If you want a dog to go for long runs in the park, then a Frenchie is NOT for you.
If you want a dog that can withstand hot weather or very cold weather, then a Frenchie
is NOT for you. If you want a yard dog, that will keep himself amused for hours alone,
then a Frenchie is NOT for you. If you want a dog that will snap to attention for
obedience, then a Frenchie is NOT for you. If you want a dog that will be housebroken
with virtually no effort on your part, then a Frenchie is DEFINITELY NOT for you!
If you want a whimsical, charming, stubborn little clown, then a Frenchie may be
for you. If you want a little friend that will amuse you for hours on end, then a
Frenchie may be for you. If you are ready to have your heart stolen by a bat-eared
little gremlin, then a Frenchie is for you!
French Bulldogs were bred to be a woman's companion and they live up to that heritage.
In the late 1800s, English Bulldogs were often bred in a Toy variety, many were not
much over ten pounds! They had a variety of earsets - rose, bat and prick. With the
Industrial Revolution, many lace workers immigrated to France, taking the little
bulldogs with them. There they crossed the dogs with Pugs, terriers and other small
breeds, creating the early French Bulldog.
Frenchies became the darking of society and were often seen on the arms of prostitiues
as they walked the boulevards of France. As is often the case, fashion traveled upwards
and the wealthy soon clamored to have this charming little dog. Many were exported
to the United States, where the bat ear was "set" by American enthusiasts. In 1897,
the first French Bulldog Club of America specialty show was held at the Waldorf Astoria
Hotel in New York. Frenchies were all the rage!
As many know, a French Bulldog was lost on the Titanic and a Frenchie, Ortino, was
the beloved pet of one of the daughters of the Russian Royal family. His remains
were found where the entire family was executed.
HOUSEBREAKING HINTS & REASSURANCE!
As you have been warned, Frenchies can be a bit "stubborn" when it comes to housebreaking.
But be patient! They will "get it!".It will take patience, perseverance, attention
and lots of paper towels, but they will get it. Some dogs take longer than others,
just have faith.
Start house breaking IMMEDIATELY! Decide if he will be paper trained or trained to
go outside and stick with that method. Get him on a regular feeding schedule and
makes plenty of trips outside. When the puppy runs around like he is looking for
something - he is! Take him immediately outside (or to the paper). Upon waking from
sleeping, right after eating and anytime you just get home take him out or to his
paper. Also, right before you go to bed.
Accidents WILL happen. If you catch him right in the MIDDLE of the act rush him outside
(or to his paper). It does NO good to rub his nose in it (old mean wives tale). Do
not yell at him when you discover a mess, they will not understand why you are angry.
Trust me, their memory is not that long. Also, do not use ammonia based cleaners
to clean the mess, they smell like urine to dogs.
Every Frenchie has it's own rate of learning, but even the most stubborn Frenchie
should be pretty reliable by four to five months of age. I have had the best success
when I installed a doggy door and they were able to come and go at will. If this
is an option, it may be your best bet!