French Bulldog Temperament and Personality
You definitely want to know what you’re getting yourself into before you bring home a new dog for your family. Dogs are not a “one-breed-fits-all” species, so it’s worth doing your homework, specifically in regards to temperament and personality.
The French Bulldog is an incredibly popular breed, but read on to determine whether or not this tiny but mighty pup is a good fit for you.
History on the Breed
We always like to share a little backstory on breed history, simply because understanding how the breed originated is often incredibly helpful in understanding dog behaviours and nuances that will likely surface in time.
The French Bulldog got its start in the early 1800s, when Normandy lace workers from England set off to find work in France. With a strong desire for canine companionship along the way, many of the workers decided to bring along small bulldogs.
These smaller bulldogs served as great company to workers, who also appreciated the dogs’ help in chasing off small rodents from their Northern French farming communities. It didn’t take long for the popularity of these adorable little dogs to flourish, and breeders were quickly established. Before long, they were selling this “new breed” of undersized dogs to the French people with great demand – the start of a long history of prestige and status for them, and their owners.
The French Bulldog is charming. He’s affectionate, playful, alert, bright, easygoing, keen, lively, patient, and pleasant… and it’s all for you. Anyone who’s ever had the privilege of spending quality time with a French Bulldog has undoubtedly noticed these traits, and it won’t have taken long to figure out that it all was a part of this dog’s desire for attention!
The French Bulldogs does not exist for self or for activity; he is driven to exist for his owners, and thrives when he has his owners full attention. Unlike many attention-driven dogs, however, the French Bulldog isn’t insecure, and doesn’t lack confidence. Rather, he’s confident enough to “compete” for your attention. This makes him a great pet for a single-person household, where there’s not much competition around.
Owners should keep in mind that their French friends thrive on love and interaction, so those folks who are busy or find themselves unable to shell out this type of affection regularly ought to steer clear.
Their Favorite Ways to Spend Time
Frenchies are incredibly dedicated to their owners, and they’ll do just about anything to curl up by their side. They’re not especially energetic and they don’t need much exercise at all, though a brisk walk down the street once or twice a day is ideal and usually suits most just fine.
Owners who want exercising companions should avoid French Bulldogs, as they’d prefer not to spend all of their time outdoors. Also keep in mind these pups can’t swim, so fetching sticks in the stream in the park is not his forte. More than anything, the Bulldog loves to spend time interacting with his owners - whether it be playing a quick game of ball, learning new tricks, or simply cuddling on the couch.
If you’re getting the idea that French Bulldogs are pretty even-keel in terms of behavior… you would be right. These little guys are generally very well-behaved, and that includes meeting new people and other animals. Of course, just like any other dog, the tone for appropriate behaviour in these circumstances should be set at an early age, but owners who are consistent in training shouldn’t have a problem.
As we mentioned, the French Bulldog is a “people dog”, and he does not like to be left alone. Rest assured, he will not hesitate to let you (and your neighbours) know if he needs more attention – and this can result in a behavioural issues like excessive barking, and some chewing.
Amusing Frenchie Quirks
If you bring home a French Bulldog, prepare to be amused: he loves your attention so much that he might be a little mischievous to get it. French Bulldogs are widely known for being a bit clownlike, all for the sake of that extra love and attention. Oh – and they’re not the most quiet dog you could bring home, either. Barking aside (which there’s not too much of if they’re getting the attention they need), be prepared to endure lots of drooling, snores, snorts, grunts and flatulence. If you have a sense of humor, you’ll absolutely grow to love this part of your little friend. (Well, maybe except the flatulence).
Some French Bulldog owners struggle when it comes to training. As previously mentioned, these dogs are confident, and sometimes they have a tendency to be quite stubborn. In training, owners must mix up their routines to keep the little guy’s interest, because he will get bored with a repetitive activity. Training with rewards and attention is the best bet towards success, as discipline, punishment and yelling will produce the opposite of the desired effect.
In conclusion, a Frenchie might just be the ultimate companion of a lifetime – if you have the time, energy and sense of humor to dedicate to him, he’ll reward you with his even temperament, desire to be close to you, and low-maintenance physical needs.
If you don’t? You’ll likely wind up with a yappy dog who comes across as needy, and who makes more of a mess than you bargained for.