French bull dogs are a great addition to any home. They have a stocky "well built" look to them, yet only weigh at the most, 30 pounds. They are bull terrier descendants and are a breed that requires a lot of attention, while not being particularly an athletic animal that needs loads of exercise. French bull dogs can be easily spotted just by looking at their "bat-like" ears; which are large and wide on the bottom and decrease in size as they round at the top.
|A portrait of a black-and-white French Bulldog. |
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There are a few considerations you need to make when considering french bull dogs as pets:
1. They absolutely love attention and playing with people and other dogs. Owners need to be aware that the french bull is deceptively strong for it's size, so caution guests and children to be gentle with them (the rougher you get with any dog, the rougher they get).
2. The proportions of their body and the overall build of the animal make it difficult to regulate body temperature. This means you need to keep them close to shade and water during hot, humid days or they will be in danger of overheating.
3. French bull dogs are known for being people. For that reason, don't buy one and expect them to lie in the corner. They will constantly want to be by your side and want your acceptance. People who want a great friend will love them, whereas there are other breeds who are more independent for owners who have less time for their dogs.
4. If you will have another male with your french bull, consider neutering them, as two males of any breed will tend to fight. Males and females won't often fight, but spaying or neutering is always advisable to avoid unwanted "excitement".
5. The french bull is one of the healthiest bull terrier mixes, but they do require regular visits to the veterinarian to keep abreast of any health problems. They need semi-regular tests for thyroid disease and Von Willebrand's disease. This is no reason to avoid these wonderful dogs, since all dogs have certain health issues they can be predisposed to, but with proper care these conditions are rare and easily corrected with treatment.