The French Bulldog IS WHAT HE EATS




The breed was  developed by human engineering resulting in "dwarfing" or "miniaturizing".  .   A chrondrodysplastic breed, such as the French Bulldog, is predisposed genetically to structural problems.   To do selective breeding of the best, I xrayed spines of every puppy born in a 10 -year period. There were very few spines without hemiverterbraes of some category. Compared to my foundational dogs, I did find this selective and planned breeding process led to better spines overall but seldom found a puppy with a perfect spine.  

 While 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 chondrodysplasia on humans and canines, and made adjustments in our dogfood and supplements.  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 after weaning.    I believe an informed owner can contribute to the longevity and prevention of structural problems, the tendency for allergies and digestive issues reported to plague some French bulldogs by giving immune system support, enhancing typical nutrition, and adjusting their environment and management of their pet.

The following are measures I use:

 1.   FOCUS on strengthening the structure and immune system with a good supplement.   FANCIBULS get NUVET  vitamins   This supplement has human-grade calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and Vitamin C along with a variety of trace minerals.    NUVET was voted as the  Breeder's Choice for canine supplements in the USA.  This supplement is my choice because it is made with organic, high quality organic minerals , and the NuVet labs have thoroughly tested the ratio/balance of ingredients to perfect the product.  (Vitamin C is necessary to aid absorption).   For the geriatric FANCIBUL, the supplement NUJOINT is given to keep bone/joints lubricated, promote regeneration and restoration of cells damaged by erosion. 

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 2.  Quite by accident, I discovered that NORWEGIAN KELP not only boosted pigment on the muzzle and nose area, but there was less shedding.

 3.  Puppies are given prebiotic/probiotics on kibble to develop healthy digestive systems.  During their 18 mos., dogs are completing vaccine protocol, receiving wormer, perhaps have the need for a round of  antibiotics, must adapt to the stress of becoming well-behaved, domesticated canines, and experience a variety of climate conditions.  All of this can disrupt the "good" gut bacteria.


1.  Dogs need exercise, fresh air, and sunshine even if they are of the "couch potato" variety.  The internet information about this breed tends to "paint a picture" of a climate-unadaptable, fragile, lazy dog that will pass out in the outdoors.  Some French bulldogs breathe better than others, but a responsible owner should monitor and manage their bulldog so there is plenty of exercise.   Diligence equals structuring yourself and your pet.

      Helpful tools:

     a.  Indoor/outdoor thermometer
      b.  Temperature checks. I pinned a chart to guide caretakers in my absence. 
      c.  Observe the dog's degree of panting, if tongue is getting a bluish color, salivation.
      d.  Teaching children to allow the dog to plop down for a break after playful romping.

3.  EATING HABITS:  The Fancibul French Bulldog puppy eats with gusto when it leaves Fancibul
      Kennels.  If owners allow grazing and erratic feeding times, the dog uses his alert and intelligent "Professor in the cloak of a clown" nature  to create problems.  This leads to finicky behavior, pouting, tossing food dishes around, fussing with other dogs in the environement.  Owners in turn cajole the dog, cook his favorite dishes, buy him hamburgers at McD's, stuff food down his throat (oh , yes, some resort to stuffing out of anxiety). These are counterproductive to his mental and physical wholeness.

      My method: 

     a.  Have a mealtime schedule.  Adult dogs are okay with one meal a day or split his quantity into two smaller meals;
     b.  Measure the appropriate quantity of a good  quality dogfood to keep appropiate weight. Your vet can help with this. Puppies actually consume a greater quantity than adult dogs;
     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 hidden;
     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 make life "MY WAY".

4. IN BETWEEN YEARS.  Using a high quality kibble, a squirt of  salmon oil on kibble is another antioxidant and is particularly helpful on a dog with a dry coat.  Stud dogs benefit by supplements with "green mussel".   During gestation, the females receive folic acid, vitamin C and B multi- vitamin regimen which is thought to lessen or prevent neural defects of puppies born.
5.  GERIATRIC DOGS:  In discussing nutrition and geriatric management with a physiology professor  of  Oklahoma State  Vet Teaching Hospital, I learned that canine owners tend to ignore the aging process if the dog is free of symptoms or postpone addressing the geriatric years.  In his opinion, at 7-8 years of age, a veterinarian should guide owner into geriatric care.  Many vets do a blood pathology workup to individualize nutrition, supplements, and medicines.  Some veterinarians now do xray screenings along with a blood chemistry workup to identify any possible malignancy situation that is hidden. Geriatrics need an annual visit to their vet.

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