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Why French Bulldogs Are the New Labs: Exploring the Rise of Frenchie Fever

two Frenchies sitting patiently

Move over, Labs—there’s a new top dog in town! French Bulldogs, with their irresistible charm and unmistakable bat-like ears, have taken the world by storm, emerging as the latest craze in the canine kingdom. But what exactly is it about these pint-sized pooches that have everyone going gaga? 

When I started working with animals in 2003, Labrador Retrievers were a common pet to have. I’ve noticed over the past decade or so, that French bulldogs have become really popular and I see a lot of them at the clinics where I work. What is going on?

Veterinarian holding a French bulldog
Dr. Gina and “Puddin”

 

 In this post, we’ll dive into the phenomenon of Frenchie fever and uncover why these lovable dogs are stealing hearts left and right.

 

The Rise of French Bulldogs – Why They Make Great Pets

In the past few years, French Bulldogs have skyrocketed in popularity, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after breeds worldwide. Their rise to fame is due to a combination of factors, including their adorable appearance and affectionate nature. Whether you reside in a spacious suburban home or a cozy city apartment, Frenchies are perfectly content as long as they’re by your side.

Their moderate exercise needs and laid-back demeanor make them ideal companions for individuals with busy lifestyles, while their gentle disposition makes them wonderful playmates for children and other pets.

 

Instagram and TikTok Sensations

It’s no secret that social media has played a major role in the Frenchie frenzy. These photogenic pups have amassed millions of followers on social media, where they showcase their endearing antics and quirky personalities to adoring fans around the globe.

​​Walter Geoffrey the French Bulldog is a popular social media personality known for his expressive and dramatic howls and vocalizations. Walter gained widespread attention through viral videos shared by his owner, and he has a significant following on platforms like Instagram and TikTok. His amusing and often dramatic behavior has endeared him to many fans around the world.

In the above video, TikTok user @waltergeoffrey laments about sitting in the backseat. 

From lounging in stylish outfits to striking a pose with their tongue out, French Bulldogs have mastered the art of capturing hearts with their irresistible charm.

 

Celebrity Endorsements

Another reason for the rise of Frenchie fever is the endorsement of celebrities and influencers. From Hollywood A-listers to social media influencers, French Bulldogs have become the ultimate status symbol, gracing the arms of fashion icons and appearing in paparazzi shots alongside their famous owners. 

Megan Thee Stallion holding a grey French bulldog
Rapper Megan The Stallion and her French Bulldog “4oe”

 

With their iconic looks and undeniable star power, Frenchies have solidified their status as the must-have accessory for the jet set crowd.

 

Health Concerns For French Bulldogs

While French Bulldogs captivate many with their charm, it’s crucial to address their health concerns:

Brachycephalic Syndrome: Due to their flat faces and shortened airways, Frenchies can suffer from breathing difficulties, which may lead to respiratory distress.

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD): This condition involves herniated discs in the spine, which can cause pain, nerve damage, and in severe cases, paralysis.

Skin Allergies: French Bulldogs are susceptible to various skin allergies, which may result in itching, redness, and secondary infections if left untreated.

Joint Problems: They can develop joint issues like hip dysplasia, which can cause discomfort and mobility issues.

Eye Problems: French Bulldogs are prone to eye conditions such as cherry eye, cataracts, and corneal ulcers.

Heat Sensitivity: Due to their brachycephalic features, Frenchies have difficulty regulating their body temperature and are susceptible to heatstroke in hot weather.

Fawn French Bulldog outside

Embracing the Frenchie Phenomenon

French Bulldogs have undeniably captured the hearts of dog lovers worldwide, earning their status as the new Labs in the realm of canine companionship. With their charm, social media savvy, and celebrity endorsements, Frenchies have become the ultimate canine trendsetters, commanding attention wherever they go.

However, it’s essential to approach Frenchie ownership with awareness and responsibility, acknowledging the breed’s unique health considerations while embracing the joy and companionship these lovable pups bring into our lives.

So, whether you’re already a proud Frenchie parent or considering joining the Frenchie frenzy, one thing’s for sure: these adorable buddies are here to stay!

Do you have a Frenchie! Show us your furbaby on your social media and tag us @pethealthlove!!

 

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Dr. Georgina Ushi is a veterinarian and freelance medical writer. She received her Doctorate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She currently works in the Tampa Bay area, providing compassionate care to dogs and cats. Alongside her clinical work, Dr. Ushi consults for pet well-being brands and writes health articles for her blog, Pet Health Love. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge to educate and inspire fellow pet owners. Dr. Ushi’s professional interests include emergency and critical care, wildlife medicine, nutrition, and hospice and palliative care.
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