The French bulldog, or Frenchie, is one of the smaller bulldog-breeds, weighing 20 pounds (9 kg) on average. French bulldogs are adored for their funny bulging eyes, smashed faces and erect ears. Their name of course refers to their country of origin, where Frenchies were first bred in the 19th century as fighting dogs. Often compared to clowns because of their comical expressions and love of play, Frenchies are nevertheless fairly even-tempered and make great family dogs, having a rare but distinctive bark.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your French Bulldog?
Different authorities offer different estimates of the average lifespan of these dogs, with a range from 8 to 14 years. In addition to difficulty regulating their internal temperature, which makes them susceptible to heat and cold, Frenchies are known to suffer disproportionately from a number of health conditions:
- Breathing problems: these dogs’ short snouts can restrict airflow, and if the condition is severe enough surgery may be required to reconstruct the airway.
- Cherry eye: some dogs develop an inflammation of a gland associated with the eyelids, which can become distended and inflamed and considerable discomfort. The condition can usually be treated successfully with medication or, in more severe cases, surgery.
- Patellar luxation: the kneecap (patella) of some dogs may become dislodged, causing pain and restricted movement. In severe cases, surgery may be required to reposition the affected bone and connective tissue.
- Spinal problems: this breed suffers from congenital deformities of the vertebrae and /or spinal cord. In most cases the problem is detected at birth, but problems can manifest later in life, and may require surgery to treat.
There is no way to know whether your Frenchie will suffer from any of these illnesses, but the possibility is always there, and every dog will require special care as it gets older. The right pet health insurance plan can help keep you from the added burden of financial worries when your dog requires medical care.
For other types of dogs, check out our full list of dog breeds.