When you adopt a French BullDog, it is important to know the specific growth stages and characteristics of this breed. It will help you to determine if the dog will fit well in your home and lifestyle. Knowing this will also help you to make decisions regarding veterinary care, diet, and other factors that affect their health and wellbeing.
Stage One: From Birth to 3 Weeks
The first few weeks of your puppy’s life is critical for their development. They’ll spend this time crawling and developing their sense organs, including eyes, nose, ears, paws (touch), and tongue (taste). This is a time when they’ll be trying to figure out the world around them.
It is important to socialize them with people and other animals during this period, as it will allow them to become familiar with the sounds, sights, smells, and tastes of different situations. It’s also an opportunity to develop their obedience training and other skills they will need in adulthood.
Stage Two: From 3 to 4 Weeks
During this period, your puppy will start to learn how to eat solid foods and begin learning how to use their paws to explore the world around them. It is also an important time to be sure your puppy is receiving plenty of exercise and playtime.
Stage Three: From 4 to 6 Months
Puppies will continue to grow and weight gain during this time. This is also an ideal time for them to socialize with their new family and other dogs. It’s also an excellent time to start housetraining, which will make their lives easier in the future.
Stage Four: From 6 to 9 Months
A puppy’s growth slows down a bit during this time, but they will still be growing at an average rate of about 2 pounds per month. At this point, they’ll be about the same height as their parents.
Stage Five: From 9 to 12 Months
A French BullDog will typically reach full size at 12 months of age. This is a good time to be sure they’re getting the proper nutrition, as overfeeding can cause obesity and other health problems for your pet.
Stage Six: From 12 to 18 Months
A dog should weigh between 20 and 28 pounds at this point in their life. This is an ideal weight range for this breed, which can help to prevent obesity and other chronic health problems in the long run.
Stage Seven: From 18 to 24 Months
A healthy adult French BullDog should weigh between 19 and 30 pounds at this point in their life. This can be difficult to estimate, but it is important to keep track of their weight at all times, as obesity can increase their risk for chronic health conditions and shorten their lifespan.
It’s best to take your pet to the vet at this stage to ensure their weight is in the right range and to get any health concerns addressed as quickly as possible. Obesity is especially problematic for brachycephalic (short muzzle) breeds like French Bulldogs, as it can worsen breathing issues and lead to other health problems.