Are French Bulldogs Good With Other Dogs
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Are French Bulldogs Good With Other Dogs? 5 Key Personality Traits

Last Updated/Info Checked on October 19, 2023 by Scott

I’ve been around French Bulldogs. They could be the nicest pets you could own, even if you’re a first-time owner.

However, being nice to a person and a dog are two completely different things. Luckily though, the French Bulldogs nailed both.

To answer it simply, are French bulldogs good with other dogs? Yes, they are. These are the things that make me say that:

  • They are affectionate towards their families. 
  • They aren’t driven by territory or prey. 
  • You could easily train them in their puppyhood as well as adulthood. 
  • As companion dogs, they tolerate a lot of things in a cooped-up environment. 
  • Anyone or anything that enters the house is a best friend for them. 

More breeds that are good with other dogs:

A list of dog breeds that are not compatible with other dogs includes:

  • Akita
  • American Bulldog
  • Border Terrier
  • Bulldog
  • Chihuahua
  • Chow Chow
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • German Shepherd
  • Mastiff
  • Pomeranian, etc.

5 Personality Traits That Make French Bulldogs Good With Other Dogs 

1. They Love Their Families Beyond Love 

Affectionate with family: 5/5 

Are French Bulldogs friendly with the household?

Anyone who lives with them is family – as long as it’s not the sofa.

They have something against those things if they are not trained well.

I’ve seen many clients cry about their “lovely” dogs ripping their new couch or armchair. 

The animals you introduce to your French Bulldog will instantly become its littermates.

However, I do recommend that you do that at the earliest – maybe up to 6 or 8 months of age. Doing that will rule out any behavioral misconduct in the future.

Let’s be honest being affectionate with an animal a dog depends not only on the breed but also on its own personality. 

I’ve had a fair share of rough days even with dog-friendly dogs such as the French Bulldog. They get hyper and do all sorts of things.

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2. Not So Prey Driven 

Prey Drive: ⅖ 

These dogs weren’t bred to hunt or fetch game in the first place. They were bred to be companions.

The prey drive ruins that purpose because the dogs get distracted by moving things.

I understand that your French Bulldog may pull on the leash but that’s for other reasons.

These dogs are as curious as cats if I put it in good words (or bad?).

When you take out the prey drive from a dog, it essentially becomes friendlier towards other species.

With prey drive comes territory aggressiveness. Bring down the former and the latter will come down on its own.

That’s because the dog doesn’t consider the animals potentially intruding into its territory. They think some playmate has come to play their favorite game. 

3. Highly Trainable 

Trainability: 5/5 

Are French Bulldogs good pets when it comes to training?

The dogs are highly trainable. They easily pick up your cues.

I wouldn’t be wrong to say that these dogs may be the easiest ones to train because they are suckers to please their owners. Frenchies also love exercise.

Again, I’ll attribute that to the purpose of their breeding. 

I’m also not wary of making mistakes during the training sessions.

These dogs could easily ignore a mistake or two and understand that nothing’s perfect.

If dogs were things, French Bulldogs would have been the most malleable metal present on the face of the earth.

This inadvertently makes them easy to like other dogs.

Even if the individual personality of your pooch doesn’t match what I’m saying, you could put in a few hours to train it to like your other pet.

It may just need a little push like a kid who has stopped his tantrums because you gave them a treat.

4. Highly Adaptable 

Adaptability: ⅘

Talk about French Bullies and their comfort level with living in an apartment. You’ll understand why I call them highly adaptable dogs. 

Yes, they are small but they sure know their bounds.

However, those bounds are pretty small. Everyone is invited, even the noise from revving cars or deafening construction work.

This alone adds to the many reasons why first-time apartment dwellers should own this dog should they want a companion to come home to. 

With higher adaptability comes the patience to bear others in your space.

These dogs have no problem doing that.

Throw plenty of dog meetups, and parties, and call your friends with their feline companions, a French Bully would still be okay with it.  

But that doesn’t mean your ears will be spared from all the ruckus the animals will make.

The dogs in question are known to be very playful. They could engage in noisy playing.

Barking, howling, and otherworldly sounds of elation could ensue if you don’t intervene. 

5. Everyone’s A Best Friend 

Open to strangers: ⅘ 

Some dogs are just too much when it comes to welcoming a stranger to the house.

Now don’t get the little bully wrong.

It will warn you when something’s off. But it won’t do that outright. There will be plenty of greetings first, especially, when you’re okay with the stranger. 

A client’s simple handshake would send their bully running to me and doing friendly things. I was positive back then that it was a cue that the dog used to tell me that I was welcome. 

I’ll say the same for the animals that the strangers bring in. As long as you’re okay with them, the dog will be, too. 

Can French Bulldogs Be Left Alone With Other Dogs?

I generally don’t advise the owners to leave their companion dogs such as this alone for more than 4 or 5 hours.

They are super sensitive to being left alone and may think they will stay like this forever if you take too long to come.

They may not get agitated by the presence of another dog as much as being left alone. But even if your English Bulldog is aggressive toward other dogs, you can always train them, thanks to their high trainability.

How To Train An Aggressive Frenchie?

To train an aggressive French Bulldog effectively, take the following humane and structured approach.

  1. Establish a Strong Bond: The foundation of success lies in forging a strong, balanced relationship between you and your dog. Aggression often stems from insecurity, so nurturing this connection is paramount.
  2. Focus and Obedience: Start by instilling focus and obedience in your dog. This fundamental groundwork is essential before addressing aggression. Make sure your dog understands that obeying your commands brings rewards.
  3. Gentle E-Collar Usage: Employ an electronic collar (e-collar) as a communication tool. Use it gently and at minimal levels to redirect your dog’s attention and correct unwanted behavior. Ensure your dog associates the e-collar with positive outcomes, like treats.
  4. Gradual Exposure to Triggers: Gradually introduce your dog to its triggers, such as other dogs. Show your furry friend that peaceful coexistence is possible without aggression.
  5. Emphasize Positive Reinforcement: Encourage good behavior with food rewards and praise. This creates a positive link between following commands and receiving rewards.
  6. Teach Avoidance and Flight: Guide your dog to choose avoidance or flight in response to stress rather than aggression. Help your dog understand it doesn’t need to confront every perceived threat.
  7. Practice and Consistency: Instill the importance of practice and consistency. Your dog should ultimately behave well, even without external aids like food or an e-collar, through muscle memory and consistent training.
  8. Long-Term Perspective: Remember that e-collar training is a short-term solution. Your dog will gradually require it less frequently. Nonetheless, it’s wise to keep it for occasional touch-up training as necessary.

Training an aggressive French Bulldog is about cultivating a strong bond, instilling obedience and focus, utilizing positive reinforcement, gradually addressing triggers, and promoting avoidance over aggression. Follow these steps thoroughly or consult an experienced dog trainer.

You can also watch this video to understand the steps better:

Are French Bulldogs Good With Other Dogs – Conclusion 

These dogs are loving, confident, accommodating, and friendly.

They don’t mind other dogs in their home.

In fact, for them, every other stranger you welcome is a best friend.

However, I still advise that you socialize your dog up to 8 months of age to stay away from any individual personality shortcomings. 

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