Frenchie Staffs are the paw-fect dogs for those looking for a devoted companion! A distinctive-looking cross between a French Bulldog and an American Staffordshire Terrier, these stocky lumps are one of the most loyal furry friends out there, and they’re great with kids to boot. However, there’s a bit of a trade-off to all this unconditional love — Frenchie Staffs are prone to separation anxiety and really don’t do well when left alone. If you work long hours, you might want to consider booking a Wag! dog sitter.
These pooches are intelligent, active, playful little guys who want nothing more than to be involved in your life. Read on to find out how to keep your Frenchie Staff’s brain busy, body moving, and to give them the love and affection they need.
Staffordshires are terriers, and Frenchie Staffs take after their vermin-hunting parent in one key respect — they’re notorious chasers and have a tendency to tear after smaller, scurrying critters. You might not think this is a bad trait if you’re trying to keep down rodents on your property, but without careful training, Frenchie Staffs might chase after anything, including next door’s cat, the mailman, and (heaven forbid) passing cars.
Chasing is a natural behavior for these doggos, and it may not be the best idea to try to train out this instinct entirely. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to teach your pup that running after people and animals is not okay — and they’re both plenty of fun for your pooch, too!
Frenchie Staffs weren’t just bred to take on the companion role of the adoring French Bulldogs. Their loyalty, combined with their Staffy parent’s courage, makes them pretty good watchdogs, too! These puppers are also known for their willingness to fight when they feel that they or those they love are threatened — which can certainly cause some trouble.
Not only do you want your buddy to avoid aggression, you’ll also want to train out the barking that can result when they try to alert you to danger. These two problems have the same solution — guard dog or watchdog training. Your pupper needs to learn what is and isn’t dangerous, so that they can alert you in case of an intruder, rather than a strange pooch at the dog park.
A massage can be a really relaxing experience for your dog, but it’s extra special for a Frenchie Staff. Massaging your pup yourself puts them right at the center of your attention (exactly where they want to be) and gives them a ton of hands-on physical affection. Make no bones about it, this is a great way to make your pooch feel loved!
Petting a happy doggo helps humans de-stress too — so much so that many colleges now have visiting puppy days to calm students down at exam time. To make it extra relaxing, you can light some scented candles and put on some soothing music. While you're at it, why not treat your pooch to an at-home spa day and trim their fur and nails?