HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WASH MY FRENCHIE?
Every dog owner knows that keeping your pup clean is a rare occurrence. One of the most commonly asked questions is “How often should I wash my Frenchie?”. This is a great question with a complicated answer as it depends on the dog’s breed, size, health, and level of activity.
If you have a French Bulldog, the answer becomes much more interesting. The French Bulldog is a crossbreed between Toy Bulldogs from England and Ratters from France.
French Bulldogs have a single short coat of hair because of this they get cold quickly. During summer, they are prone to heatstroke because it is hard for them to regulate their temperature efficiently. Also, they only have one layer coat breed, bathing them regularly can strip their skin of its natural oil which helps protect them.
So, it’s very important to have all the information you need to figure out how often you should bathe your Frenchie. You also need to know how to properly wash and keep your Frenchie clean in between baths. This blog will tell you everything you need to know.
AS A RULE OF THUMB
Most articles and owners will say that you should wash Frenchie every couple of months. However, this is not advice that I would take. You don’t want to bathe a Frenchie too often because you run the risk of stripping away the natural oils from their coat. These oils can act as a barrier and protect their immune system. I like to tell families that are getting a puppy from me to only bathe their Frenchies if they absolutely need it. If they have been rolling around in the dirt or if they smell. Anything more, I find, is unnecessary. Then again, every French Bulldog is different.
Frenchies should be bathed once every 1 to 2 months. Many French Bulldog owners say they wash them 5- 6 times a year, or as needed. Most owners find the as needed comes more often. You don’t want to bathe Frenchies too often, or you’ll risk stripping their coats off their natural oils. If your Frenchie loves rolling in the dirt, you may find that more frequent washing.
THINK ABOUT YOUR FRENCH BULLDOGS ACTIVITY LEVEL
Do you have a French Bulldog that loves to get dirty? Do they like to roll around in the mud? If you have to go beyond washing their paws, then you need to consider other options. Washing your French Bulldog with shampoos often can damage its coat and skin because of the chemicals found in shampoos.
As an alternative, you can use a dry cleaning foam with a wet towel to help get the dirt off their fur. Talk to your vet about suitable products for sensitive skin that is rich in herbs that provide essentials and healthy moister.