Let’s face it we all love the nugget-like look of the French bulldog but, this look can often predispose them to problems later on. I will list common problems with the French bulldogs below, along with explanations so that you are prepared for anything your Frenchie throws your way!
- Nostrils: French bulldogs can have nostril stenosis, or more closed nostrils. This can cause breathing problems. Since the French bulldog already has a brachycephalic (smooshed in) facial structure, you want to make sure that they don’t have breathing problems from other sources such as the nostrils. So when looking for a puppy make sure they have wide open nostrils. If you already have a Frenchie that has stenosis ask your veterinarian about ways to help this problem. My vet told me that there is a surgery they can do to help them breathe much better that he had even done on his own French bulldog! Just remember that there are options and you should consult you veterinarian to figure out which option may work best for you and you pup.
- Hips: Hip dysplasia is very common in French bulldogs. One sign that you can look for is lack of coordination but often times they will not show any signs. Your veterinarian should check for signs of this at checkups but you can always ask about it if you have any concerns. Trust me your vet appreciates when you ask them questions. It can show that you care and want to learn.
- Tail pocket: Saylor has the shortest tail ever so I have never had to deal with this problem but I have heard and read quite a lot about it. A tail pocket is when the tail forms a pocket like feature that often times gets dirty. It is not super common for French bulldogs to have tail pockets but, if they do they need to be cleaned constantly. If they are not cleaned properly infection can occur so make sure to ask your vet the best way to keep it clean.
- Spinal problems: French bulldogs sometimes get intervertebral disc disease. This is where the cushion between one or more vertebrae slips or even ruptures. This can cause the disc to press on the spinal cord.
- Diet: There are a couple of reasons why your Frenchie may need a special diet. One of these reasons is inflammatory bowel disease. This is an immune disorder that causes immune cells to overrun the lining. Nutrients cannot be absorbed as well if this occurs so your vet should help you come up with an appropriate diet for your dog. Medication may also be necessary. Another reason for a special diet is if your Frenchie has allergies. Allergies are very common in French bulldogs. If the allergies are caused by their food your vet will help you find the right food for your dog. Sometimes it can take a while to figure out which food source your dog is allergic to so be prepared.
- Allergies: Above I touch on food allergies but there are a lot of different sources. Seasonal allergies are another big problem. Most of the time your veterinarian can provide allergy medicine to help. My dog suffers from seasonal allergies and her hair started to become patchy and fall out in certain spots. When something causes your pup to have skin allergies it makes there hair stand up more making it fall out more easily. Along with an antihistamine from my veterinarian I did some research and found a supplement that has helped her hair grow back stronger and softer and is also supposed to provide immune support. My veterinarian informed me that these supplements were perfectly fine to give her. Always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog a new supplement. I will link the supplement below because I have seen positive results from them!
Link to the supplement I use!
*Disclaimer: I have learned a lot as an animal science major and also through having a French bulldog but in no way does this make me a veterinarian. If you feel that your French bulldog dog may have one of these problems, contact your local veterinarian to be safe.