Health Issues For French Bulldogs

Health Issues For French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs are one of the world’s most popular dog breeds, and their popularity continues to rise. Their small size, distinct personalities and funny, but intelligent dispositions make them an excellent choice for many people.

However, most dog breeds have tendencies towards one or more health problems, and French Bulldogs are no exception. When considering whether a French Bulldog (Frenchie) is right for your household, be aware of these common health issues for French Bulldogs:

  • French Bulldogs have compacted airways, causing them to snuffle, snort, and snore. These “cute” traits may need to be addressed if they become extreme. This compacted airway, known as Brachycephalic Syndrome, also causes extreme heat and old sensitivity. Frenchies need to be protected from temperature extremes, and should never be kept outside without supervision, water, and shade.
  • Because French Bulldogs are a dwarf version of bulldog, they can be prone to back and spinal diseases. Veteranarians recommend that before breeding French Bulldogs, owners should have their dogs x-rayed to confirm skeletal integrity. Like many other small, stout dogs, they can have joint issues in the knees.
  • Frenchies are prone to having eye issues, such as an everted third eyelid (cherry eye). The skin folds under their eyes should be routinely cleaned out, to help maintain eye health. Dark tear stains can occur on French Bulldogs with white or fawn faces. There are products on the market that can help alleviate this issue.
  • French Bulldogs are prone to having skin issues.  Often these issues can be cleared up by changing the dog’s diet.  If a change of diet doe not help, there are natural remedies that can help alleviate problems.
  • French Bulldogs frequently have problems naturally reproducing. Most female French Bulldogs are artificially inseminated, and more than 80% of births take place by caesarean section. Female Frenchies can also have “silent heats”, which makes reproduction unpredictable.

So if you are aware of these potential health issues for French Bulldogs, you will be better prepared. French Bulldogs are delightful small dogs. But before adding one to your household, know the potential health issues.

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Here are common concerns shared by parents of Frenchies: