Giving Your French Bulldog a Bath


Giving your French Bulldog a bath can either be fun and pleasurable, if you dog likes water, or miserable if your dog does not. Your puppy will either love water or hate it.

Here are some things to consider when giving a Frenchie a bath:

  • Bathing can be soothing to the dog, if it likes water. It’s also an opportune time to get healing ingredients onto your Frenchie’s skin, if he or she has skin issues. Even if your dog does not have skin issues, bathing can help keep his or her coat shiny and healthy.
  • Overbathing your dog is never good. Overbathing a dog strips essential oils out of this skin, and causes a dull appearance. And too much soap is never good.
  • Using a deep sink or bathtub is ideal. Praise your dog for staying still.
  • Keep in mind that are NOT good swimmers. So keep an eye on your dog at all times when he or she is near water. Just like with small children, only an inch or two of water can create a tragedy if you are not observant.
  • Consider the time of year. Much like us humans, baths are more important when we have been outside, and in the summer, when more prone to sweating. Frenchies are more sensitive to temperature extremes than most animals. So be mindful of exposure of wet skin to cooler air in the winter. Bundle up your baby until he or she is fully dry.
  • Before giving a bath, get all of your needed supplies into the bathing area. Make sure you have cleansers and conditioners, grooming tools and/or combs, and a thick, absorbent towel, like Soggy Doggy.
  • Use lukewarm, not hot, water. Monitor the temperature of the water throughout the bath.
  • Wash the torso first, legs next, and head last.
  • Keep soap/shampoo out of your Frenchie’s eyes and ears. Wash the face very careful, by cupping water onto the head very gently.
  • Check ears, eyes, and teeth carefully while your dog is in the bath. Make notes and call your veterinarian if you see anything out of the ordinary.
  • Rinse your Frenchie carefully, to get all of the soap off of the skin.
  • Dry your Frenchie very thoroughly after getting him or her out of the water.
  • If you clip your dog’s nails, the time to do it is immediately after bathtime. Otherwise, seek the help of a groomer.

If you begin giving your French Bulldog a bath, when he or she is a puppy, your job will be much easier. So giving your French Bulldog a bath does not have to be stressful for either of you. You just have to be prepared, and organized.

We asked our Facebook page if their Frenchie was a clean freak or a slob. Here’s what they said:

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