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Are French Bulldogs Hyper? All You Need to Know

Not long ago, we received an intriguing question  that may resonate with other Frenchie lovers and potential owners: “Are French Bulldogs hyper?” We decided to answer that question in this article, and offer practical advice for those who have a hyperactive pup in their home. Whether you’re a seasoned Frenchie parent or considering adding one to your family, this article will provide insights into the true nature of French Bulldog energy levels.

What is Hyperactivity?

When it comes to our furry friends, the term “hyperactivity” is often thrown around, but what does it really mean? In the canine world, hyperactivity refers to an excessive level of physical and sometimes psychological activity. This can be more than just a high energy level; it’s a state where the dog’s natural energy exceeds what’s considered normal or manageable for their age and breed.

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Andreas, French Bulldog puppy at TomKings Puppies

Here are some symptoms to watch out for:

  • Constant Motion: Even when there’s no stimulus to respond to, the dog seems unable to relax or sit still, they are constantly moving or jumping.
  • Impulsiveness: Acting without thinking, such as dashing out the door or jumping on people.
  • Short Attention Span: Difficulty focusing on tasks, training, or commands.
  • Excessive Barking: More than just communicating, this can be non-stop and without a clear reason.
  • Destructive Behavior: Chewing, digging, or other actions that go beyond normal play or exploration.

Distinguishing hyperactivity from other behavior problems is essential for proper management. While hyperactivity is characterized by a constant overflow of energy, other problems like anxiety or aggression may have different roots and manifestations. Anxious dogs, for example, might show some similar behaviors such as restlessness or destructive chewing, but these are typically driven by fear or nervousness rather than an excess of energy.

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Possible Causes of Hyperactivity

Several factors can contribute to hyperactivity, including the breed of the dog, lack of exercise, diet and environment. Some breeds such as Golden Retrievers and Jack Russel Terriers are predisposed to higher energy levels, while French Bulldogs are generally not among those. A lack of physical and mental stimulation can lead to pent-up energy manifesting as hyperactivity. Diet might also play a significant role: just like with humans, the food that your dog consumes will affect their behavior and energy levels. So, providing a healthy, balanced diet is key. Lastly, an environment that’s too stimulating can push a dog towards hyperactive tendencies.

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Hyperactivity and French Bulldogs

While French Bulldogs are widely celebrated for their affectionate, laid-back nature, they often embody a vibrant energy, especially during their puppy years. One notable example is well-known to all Frenchie parents: the zoomies. These hilarious episodes are actually a sudden release of energy where a puppy runs wildly in circles or back and forth. Zoomies are a normal and healthy way for Frenchies to burn off excess energy and should not be confused with hyperactivity. Instead, these frenetic bursts are short-lived and often end as quickly as they begin. 

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Ulises, French Bulldog puppy at TomKings Puppies

Unlike breeds that are a bundle of endless energy and require lots of physical exercise to be content, Frenchies typically showcase a moderate energy level. They are normally happy with several short walks a day along with some engaging play sessions, making them perfect for indoor living. However, it’s important to mention that there can be exceptions within any breed. While hyperactivity is not characteristic of French Bulldogs as a whole, individual Frenchies might display signs of hyperactivity as part of their innate temperament.

As a Frenchie parent, it’s key that you get to know their unique personality and energy levels to ensure they are happy and healthy. Once you know your pup’s specific needs, you can provide them with the right amount of physical activity and mental stimulation that makes them content. In cases where a Frenchie still shows signs of hyperactivity, there are some steps that you can take, which we’ll detail next.

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Tips for Managing Hyperactive French Bulldogs

Managing a hyperactive Frenchie requires patience, understanding, and a bit of creativity. These dogs may have more energy than is typical for the breed, but with the right strategies, they can lead a balanced and happy life. Here are some practical tips and activities to help manage a hyperactive Frenchie

1. Structured Playtime

French Bulldogs thrive on interaction and play. Incorporate structured play sessions into their daily routine to help them burn off excess energy. Games like tug-of-war, fetch with soft toys, or hide-and-seek can be both mentally stimulating and physically exhausting for your pet.

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Kurt, French Bulldog puppy at TomKings Puppies

2. Mental Stimulation and Training

Mental exercise is just as important as physical activity. Puzzle toys, treat-dispensing toys, interactive games and training sessions that teach new tricks can keep their mind engaged and reduce hyperactivity. Spending 10-15 minutes a day in training or cognitive games can drastically reduce unwanted energy bursts. We strongly recommend enrolling in a dog school for structured learning and socialization with other dogs.

3. Regular Exercise

While Frenchies are not known for needing extensive physical exercise, incorporating longer walks and more interactive play into their routine can make a world of difference. Aim for engaging, brisk walks two to three times a day to help your Frenchie manage their energy levels efficiently.

4. Socialization

Socializing your French Bulldog with other dogs and people can also help manage hyperactivity. Interaction with others provides social and mental stimulation, so regular visits to dog parks or arranging playdates can significantly benefit your Frenchie, allowing them to socialize and burn off excess energy.

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Paddy and Andy, French Bulldog puppies at TomKings Puppies

5. Consistent Routine

A consistent daily routine can help manage a hyperactive French Bulldog’s behavior. Regular times for meals, walks, play, and rest can provide a sense of security and predictability, reducing anxiety and hyperactivity.

6. Chew Toys

Offering natural, indestructible chew toys from pet stores can provide a focused activity that satisfies your Frenchie’s chewing instincts and keeps them occupied.

7. Professional Guidance

If your French Bulldog’s hyperactivity seems unmanageable, consult with a veterinarian or a professional dog trainer. They can offer personalized advice and strategies tailored to your dog’s specific needs. 

Frenchies are energetic, but not hyper. At least, in general

French Bulldogs are known for their playful yet calm demeanor, making them ideal companions for a variety of lifestyles. While they do exhibit bursts of energy, especially as puppies, these moments are often short-lived and manageable. True hyperactivity in French Bulldogs is rare and may require specific management strategies, including structured playtime, mental stimulation, regular exercise, socialization, and a consistent daily routine. Understanding and managing your Frenchie’s individual needs can ensure they lead a happy, balanced life.

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If you’d like to learn more about Frenchies, join our Facebook group called TomKings Frenchie Family to read our Frenchie parents’ experiences.

The article is based on the expert knowledge of the TomKings Puppies team who have been breeding French Bulldogs for 10 years on their farm. All the pictures in the post belong to them and their customers, and show puppies from their breed. Check their available French Bulldog puppies, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.


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