The French bulldog temperament is gentle, loyal and loving. French bulldogs are bred to be lap dogs, so they are very friendly to their family and very willing to please. A French bulldog will gladly curl up on your lap to be petted and sleep.
This bat-eared couch potato is content to lounge around and to lavish his owners with love. The French bulldog temperament makes this breed one of the best companion dogs in the world. The Frenchie loves to play, but he also loves to spend his time relaxing on the sofa.
Part of the French bulldog temperament includes a high intelligence. This breed requires mental stimulation, and they benefit from structured positive reinforcement training from a young age. A bored French bulldog can quickly become destructive, so make sure to provide enough mental stimulation for your Frenchie.
Although this is a calm and gentle dog, the French bulldog can display guarding behaviors toward strangers. That’s why it is so important to socialize a young Frenchie puppy. You should make sure that your French bulldog meets a lot of people and children.
Overview of French Bulldogs
The French bulldog is built like a tank. Its build is small but very substantial with a powerful, muscular body. The French bulldog is stocky in build and very short. Weighing up to 25 pounds and standing approximately 12 inches tall, the French bulldog has a flat scrunched up face and oversized ears. His face is wrinkled and his top lip overhangs the bottom lip in that signature bulldog pout. The adorable features of the French bulldog include large bat-like ears and a very short nose.
The French bulldog has a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years.
French bulldogs come in a variety of colors. They are found in various colors including brindle, fawn, white and black. The coat is short, smooth and easy to care for, requiring only a weekly brushing. The French bulldog is a minimal to moderate shedder.
Adaptable, playful and smart, this is a dog that loves his family. With a friendly, loyal and lively personality and cute appearance, the gentle French bulldog has remained among the most popular dogs in the nation, ranking fourth in the AKC rankings.
The Temperament of French Bulldogs and How They Behave
The French bulldog temperament makes this little dog a great companion dog. The French bulldog is gentle, loving and very eager to please his humans. He is happy to spend his days sleeping on the sofa or curling up in the lap of his owner.
His nature is comical and mischievous. The Frenchie’s personality is so entertaining that you can’t help but smile or laugh in his presence. People find the French bulldog’s personality very endearing. The Frenchie makes a fantastic pet. Not only do they fit nicely into almost any living environment (they’re small and they need very little amounts of exercise), they’re not big barkers like most small dogs.
Frenchies are loving companions who thrive on human contact. This breed enjoys giving love to their human companions and enjoys receiving the same treatment in return. Your French bulldog will happily lie at your feet or follow you around from room to room.
The French bulldog loves to play and gets along well with people, children, and other pets. However, the Frenchie can be territorial and very possessive of their people, especially when other dogs are around. That’s why socialization at an early age is so important with this breed.
This small dog does not require a lot of room, making it the perfect dog for apartments and small homes, as well as large homes.
This breed does not do well when left home alone for long periods of time.
The French bulldog is a very intelligent breed with very good instincts. They love to get attention and they love to play whenever they get the chance.
In general, you will find a lot of differences between a male and a female French bulldog. The male is more playful, energetic and assertive while females are a bit more affectionate, timid and friendly.
French bulldogs are prone to overheating and breathing issues that are directly related to the structure of their faces. It is extremely important that you do not over-exercise this breed. Brachycephalic dogs like the French bulldog are prone to heatstroke because they cannot take in enough oxygen to keep them cool and refreshed. They have trouble regulating their body temperature effectively. So don’t make your French bulldog physically exert himself too much, and keep him in a cool air-conditioned environment.
Because of their breathing problems, French bulldogs will commonly snore and snort.
This breed requires very little exercise. In fact, a short 10 to 15-minute walk each day should be enough to keep your French bulldog happy and healthy. While this breed is very active as puppies, they lose a lot of their energy when they become adults, but they usually remain socially active.
French bulldogs make excellent watchdogs, alerting their people to the presence of approaching strangers, but the Frenchie is not a big barker. In general, this is a quiet breed.
Training Tips for a French Bulldog
This is a very smart breed, but they can be stubborn, which can be a deterrent when it comes to training your French bulldog. French bulldogs are intelligent and training them can be easy as long as you make it seem like a game and keep it fun. The French bulldog does well with training when it is done in a positive manner with lots of food rewards, praise, and play.
The French bulldog can be standoffish towards people they don’t know. Frenchies are also known to sometimes be aggressive toward other dogs. But these characteristics can be controlled when you begin training a French bulldog as a puppy. Start by introducing your French bulldog puppy to different types of people and other dogs. For the socialization to be effective, experts recommend that you socialize your puppy by the time he is 14 weeks old. If not, the training may never work.
Be positive. French bulldog puppies can be quick learners, but they tend to be stubborn and not do everything you ask. Do not punish the dog as this will undo any progress you have made. Just be patient and stand your ground. Don’t give in. Try to teach new behaviors on a leash, even when you are inside, so your puppy cannot wander off when he gets bored. Smart dogs can get bored easily so break up the training into several smaller sessions of only a minute or two in duration. Wait for your puppy to comply and when he does, give him a big reward and end the training session.
Positive reinforcement and a steady reward system are the most effective training techniques.
To learn more about owning a French bulldog, read our article Owning a French Bulldog: What You Should Know.