What is a French bulldogs lifespan?
Whether you are looking to get a French Bulldog puppy or you are already a proud owner, one thing we all have in common, we want to keep our Frenchie with us for as long as possible.
French Bulldogs live on average for 11 to 14 years. There are small breeds that grow older, but compared to bigger breeds this is quite old. Of course, I can’t tell you exactly how old your Frenchie will become but there are some things you can do to ensure your French Bulldogs lifespan meets expectations.
1. Be realistic about how old your Frenchie will get.
14 years is about as old as your Frenchie will become but it’s not written in stone that every French Bulldog will become 14, there are a lot of factors that play a role in getting to this age.
Although your Frenchie might not reach 14 years of age, you should do your best to make sure he reaches a respectable age. Below are a couple of tips to make sure your Frenchie reaches retirement 😏
2. Choose wisely when you pick a breeder
In search of a good French Bulldog breeder – Important Tips:
If you are looking for a good French Bulldog breeder, it is good to delve into it a little more in advance. Read on to see exactly what to look for when purchasing a Frenchie, and where you can find a good French Bulldog breeder.
Of course, you want to make a good start if you have lost your heart to this dog breed. It is best to do this at a recognized breeder. This assures you a puppy that has been bred according to the guidelines.
With this, you exclude hereditary health risks as much as possible. In addition, a French Bulldog breeder can provide you with valuable advice and information.
Purchasing a puppy is always a joyful fact. You have fallen in love with the breed and would, therefore, like to welcome your new addition as soon as possible. Still, it is good to do some research beforehand if you have decided to buy a French Bulldog puppy. First of all, finding a reliable breeder is very important.
In most cases, the first visit only takes place a few weeks after the birth of the puppies. This prevents the transmission of diseases to the nest in the first vulnerable period.
A good French Bulldog breeder will also value mutual acquaintance. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions and gives the breeder the certainty that his pup will get the right owner. In addition, most recognized French Bulldog breeders also value contact once the pup has left the nest. Especially when you become the owner of a Frenchie for the first time, this is nice to be able to fall back on with all your questions.
Where can you find a recognized French Bulldog breeder if you have decided to purchase a cute French Bulldog puppy? A good place to start is The French Bulldogs Club Of America. If you live outside the US it’s best to Google the owners club of your country.
3. Let your Frenchie have his own place to play
There are many dog experts that recommend your dog needs its own safe place.
This is where he can go to rest or sleep. You have the choice between a basket, dog blanket, dog bed or pillow and a bench (not recommended)
The most important thing is that your dog gets a quiet place where he has an overview. He wants to see what is happening, but must also be able to rest. A corner of the room is usually the best place. Make sure your dog doesn’t get too hot, so don’t choose a place in the sun or next to the heating. Also, do not place it near the TV or speakers. And always leave him alone when he rests in his own place. Teach children to not go to your dog to pet him when he is in his “safe place”.
Your Frenchie’s basket must be large enough to be comfortable for him. He must be able to fit in it completely and then some. For a puppy, you buy the basket that is large as well because they grow a lot in a short time, so you don’t need to buy a new one. A basket is made of plastic, wood, cane or fabric with a mattress core of foam rubber or pellets. Choose a basket that is made of sturdy material that is also easy to clean.
Dog blanket or pillow
A dog blanket or pillow on which your dog can lay down and sleep is nice and soft. Dog blankets are available in different sizes and can easily be put in the washing machine (especially those for the size of your French Bulldog). Dog blankets (or rugs) are hygienic, antistatic and allergen-free. They are also available with anti-slip on the bottom so that they stay on a smooth surface. A dog pillow is also nice but is less easy to wash. They usually have a removable cover that can be washed.
Bench (if you must)
A bench is a kind of metal or plastic cage with a door. This is ideal for puppies because the bench can close. For example, your puppy cannot go out to investigate at night and destroy things. Leave the door open during the day. But French Bulldogs are a curious breed that needs lots of space to play. They really don’t like to be in a “cage” for 8 to 10 hours while you are away at work. So it’s better to avoid using a bench as his safe place, but if you have no other choice, it’s an available option.
Your French Bulldog sleep on average 12 to 14 hours a day, both during the day and at night. But that also depends on the age. Pups and older dogs need more sleep. If you do a lot with your dog (playing and long walks), he will also need more sleep to rest well. Just like with humans, sleep is important for your dog to recharge physically and mentally. Some owners let their dog sleep in the bedroom or even in bed. Keep in mind that this is less hygienic.
4.Learn everything you can about French Bulldogs health issues
Frenchies are known to have health issues, especially Skin problems, eye problems, and BOS, this deserves A POST OF ITS OWN, so just be sure to know what to do in case of an emergency, I lost a Frenchie due to his heart stopping on a hot day, she had a host of problems especially with breathing, so be sure to READ THIS POST so you know all the health issues your Frenchie can experience.
5. Take your Frenchie regularly to the veterinarian
How often you take your Frenchie for a visit to the vet depends on the life phase of your dog. Usually, a puppy comes to the vet more often than an adult dog.
Unfortunately, not all owners visit the vet regularly. It is estimated that barely half of the dogs in the United States are regularly presented to the vet for an examination.
Because Frenchies are plagued with health issues they need to be taken to the vet more regularly than most breeds. Around every 6 months is recommended by most vets.
A visit to the vet does not only have to be planned if your dog is sick but mainly to have your dog’s health checked. With a regular checkup at your vet, any diseases can be detected and treated in time. Better to be safe than sorry!
6. Play with your Frenchie
Playing with your dog is a lot of fun, but it also has other benefits. Playing together provides a good band. It keeps the dog active and gives him something to do so he won’t get bored. It keeps his body and also his mind in good condition.
While playing, the dog can improve social skills, learn how to obey the rules and get to know each other better. Play can be a great reward when training the dog, a good distraction to prevent trouble and can be used to give an insecure dog more confidence. Play can give the dog an opportunity to perform or mimic natural behavior, which makes him feel better.
And playing regularly with your French Bulldog can improve his lifespan, because the more love and exercise your Frenchie has the happier he is, and a happy dog lives longer than an unhappy one.
Enough reasons to play with your dog!
And there you have it, 6 ways to expand your French Bulldogs lifespan to it’s fullest. I hope you enjoyed this post.