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Pros & Cons of the French Bulldog Breed

Learn the pros and cons of owning a French bulldog from dog expert Julia Szabo in this Howcast video.


I'm Julia Szabo, also known as a Pet Reporter, and I am the "Living with Dogs" columnist for I've actually written 6 books and I'm hard at work on my next one. It will be about about dogs -- that's as much as I can say right now. I love dogs and I think nobody's life is complete without one. So I'm here to tell you about a variety of different dogs breeds that might suit your lifestyle. I hope you'll adopt one soon. The French bulldog is an adorable little companion. So adorable in fact, that there are French bulldog meet-up groups literally in every city in America, pretty much. And these people take their dogs, and their dog's social lives, so very seriously. They love getting together and just celebrating every aspect of having, and living with, and loving a French bulldog. They're a classic example of what's called in Latin "multim in parvo". That's a big, sort of, dog fancier's term which really means "a big dog in a small package". I think that's probably the secret to the popularity of the French bulldog; is that it is a small dog but it's a tough little dog. It's built like a mini-Mack truck, and has a wide chest and a certain tough bully stance. And they're so sweet and cute. The only thing you have to remember with a French bulldog is that they have what's called a brachycephalic conformation, which means they have a short pushed in face. And you know, that's exactly why we find them so cute, because they look like little bats, or little froggies. But that conformation actually makes it hard for them to breath in very high temperatures. SO if it gets really hot outside in the summer, you want to be sure to have air-conditioning for your Frenchie. You want to maybe not take her out at the high-point of the day when it's like, 1 p.m. and, you know, 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade. So just a few considerations for Frenchie, and you can have just years of fun with this little clown.

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