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As Spring slowly turns into Summer, dependent where you are in the world, Summer months can have a big effect on your French Bulldog. They do their best to care for us in their own special way, and we can take the necessary steps to care for them. Because your Frenchie has a shorter snout, causing them to snore, snort, look adorable, and so much more, this also keeps them from cooling themselves off in hot places. ​​This face-style is known as brachycephalic–meaning it is a “short-nosed” breed.



What does it look like when your French Bulldog is over heating?


As a dog’s temperature rises, blood rushes to the surfaces of the tongue, gums, and membranes to help transfer excess heat. Dogs do not sweat like humans do, they can sweat from the paws and their mouth and nose transfer heat from the body. Frantic panting, lots of salivation, bright-red membranes, and labored breathing are clear warning signs that your dog is overheated and may quickly progress to a metabolic meltdown as his or her temperature rises to over 106 F and he or she can no longer cool themselves. This fan with a spray bottle can come in handy during these dyer moments. Deluxe Handheld Battery Powered Water Misting Fan

Brachycephalic dogs—with shorter, pushed-in muzzles, shortened facial bones, and noses that are pushed in and upward—tend to be more heat-sensitive, and their airways can be less efficient at moving air in and out of the lungs and thus more susceptible to overheating. Grebe warns, “Anything that causes brachycephalic dogs to breathe harder places additional stress on their airways, whether it is overheating on a hot day, excitement that causes panting, or exercise that increases the oxygen demand of their muscles, requiring more strenuous breathing.”


Two areas to watch out for during hot days.


1. Walking your French Bulldog on hot asphalt.


When the air temperature is at these levels the asphalt has been measured at this temperature.

Temperature Asphalt


77 Degrees 125 Degrees

86 Degrees 135 Degrees

87 Degrees 143 Degrees


At 125 degrees, skin destruction can occur in 60 seconds. An egg can fry in 5 minutes at 131 degrees.


The best way to check if the asphalt temperature is safe for your FRench Bulldog is to press the back of your hand firmly against the asphalt for 7 seconds to verify if it will be comfortable for him or her.


2. Leaving you Frenchie in the car during a hot day.


We would never recommend to leave your Frenchie in a car during a hot day (Even if your windows are cracked open)! These are the temperature comparisons between temperature outside and temperature in the car.

Outside Your Vehicle Inside Your Vehicle

70 Degrees 95 Degrees

75 Degrees 101 Degrees

80 Degrees 110 Degrees

85 Degrees 117 Degrees

90 Degrees 124 Degrees



How to Avoid Your Dog Overheating

  • Ensure that your dog has fresh water and shade, with short periods outside in hot weather. Check out a handy togo water bottle for your pet! Dog Bottle

  • Acclimate your dog to hot weather gradually and don’t exercise him on hot, humid days. Conditioned sporting dogs, even water retrievers, can overheat if the water is warm.

  • Make sure your home is cooled on warm days. Install a temperature alarm in your motor home, van, and house that dials your cell phone automatically. Dogs have been lost when air conditioners or power failed unbeknown to the owners.

  • Don’t place a crated dog where there is inadequate ventilation in warm, stagnant air under tents or in poorly ventilated buildings.

  • Carefully observe elderly dogs, those that are chronically ill, or pets with respiratory inefficiency.

  • Be vigilant with hairdryers anytime, especially cage dryers.

  • Although a dog’s coat can provide insulation, double coats make a dog more vulnerable to overheating and dark coats absorb heat faster in the sun.

  • Do not leave your French Bulldog in your car during a hot day.

  • Make sure you are aware of the asphalt heat when walking your Frenchie.


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FRENCH BULLDOGS ORIGINATED IN ENGLAND


The French bulldog’s origins are traced to English roots. Lace makers in England were drawn to the smaller bulldog and would use them as lap warmers while they worked. When the lace industry moved to France, they took their dogs with them. There, the English bulldogs were bred with terriers to create bouledogues français, or French bulldogs. French bulldogs fall into the English Bulldog, Pug, Boston terrier, and American bully family tree. We prefer Frenchies out of the bunch. If you would like to show off that you are a Frenchie owner, wear some Frenchie Merch! Norcalfrenchie Merch


FRENCHIES ARE A TALKATIVE BREED


French bulldogs might not bark much, but they do like to “talk.” Using a complex system of yawns, yips, and gargles, the dogs can convey the illusion of their own language. Sometimes they will even sing along with you in the car. Your Frenchies eyes do much talking if you pay close attention. You can communicate back to them using the same language of eye contact. When a dog gives you long, lingering eye contact, it’s a way of saying “I love you.” A recent study shows that oxytocin, the ‘love chemical,’goes up in both dogs and humans when they share a kind gaze. Watch your approach, though. Staring down a dog in a forceful manner can be a sign of aggression for your dog. If you are having a problem with your frenchie barking too much or behaviors that are not good, K9 Training Institute is a great resource!





