The Life Span of the French Bulldog

by Betty Lewis
    Maintaining a healthy weight is key to a French bulldog's good health.

    Maintaining a healthy weight is key to a French bulldog's good health.

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    One of the joys of owning a dog is knowing he's always happy to share your company. It's natural to sometimes look at your pup and wonder how many years you'll have together. If your pal is a French bulldog, take heart in knowing a healthy Frenchie has a life span of nine to 12 years.

    Achieving Longevity

    The French bulldog is one of the brachycephalic breeds of dogs, meaning his face is compressed. This cute "smushed in" appearance means your pup's breathing can be difficult at times, such as when he's excited, when it's hot and when he's played a little too vigorously. Because of his potential breathing challenges, it's best to take precautionary measures, such as leaving him indoors in air conditioning on hot days and ensuring that he doesn't overexert himself. Other potential health problems with French bulldogs include intervertebral disk disease, airway deformities such as tight nostrils and overlong soft palates, and skin and ear diseases. Providing regular veterinary checkups, feeding a healthy diet and being mindful of your canine buddy's limitations will help him reach his life potential.

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    About the Author

    Betty Lewis is a writer and editor specializing in pet care, animals, careers and emergency management. She previously ran an animal shelter, where she also served as a kennel attendant and dog trainer. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in journalism, an M.B.A. and a master's degree in professional studies.

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