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Old 02-02-2012, 10:55 AM
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Default French Bulldogs

I took Joey (mom's Cockatiel) to his new home last night and spent a good hour talking with his new owner and playing with her dogs. She had four rescue maltese mixes and had just acquired a new foster dog about two weeks ago - a two year old dark fawn/masked male french bulldog. He was just...gorgeous. As in, I normally don't drool over the looks of most Frenchie's I meet but he was just stunning. Great structure, great weight, great coat, great health. I inquired about him and she said he was from a breeder in Missouri who felt he was too big for her breeding program, so she surrendered him to the rescue to place into a pet home. He was raised in a kennel setting, so she's currently working with him on day to day manners - leash walking, house breaking, kennel training, socialization, etc. (Although considering her own dogs were total spazzes, I'm really hoping she doesn't just make things worse. )

From the little time I spent with him, I just adored him. He seemed to be very stable in temperament/easygoing (one of her Maltese kept snarking at him and he didn't retaliate in the slightest), playful, quiet, inquisitive, friendly, and responsive - just what I like. Although I probably shouldn't have, I told her when he is up for adoption to let me know as I am very interested. The timing probably won't work out, but I thought just in case...
In all reality, getting a smaller dog would work out so much better for me, although I'm being stubborn and won't admit it because I've always had big dogs. lol
She said I'd be the first person she contacts when he's ready to be placed up for adoption, which she wasn't expecting to take place until the summer.

So. On the off chance the timing does work out and he is the dog I think he is - what can you tell me about French Bulldogs? I know them as jolly little snorters that love everybody and go crazy for a game of tug where they hang off the rope in your hand off the ground. LOL

My main concern would be about having a brachy breed due to heat intolerance...could owners with brachy breeds chime in on that? I really want to be able to take my next dog everywhere with me if at all possible, and going for walks/hikes is something I really enjoy doing. Would that pose a problem with a brachy dog?
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