Photos by Brian Johnson of Lucky Girl Photography.
I've always had big dogs but when our Boxer needed a pal - we opted for something smaller and a little more manageable.That's when we got Norman (the second photo). When our Boxer passed away and my heart was cracked in half - we got Frank (the top photo). With a duo of French Bulldogs in our midst - it sort of feels like we have enough experience with them to officially crown them: awesome.
French Bulldogs are sweet + fun. They are far from "little dogs". They are far from dainty. And they are far from subtle. Just to clarify - I'm speaking about OUR French Bulldogs and I'm not sure that ours follow the breed standard as closely as they should.
NOISE. They make a LOT OF NOISE, but they rarely bark. They snore. They snort. They grunt. And Norman tends to sing when he wants to be let in. If you don't like noise (particularily the really intense man-sized snoring) then these pups might not be for you. NOTE: Frank snores much, much less than Norman, but Norman is INTENSE. He is so loud we sometimes have to put him in the other room if we want to watch a movie. He's LOUD.
EXERCISE. Compared to our Boxer - these guys are pretty low mainteance on the exercise scale. They like short walks and a few minutes of off leash time. They like to wrestle in the back yard. They chase things like kids and butterflies and reflected lights. AND THEN THEY COLLAPSE INTO A PANTING HEAP. Too much exercise does OUR Frenchies in.
KIDS. Most of the breeders told us that these guys would not be great with kids. OURS ARE FANTASTIC WITH KIDS and that is good news because we have kids. This is where French Bulldogs have really impressed me. They are small enough to be kid-sized and non-threatening but heavy enough to be kid-TOUGH and inviting. Norman is especially great with the girls and puts up with a lot of man-handling. And by puts up with I mean basks in the attention. Frank is great, too but we keep our hawk eyes on that guy with the girls because he's still a bit of a puppy knob. NOTE: our Frenchies are svelte, but giant-sized. The breed should be 20-25 lbs. Norman weighs in at 36lbs and Frank is 33lbs.
OTHER DOGS. Good and pretty good. I can see where the term "bully" comes from. Frenchies are friendly and intense and blantantly in other dog's faces. And snorting. And huffing. And begging to play. And being generally annoying so they (OURS) are on the receiving end of many well-earned warning growls. NOTE: Frenchies (OURS) turn into drooling monsters when they are playing with other dogs. Drool.
INDOORS. They are thick, round, heavy, couch potatoes with funny smiles. They are unique personalities + sweet buggers. THEY LOVE BATHS. They are really nice, low-maintenance dogs that mesh well with our family. Easy to travel with. Easy to live with.
I like 'em. (In case you were wondering.)
Today: I'm struggling to finish my newest polar bear painting. Every time I get it just about done - I go and do something silly and set myself back a bit. I'd LOVE to get it done today. That would bring me a nice sense of peace so I am going to push my day towards that. Gentle intention. With coffee.