The French Bulldog is a pleasant companion who is playful, alert and affectionate. They are enthusiastic and lively, without being yappy and loud. Curious, sweet and absolutely hilarious, they have a very comical personality and love to clown around. They are bright, easygoing and much smarter than people think. French Bulldogs get along well with strangers and other animals and enjoy being with their owners. They play well with other dogs if socialized when young. French Bulldogs that are allowed to believe they are alpha dogs may become dog aggressive. They are considered a "bully breed", so they do need leadership and will not thrive without it. When they sense an owner is meek or passive, they may become very stubborn and/or assume an alpha dog role in the relationship. Training needs to be done in a calm, firm, consistent and patient manner. French Bulldogs are very treat motivated and respond well to positive reinforcement. Proper human to canine communication is essential. Do not give affection or “sweet talk” them if they are displaying any type of unwanted behaviors. They need to be corrected sternly with an air of calm authority. Do not allow this sweet little bully to develop “Small Dog Syndrome”. French Bulldogs are clean, and most will try to avoid getting dirty. Most cannot swim, so take caution around water and use a life jacket as needed. French Bulldogs need little to moderate exercise. Contrary to popular belief, they can enjoy many outdoor activities (weather permitting). We take ours hiking and kayaking in the cooler months.