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Fluffy Frenchie Breed Guide: Learn About The Fluffy French Bulldog

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The Fluffy French Bulldog, also known as the Fluffy Frenchie, has companionship in its blood. These dogs are full of affection and are quiet and loyal. Their rare appearance is loved by people that desire to have their pet stand out from others. And they tend to get along with almost everyone, including children and other dogs and cats.

The Fluffy Frenchie is not much different than a standard French Bulldog. The only real distinction is that they have hair that is fluffier than average. It is especially noticeable around the ears. Their appearance is a genetic difference caused by a gene that many French Bulldogs carry but rarely do two come together in the right way.

Caring for a Fluffy Frenchie is not a difficult task, but it requires some attention and planning. There are common health issues that you should consider before taking one as a pet. They are wonderful “lapdogs,” meaning they love to be close to people and sit with them. They do not like to be alone for a long time, making them great companions for large families or people that spend a lot of time at home.

History of the Fluffy French Bulldog

The French Bulldog was originally known as the “Toy” Bulldog. They were not especially common in France in the early part of the 19th century. Toy Bulldogs were widely associated with England, where they were used for sports like bull-baiting. 

Bull-baiting got outlawed in 1835, and breeders began to work the aggression out of them. Over the next few decades, they became known as companion animals. Interbreeding with terriers reduced their size and caused many to be born with erect ears, sometimes described as “bat ears.”

Many times breeders would have a Toy Bulldog considered too small or with erect ears. They would send them to France. Eventually, this led to the popularity of the small-bred bulldogs being popular in French high society. The erect ears that were unpopular in England were the trait loved most in France and led to further terrier breeding to develop them even more.

It is unknown if the long-hair trait of the Fluffy French Bulldog was bred into them purposely. It may have been a gene that became common over time. Nonetheless, it is a trait that was not admired initially but is what makes them extremely desirable today. 

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Facts About The Fluffy French Bulldog

The following are facts about French Bulldogs that are necessary to know if you are considering getting one for yourself. 

Frenchies Are People Pleasers

Because the Fluffy Frenchie has such a mild temperament, they are highly desired by people that do not need an animal that does a lot of running and jumping. They like to snuggle. If they are socialized early in life, they get along well with other animals.

They are generally easy to train and will not adapt to commands as quickly as breeds, such as German shepherds. They love snacks so they can learn most commands after a few rewards.

The Fluffy Frenchie is a quiet dog. They will not bark at every guest that comes through the door. That also means that they are not the most agile guard dogs. They are passive and are not likely to alert their owner to something suspicious.

Potential Health Issues

The Fluffy Frenchie is a small animal so being overweight is not healthy. Giving them regular exercise will help to keep them healthy. They love to run and play. A trip to the dog park to let them socialize is ideal. Taking them to the pool or lake may not be the best idea. Because of their short legs, they can not swim for a long time. They should be supervised if they are going to be around water.

All small bulldog breeds are subject to breathing issues. The shape of their skull lends to the squished face look for which they are known. Unfortunately, this also causes breathing problems for them, known as Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome. It is fairly easy to manage. 

Regulate their exercise so they do not overexert themselves. They should not spend too much time in hot weather, either. If they are going to be in a hot climate, they need to have access to shade and a lot of cool water to drink.

The breeding of French Bulldogs has left them with a few genetic issues that persist to this day. Their facial structure can lead to problems with their eyes. Most of these issues are not serious, but they should be treated to avoid infection. They are also prone to skin conditions such as eczema. Some spinal problems can be a concern, as well. 

The Fluffy Frenchie is best suited to owners with time and means to be diligent in their routine care. They do not require a lot. However, they should visit the veterinarian regularly because of their unique health concerns.

Grooming A Fluffy Frenchie

The Fluffy Frenchie’s hair is a little longer than a standard French Bulldog. Grooming them is not as difficult as it might be with dogs such as poodles or collies. Those breeds can get a lot of tangles in their hair, but the French Bulldog does not generally have that problem. Brushing them once a week should be more than enough. 

They do not need to be bathed often, as it can be bad for their skin, but they need to have their face cleaned regularly. There are a lot of wrinkles on their face, and moisture can build up, causing infections. Wiping them down every day will take care of that.

Who Should Get A Fluffy French Bulldog?

The Fluffy French Bulldog was bred for nearly 200 years as a companion animal. They love to be around people. They want to spend a lot of time being affectionate and trying to please their owners. People working long hours or taking many trips away from home might not be a good match because they do not like to be alone.

Families do well with Fluffy Frenchies because they are non-aggressive and can adapt well around children. Other pets are not a problem because they get along with other dogs and other pets such as cats. Older adults that are retired and spend a lot of time at home are also great candidates.

Owners of these animals must stay up to date on their care because of their health concerns. But those issues are easily dealt with by adjusting a few things with their exercise or grooming schedule. And none of them detract from the fact that a Fluffy Frenchie can be a loyal and loving companion that can bring a lot of enjoyment for a very long time.

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