Dogs and their sense of smell can be a tough combination to deal with. If you have a dog, it might enjoy rolling in something that smells bad–but humans not! Living with a smelly French bulldog definitely doesn’t sound great, however, there are some tips for handling the stench from your furry friend.
Why are French bulldogs so smelly?
Like all other dogs, Frenchies release their doggy odor through their skin. The odor intensity depends not only on the breed and type of coat but also on the diet and hygiene your dog gets. Besides, the dog’s hormones play an important role too.
If we don’t clean the French bulldog’s folds regularly, their smell can get only worse. That’s why it’s essential to clean and wash your dog’s body parts in order to keep him odor-free. And, while many of you would tell it’s impossible to make a Frenchie smell wonderful, by following a few tips, your furry friend will smell ‘like a flower’.
How to make your French Bulldog smell great?
Bathe your Frenchie every month
Bathing a dog is required because that’s how we remove dirt, allergens, and smelly moisture from their skin. The frequency of bathing can also depend on your dog’s lifestyle. In other words, if your furry gremlin loves to roll in the mud, and needs a shower to cool off in the summer, it would be normal to increase the number of baths.
Another rule to keep in mind is not to bathe your French bulldog too often during the winter months because that’s how you can dry out his skin. Always use a hypoallergenic dog shampoo because these pooches are prone to allergies. Even baby shampoo can dry out your dog’s skin due to different ph levels they have. To make your French bulldog smell good for a prolonged time, you can also apply a few drops of tea tree oil in shampoo.
Brush your French bulldog’s coat
Brushing the dog’s coat is important because in that way we remove dander, allergens, dirt, and dead hair. A good brushing distributes natural oils and helps in making the coat shiny and smooth.
Clean the folds on your French bulldog
French bulldogs and other dog breeds with folds are prone to become smelly because those dark and moist places are on a higher tendency to become infected. Folds around the dog’s mouth require daily cleaning because food leftovers can develop a nasty odor.
Teeth and ears
Your Frenchie’s breath will depend not only on his dental hygiene but also on the diet he eats. French bulldogs who eat dry kibble or canned food that is rich in artificial flavors, colors, and additives will have a smelly odor if you don’t brush their teeth regularly.
French bulldog ears are another body part to pay attention to. Since they have wide-opened ears, Frenchies will be on a higher tendency to deal with infections. Seasonal pollen, plant pieces, sand, and other environmental factors can cause discomfort and lead to different bacterial infections. To prevent your furry friend from such issues, it’s important to regularly use the Ear cleaning solution. The following Spirit French Bulldog Ear Cleaner™ comes from the Frenchie World and it effectively cleans the ear canal, and reduces itching.
Wash your French bulldog’s bed regularly
Aside from paying attention to your Frenchie’s hygiene, it’s equally important to clean other items your pooch uses. Dog owners often forget to clean their dogs’ beds, however, they represent the perfect nest of germs, bacteria, dirt, dander, and skin oils. Our furry friends carry disgusting elements on their fur that we can’t see with the naked eye. Therefore, by regularly washing their beds, we can help our French bulldogs to smell better. A quick way to deodorize your Frenchie’s bed is to give it a spritz. Use dog-safe perfumes that can be found at pet stores, or apply a mix of apple cider vinegar and water to neutralize odors. It can disinfect the bed too.
Absorb the water from your French bulldog’s coat
In case you went for a walk and the rain surprised both of you, or you went swimming, make sure you absorb the excess water from your dog’s coat. Use a cotton high-absorbing towel to pick up the moisture and pay special attention to folds. A wet dog’s coat represents a convenient place for bacteria to grow. The dog’s armpits, fold, ears, and neck should be thoroughly disposed of after baths, swimming, and playing with water.
Use a dry cleaning foam or shampoo between baths
Luckily, you can find dog-safe products such as dry shampoos and foams to refresh the dog’s coat. To get rid of that smelly odor coming from your Frenchie’s coat, we recommend you use the following French Bulldog Dry Cleaning Foam Shampoo. It not only smells great but also features only natural ingredients that won’t irritate the Frenchie’s sensitive skin. Gently massage the dog with a proper amount of foam and massage for 3-5 minutes. After that wipe them with a dry towel.
Clean your French bulldog’s tail pocket
Frenchies don’t have tails but they have so-called tail pockets that collect feces and other dirt. Besides, these spots have glands that release odors that serve to denote territory in nature. Since tail pockets can easily become infected, it’s essential to clean them with wet baby wipes or wet cloth. In that way, we can help our French bulldogs to become less smelly.