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Hi I just wanted to ask if a French Bulldog is a good pet & companion for our existing dog Zoe a miniature dachshund. Also we wanted to know if they jump fences as we have a post and wire fence that has been dog proofed but its up to my armpits (I'm 5'2). And are they easy to toilet train? And do people with allergies have trouble with them.
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Answered Thursday 12 February 2015
Hi Karen, thanks for the question. French Bulldogs are great little dogs however they do come with quite a few hereditary problems. This isn’t to say that a Frenchie wouldn’t be a great companion for Zoe, but we think it’s important to be informed about the health risks specific to the French Bulldog. Unfortunately we can’t really say if your French Bulldog will jump fences or be easy to toilet train however it is unlikely that she would be able to jump a fence that high!
Everyone is different, but the French Bulldogs we know aren’t escape artists so hopefully yours wouldn’t be either.
As with allergies, it depends on the person with the allergy. It might be worth visiting a French Bulldog breeder and seeing how that person reacts. We would also suggest considering adopting a dog – there are lots of little dogs out there who would love to have a forever home with people like you! Finally, just a note on introducing Zoe and your new family member. We usually recommend introducing two dogs on neutral territory such as in a friend’s backyard, or a park. Keep both dogs on a leash and be relaxed – they will pick up on how you are feeling! Don’t force any interaction, and once they are comfortable around one another you are ready to go home!
Good luck and enjoy your new aquisition,
Anthony and James.
Pet ExpertsDr Ant and Dr James
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