We all want our pets to be happy and healthy, but unfortunately our pets can’t communicate like us and tell us “hey, I’m happy!”. Instead, we need to watch out for some signs that they are happy.
Of course, when it comes to Frenchies, this is no exception. The problem is, we might not know what these happy signs are. How are you going to know they are happy? What are these supposed signs?
Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you. We’ve written this handy guide that explains 10 signs that your Frenchie is happy.
So, if you’re looking for a happy Frenchie – read on to learn more!
1. They Have A Little Grin
Most of us when we are looking for signs that a human is happy will look to see if they smile. When it comes to Frenchies, this can actually also be a sign!
Normally, Frenchies might have a blank or saddened expression, but if your Frenchie is happy, you can actually notice a little grin where their lips curl up and they poke their tongue out.
With this, you will also notice they have a happy expression in their eyes too!
2. They Wiggle Their Butts
Of course, due to their little tails, French bulldogs can’t wag their tail – but they do wiggle their butts!
If they are very energetic and you notice the back of them is moving back and forth very expressively – then you can be sure this is your Frenchie’s way of wagging their tail, but it’s more of a butt wiggle!
3. Puppy Dog Eyes
Most of you will already be aware of what puppy dog eyes are, but when it comes to French bulldogs, they use this expression to show off a sign of happiness.
Their eyes become relaxed and their eyelids drop a little, and you will also notice their gaze is much more warm. Contrast this when you see an angry dog that has a fixed stare that commands anger – this is essentially the opposite of that.
4. They Have Relaxed Ears
When a Frenchie is happy, their ears will become very relaxed and you can even feel this if you decide to touch them. However, if you’re looking for a visual sign – then pay attention to which way their ears are pointing.
Generally speaking, if a Frenchie is attentive, their ears prick forward as they are interested in everything that’s going on around them. If they’re unhappy, their ears become solid and firm.
5. They Have A Relaxed Body
In addition to their relaxed ears, you will also notice that their bodies are really calm and placid too! They may even wiggle a little bit when they’re sitting down or laying down because this is their version of a happy dance!
A relaxed body is also a sign that your Frenchie feels comfortable and safe around you, which is very important to their overall mood. If they are anxious, they will have a tendency to bark and possibly start to destroy your house!
6. They Want To Play
A playful dog is a happy dog and when it comes to Frenchies, this is no exception! If you notice your Frenchie comes up to you and wants to be playful and is generally a little more energetic – then this is a great sign!
Playing with your Frenchie is important for them to maintain their happiness too, so if you see this sign – make sure you give in to their demands and play with them a little! Maybe a game of fetch!
7. They Poke Their Tongue Out
When your Frenchie is really happy, they will poke their tongue out because they feel confident and relaxed in their surroundings. So, you may notice that their tongue is out when they are sleeping or when they are playing.
These are the times that you will notice your Frenchie is most pleased, so if you see this sign at random other times – then you can assume that your dog is very happy!
8. They’re Happily Eating
When a Frenchie is refusing food or is not eating as they normally would, then this is normally a sign that they are unhappy. Of course, conversely if your Frenchie is happy – then they will have no trouble eating their food!
Dogs, like us, absolutely love dinner time! So be sure that you pay attention to your Frenchie’s eating habits as these could be a sign of their overall mood.
9. They Lean On You
When your Frenchie feels safe with you, they will lean on you – and this is a fantastic way to see if they are happy. Unhappy Frenchies will normally try to avoid people and remain isolated, so if you notice that your Frenchie is actively looking for you, then they’re happy!
Of course, now that you’ve earned your Frenchie’s trust, you can almost guarantee that they are happy and content!
10. They Don’t Destroy The House!
Finally, a great sign that your French bulldog is happy is the basic fact that they are not destroying things around the house.
Destructive behavior can mean a whole host of things, but generally it shows that they are very unhappy and angry. If your Frenchie is placid and remains calm around the house, then this is a sign that they’re very happy!
Don’t misunderstand though, from time to time your Frenchie may chew on things or bark – but this is just a natural thing for them to do. It does not necessarily mean that they are unhappy.
However, it is a very important and crucial sign to pay attention to. So, if you have a very calm and cuddly pooch – then take this as a sign that they are happy and very content!
How Do I Keep My Frenchie Happy?
If you’re looking to maintain your dog’s happiness, then there are a few things that you need to remember to do. These include the following:
- Keep their diet happy and healthy and be sure this is regular
- Keep your Frenchie clean, including their ears
- Give them lots of toys to play with
- Exercise them regularly
- Take them for regular checkups
- Keep them cool in hot weather
- Ensure they have a comfortable, safe, indoor environment
- Do not keep them outside
- Get them a Frenchie friend!
Now of course, these aren’t all the points that will keep your Frenchie happy, but these are the major factors that can play a significant role in how happy your dog is.
If you notice any abnormalities in your Frenchie’s behavior, including in their eating habits and in their general demeanor, then you need to visit your vet as soon as possible for further advice.
The Bottom Line
It can sometimes be difficult to know if your French bulldog is happy or not, so it’s important that you notice the signs. We hope that we have been able to show you some of the major signs your Frenchie is happy!