When most people picture a Labrador, they think of a solidly built bulldozer of a dog. But when you combine a Lab with a little French bulldog, you got a medium-sized powerhouse of a pup that's the perfect match for any loving family.
Frenchie Labs, as these sweet dogs are called, tend to grow to a height of 16 to 18 inches and can weigh anywhere between 35 to 50 pounds on average. They also have a longer average lifespan than many other dogs.
Because their natural tendencies are playful and sweet, they do better in homes where there is a lot of love and patience. They don't respond well to being yelled at and can become reclusive and sad.
Owners of these special breeds have to take the time to get to know their specific needs. You have now combined a small dog with a tendency towards laziness with a large dog that loves to play and needs a lot of exercise. That means you need to find just the right activities to appease their Lab side while still taking into consideration the health concerns of the French bulldog.
Both Labs and Frenchies are very social dogs, so they generally prefer spending time playing with other pups, too. As long as the play is moderated to take into the health concerns of the French bulldog side, and the other pup is of a similar temperament, pup play dates are the perfect activity for your Frenchie Labrador.
Swimming may be a no-no for these belly-heavy dogs if yours leans more toward the Frenchie side of their genetics, and if your pup is like most of these mixes, they have a short nose and difficulty breathing on occasion. Avoid play dates outside in the hot weather and stop immediately if it looks like Fido is showing signs of heat exhaustion from too much play.
Pawfect for your social pup, obedience classes blend "playing" with others with teaching Fido the basics of behaving so you don't ever have to yell at your sensitive dog. Labs and Frenchies already have the innate will to please. It's up to you to teach them the commands that will help them to do this without confusion.
Most obedience classes require that your pup have their vaccinations prior to enrolling. You will also need to call ahead to see what supplies are required, but for the most part, they will consist of a collar or harness, a non-retractable leash, and treats.
Don't expect the obedience class to be just for Fido, though! During this time, you will also learn how to get and keep control at home. The more you practice outside of the school setting, the quicker your pup will get to the head of the class and graduate!
The benefits of yoga are extensive. It's great for your mind, body, and soul. So why wouldn't it be good for Fido, as well? The answer is — it is! And there's a whole term for yoga for dogs — Doga.
Doga is a great way for owners to bond with their pups and pups to get some physical health benefits, relaxation, and entertainment at the same time (imagine what they are thinking as their "hoomans" do the downward dog pose!). Doga is good for dogs who have health conditions to be aware of, like the Frenchie Labrador. It lets them stretch and work their muscles without overheating or getting injured, as long as you are practicing it safely.