Meet Paddy, My French bulldog.
Lets start off clearing up the immediate confusion over the name. I know it’s an Irish name for a French bulldog. This happened when my Mum started to tell friends and family that I was getting an “Irish bulldog” which don’t exist. This amusement meant we turned to an Irish name… and Paddy stuck! Paddy was born on the 24th April 2015.
After lots of research we chose a Frenchie. We live in the city and was looking for a small dog. It turns out, Paddy, a French Bulldogs is perfect. He loves his own company. Enjoys to snuggle up on the sofa, plenty of sleep and quite happy to have a run around the park too.
Best for the city The Times – The Top Dog Guide
This breed doesn’t need much exercise. It can get too cold in winter due to its thin coat but will struggle to cool itself in summer because of its flat nose. In both scenarios it may refuse to go out, but it’s not being naughty.
Paddy quickly fit into our busy working and social lifestyle. He has 4 walks and trips outside at least each day. Between he enjoys a good rest and plenty of sleep.
After reading a few posts on a Facebook forum we are very lucky that he has never damaged any of our apartment furniture, had any trouble with him throughout the night or toilet training . We had Paddy from 12 weeks and have trained him the basics, toilet training, sit, paw, wait and he walks well on his lead. He is hard work and demands your full attention. A guide to a French bulldog
Paddy is very good, friendly and gentle around humans. Our challenge is Paddy with other dogs. Last summer on the way home from his walk he was attacked by another large dog that picked him off the ground and threw him around. This really scared us. Paddy only had a small cut but this really effected our confidence with him around other dogs. Now we are looking for a dog trainer to build our confidence and his. All ideas welcome…
The Mirror names The French Bulldog the most popular too.
The pointy-eared French Bulldog, a breed favoured by the likes of the Beckhams and Lady Gaga, is set to top the rankings in 2018.
French bulldog overview
The Frenchie shares many of the traits that made its bulldog ancestors so successful in the bull-baiting arena: low center of gravity, wide body, heavy bone, muscular build and large, square head. It has soft loose skin forming wrinkles about the head and shoulders. Unlike the bulldog, it has an alert, curious expression, which is aided by its bar ears. Also, unlike the bulldog, its movement is unrestrained and free, with reach and drive. It is a hardy, entertaining home companion and a solid lap dog.
The French bulldog is a clown in a lap dog. It enjoys playing and entertaining its family, as well as cuddling and snoozing with its favourite person. It is amiable, sweet, companionable and willing to please.
- Energy level – Medium energy
- Exercise needs – Low
- Playfulness – Moderately playful
- Affection level – Moderately affectionate
- Friendliness toward other dogs – Friendly
- Friendliness toward other pets – Very friendly
- Friendliness toward strangers – Shy
- Ease of training – Easy to train
- Watchdog ability – Medium
- Protection ability – Not very protective
- Grooming needs – Low maintenance
- Cold tolerance – Medium tolerance
- Heat tolerance – Low tolerance