Double Trouble? 6 Pros and Cons of Adding a Second French Bulldog

The Positives and Negatives of Getting a Second French Bulldog: A Balanced Perspective

Deciding whether to welcome a second French Bulldog into your family is not a decision to be taken lightly. While the idea of a new Frenchie might seem appealing, it’s essential to consider the positives and the challenges this addition might bring to your household. French Bulldogs are known for their affectionate nature and can make wonderful companions, but they also come with unique needs that should be weighed carefully.

On the positive side, having another Frenchie means doubling the love and fun at home. These dogs often enjoy the company of their kind, and a playmate could mean a happier, more active lifestyle for both pets. Yet, we must recognise that every French Bulldog is an individual with its own personality – some might thrive with a companion (and most do), while other Frenchies may prefer to be the sole recipient of your attention.

Moreover, the considerations of time, finances, and space cannot be understated, when considering expanding your French Bulldog family. The costs of insurance,  healthcare, food, and grooming multiply with a second dog as does training time and their need for attention doubles.
Consider everything that getting a second French Bulldog entails to make an informed decision that’s best for you.

Or you can let your heart rule your head and worry about all that later! 😍 😆

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What are the Pros of Getting Another Frenchie

When you consider expanding your Frenchie family, you focus on the tangible benefits that an additional companion dog can provide to both your current pet and your household. French bulldogs are known for their love and loyalty, and these characteristics become even more pronounced with another Frenchie in the home.

1. Increased Companionship for Your Frenchie

Frenchies thrive on companionship, and having two can mean double the love and attention for both. These loyal companions often dislike being alone; thus, a second Frenchie can provide that constant companion, reducing feelings of loneliness or anxiety in them. These social animals find comfort and joy in each other’s company, which can lead to a calmer and happier environment at home.

2. Enhanced Play and Social Interactions

Introducing a second French bulldog into the mix can significantly boost playtime fun. Frenchies are naturally playful, and having a playmate to interact with regularly can encourage more active and social behaviours. This is not only fun for you to watch and interact with but it is also important for their physical and mental health. Engaging in play helps your dogs keep fit and sharpens their social skills, which is crucial to their overall well-being.

3. The Joy of a Larger Frenchie Family

The decision to bring another Frenchie into your home isn’t just about your dogs; it’s also about the increased joy and emotional support they offer you. Owning two French bulldogs can amplify the fun and reduce stress levels for everyone involved. Your days may often be filled with more laughter and contentment, alongside the ‘double trouble’ that comes with these fun dogs.

Considering the Cons Before Making a Commitment

Before you decide to bring a second French bulldog into our home, you must consider the less appealing aspects of this decision. Your primary concerns should centre around the financial aspects, potential behavioural challenges, and the overall impact on our current lifestyle.

1. Understanding the Financial Implications of a Second French Bulldog

When considering a second French bulldog, it’s imperative to be aware of the financial commitment. Aside from the potential purchase costs of acquiring another Frenchie, there is the Veterinary care to consider, including routine vaccinations and health checks, which can become a substantial cost. Then there is the cost of French Bulldog insurance and, remember these premiums do rise each year! Add in the extra food costs, grooming etc. and it can be a significant extra monthly cost. 

Just by way of an indication of insurance – we only have the one Frenchie,and the premiums rose from £51 a month in the first year to now over £200 in the fourth year. Multiple Frenchies make that expensive costs to consider.

One thing to consider when you are looking to potentially get a second French Bulldog is to go for a rescue Frenchie via one of the many great charities, re-homing surrendered Frenchies. In the UK one of these great charities is For the Love of Our Frenchies aka Floof. More on this subject in next week’s blog post.

2. Addressing Potential Behavioral Challenges

Training a new French bulldog can demand a lot of patience and consistency. Issues like dominance, jealousy, and destructive behaviour may arise, especially if the existing pet perceives a threat to their established routine or attention levels. Also, there could be a potential increase in separation anxiety in one or both dogs when they form a strong bond and you have to leave them alone.

3. The Impact of Adding Another Frenchie to Your Lifestyle

Welcoming a second French Bulldog affects more than just your wallet; it shifts our daily responsibilities and routines. The time dedicated to exercise, affection, and attention to each pet can significantly increase. Additionally, consider the practicalities of managing more shedding around the home and the possibility that not all aspects of your lifestyle will be conducive to caring for two pets.

If you thought you had little space now with one Frenchie sleeping on your bed with you, imagine what two will be like! 😆😆

 

Lifelong Benefits of Owning Two French Bulldogs

While there are cons to consider, the benefits of owning two French bulldogs are notable. They provide each other with companionship, reducing feelings of loneliness and promoting a more active lifestyle, which is beneficial for their overall health. We shall also experience immense joy from their unique personalities and the strengthened bond that comes from raising two pets together. With a strong commitment from us, having two French bulldogs can be a deeply rewarding experience that enriches our lives for many years.