How Sociable Is Your French Bulldog?

When it comes to their ability to get along with other animals and humans, all dogs, and all dog breeds, are unique. Some dogs are more sociable than others, just as some people are more easily able to get along with other people. Some breeds are happy with only members of the family and remain distant with just about everyone else, while others will fuss just about everyone and everything. Some breeds will outright ignore other people and pets, while others will fuss just about everyone and everything.

Some canines have a preference for female humans but are hostile against males, and vice versa. Other canines are comfortable around adults but avoid the company of young children, and still others appear to have an aversion to anyone or anything save their owner. Dogs are just like people in that they have personalities all their own, just like people do. A significant portion of this phenomenon can be attributed to particular dog breeds, but some of it can also be attributed to the individual dog. On the other hand, the following dog breeds are known to have genetic predispositions that make them more likely to be dominant, territorial, or generally suspicious of people:

The French bulldog, American pit bull terrier, Belgian Shepherd, Chinese shar-pei, Doberman pincher, chow chow, German Shepherd, mastiff, Rhodesian ridgeback, Rottweiler and Tibetan mastiff.

However on saying this, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog will be aggressive towards people, as all dogs have their own personality. Only that they are genetically inclined to do so more than other breeds, this is due to the fact that they were originally bred to hunt, fight or guard. Your dog’s behaviour and attitude will stem from many things including:

Your dog’s parents

Puppies will usually inherit traits from their parents so if their parents were good natured and got on with other dogs and people then there is a good chance your puppy or dog will follow their parents.

This is why knowing the background history and seeing your puppy’s parents before you buy are very important, a reputable breeder should always show you the puppies parents or at the very least the puppies mother. If a breeder shy’s away from showing you first hand the puppy’s parents then this should be regarded as a warning sign that something is amiss.

Your puppy’s early environment

If your puppy had a very bad experience when very young this could have left an imprint on him, your puppy should not have been taken away from its mother before the age of seven weeks old. Puppies learn from their mother and siblings up to this age and puppies which have been separated from their mothers and siblings too early in life can develop a fear of other dogs or become aggressive with other dogs due to this.

How well you socialise with your puppy

From around 8 weeks to 6 months is the most important time of your puppy’s life in regards to socialising, and then your puppy will enter the “teenage” stage around 6 months and ends around the time your dog is 1 to 3 years old. Your dog will then be much like a human teenager and this can bring all the problems associated with a teenager such as their bad attitude.

During this time your dogs mood may change rapidly from one day to the next, one day he might be fine with other dogs and humans the next all surly and bad tempered. This can be a very stressful time not only for your dog but also for the owner and much patience and training will be needed during this stage.

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