SHOULD YOU GET A SECOND FRENCHIE??

Falling in love with your first French Bulldog can often lead to well… another one. These little members of the family can be equal parts hilarious and adorable – having two could only be twice as nice and double the joy. Right?

Not so fast. There are a few things to consider. While not necessary, you can expect a better outcome for your incoming puppy if your current Frenchie has entered adolescence/adulthood. This means the elder Frenchie should already have experienced basic training. Otherwise, that “double the joy” could end up being more like “double the trouble.”

Remember that YOU are their pack leader. When a pack leader is not home, your dog can develop separation anxiety and build up a lot of pent-up energy. Being at home with nothing to do can lead to undesirable behavior even with dogs with fairly low energy levels like Frenchies. It’s why we hire dog walkers and dog sitters. It’s understandable, we all have our busy lives and we all wish we could spend more time with our dogs, but the reality is our dog needs a pack. So if you’re ready for the added benefits, let’s talk about them and the added responsibilities!

Time matters. The good thing is, you’ve done this before. Ask yourself if you have the time and patience to dedicate to your new dog just like you did your first dog? As dog owners know, it takes commitment and repetition for a responsible dog owner to fully get your dog out of puppyhood. Of course, as we mentioned, having another dog to be there as a guide can help accelerate your puppy’s intellectual growth

Lifestyle. Assess your current lifestyle and living arrangement. Does owning a second Frenchie fit into the mix? Will you be able to handle the added responsibility of taking care of two Frenchies? If you’re finding yourself already having difficulty owning one Frenchie, then maybe having a second won’t be right for you. You’ll need plenty of time set aside for training and transitioning your new dog into your home.

Financial practicality. Remember the adjustment period you had when you brought home your first dog? Now triple it. Of course, it doesn’t take three times as much to raise two dogs, but if it’s beyond your financial comfort zone to own three dogs, then consider waiting just a little bit longer. There are known costs like food, veterinarian visits, and toys, but you must always be ready for unknown expenses.

A good match. Let’s talk about your Frenchie’s personality. Does your Frenchie get along with other dogs? How about their energy level. It’s recommended that your second dog be as close to a  compliment, to your first dog, as possible. Experts recommend getting the opposite sex so they’ll be less inclined to quarrel. However, this won’t matter if your dogs are properly trained. If you’re unsure about how your Frenchie is with other dogs, consider taking them to arranged dog meet-ups. doggy daycare, or better yet consider dog-sitting another Frenchie in your home for a few days – or longer.  You’ll get a better idea of how your Frenchie will be when another one comes home and it’s also a good way to socialize with other dog owners.

In the end, a second Frenchie will be as time-consuming as your first puppy, but with a little time, patience, and commitment, two Frenchies are twice as rewarding.

Peter Kramm

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