners may find this type of behavior frustrating, others find their mischievous and sometimes wilful natures endearing, and some may even grow to love these little oddballs for their quirks.
As average shedders, you’ll also want to be mindful when grooming your pups to keep them from trailing hair all over your house. Grooming French bulldogs is, thankfully, pretty easy, their fine and smooth coat requiring a couple of brushing sessions every other week to keep clean and smooth, keeping an eye out for conditions like scabs, hot spots or hives which might require the vet’s attention. Also remember to keep your pup’s ears and teeth clean – for the ears, use a warm, damp cloth and cotton balls along the edges (never put the swab inside the ear canal). Also remember to keep the folds of your pup’s face thoroughly cleaned out, including when you give them a bath, and remember to dry the creases out completely afterwards.
Dogs can tend to be rather allergy prone, so ensure you’re aware of what might trigger an allergic reaction in your pup and avoid it. Allergies can either be food allergies, contact allergies and inhalant allergies.
Another health condition French bulldogs might be susceptible to is brachycephalic syndrome, a disorder not uncommon in dwarf breeds characterized by narrow nostrils, soft and/or elongated palates and short heads. Obstructed airways because of this condition is the reason your Frenchie is likely to give out those strange noises, prone to snoring, snorting and wheezing, but in severe cases can contribute to difficulties in breathing and even complete collapse of the airways. Treatment might entail oxygen treatment or surgery to widen the pup’s nostrils or shorten their palates.
Your pup might suffer from other conditions too, like hip dysplasia, a condition which can be passed down from parents to the pup, and might result in rear leg lameness because of an improperly formed hip joint. It’s important to make sure you moderate your Frenchie’s weight and be mindful of his diet and exercise, because obesity can worsen this condition. Remember to keep other considerations, such as making sure your pup is sleeping on an orthopedic and supportive dog bed, in mind too.