Frequently Aksed Questions

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We know that bringing a new French Bulldog puppy into your home comes with many questions. To help you prepare and provide the best care for your new furry family member, we've compiled answers to the most common questions we receive. Whether it's about grooming, feeding, or general care, you'll find valuable information here.

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  • What should I do when I first bring my puppy home?

    When you arrive home with your puppy, remember that your puppy is a baby Bulldog. Like all babies, he needs lots of love and cuddling, lots of rest and sleep, nourishing food, and more love and cuddling. Moving to a new home, leaving his dam and littermates, and the only humans he has ever known is a very traumatic experience for the puppy. Try to make the move as easy as possible for him. For the first couple of weeks, try to change his life as little as possible.

    Follow the breeder’s feeding routine: the same times, the same amount, the same brand of food, and the same supplements. Feed him in the same place at each meal. Be sure he has a special area for his bed. Give him lots of cuddling and petting. Do not let him play so long and hard that he becomes exhausted.

    Sometime during the first week, you should take him to your veterinarian for a checkup and get to know your vet. Take along the record of his immunizations and worming, as well as a stool sample.

    Once the puppy is settled securely into his new home, you can introduce him to your way of doing things. If you want to change the brand of puppy kibble he is eating, the change should be slow and gradual. Substitute a small amount of the old food with the new brand and slowly increase the ratio of new to old until the old brand is completely replaced.

  • How often should I groom my Bulldog?

    Your Bulldog should be thoroughly brushed at least three times a week. Most Bulldogs love to be brushed. Use a soft bristle or rubber brush. Start at the rear and brush against the hair. After you’ve brushed the entire dog against the grain, brush with the grain. Follow this with a good rubdown. This will keep his hair shiny and his skin healthy. During shedding times, in spring and fall, you may need to brush more often and give more frequent rubdowns. The goal is to remove the dead hair and distribute the natural oils.

  • How often should I bathe my Bulldog?

    A Bulldog that receives frequent brushings and rubdowns does not need frequent bathing. Most people bathe their dogs when the dog is dirty or obviously needs a bath.

    You will need shampoo, any rinses you plan to use, cotton balls, Q-tips, eye ointment or mineral oil, Vaseline, a washcloth, and towels. Use a mild, no-tears shampoo. Wet the dog thoroughly from just behind the ears to the tips of the toes on his hind feet. Be sure his underside is wet, too, not just the top and sides. Apply the shampoo starting at his neck and working back. Work the shampoo in to ensure you get all the way through his hair to the skin. Pay special attention to his paws (wash between the toes), his tail (clean all around the base), and the genital area. For females, be especially careful to clean the vulva. Wet the washcloth and use it to dampen the dog’s face and ears. Put some shampoo on the washcloth and wash the dog’s face. Wash the wrinkles over the nose, on the forehead, around the nose, and under the eyes. Wash his nose and his ears, inside and out.

    Now rinse. Rinse until you are sure every bit of the dog, especially in the wrinkles and tight places, is thoroughly rinsed and there is no shampoo left. If you are applying a rinse, do it now, following the instructions.

    Dry the dog with towels. Take the cotton balls out of the dog’s ears and clean any wax carefully using a dry Q-tip or one with a dab of Panalog. Rub a dab of Vaseline onto his nose to help keep it soft. You can then let him air dry or use a hair dryer to finish the drying. It’s best to keep the dog inside until it is completely dry, which takes about two hours.

  • How do I care for my Bulldog’s nails?

    Most Bulldogs need their toenails cut regularly, about every two weeks. The nails should be kept as short as possible. You may use dog nail clippers or an electric grinder. You can put the dog on the floor and scratch its tummy, or hold it between your legs—whatever works. Be especially careful not to cut into the quick. On white nails, you can see where the quick begins. On black nails, cut just to the curve of the nail. The clippers usually leave a rough edge, so use a good dog nail file to smooth them off. If you use an electric grinder, be very careful, as it is easy to grind into the quick.

    The main thing is to make the experience as pleasant as possible for the dog. Be really careful when cutting nails and don’t cut into the quick. If your dog takes frequent walks on pavement, it will usually wear the nails down, so be cautious as there may not be much nail to cut. This is especially true of black nails, which tend to wear more than white ones.

