Everything You Need To Know About French Bulldog Tail

French Bulldog History Introduction

The origin of the French bulldog can be traced to England, where it was first breed as a mini version of the bulldog. This breed became so popular among the British lace makers, that when they migrated to France, they took these little bulldogs along with them. Its popularity soared in France and Europe. America discovered this gorgeous dog in 1896 and later came to be known as the ‘Frenchie’ that we call today.

Are French Bulldogs Tails Cut OFF?

The most striking feature of a French bulldog is its short tail that makes it all the more adorable. Most people often wonder if the bulldog’s short tail is cut off or docked. A French bulldog tail is naturally short; the tails are not cut off or docked. Frenchies are born with short and stumpy tails. This is because they have been bred with other short-tailed dogs like pugs and terriers, over the years. The shape can vary though; some tail can be short or some can be crooked. All Frenchies are born with different tail lengths; some tails can be a little longer than others. There are three different types of French bulldog tail. They are straight and low, twisted and low and thick root with a slimmer end.

Many people do not even know there could a history behind this short and adorable tail in Frenchies. If we look at history, Frenchies used to have longer tails years before as compared to the ones that we see around today. Due to selective breeding, these Frenchies got shorter tails over time. History reveals that French bulldogs were used for dog fights and bull baitings. To prevent these lovable Frenchies from getting tail injuries, they were bred to get shorter tails over time. Today, French bulldogs are no more used for fighting. But because of the selective breeding, these breed of Frenchies have embraced their short tails as their natural look.

What Attention You Should Pay

When you bring home these French bulldogs, dog owners need to be aware of the health problems these short tails can bring. Frenchies usually experience different health problems with their tails and tail pockets.

A tail pocket is a wrinkle below the tail and above the rectum. All Frenchies may not have tail pockets. Because of this wrinkle, the tail pocket cannot be cleaned easily like other parts of the skin. Dirt and bacteria can accumulate in between the wrinkle folds, causing severe infections. Only a veterinarian can treat these infections. Once it is infected, symptoms can include swelling, pus formation, severe itchy skin, and foul smell. Such infections can be very painful and life-threatening for your Frenchie. So, they should be treated immediately by a veterinarian with an antibiotic course. In severe cases of infection, surgery may be suggested. To avoid any infection, always keep the tail pocket clean and dry. Use mild baby wipes to clean the tail pockets and dry them with a soft and clean cloth. Tail pockets need to be cleaned regularly to keep it infection-free.

Small French bulldog in bed

Down Side Of Short Dog Tails

The French bulldog tail is also susceptible to sunburn and other genetic conditions. And if the tails are white, they are more prone to sunburn and other problems. Like other animals, these Frenchies love the outdoors and the sun and when they stay out too long under the sun, these short tails can get sun damage. To prevent sun damage, keep your French bulldogs indoors and avoid letting them out in the sun especially during the noon hours. You can use a mild kid’s sunscreen containing zinc oxide on your bulldog before going out in the sun. Or you can consult the veterinarian for any skin queries regarding your Frenchie tail skin.

No matter how gorgeous your bulldog may look with its short and cute tail, it is unfortunate that these lovable dogs with short tails can develop a genetic condition called Hemi-vertebrae. French bulldogs with screw tails are especially prone to this condition that affects the dog’s spine. Hemi-vertebrae cannot be prevented in the French bulldogs as it is a genetic condition. It can cause walking difficulties, limb paralysis, and urinary or fecal incontinence, especially in older dogs. 

‘Vertebrae’ literally means a twisted spine and this condition is caused when the spinal cord of the bulldog is compressed to create a short tail. This condition usually develops when the Frenchie is around 9 months old. This is the time when the spinal cord of the bulldog is forming its actual shape. If only one or two vertebrae show deformity in the dog with no major symptoms, then it can be classified as a mild case of hemi-vertebrae. In more severe cases, this condition can have a serious impact on the dog’s mobility.

How To Deal Vertebrae?

Only a veterinarian can treat this condition. This condition can be detected in French bulldogs by undergoing an X-ray and physical examination by a veterinarian. The vet could also perform a CT scan or an MRI to determine a hemi-vertebrae condition in the Frenchies. Painkillers may help in mild cases but when it gets very serious, surgery may be the only option for the Frenchie. It is recommended not to breed dogs who may be suffering from this condition.

Because of their short and adorable tail, French bulldogs are one of the most endearing dog breeds ever. Loved and adored by many, they make one of the best companions around the world.

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