We all know that the French bulldog’s roots go back to the Molossus family of dogs. Molossus dogs were famous for their muscular bodybuilt, fierce loyalty, and protective nature. They were kept by the Ancient Greeks who inhabited the region of Epirus. Therefore, French bulldogs should be recognizable for their muscular and stout bodies. Much of their physique will depend on their genetics. However, eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, and having proper exercise will also leave a great impact on muscle development.
One of the most important things to do after bringing a Frenchie puppy home is to feed it with well-balanced puppy food. As long as you provide your pooch with enough exercise, you don’t have to worry about obesity in your pet. French bulldogs should have stout bodies and visible muscle mass, especially on the front and hind legs.
High-protein ingredients are one of the key factors that will affect the French bulldog’s muscle building. However, you should be very careful by feeding your pet with a high-protein diet because over-feeding can lead to obesity. Unfortunately, French bulldogs are prone to gaining weight because of their brachycephalic skulls. They can’t sustain strenuous exercise and long walks, because they quickly get tired. Frenchie owners should always keep an eye on their dogs in extremely hot or cold weather. These pooches won’t be able to struggle with harsh weather conditions and spending plenty of time outside due to their inability to regulate body temperature. Even though they have flat skulls, they have the same amount of tissue in their throat just like other dogs with regular muzzles. So, this can cause a severe issue with breathing that often requires surgeries.
French bulldogs should avoid eating food rich in corn, soy, and other grains because they cause not only obesity but also allergies. Allergies in French bulldogs can occur sporadically in pooches with bad genetics. That’s why it’s extremely important to buy a Frenchie from a trusted and reputable breeder. You’ll know that you’ve chosen good food for your Frenchie if you observe the dog’s skin and stools. Frequent diarrhea in French bulldogs is often a sign there’s something wrong with the food your dog eats. If his skin looks elastic and healthy and your pooch doesn’t show itchy behavior, it’s the sign that you’ve picked a good food brand for your Frenchie.
If Frenchies could talk, we are pretty sure they’ll always choose to cuddle on the couch with their favorite human than exercise. However, even though French bulldogs are not sports types of dogs, they have to go on daily walks! If you live in a hot climate, we advise you to take your pet outside in the coolest parts of the day. Early morning and late evening strolls will mean a lot for your French bulldog’s muscle built and overall health. During the cold months, you should dress your dog in warm winter clothes in order to protect him/her from hypothermia.
Some of the best natural supplements for building the French bulldog’s muscle mass are eggs, chicken, beef, salmon, tuna, and turkey meat. Switching your Frenchie to the BARF diet can help dogs prone to allergies and sensitive digestive systems. BARF diet includes feeding your pet raw meat, fresh veggies, and fruits. Many studies have shown that dogs who eat a raw diet will have better skin, more muscles and will be less prone to arthritis in old age.
Even though you’re not planning to sign your Frenchie for a show, agility training is great for building muscles, flexibility, and confidence. Besides, it will wake up your pet’s intelligence and induce a calm temperament.