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"Say goodbye to your personal space." 7 things all French Bulldog owners know to be true.

From their expressive eyes to their perky, sphynx-like ears and chunky build, it’s easy to see why French bulldogs are one of the trendiest dog breeds at the moment.

They’re an honour to own, and this isn’t a reference to just their extortionate price tag. A pet Frenchie is guaranteed to get you stopped in the street and it’s your responsibility to let every passerby pet your adorable pup. You just need to accept it, it just comes with the breed.

From their delightful personalities to their (less delightful)… flatulence, here are the seven things all owners of Frenchies know to be true.

1. Everybody thinks you have a pug.

To the untrained eye, pugs and French bulldogs may appear to look similar to a pug, but no. Whereas pugs have floppy ears that sit downwards, the ears of a Frenchie are alert and point upwards.

Despite this, get ready to field statements from strangers about ‘how much they love pugs’. You can eye-roll them when they aren’t looking.

 

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2. They’re soooo sensitive.

Let’s just say they don’t take critical feedback very well. You need to be delicate when scolding and disciplining a Frenchie. Just don’t be surprised if you’re given the cold shoulder.

On the positive side, their empathy makes up for their… moodiness. It’s like they know when you’re feeling upset and they’ll come around and put their head on your lap.

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3. And you can say goodbye to your personal space.

They just really, really love you okay? Frenchies are a devoted and adoring breed and they just want to be with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Even when you’re in the shower. Or in the bathroom. Or just going from the couch to the kitchen for a sneaky Tim Tam. They’ll want to be there with you, preferably resting or lying on a body part.

Still, it’s worth it for the cuddles.

 

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4. They’re SO stubborn.

If you’ve ever tried to take a tired Frenchie for a walk, then you’ll know what we mean. These beautiful dogs are a lot of things: they’re smart, energetic, cuddly and inquisitive, but they’re not mellow.

Frenchies might not be big dogs but they make up for their compact size with a ‘big dog’ personality. After all, they run on their own schedule, so why wouldn’t you do so as well?

 

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5. They’re not cheap to own but worth every penny.

French bulldogs are not cheap. The average French Bulldog in Australia costs at least $3500 with that figure easily going up to $5000 and over.

Frenchie owners should also be prepared to invest in a very comprehensive level of pet insurance, just to cover the myriad of health issues the breed is susceptible to, like breathing issues, eye and heart diseases and spinal disorders.

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6. Their farts.

Due to their sensitive stomachs, French Bulldogs tend to be on the gassier side of the canine spectrum. They’re pickier than that friend who’s gluten and dairy intolerant and sometimes vegan on Wednesdays and you better feed your Frenchie friend accordingly. Either that or risk being fumigated out of your own home thanks to their pungent farts.

 

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7. They look really really cute in costume.

It’s something about their droopy face that looks especially perfect when paired with a novelty hat.

You could even go extra hard on theme with a striped shirt and beret. Your Frenchie may be less approving of the idea.

 

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