French bulldogs are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world for their affectionate and playful nature. They are also known for their unique physical characteristics, including their short snouts and compact bodies. As a pet owner, it is important to provide your furry friend with a comfortable and cozy place to rest.
When selecting a bed for this lovable companion, proper sizing is key for their comfort and health. The wrong size bed can be uncomfortable and even dangerous for your pup, so it’s important to get it right.
Factors to consider:
Size and weight:
On average, male French Bulldogs stand 11-13 inches tall and weigh 20-28 pounds. Females are slightly smaller at 9-11 inches tall and 16-24 pounds. As puppies, Frenchies weigh just 3-5 pounds.
When choosing a bed for your French Bulldog, you should first measure your pup from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail. For puppies, a small oval bed around 20 inches long and 15 inches wide provides ample room to stretch out. The bed should have soft padding to support developing joints. Once grown, adult French Bulldogs need a minimum bed size of 24 inches long and 18 inches wide.
The adorable French Bulldog, with its amusing bat-like ears and squished face, has a very distinct way of sleeping. Understanding their preferred sleeping positions and needs is key to choosing a bed that will keep these pets comfortable and healthy.
French Bulldogs sleep 10-14 hours per day, and tend to sleep in two main positions – curled up in a tight ball or with their legs splayed out in all directions. The first position conserves body heat while taking up minimal space. They will snuggle into a tight doughnut bed or bury themselves under blankets when sleeping this way. Their short snouts can make breathing difficult, so it’s important their head remains elevated. A pillow or bolster is ideal for keeping their airways open.
The second sprawled out sleep position allows French Bulldogs to fully stretch and relax their joints and muscles. Their short hind legs will stick out to the sides when sleeping on their backs. A wide, rectangular or oval-shaped bed provides enough surface area so their limbs don’t hang off the edges. Memory foam orthopedic beds are perfect for conforming to the elbows, knees, and hips in this splayed position.
Materials and durability:
French bulldogs are playful and energetic, so you need to choose a bed that can withstand their playful antics. Beds made from durable materials such as canvas or denim are ideal for French bulldogs.
French bulldogs have sensitive skin, so it is important to choose a bed that is made from soft and comfortable materials. Beds made from memory foam or orthopedic foam are ideal for French bulldogs as they provide the necessary support for their joints and muscles. As a brachycephalic breed, French Bulldogs require beds that keep their heads elevated to prevent airway obstruction. Orthopedic memory foam cradles their delicate joints while keeping the head, neck, and back aligned.
Avoid excessively plush beds that allow the face and airways to sink in. With the right foam density and shape, owners can ensure their Frenchies sleep soundly and safely.
As a low-energy breed, French Bulldogs only need one short walk per day. They mostly lounge and nap indoors. As a Frenchie owner, you have to keep in mind they’re on a higher tendency to suffer from hyperthermia and hypothermia. Therefore, you can’t use only one bed throughout the year. A perfect summer bed for your Frenchie should be filled with cooling gel or feature an outer layer made from an ice silk fabric.
On the other hand, low temperatures can be very tricky for your pet. French bulldogs should not be allowed to sleep in temperatures lower than 15C, so our recommendation is to choose dog beds made of plushy fabrics for the winter season. French Bulldogs love to snuggle up in low temperatures and feel safe and warm.
Proper bed size and support prevents joint pain that this breed is prone to. The most obvious health concern affected by your dog’s bed is arthritis, hip dysplasia, or other types of joint pain. Investing in a high-quality, orthopedic bed can help alleviate aches and stiffness that can affect your French Bulldogs quality-of-life. While dogs of any age can develop joint problems, this is especially true for older dogs. Orthopedic beds distribute weight away from pressure points for restful sleep.
Adjusting size by age ensures puppies have room to play and adults can stretch out. With the right bed dimensions and materials, French Bulldogs can snooze comfortably for years.
As we all know, French Bulldog are moderate shedders. However, finding their dead hair all over your bed is definitely not thrilling. Buying a bed for your French bulldog is the simplest solution to keep your bed sheets clean. Removable covers allow for regular washing to remove loose hair and prevent dust mite allergies.
A large number of products on the market today come with waterproof covers that can be taken off and put in the washing machine. A removable cover is a good feature to look for, especially if your pup has accidents, drools a lot, or just is overall messy. Those that are easy to clean and do not require them to be fully disassembled to get the cushions and fabric covers off are preferable.
This is especially important with puppies or with pets with skin or urine problems who may need their cover washed often. No matter how much you love your French Bulldog, just remember how much dirt their paws can carry.
Finding the perfect bed for your French Bulldog can be a challenge, but it’s important to get it right. By taking the time to measure your pup and consider the type and size of bed, you can ensure that your pup is comfortable and secure in their new bed.
Whether you choose a bolster bed, memory foam bed, or cave bed, make sure that it is the right size and made from high-quality materials. Your furry friend will thank you for it!