The French Bulldog is a companion dog. Prized for their affectionate nature and balanced disposition, they are generally active and alert, but not unduly boisterous.
French Bulldogs don’t require a lot of grooming and generally do well in small living quarters. They are not noisy and most of them are very fond of people, though there are individual differences in how well they get along with other animals. These lovable dogs should never be allowed to run free, and should only be allowed outdoors in a fenced yard or on a leash. French Bulldogs must never be left unattended around water, as they are poor swimmers and can easily drown due to their front-heavy structure. French bulldogs do best in moderate temperatures.
Contrary to the stereotype of “stubbornness”, most Frenchies strive to please their owners and are therefore very trainable with the proper motivation. There are many French Bulldogs who compete very successfully in obedience, rally, agility, and a few have even done fieldwork (tracking, coursing, and herding). They can also be excellent working dogs in all kinds of Therapy Dog roles in volunteer settings such as schools, nursing homes, and hospitals.