Should I Get A Second French Bulldog?

Should I Get A Second French Bulldog?

This is a common question that French bulldog owners ask. This is because at some point during your canine journey, you just get the urge to double the cuteness. French bulldogs are social animals and they will instinctively love being in a pack. 

Generally, French bulldogs will be happier when they have another Frenchie for a companion. They will keep each other company, exercise each other and a bonus is that they can be left alone together for longer periods of time. 

Frenchies are prone to separation anxiety and this can be a real issue if you have to constantly be away from home. This development may be recently new and hence your reason for wanting to get another Frenchie. There is no problem at all as Frenchies do exceptionally well with other Frenchies.

A Frenchie who is already suffering from symptoms of separation anxiety can be cajoled out of it by another Frenchie. However, in choosing to get another Frenchie dog breed, there are several things to consider. As well as doubling the cuteness, you would be doubling the costs of owning a Frenchie. You may also have to deal with jealousy or destructive behavior. Do you think this is something you can handle? Let us help you find out if two French Bulldogs are the right choice for you. 

Do French Bulldogs Do Better in Pairs? 

This is a resounding yes. Frenchies are companion dogs, and having another Frenchie to play and run around makes them happy. If you are contemplating having a Frenchie for your first pet, you should consider getting two Frenchies from the same litter rather than one. It may seem like a handful at first but if you can handle it, it is better to have two French bulldogs rather than one. Here are some reasons why French Bulldogs do better in pairs. 

  • Frenchies are social animals: As previously mentioned, French bulldogs are very social and outgoing. They appreciate the security and comfort that being part of a pair brings them. When they’re a pair, French bulldogs seem to be happier. This may be attributed to the fact that they have the company and mental stimulation they crave. 
  • Frenchies can act as role models: Having two Frenchies means that they can serve as role models to each other. French bulldogs like to copy each other. This could help reduce the stress of training and housebreaking a new puppy because they will most likely copy the obedient behavior of the existing Frenchie. Being role models may not be a great thing though if your first Frenchie isn’t properly trained or socialized. Issues could range from joint digging up of your garden to other severe destructive behaviors.  
  • Frenchies love to cuddle: Deciding to get a second Frenchie would mean getting a cuddle buddy for your Frenchie. All they need is a soft, warm dog bed; watch them melt your heart with cuteness as they snuggle into each other. This would help to keep both Frenchies warm and cozy.
  • Health Benefits: There are many health benefits to getting another French Bulldog. It is commonly said that when in pairs, French bulldogs live longer. It is difficult to argue with this statement. French bulldogs in pairs eliminate each other’s anxiety or loneliness; they make each other happy and living a stress free live is a sure way to extend that life. Frenchies also exercise each other, more sufficiently than you as an owner would (this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t walk them at all). This exercise routine would help to keep your Frenchies in shape and at an ideal body weight, rather than being obese, and healthy. Obesity is a trigger to many of the diseases Frenchies are prone to. 
  • Benefits to their owners: Owning a French bulldog can be beneficial to your health and your general well-being. French bulldogs help fill your day with laughter through their numerous antics. They help with emotional support and can help reduce stress levels. Owning two French bulldogs will double the benefits. 

Will Two Male French Bulldogs Get along? 

When you already have a male French bulldog, you may wonder if getting another male is a great idea. Your worries are not unfounded as most of the time males may exhibit dominance issues. However, not all male French bulldogs act this way. Two male French bulldogs can live together if you establish early on and continuously that you are the boss.

Whether you have an existing male Frenchie and you get another male or if you get the two males at the same time, the rules remain the same. You’re the pack leader, this will help to discourage any dominance issues that may threaten to occur. 

It is important to note that some females could also be this way. It is not common but it is not rare. Whichever your unique case may be, please ensure that you speak to your vet about your decision to get another Frenchie. This is so that any harmful behavioral tendencies may be corrected. A properly trained and well socialized dog should have no problem with either gender. 

How Do You Introduce A Second French Bulldog? 

It is always better to introduce a new French bulldog puppy rather than a grown one. And this introduction should be done when your existing puppy is 2 – 3 years old. At this point, they should be old enough to recognize change and young enough to embrace it. When introducing this new pup, there are some key things to note. 

  • Always choose a neutral meeting point: You could take your Frenchie along when you’re going to pick up the new Frenchie and let them meet beside the car, sniff each other out. Keep your existing Frenchie on a harness and leash but don’t pull on it except there is growling or snarling. If things are going great unleash your Frenchie and let the two familiarize with each other. 
  • Treat them equally: There’s always bound to be some form of jealously, don’t fan the flames by being partial in your affections. Give them love equally. Feed them at the same time and in different bowls, teach them to respect each other’s boundaries. Over time, your trainings will help them form an unbreakable sibling bond. 
  • Monitor them: In the early stages, both Frenchies will need some measure of supervision. Monitor them and take note of how they progress together. Most of the time, older French bulldogs have no problem with young puppies but sometimes, the young Frenchie might be annoying to the older one. Watch how they interact and discourage any form of aggression or unwanted behaviors. 

Other Things to Consider 

You should be aware that getting a new French bulldog has its own potential snags. French bulldogs are prone to some health issues that you should be intimately aware of. There are also the costs like getting another harness, vet fees, medical bills, food bills, toys vaccines and additional responsibilities. Like picking up poop, cleaning up after them, grooming. 

It can be a lot at once, take time to create a list. And make sure you’re ready for anything that may come up. Everybody in the family should be on board with the idea, this would help in the division of responsibilities. We are excited about the new addition to your family, there are many ways we can help you. 

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