I’ve had a ton of questions about Bardot and what kind of dog she is and if she is a good apartment dog. So here you go:
I adopted her from the French Bulldog Rescue Network and they were amazing to work with. It is a very competitive adoption agency and they put a lot of effort into making sure the dogs go into good homes with people who will take good care of them. The best thing to do is go through and read about all the dogs you are willing to drive to (they don’t fly them) and find a fit for you. If they say no kids and you have them, you won’t get picked for that dog. Bardot is a Frenchie, but she may have some Boston in her because her face isn’t as droopy and her eyes are higher. Here is a side by side difference:
They are actually very similar dogs. The main difference is the Frenchie is shaped more like a tank (short and broad with stubby legs) while the Boston is taller with a leaner chest. Bardot is like a little bowling ball, short and heavy. The Boston has more pointed ears while the french has broad “bat like” ears. Which means, don’t be telling all your gossip around them because they will hear it all. Bulldogs also tend to have lower-set droopier eyes and neck.
In terms of how they behave as a pet, they are both companion animals who are great for apartment dwellers or people in cities. Frenchies love to be with their people and get very lonely and needy when you are away. Frenchies require almost no exercise as they prefer to spend their time sleeping. Bardot plays for about 3 minutes then naps. Boston’s are slightly more active, but still do not require much exercise. You should probably know what kind of person you are terms of the time you are willing to spend exercising and playing with a pet. I’m too lazy for a wild woman like this lady, so a lazy dog is perfect for me. I just want to sleep and she just wants to sleep. Make sure if you get a dog that requires a lot of work that you are willing to do that, otherwise it’s really unfair to them and they’ll probably chew your house up out of boredom.
Neither breed barks frequently. Bardot just barks if someone is at the door or if a person with a dog walks by. Otherwise, she is very quiet. Frenchies are very loyal dogs and perfect if you want a companion who is stuck to you like velcro. She’s very sweet and snuggly and wants to be right next to me all the time. She dosen’t get easily stressed and shad adapted more quickly to our move than my roommate’s Schnauzer who is still darting around fretting about everything.
She doesn’t shed much. I brush her once a week and I used to wash her once or twice a month. One of the downsides to Frenchies is that they have hellacious allergies (well if you live in South Texas they do, they don’t have that problem in other places). Now I wash her one to two times a week in Allermyl shampoo and I give her half a 10mg dose of Zyrtec each day. When it cools down she won’t have to deal with this. I do wipe her face and eye folds each day because her eyes water a lot right now because of allergies. Otherwise, I only wipe her eyes once a week or so. Her hair is soft, but not like golden retriever soft. It’s course, but not overly so. It’s also short and close the the body, you can’t really run your fingers through it.
Frenchies are stubborn and matriarchal. She won’t play if she doesn’t want to, she won’t walk if she doesn’t feel like it, and she has no problem just staing me down. I often have to pick her up to get her places because I will pull on her leash or tell her something and she just looks away. RUDE.
She will bow-up on another lady dog if they don’t accept her as queen. My friend Jenifer’s dog Emma and Bardot hate each other. Of course, Emma is from the streets and will cut a bitch.
They can’t even make eye contact or it’s over. Otherwise, she gets along fine with most other dogs, but I can’t bring out toys or food because she gets overly territorial. They are good dogs for a single dog household or a house where everyone just bows down and does as told.
Frenchies also have major major gas. Because they can’t breathe throw their nose very well, they get a lot of air in their stomachs which causes gas. They also sound like little fat dragons. They breath hard, gurgle, and snore. At least you can’t lose them! Frenchies also can’t stand heat or direct sunlight. I would not recommend having one for an outdoor dog if you live in a warm climate. Bardot gets so hot after about 10 minutes she has to lay down and pant and starts shaking. Not good. Anyway, I know both of these breeds come highly recommended for apartment dogs or people who want a companion dog.
And regarding the attack. I have no idea what kind of dog it was. It was large like a rottweiller, but was brown with kind of mustard stripes. Just a real big dog. And Bardot runs to “greet” other dogs because she is pretty blind and likes to see them. When I saw her she was crouched down cowering and by the time I ran to her (about 30 feet) the other dog was slinging her. The man was trying to get his dog off, but this dog was massive and he was on the ground pulling, but dogs are fast and his was big. French bulldogs will fight and are aggressive if they are threatened. But she craps her pants (literally) when big dogs are around. She likes to boss the little bitches around. Either way, my dog wasn’t on a leash (sneaky little bitch) and if someone’s dog ran up to mine and it started a fight I would be pissed to.