Q&A

A few common questions we get asked so why not have them here. If any other questions arise do feel free to reach out at any time.

What's the lifespan of these beautiful pups?

A typical French Bulldog lifespan should be between 9 and 12 years.

At the top end of the scale, the longest surviving French Bulldog reported in the Kennel Club survey reached just over 14.5 years old.

This is fairly average for dogs overall, but on the low end for small breeds. For instance, the Chihuahua has an average life expectancy of 17 years, thanks to a low likelihood of genetic health concerns.

But many Frenchie's have far shorter lifespans. This review of over 2,200 French Bulldogs under veterinary care in 2013 reported 98 deaths, and the median age was just 3.6 years. I fully believe these numbers are due to bad genetics and breeding conditions of the general breeding community. We expect every one of our Frenchie's to live a long and healthy life :] 

How do we travel with our Frenchie?

If you love to travel with your Frenchie like we do than you will defiantly want to learn about the regulations.  Flying with any Frenchie can be a stressful experience. The thought of one of my Frenchie's alone in a cargo hold in a moving metal box makes me super anxious , especially with the stories that have surfaced about Frenchie's dying in these holds.

The good news is that because French Bulldogs are small, you’re able to travel with your Frenchie as one of your “carry on” items. For a fee of course. We use this Louis Vuitton Carrier  for all of our dogs. The quality and convenience is worth every penny. Again that's just us. Flying with your Frenchie can cost you an extra $100-250, depending on the airline, but it’s well worth the extra cash to give you peace of mine. Most airlines also have weight limits for Frenchie traveling in the cabin, usually 15-20 pounds, which means that flying with your Wilsons Frenchie shouldn’t be a problem. 

Finding Frenchie friendly lodgings.

If you’re planning to visit relatives, you may already know that your Frenchie will have a warm place to stay. However, if you’re bringing your Frenchie along for a fun vacation, you will have to do some extra research to find a Frenchie friendly hotel, rental home, or Airbnb. Check out BringFido.com to find an exhaustive list of Frenchie friendly accommodations near your destination.

In addition, keep in mind that some hotels may have restrictions on breed, size, or the number of animals that you can bring during your stay. When in doubt, give your potential lodging site a call to make sure your Frenchie will be a welcome guest.

Finding Frenchie friendly activities.

Lastly, if you’re traveling with your Frenchie, you’ll want to be sure that they are having as much fun as you are. Research the area to find Frenchie friendly activities and destinations near-by. Be sure that the Frenchie friendly activities are appropriate for your Frenchie. There may be a nearby park that you want to bring your Frenchie to, but if there are fireworks planned for that evening, you’ll want to be sure to avoid the park. Any activities that require being out in hot, humid weather are also not safe for your Frenchie. Instead, opt for activities that will allow your French Bull Frenchie to relax. Consider bringing your pup to a Frenchie friendly patio bar during the evening hours. This will be the perfect way for you and your pup to bond.

Of course, traveling with your Frenchie can be a great way to have some fun and strengthen your bond. After some careful planning to ensure your Frenchie is as safe and happy as possible your trip will surely be full of memories you will never forget.

Do Frenchie's like to swim?

Being French Bulldogs are a Brachycephalic category (meaning shortened snout) I personally only let my Frenchie's swim with a Ruffwear on and me there. Brachycephalic dogs will have a hard time staying afloat because they’ll need to tilt their head upwards while in water. Of course, this means they’ll be swimming in a near-vertical position.

The flatter and shorter the dog’s muzzle, the more the dog will need to tilt its heads. Thus making it even more difficult to breath and stay afloat simultaneously. While it’s manageable for some Brachycephalic dogs, The French Bulldog has a very flat face.

This is perhaps the biggest obstacle in getting your French Bulldog to safely swim. Some owners have reported that their Frenchie's immediately go vertical and sink.

Where are you located?

We are located in beautiful Battle Ground Washington. The weather is perfect here and we actually decided to move from Oregon to here because this property is perfect for our Frenchie's and children.

Can they eat kibble?

Yes, we get this question a lot. We CHOOSE to feed all our Frenchie's RAW diet. In our opinion it is the healthiest way to maintain them, and once they get a taste for real RAW its very hard to turn back! If you choose to use kibble that is fine! But we have some good suggestions of Brands that are still a good quality for your Frenchie. If you want to learn more about RAW and what RAW company we purchase from, please go to the "More Info" section at the top of the page to see the link and information. :]

Wilson's Frenchies Worldwide™

Battle Ground, Washington

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