Owning a dog is a big responsibility, and one of the things you have to consider before getting a dog is whether or not you can handle their daily needs–including exercise, food, grooming, and training.
That said, barking is the other side of dog ownership that you must prepare for, especially for people with small children or who live in an apartment.
Talking of barking dogs, you may have heard that French Bulldogs don’t bark, and you’re wondering if this is true, is it?
Do French bulldogs bark?
French bulldogs do bark, but not as much as other dog breeds.
This is because their skull is shaped differently than other dogs, resulting in a softer voice.
French Bulldogs typically only bark when they are excited or alerted to something; even then, it’s more of a ‘woof’ sound than an actual bark.
This article provides more information about the French Bulldog breed and its barking habits.
If you are considering getting a French Bulldog, read on to know whether it suits your lifestyle.
How much do French Bulldogs Bark?
This depends on the individual dog.
Like people, every dog is different; some dogs bark more than others.
However, on average, French Bulldogs don’t bark as much as other breeds.
This is because they were bred to be companion dogs who didn’t need much barking.
Frenchies are generally quiet dogs which makes them ideal for people who live in apartments or have small children.
However, Frenchies make funny noises such as snorting, talking, snoring, excited yelping, and grunting, which are quite comical to whoever is listening.
Most dog owners confuse Frenchie’s barking with yapping, but there is a big difference.
Yapping is when a dog barks in short, sharp, high-pitched bursts, usually for no reason other than excitement or wanting attention.
Frenchie’s rarely yap unless when playing or someone is at the door.
When Do French Bulldogs Bark?
There are several reasons why your French Bulldog may bark, including boredom, fear, anxiety, wanting attention, and hunger.
- Boredom: If your Frenchie is left alone for too long, they may start to bark out of boredom. It’s crucial to ensure your dog has enough toys and activities to keep them occupied while you’re away.
- Fear: Some Frenchies may bark when they are afraid of something. This could be noise outside, another animal, or even a person. If your dog is barking out of fear, calm it by socializing with your furry friend, other people, or fellow pets.
- Anxiety: French Bulldogs suffer from anxiety just like people. If your dog is barking out of stress, talk to your veterinarian and find ways to help them calm down.
- Attention: French Bulldogs are attention seekers and may bark if they feel they aren’t getting enough attention from their owners. Try giving your dog enough attention and love.
- Hunger: French Bulldogs may also bark when they are hungry. If your dog is barking for food, provide it with a healthy balanced meal.
Why does my Frenchie have a Weird Bark?
Unlike other breeds, French Bulldogs have a unique bark that is often described as a honk or a grunt.
This is normal and nothing to be concerned about, but if you’re ever worried, talk to your veterinarian.
For instance, if you notice gagging, retching, or coughing, this could signify something more serious such as respiratory problems.
My French Bulldog doesn’t Bark at All
Although Frenchies are quiet dogs, they should still bark on occasion.
If your dog never barks, it could be a sign of a health problem, and you should talk to your veterinarian.
Below are reasons why your Frenchie may not be barking at all:
- Deafness: French Bulldogs can be born deaf or may lose their hearing as they age. If your dog is deaf, get them checked by a veterinarian.
- Respiratory Problems: Infection of the larynx or trachea can cause your Frenchie to lose its voice. If you notice your dog is having trouble breathing, get them to a vet as soon as possible.
- Vocal Cord Dysfunction: This is when the vocal cords don’t work properly, and your Frenchie can’t make any noise.
- Sore Throat: A sore throat can also be why your Frenchie isn’t barking. This is often caused by Kennel Cough, which is a respiratory infection. If you think your dog has Kennel Cough, take them to the veterinarian.
- Past experiences: If your Frenchie was previously mistreated or neglected, they might be scared to bark out of fear; help your dog overcome its fears by socializing with other people and animals.
How can I Stop my French Bulldog from Barking?
This depends on the individual dog owner.
Some people don’t mind their Frenchie’s bark, while others find it annoying.
If you find your dog’s barking to be a problem, there are several things you can do to stop or reduce it.
You need to identify why your dog is barking.
Once you know the reason, start working on fixing the problem.
For instance, if your dog is barking out of boredom, provide it with more toys and activities.
If your dog is anxious, talk to your veterinarian about ways to help it calm down.
Below are some other tips to help stop your French Bulldog from barking.
Ignore the Dog
Most dogs bark for attention.
Giving your dog the attention it wants when barking only encourages the behavior.
However, if you ignore your dog when it’s barking, this will eventually stop because it won’t be getting a positive response.
Train your Dog to be Quiet
Use cues such as “quiet” or “speak” to train your dog to bark on command.
This teaches your dog when it’s appropriate to bark.
However, choose to train the cues when barking subsides; otherwise, this will only reinforce the barking.
The following steps can help you train your French Bulldog to be quiet:
- Start with your dog in a relaxed setting such as your home.
- Say your dog’s name followed by the cue such as “Fido, quiet.”
- Hopefully, your dog will stop barking and gaze at you.
- When your dog is quiet, immediately give it a treat and praise.
- Repeat this process until your dog responds consistently to the cue without barking.
- Practice this cue in different settings, such as when someone is at the door, or another animal is around.
- Start practicing saying “stop” or “quiet” a few meters away, then across the room, and from outside the door.
- Don’t forget to give your dog treats and praise when it responds correctly.
- Start asking for longer periods of quietness without treats.
- Now, phase out the treats and use praise, such as “thank you” or “good dog,” to let your dog know it’s doing a good job.
French Bulldogs don’t bark as much as other breeds, but this doesn’t mean they never bark.
Talk to your veterinarian if your Frenchie is barking too much or not at all.
French Bulldogs are unique dogs that have their way of communicating.
For instance, they may grunt instead of barking to let you know they want something.
Thus, it’s essential to learn how to read your dog’s body language so you can understand what it’s trying to tell you.
With proper training and socialization, your Frenchie will be a well-behaved dog that knows when it’s appropriate to bark.