If you are looking for a little ray of sunshine in the form of a canine, then the Frengle is all you need. The small, stocky dog is a result of crossbreeding the French Bulldog with the Beagle hence the name “Frengle.” The main aim of crossbreeding the two pure breeds was to have a companion dog, and the Frengle has lived up to this objective because it is lauded for being a great family pet. Frengles are even gentle with children, although, as always, adult supervision is required. Here is everything else you need to know about the Frengle.
1. It is Prone to Separation Anxiety
If you have recently adopted a Frengle and have to go back to work, you should be prepared to help the dog deal with separation anxiety. The breed is prone to anxiety; thus always wants to be around people. Therefore, whenever you have to leave the dog alone, you should ensure it does not feel completely alone by maybe having it listen to your voice through a tape recording. Alternatively, you can hire a dog sitter.
2. It is Stubborn
Enthusiastic dog trainers will find having to train a Frengle a challenge. The breed can have you falling in love with dogs due to its playful and gentle nature but if you plan on training it, be ready for some resistance. However, that stubbornness can be easily overcome with a few treats and positive reinforcement. Global Dog Breeds warns that punishing or scolding the dog for not obeying instructions will only lead to destructive behavior. Still, if you feel overwhelmed by the stubbornness, you can get professional help from dog trainers.
If love were to cost money, then everyone would go for the Frengle because these affectionate small dogs only go for between $200 and $700, which is quite an affordable sum. Unfortunately, you cannot put a price on love, and dog lovers have their preference; those who are only after owning a luxury dog will part with thousands of dollars. Currently, the Samoyed is the most expensive dog breed worldwide, going for $14,000, yet it shares many traits with the Frengle. Both dog breeds are alert, stubborn, friendly, and playful.
4. Needs to Be Socialized When Young
When it comes to children, we are told to train them in the way they should go, and when they are older, they will not depart from that path. Similarly, in animals, if you want to have an animal that is not afraid of strangers, you need to make it sociable when still young. Frengles can be timid around new people or animals if their confidence around humans is not built early. The socialization also enables it to get along with other dogs if you plan on getting more pets in future.
5. Requires Daily Exercise
You would think that because they are small, the Frengles do not need to exercise much, but the breed is quite energetic and playful. Therefore, ensure that you keep it active for at least half an hour daily and look for a spot where they can use up that excess energy by running and jumping. Having a safe place where they can be off-leash is also recommended. The Happy Puppy Site informs us that the Frengle’s physical appearance is mostly like the French Bulldog’s with short and flat noses. Consequently, when going out for a walk, take caution that the weather is not extreme because then the dog will have difficulty breathing.
6. Health Issues
Since the French Bulldog is one of the parents to the Frengle, the Frengle inherits most of the parent’s diseases. For instance, the French Bulldog is known to be one of the Brachycephalic dog breeds, meaning it has a short head resulting from a genetic mutation that changes the way the skull grows. As a result, it is predisposed to brachycephalic airway obstructs syndrome that causes difficulty in breathing, disproportionate nasal cartilages, tongues, and soft palates. The Frengle can also develop eye issues, skin infections, and dental problems.
7. Perfect for Apartment Living
Some dogs will take up too much space and need a yard to ensure they remain healthy but not a Frengle; even in an apartment, the breed will still be in a conducive environment. Their small size facilitates a tiny house living arrangement, so do not fret about having the right breed type when the square footage seems too inadequate for pet ownership.
8. Grooming is Not Cumbersome
If you have ever owned a dog that sheds heavily, you know the cleaning hassle that comes with it; you have to keep it off the couch and bed. A dog that sheds a lot means that you can’t keep it due to the allergies that come with the fur. Fortunately, a Frengle is quite compatible with those prone to allergies because it is a medium shedder. You can brush the coat twice a week, and washing is unnecessary unless it gets really dirty because both the parent breeds have dry coats; frequent washing can dry out the coat.
9. Make Good Watchdogs, Not Guard dogs
Most people confuse watchdogs and guard dogs, but Pet Helpful enlightens us of the difference. Watchdogs are always alert and sound the alarm for anything that seems unusual. They alert the owner of the unusual activity by excessive barking. On the other hand, guard dogs, while they may also bark at unusual activity, attack intruders. The Frengle makes a great watchdog because it is alert and barks loudly upon noticing strange people or activities. However, it is too friendly to be a guard dog.
10. Need High-Quality Food
Some sources recommend that you walk your Frengle twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening when the weather is not extreme. For an active dog, feeding it with highly-nutritious food is vital for proper growth, especially during its growth phase. 2 cups of dry food split into two servings are enough daily. Still, if you feed the dog with high-quality canned food, you should decrease the dry food lest it gains excessive weight.