  • How do I clean my Bulldog’s wrinkles?

    Bulldogs tend to have messy face wrinkles, and the older they get, the messier the wrinkles become. How often you clean these wrinkles depends on the dog. Some do well with cleaning twice a week, while others need it daily. When you clean the wrinkles, wash his nose and apply a good rub of Vaseline to keep it soft. It’s better to clean more often than you think you need to rather than not enough.

    You can clean the wrinkles with a soft, damp cloth and then dry them thoroughly. Alternatively, you can wash them using the shampoo you used to bathe the dog, ensuring you rinse and dry thoroughly. One of the best ways is to wipe the wrinkles clean with baby wipes containing lanolin and aloe. Whatever method you use, be sure to clean the deep nose wrinkle thoroughly. You may need to apply a soothing ointment in the deep nose wrinkle if it is irritated. Panalog will help to heal it, and Desitin Ointment will soothe and dry the wrinkle.

  • What medical advice do you have for Bulldog owners?

    The second best medical advice anyone can give you is, “Find a veterinarian who knows and likes Bulldogs.” Believe it or not, some veterinarians don’t like Bulldogs, and no matter how good they are, they may not be the right choice for your Bulldog.

    The very best advice is to know your Bulldog. Check your dog daily. Be aware if he isn’t eating, playing, or doesn’t seem quite right. Recognize immediately if something is wrong so you can take appropriate action.

    There are several minor ailments you can treat at home. Remember, if a home remedy doesn’t cure the problem in two days, it’s time to take the dog to the veterinarian. Do not keep trying various methods of home medication.

  • How do I care for my Bulldog’s tail pocket?

    Some Bulldogs have their tails set in a pocket. If yours does, you will need to keep that pocket clean and dry. Wipe it out frequently. You may need to use cotton balls rather than a washcloth if the pocket is tight. Be sure to dry it thoroughly and apply an ointment such as Panalog or a drying powder.

  • What should I do if my Bulldog has facial acne or eczema?

    Bulldogs are forever putting their faces into all kinds of strange places, making them susceptible to topical bacterial infections. This can cause pimples on their face and chin. Usually, you can clear these up by washing the area and applying an antibiotic ointment. If the pimples persist, you will need to get an oral antibiotic medication from your veterinarian.

  • How can I prevent heat stroke in my Bulldog?

    Bulldogs are very sensitive to heat and do not have efficient thermostats. Heat, overexertion, stress, and anxiety can contribute to their breathing issues. They have big flat faces and throats with lots of loose skin and flesh. When a Bulldog gets overheated, overly excited, or stressed out, that loose skin and flesh can swell, cutting off their airway.

    Avoid taking them out in cars, on walks, to beaches, or other hot places, or exercising them during the summer. Bulldogs get heat strokes and can die more easily than any other breed.

    If your dog overheats, get them into the shade immediately, or better yet, into a pool of cold water. If that’s not possible, get to a tap quickly. Wet the neck and stomach first, wrap a dripping cold towel around the neck, and keep them quiet until their breathing stabilizes and they are comfortable again. The best precaution is always having a tub of cold water accessible in summer—Bulldogs will get in themselves and cool off quickly.

    Your Bulldog doesn’t know he can’t do things like jog with you, play ball or Frisbee in warm weather, or go for long walks on summer days. The Bulldog is loyal and will try to keep up with you, even if it costs him his life. It is up to YOU to ensure the safety and well-being of your Bulldog. You know what he can and can’t do. Your Bulldog’s life is in your hands.

  • How can I help my Bulldog cool down in the summer?

    Start giving your Bulldog pieces of ice to eat when he is still a small puppy so that he learns to like it. Luckily, most Bulldogs do. This is a great way to cool down a hot dog. Bags of ice in a kiddie pool make a great summer toy.

  • Can Bulldogs swim?

    Well, I hope you like swimming alone, because even though Bulldogs love water, they are really poor swimmers. If they should fall into a pool, they won’t be able to get out and will likely drown. If you have a spa, hot tub, or pool, it needs to be fenced off from your Bulldog. However, they do enjoy playing in a kiddie pool with just a little water in the bottom.