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Are French Bulldogs Suffering in Silence?

French Bulldogs are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in America, but they may also be one of …
Four baby french bulldogs. Studio shot
Four baby french bulldogs. Studio shot

Sadly, the answer may be yes. French Bulldogs are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in America, but they may also be one of the most misunderstood. Many people believe that French Bulldogs are easy to care for and don’t require a lot of exercise, but this isn’t always true. The breed is not only vulnerable to genetic disorders, but also brachycephalic syndrome, which makes it hard for them to breathe. Because of this, many breeders and dog lovers say dogs should never be allowed outside or on walks.

According to the American Kennel Club, the French Bulldog is the eighth-most registered purebred in America. This means that people are willing to spend thousands of dollars on these so-called “trend” dogs. Unfortunately, many of them are not realizing just how much effort goes into properly caring for these little guys, and they’re paying dearly for it.

Health considerations

The brachycephalic syndrome makes it difficult for them to breathe under normal circumstances, let alone during exercise or hot weather. This is because the dogs have flat faces and nostrils that are too small for their oversized heads. This in turn causes heart and respiratory problems, which can prove fatal if not dealt with in time.

The breed has risen dramatically in popularity because they’re cute and they’ve been marketed really well. They make great apartment dogs but it means when people don’t understand how to care for them, they get themselves into trouble by not understanding what’s normal versus abnormal breathing patterns. French Bulldogs should never be allowed outside on walks or let off of their leashes because it could be dangerous for both the owners and the dogs. Even simply playing outside can be hard on them. They should never exercise or overheat, so no jogging with them, no walking in hot weather. No long walks.

This is especially important considering the other health problems these dogs are at risk of developing. These include spinal problems that cause chronic pain or weakness, an eye condition known as corneal ulcers which cause blindness if left untreated, hip dysplasia which makes it difficult to move around, and cherry eye (a third eyelid that sticks out next to the pupil).
Other than genetics, one of the biggest concerns when owning a Frenchie is their weight. Many of these dogs are dangerously overweight, which can lead to more health issues.

One thing you really need to watch with this breed is obesity because it’s so easy for them to become obese. They often get fat because they’re couch potatoes. They don’t have a lot of muscle mass and so they use energy less efficiently than other breeds and when they do move, their movements tend to be graceless and uncoordinated. So you don’t want your Frenchie sitting around all day — house rules should include ‘no TV’ — but what you really want to do is make sure they get a lot of exercise.


The breed has been around since the 19th century but started to gain popularity in America after Paris Hilton bought her French Bulldog puppy, Tinkerbell, in 2008. She was even reported to have paid $25 000 for the dog. It’s no secret that celebrities and socialites can be influential when it comes to trends and fashion among regular folk. As such, more and more people wanted brachycephalic dogs like French Bulldogs after seeing them on TV or in magazines with their celebrity owners. This has caused an increase not only in Frenchie’s popularity but also in the number of neglected dogs whose health issues often go untreated because their owners can’t afford proper vet care or don’t want to put in the work required for these dogs.

If you’re thinking of getting a Frenchie, please adopt from a shelter or rescue organization instead of buying from a breeder. You may not be able to save every Frenchie out there, but if we all do our part, we can make a difference.

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