We love Hugo. He is a wonderful French Bulldog and addition to our family. He exceeded our expectations in so many ways!
- Clip their nails before they ever need it.
- Clean their ears before they are ever dirty or infected.
- When you first bring your French Bulldog home around 9 weeks they will briefly fit into Build-a-Bear clothing :).
- They will have a dry nose. We put olive oil or Vaseline on it.
- French Bulldogs chew a ton. Don’t be afraid to buy lots of bones. The longer lasting the better!
- Thankfully Hugo passed a couple of Nerf darts, bandaids and high heel plastic bottoms. Any of those could have killed him or cost us a small fortune. He has also consumed a few M&M’s, 1 or 2 grapes and a gumball and showed no ill effects (not all at once!). At times he is like a goat with his eating habits.
- I consider Hugo healthy and he is allergic to grains and gets painful crystals in his urine that requires a special food purchased from the vet. This food is not grain free. Therefore he is constantly battling yeast infections in his ears.
- Hugo doesn’t bark much.
- Buy pet insurance in the beginning. You can cancel it if you have a healthy French Bulldog after a couple years, but we can’t get for the same deal now! That was a miss for us!
- Buy a harness so you don’t need to have them pulling against the collar on their neck. They have enough trouble breathing. We use the Walk Right! harness.
- They can be taught to ring a jingle bell hanging from a door to let you know they need to go outside. This helps because they don’t bark much.
- French Bulldogs shed. A few times a year they shed a lot.
- You will need to wipe their butts off after they poop sometimes. Just keeping it real.
- I wash Hugo every week or two with a very gentle hypoallergenic dandruff shampoo mixed with Head and Shoulders shampoo/conditioner. He is allergic to grass and licks his toes if I don’t. If they have dry skin use Head and Shoulders shampoo/conditioner all in one. It’s amazing!
- They are mischievous and at times total stinkers!
If you buy a French Bulldog from a reputable breeder they should not weigh more than 28lbs. That is the breed standard.
- Hugo is always starving. At a year and a half we cut out lunch and he got down to his fighting weight. He went from almost 25lbs down to 23.2. He could probably lose more, but I love to give him bones. He’s such a good boy!
- You can mix canned pumpkin puree into his food to help fill them up and also to firm their stools. Important tip! Trust me!
- Frenchies can jump surprisingly high!
- Hugo can’t handle the heat. If it’s over 70 he doesn’t want to walk. He will happily play fetch inside the house, but can’t be moving around outside. His brother is fawn (light tan color) and doesn’t have as hard of time in the heat. That being said, Hugo absolutely loves to take a daily nap in the sun.
Tug of war is one of his all time favorite games. His second favorite game is to aggressively shake the humans shoe. Ugh!
- If your Frenchie starts vomiting in the middle of the night (not the usual vomiting from swallowing a large part of a bone) he might need to have his dinner split into 2 parts. Give half of the food for dinner and the other half just before bed. That was a fun one to figure out!
- Hugo is sweet, loving and wonderful family dog. We are lucky to have him in our lives!