Updated: Sep 11
The French Bulldog has a short, smooth coat so maintenance is not a major undertaking. To keep your Frenchie’s coat clean and healthy, all you need to do is brush it once a week with a soft bristle brush or with a rubber grooming glove. Your French Bulldog should only need to be bathed occasionally as well – about once a month. Keep in mind that while French Bulldogs don’t shed excessively, they will blow their undercoat twice a year during the spring and fall, so you should be prepared to do a little extra grooming during that time to control shedding. Using a stripping comb and a grooming glove is the best way to remove shed hairs.
In addition to keeping your dog’s coat clean and tidy, another aspect of French Bulldog hygiene that you should not overlook is skin care. Like all bulldogs, the French Bulldog has wrinkled folds of skin, primarily on his face. Depending how deep your Frenchie’s wrinkles are, they have the potential to harbor infection-causing bacteria, so you will want to keep them clean.
Fortunately, cleaning your Frenchie’s skin folds is easy. Daily, you should take a warm, slightly damp washcloth and clean the wrinkles in your dog’s skin. Do not use any shampoo or soap when you do this because it could irritate your dog’s skin. You can also use mild baby wipes, or you may be able to find special dog skin care wipes at your local pet store. After you have thoroughly cleaned the wrinkles, take a dry towel, and remove any excess moisture.
Another aspect of French Bulldog hygiene that you may not know about is cleaning the tail pocket. Many bulldogs (though not all of them) have a pocket of skin under the tail. This pocket can collect dead skin or shed hair and, if it is not cleaned regularly, it can become infected. While you should clean your French Bulldog’s skin wrinkles daily, you only need to check the tail pocket once a month. The process for cleaning a bulldog’s tail pocket is similar to cleaning skin folds – use a damp washcloth or baby wipe to clean the area, then dry it thoroughly.
Caring for your French Bulldog’s skin and coat is very important, but there are a few other grooming tasks you should keep up with. You will want to trim your Frenchie’s nails once a week or as needed to keep them from becoming too long or too sharp. Check your dog’s ears for signs of infection once a week (signs of infection include discharge, dampness, and foul odor) and use a dog-safe ear cleaning solution as needed. You will also want to think about brushing your French Bulldog’s teeth to protect him against periodontal disease. You can purchase dog-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste at your local pet store, or you may be able to get them from the vet. Clean your dog’s teeth as often as he will let you.
Frenchie Hygiene Tip: Since Frenchie’s are emotional beings, approach all care with loving words and high praise for letting you take care of the various cleaning tasks.
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