Firstly we would like to say that this breed is a companion dog and as such requires company...please don't think for a moment that this is a dog that you can let wander around the backyard by itself all day. I would like to point out that most dogs prefer your company, but the Frenchie requires it. This is a dog that LOVES your company and even though it is quite happy to have a romp around the backyard he/she will still prefer to be with you whether it be at your feet, on your couch, chair, bed or in front of the heater... he needs your company. Even if it is just to stare at you!
If you are looking for a dog that assimilates well into apartment living
Doesn't shed much
Doesn't bark much
Has a wonderful sense of humour
Affectionate, loving and loyal
Then this is the breed for you.
Please take this on board when considering the breed and if it's right for you, also be aware the Frenchie is an extremely rough playing dog, they do not have the "Bull' in their name for no reason.
Another thing you must be aware of is that some of the dogs we may have up for Adoption might have behavioral problems, dietary issues or Special needs, please take that into consideration when applying.
We will endeavor to improve those issues if we can but some of them could still remain, so be honest with yourselves and us when applying, we will always take a dog back if it doesn’t work out.
Most people are not familiar with the term "Brachycephalic" but if you own a Pug, Boston Terrier, Boxer or likewise dog with a "pushed in face" you should know this word. The word comes from the Greek roots "Brachy" meaning short "cephalic" meaning head.Brachycephalic dogs have been bred so as to possess a normal lower jaw, that is, one in proportion to their body size, and a compressed upper jaw. In producing this cosmetic appearance, we have compromised these animals in many important ways and you, as an owner, must be familiar with the special needs of your pet.
THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
Brachycephalic breeds are characterized by "brachycephalic respiratory syndrome," which affects the different areas of the respiratory tract. Fortunately, most dogs do not suffer from all aspects of the syndrome but you should be aware of which your particular pet may have.STENOTIC NARES
This is a fancy name for narrowed nostrils. The brachycephalic dogs begins by having very small nasal openings for breathing. If this is severe, surgical correction is possible.
ELONGATED SOFT PALATE
It is difficult to fit the soft tissues of the canine mouth and throat into the brachycephalic's short face. As a result, the soft palate, which separates nasal passage from oral cavity, flaps loosely down into the throat creating snorting sounds. Virtually all brachycephalics suffer from this but actual respiratory distress is rare except in English Bulldogs. The English Bulldog tends to have more severe symptoms in almost all aspects of brachycephalic syndrome. Excess barking or panting may lead to swelling in the throat which can, in turn, lead to trouble. Again, the soft palate can be surgically trimmed.
The brachycephalic dog's windpipe may be dangerously narrowed in places. This condition creates tremendous anesthetic risk and should be ruled out by chest radiographs prior to any surgical procedures.
EVERTED LARYNGEAL SACCULES
The normal larynx has two small pockets called “ventricles” or “saccules.” When a dog has increased effort in breathing, over time these little pockets will actually turn inside out inside the throat. When this occurs, the protuberances need to be surgically snipped. In fact, this finding indicates that surgery for the stenotic nares and elongated soft palate is also warranted lest it progress to a full laryngeal collapse.
HEAT STRESSBecause of all these upper respiratory obstructions, the brachycephalic dog is an inefficient panter. A dog with a more conventional face and throat is able to pass air quickly over the tongue through panting. Saliva evaporates from the tongue as air is passed across and the blood circulating through the tongue is efficiently cooled and circulated back to the rest of the body.
BRACHYCEPHALIC DOGS ARE THE MOST
LIKELY CANDIDATES FOR HEAT STROKE.
Altogether, the upper airways of the brachycephalic dog compromises his or her ability to take in air. Under normal conditions the compromise is not great enough to cause a problem; however, an owner should take care not to let the dog become grossly overweight or get too hot in the summer months. Be aware of what degree of snorting and sputtering is usual for your individual pet plus, should your pet require general anesthesia or sedation, your vet may want to take extra precautions or take radiographs prior to assess the severity of the syndrome. Anesthetic risk is higher than usual in these breeds, though under most circumstances the necessary extra precautions are readily managed by most animal hospitals.
To be clear, brachycephalic syndrome can be progressive if it is not corrected at an early stage. Severely affected dogs can actually experience collapse of the larynx and require a permanent tracheostomy (a hole in the throat for breathing).
The normal dog has 42 teeth in its mouth. The brachycephalic dog also has 42 teeth but a lot less space to fit them in. This means that the teeth will be crowded and growing in at odd angles which, in turn, traps food debris and leads to periodontal disease at a far younger age than in non-brachycephalics. The earlier you begin using home care dental products, the longer you will be able to postpone full dentistry under general anesthesia.
Skin fold infections are common amid the facial folds of the brachycephalic breeds. Be sure to examine these areas periodically for redness.
Altogether, the brachycephalic breeds show plenty of personality and intelligence just as all dogs do but because of their special needs, they require some extra knowledge by their owners. If you have any questions about your brachycephalic dog, please do not hesitate to call us or your veterinarian if you have further questions.