Bulldogs are a famous pet for dog lovers and there are varieties of French and American bulldogs, which are pretty similar in looks but do not match so much when it comes to characteristics. These breeds of dogs are famous for their squishy and blunt faces which makes them look cuter.
The Bulldogs and other dogs which have short or no snout make it difficult to breathe due to the scanty passage in the nasal area. They often snore while sleeping due to the less air that they can inhale at the time of breathing.
There are various respiratory issues that take place when the French bulldog is suffering from brachycephaly. These respiratory problems often take place when the dog is young and that is why they are unable to swim
- 1 Can any French bulldog swim?
- 2 Why do the French bulldogs find it difficult to float?
- 3 Does the French bulldog hate water?
- 4 How can you encourage the bulldog to be in the water?
- 5 How do the short snouts make it difficult for them to swim?
- 6 Physical features and their effect
Can any French bulldog swim?
There are few videos that show bulldogs are swimming but that does not mean that the bulldogs are generally good swimmers. There are exceptions and that should not mean that you will allow your French bulldog to be in the pool for swimming.
Even if you are interested in letting the dog be in the pool make sure that there is enough protection to keep the dog safe in the pool or any water body.
The dog may also get exhausted and it can become lethal for the dog to stay in the water. Do not attempt any experimentation on your dog as that can be life-threatening for it.
Why do the French bulldogs find it difficult to float?
As we have discussed the physical characteristics of this breed of dog, they are not being able to float because of their short legs and wide and heavy body. Their body is shorter in length but it is wide. Also, they have a big head on their shoulders which makes them even heavier.
The body proportion of the French bulldogs is not perfect to be a swimmer, so floating on the water is a troublesome task for them.
Does the French bulldog hate water?
Dogs do not hate water usually. So if you have adopted a French bulldog, then you can check its interest level in water by offering it a baby pool in the backyard. It may find it entertaining, especially at the time of summer days.
The water level of the pool should not be higher than its shoulder, so it does not get choked when it enters the pool. Make arrangements so the dog gets encouraged to be in the water, if not be a pro-swimmer.
How can you encourage the bulldog to be in the water?
If you are a good swimmer or a water baby who loves to spend warm days in the poolside or love to spend the vacation on seaside beaches, then you must take the pet French bulldog with you. The time you two spend together will double up the fun.
You should always go for shallow pools when you are taking your French bulldog with you. Even a sprinkler will do fine. But you have to confirm that your dog loves water. Do not force an unwilling French bulldog to the water as that will not be healthy for it.
A live vest is also an important investment for the learning session of swimming. Do not take the dog into the pool or any broader water body without putting the life vest on. Also, make the dog wear the life vest beforehand, or it will be tensed when you will suddenly make it wear the life vest just before going into the water.
Give it some treats when it wears the life vest and puts it on for a few minutes. The French bulldog is usually calm in nature, but it needs constant reassurance to become confident about new things like swimming.
How do the short snouts make it difficult for them to swim?
While swimming the head should not be tilted upward, rather it should be on the same level as the neck and that is the problem with the French bulldogs.
They cannot keep their heads at the water level as that will cause them choking and their breathing will be discontinued. Thus they need to keep the head up, but the body balance will be disturbed when the head is tilted, and that is how their attempt to swim will be failed.
Physical features and their effect
There are certain physiological features that often create problems for the creatures. Here, the cute-looking French bulldogs suffer from Brachycephaly which happens because they do not have the long snout-like many other dog breeds.
Their nose is stuck into their face which is roundish and chubby, so they have to keep their head up to breathe easily.
Also, the legs of the French bulldogs and some other dog breeds are shorter. These legs do not help them to swim as these legs are not much efficient to move fast and keep the body weight floating over the water.
Also, there are several respiratory problems found in the French bulldogs, which can create trouble if you keep the dog too long in the water. They can catch a cold and also they can be the victim of arthritis or rheumatism due to the lack of vitamin D and calcium. These problems can affect their health as well as their swimming ability at the same time.
The dogs that have wide torsos or bulkier builds find it difficult to swim. In the case of French bulldogs, the wideness of their shoulder and all-over body structure does not help in swimming. The short legs are not able to make the body float easily.
The dogs that do not know swimming can still love the fun activities in the water. You can give the French bulldog of yours some time to learn swimming if it is willing. It needs patience and consistency to make the dog pick up anything new, just like the kids.
So take your dog to the water when it is summer, as that will not cause them any infection related to coldness or breathing trouble.
Do not let it play in the water when the sun is high and scorching, rather keeping the pool at a shaded place will be a good idea. Make it drink water a lot so it does not get dehydrated or drink pool water when it becomes thirsty during swimming.