FRENCH BULLDOGS ARE SENSITIVE


As it turns out, French bulldogs are sensitive animals. If you think that your pet won’t be able to tell if you were criticizing him or her, think again. Dogs are known to be extremely good readers of human cues, so when you’re upset, your dog knows it. If you have a Frenchie that needs a lot of attention when it comes to discipline, it would be wise to not yell at them. French bulldogs will take your reprimanding quite seriously. If they do get yelled at, they’ll tend to mope around the house until they feel better or at least until they get positive reinforcement. The best way to deal with behavior issues or discipline issues is to employ positive reinforcement or encouragement. They’ll respond a lot better to those cues. The best Frenchie treats for positive reinforcement and training are Zuke’s Mini Naturals.



FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPIES ARE BORN WITH FLOPPY EARS


Because of the size of their ears, it takes some time for them to stand. Sometimes they begin to stand within a couple of weeks of birth, though the average age is about seven weeks old. Don’t despair if your puppy's ears are still not standing by then, just like humans, everyone develops at their own pace. There are many creative ways to help their ears stand faster but it is best to let them develop on their own. Keep their ears warm in cold weather with these cute dog hats!



THEY SNORT, SNORE, AND FART


They fart a lot because their stomachs are very sensitive and because they eat so fast they ingest a lot of air. Furthermore, their farts smell pretty awful and they are silent “killers” but the fact that they startle themselves nearly every time by their own flatulence is absolutely hilarious! There is hope! There are ways to alleviate their gassiness; greek yogurt (no additives), canned pumpkin (no additives), and “Zesty Paws” Probiotic for Dogs.



FRENCHIES HAVE TWO STYLES OF EARS


Originally, French bulldogs had rose-shaped ears, similar to their larger relative, the English bulldog. English bulldog breeders much preferred the shape, but American breeders liked the unique bat ears. When a rose-eared bulldog was featured at the Westminster Kennel Club in 1897, American dog fanciers were very angry. If you are looking for small rose-shaped ears or big bat ears, NorthCalFrenchies works with many breeders and Frenchies owners in five states; California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Nevada.





CELEBRITIES LOVE FRENCHIES

French Bulldogs are currently the most popular dogs in Hollywood and they are probably more popular among celebrities than any other dog breeds. They are an absolute hit! To some celebrities they almost come as some sort of fashion accessories, a “must have” if you want to leave the impression of prestige and they are just as popular among gentlemen. They have quite glamorous names too. Lady Gaga owns a girl called Miss Asia, Leonardo di Caprio named his dog Django and Hugh Jackman named his Frenchie Dali. Christina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon, Victoria and David Beckham, and Martha Stewart are also among proud French Bulldog owners. If you own a frenchie, time to look like it! Get some frenchie merch today!

FRENCH BULLDOGS DON'T NEED A LOT OF EXERCISE


Frenchies do need a daily walk to keep them healthy, but do not require a lot of exercises. They can take short walks throughout the day, as French Bulldogs are a brachycephalic breed. Meaning they have short snouts. Over exercising them, especially during warm weather may cause breathing problems. It’s also not a good idea to use collars for walks, a harness would be a better choice!





FRENCH BULLDOGS DON'T SHED VERY MUCH


French Bulldogs do not shed very much because they have a fine, short, and smooth coat. However, during fall and winter, they lose their undercoats. A good shampoo and coat brush can help during that time of fur loss.


FRENCHIES SLEEP FOR A LONG TIME, AROUND 10 TO 13 HOURS A DAY


Adult Frenchies usually sleep for around 10 to 13 hours per day. The rest of their time is spent running around, playing, eating, pooping, or just sitting in the living room. As French Bulldogs age, they require more hours of sleep because they tire more quickly. That’s why it's good to have a bed that they can enjoy!


Working with many French Bulldog Breeders and Owners, along with owning French Bulldogs, these are the top picks we would recommend for you and your Frenchies.


Frenchie Essentials



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Updated: Jan 20

Frenchies have a way of changing the environment in the home. Their outgoing and curious nature with a strong will and loyalty to their owners give us a sense of joy and happiness. Studies show over and over that those who have pets live a longer and healthier life. That's why Frenchies are often used as service animals for those that have a chronic illness or those that are recovering from trauma.


But how do you know that your French Bulldog is happy? How do you know that your pet and member of your family is as happy as you are? Sadly they cant talk. They can’t express their feelings or thoughts through words. But dogs do communicate. They communicate with their facial expressions, grunts, barks, yelps, ears, eyes, body posture, fur elevation, tail semaphore, and more.




As a dog owner, it's up to you to take the time to learn to communicate with your pet. Over time you will begin to have a dialog with your furry family member, not just have a monologue. French Bulldogs are smart dogs and they are used to routines and begin to know what we are thinking. There is a greater depth in the communication between a pet and their owner, it goes both ways.


Your Frenchie deserves the best CARE. Check out our page with all the needed resources to do so!







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