The breed was
developed by human engineering through "dwarfing". A
chrondrodysplastic breed, such as the French Bulldog, is
predisposed genetically to structural problems.
Controlling what the French bulldog puppy eats as it develops
during the gestation through 18 months and geriatric years is
critical to its development and maintenance of a sound,
TENDENCIES: Hip dysplasia, loose patellas (knees), flat
pasterns (ankles), and spinal problems are inherent in the breed
genetically because of the genetic dwarfism done to create this breed. Regardless of breeding practices and nutritional
management in an environment, these issues can become a problem for
French Bulldogs. By health screenings and selective breeding
practices, reputabler and conscientious breeders can lessen the incidences and severity of problems.
By management of the environment and nutrtion, I am
convinced that the Breeder and Owner can wage a successful battle
of prevention. I do my part by health screening all adults
in my breeding program and by management of nutrition prior to
breeding, during gestation, and nutritional management of pups
attending a seminar given in 2004 by Dr. Keller, DVM, director of
the Orthopedic Foundation of Animals, I heard Doctor Keller make
the remark that in spite of the tendency of the French Bulldog
breed to have bone and joint anamolies we, as breeders,
could lower the incidences by nutrition. I came home
from the seminar and immediately studied nutrition, the effects of
dwarfism and achondrodysplasia on humans and canines, and made
adjustments in our dogfood and supplements. This is a
capsulization of my belief:
LOWER THE PROTEIN. Fancibul French Bulldog puppies
are weaned onto Eukanuba small breed
puppy kibble which is approximately 32% protein.
At 14 weeks of age, I lower the protein by
switching to a 26-28% kibble. By
16-18 months, the growth plates are closing. We use a
protein kibble for adults at 26% or less.
Many vets believe that 22% protein is adequate.
SUPPLEMENTING. After researching dwarfism, I
concluded this breed may not efficiently
absorb minerals such as calcium,phosphorus, and
magnesium. We supplement with NuVet,
voted to be the Breeder's Choice for canine
supplements in the USA. This supplement is my
choice because it is made with oganic, high
quality ingredients, has minerals many
supplements do not contain, and the ratio/balance
has been thoroughly tested by NuVet
Laboratories for canines. Vitamin C is
necessary to aid absorption of these other nutrients.
Regardless of the supplement you choose, please give your French
Bulldog puppy a supplement
of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin C
until he is 16-18 months of age. Give him
playtime outdoors which aids absorption. This
breed needs exercise to be healthy. A lot of
internet info tends to "paint a picture" of an
climate unadaptable, rather fragile and lazy dog -
This is NOT a Fancibul nor accurate viewpoint of
a healthy French Bulldog.
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3. EATING HABITS: The Fancibul French
Bulldog puppy eats with gusto when it leaves Fancibul
Kennels. I insist on structure,
schedule, and control of the environment and training.
Considering the dog's stubborn nature and
insistence on "ruling the roost", I can only
encourage new owners to maintain these same
ingredients in their own environment. Since
it is their nature to assume the role of "Boss"
and typical to "pout" and exhibit tenacity to the
position, you will often find a French Bulldog
using food to control the others in his life.
a. Have a mealtime schedule
b. Measure the appropriate quantity of a high
c. Put French Bulldog with dish in its kennel or
a separate room and LEAVE him alone
d. Pick up the dish in 20-25 minutes. If
the dog eats some but not all, give the dish back at
bedtime or decrease
quantity slightly. (Some are "night eaters" and prefer
to be alone and
e. SHOW NO concern, grief, plead nor cajole
your French Bulldog to eat! He can read your
emotions like a book
entitled, "How to Get Attention and MY WAY".
4. IN BETWEEN YEARS. Using a high quality
kibble, we add a squirt of salmon oil on kibble of
adult dogs in our breeding program. The stud dogs
get 500 units of Vitamin E daily, and we
have give females in gestation an extra boost in B
5. GERIATRIC DOGS: In discussing nutrition and
geriatric management with a physiology professor
at OSU Vet Teaching Hospital, he remarked that dog
owners should begin geriatric
management earlier than is the tendenc among vets
and dog owners. His opinion is that
age 7-8 years is an appropriate time to adjust a diet
and perhaps consider supplements.
6. Although many dogfoods now contain a bone and joint
supplement, the Fancibul French
Bulldogs senior citizens are given additional support
from NuJoint, another supplement from
NuVet Labs which is a compound of glucosamine/chondroitin/vitamin
appropriate senior bull diet with your vet at around 7
years of age.