French Bulldogs, like other brachycephalic dog breeds (dogs with short, flat noses and a flattened face). They are prone to breathing loudly due to their anatomy.
These dogs have a narrow respiratory system with small nostrils, a short trachea, and a compressed upper jaw. As a result, their breathing can be obstructed, and they may struggle to inhale and exhale air efficiently. This can cause them to breathe loudly, snore, and even experience breathing difficulties.
Additionally, French Bulldogs have a soft palate that is longer than usual, which can also contribute to their breathing issues. The elongated soft palate can block the airway, causing snoring, coughing, and even choking.
Breathing issues in French Bulldogs is also exacerbated by obesity, allergies, infections, or other underlying health conditions. It’s essential to monitor their breathing. Seek veterinary care if you notice any signs of respiratory distress, such as labored breathing, coughing, or wheezing.
Their ‘breathing loudly’ is unintentional. It not ‘just how they are’ it is a defect. Though corporations manufacture foods and products tell you it is specially manufactured, it is not in the dogs interest, it is to earn off your dog. The answer is not make food to suit the breed, it is to improve the conditions of the breed.
How can I care for my adopted brachycephalic dog ?
Caring for an adopted brachycephalic dog can be a rewarding experience. But it is important to understand the special needs of these breeds. Brachycephalic breeds are known for having short muzzles and snub noses, which can lead to breathing difficulties, heat intolerance and other issues.
To best care for your adopted brachycephalic dog:
- Make sure they get adequate exercise, but don’t overexert them in hot weather or during strenuous activities.
- Keep their weight under control by feeding the correct amount of food for their size and age.
- Use a harness instead of a collar when walking them so that you don’t pull on their neck or throat area which can exacerbate breathing issues due to their shortened muzzle shape.
- If your pet has any health problems related to their breed (such as skin infections), ask your vet about proper treatment options such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications if needed.
- Ensure you provide plenty of fresh water throughout the day and give them regular baths with lukewarm water to help keep them cool in hot weather.
How can I help people understand why French Bull Dogs ‘breathe loudly’?
Explaining why French Bull Dogs breathe loudly can be a challenge because it is related to the breed’s physical characteristics. Brachycephalic breeds (such as French Bulldogs) are known for having short muzzles and snub noses, which causes their airways to be narrower than other dog breeds. This can lead to them breathing more heavily and with a louder sound due to the air having difficulty passing through.
To help people understand this, you could explain that this is not due to any kind of illness or injury, but simply a characteristic of the breed caused by its anatomy. Additionally, you could mention that the loud breathing should not cause any discomfort or distress for your pet – it is simply how they must breath in order to get enough oxygen into their bodies. This can also be accompanied with signs of labored breathing such as panting or wheezing.
Why are so many breeders breeding French Bull Dogs?
French Bulldogs are popular dogs and are in high demand. This is due to their affectionate and playful nature, small size, and unique appearance. The breed has gained a lot of attention in recent years. Because celebrities and social media influencers often feature Frenchies in their posts.
This high demand for French Bulldogs has created a profitable market for breeders, leading to an increase in the number of breeders breeding Frenchies. However, this increase in breeding has also led to some concerns about the welfare of these dogs.
Breeding French Bulldogs can be challenging. They often require assistance with mating and giving birth due to their body shape and size. Additionally, breeding dogs with certain physical characteristics, such as a flat face and short snout, can lead to health problems and breathing issues in their offspring.
Unfortunately, some breeders prioritize profit over the health and well-being of their dogs, leading to inbreeding, poor breeding practices, and the production of unhealthy puppies. Therefore, it’s crucial to do your research and find a reputable breeder who prioritizes the health and welfare of their dogs when looking to adopt a French Bulldog.
Are French Bull Dogs designer dogs ?
French Bulldogs are not considered designer dogs in the traditional sense of the term. Designer dogs are created by crossing two different purebred dogs to create a new, unique breed. However, French Bulldogs are a recognized purebred dog breed that has been around for over 100 years.
That being said, French Bulldogs have become a popular breed in recent years. Some breeders may market them as “designer dogs” to increase their appeal and price. This practice is controversial as it can mislead potential buyers and may encourage irresponsible breeding practices.
It’s essential to do your research and find a reputable breeder who prioritizes the health and welfare of their dogs. A responsible breeder should be transparent about the dog’s lineage and health history and should prioritize the well-being of their dogs over profit.
Quick Tips to keep in mindfor your French Bull Dog
Because they are barrel chested dogs use a harness rather than a collar. It is more comfortable for them.
Do not walk them in extreme heat. They can easily have a heat stroke because it is difficult for them to “cool down”
Take them for regular vet check ups. This is to check for infections in the folds of their mouth. Unfortunately, it is a common occurance.
There are many Frenchies up for adoption, please consider helping one instead of encouraging a breeder.
We love Frenchies they’re incredibly loving and of course those big eyes are enticing. But with knowledge comes responsibility. Knowing what we do and how these dogs can suffer we urge you to adopt and rescue brachycephalic breeds rather than encouraging their commercialisation and sale.