Do French bulldogs like baths?

Do French bulldogs like baths?

If you want to know whether french bulldogs like baths or not, then this article is just what you’ve been looking for. We will help you to decide whether your Frenchie loves the tub or hates it by giving you some tips and tricks to help with your bath time.

Frenchie Bath Time Essentials

Before you even think about putting your French Bulldog in the tub, you must make sure you have everything you need, including the following.

  • Waterproof mat: something soft for them to stand on so they don’t slip around too much as you wash them
  • Waterproof collar: these can be bought from most large pet stores. They are designed to stop your dog from shaking off the water and spraying it all over your clothes or floor.
  • Digital camera: If you drop yours into the tub along with your French Bulldog, then at least if you lose a couple of photos you took, you can always replace them.
  • Warm towel: you must dry your Frenchie as soon as you let them out of the tub. Wet dogs can catch a chill very easily and be prone to illness overnight, so make sure there is a warm towel ready for them to drape themselves on as they dry off.
  • Body brush: Frenchies have a short, coarse coat just like many other Bull breeds. As such, they can easily get matted and tangled throughout the course of a week. Every 2-3 days, I recommend using a body brush to remove dead skin cells and loose hairs from your Frenchie’s coat, especially when you use this with their shampoo.
  • Towel: A normal old household towel is fine, but you might want to consider a microfiber towel for maximum absorption and drying ability.
  • Shampoo: You can use any shampoo that you feel comfortable using; just be sure to check the ingredients to make sure they are free from Sodium Laureth Sulphate or its derivatives because this chemical can cause your Frenchie to develop skin problems over time
  • Towel dry their coat before getting into the bathtub. As their owner, it’s important for you to know how much water they like; some dogs hate having baths, whereas others don’t mind them at all.
  • To get your Frenchie used to get bathed, then start by giving them little washes with a small amount of water on the outside of their body. Over time they will begin to enjoy the experience more, and before you know it, you’ll be giving them full-on showers.

Step by step guide to bathing your Frenchie

By sticking to these steps, then you should be able to bathe your French Bulldog with ease. I’ve broken down each stage of the process, so it’s easier for you.

1. Fill up the tub; depending on how big or small your tub depends on how much water will need pouring but generally speaking, if only one person is bathing their dog, then you should try to fill up the tub so that there is about half an inch of water in it. If you have more than one person helping out, then use your best guess judgment as to how much water should be used

2. Apply shampoo; take a small amount of shampoo and rub it between your hands. Then, applying pressure to the Frenchie’s body, brush them downwards with the shampoo on. This action will help to spread the shampoo around evenly, ensuring that every part of their coat gets covered

3. Rinse; after leaving the shampoo on for at least 10 seconds, you can begin rinsing it off using warm water. Be careful not to have the water point directed at your Frenchie’s face when you begin rinsing their coat

4. Towel dry; before letting them out of the tub, take a warm towel and use it with gentle strokes to remove any excess moisture from their body.

5. Dry with a hairdryer; use a hairdryer set on medium heat and pointed at the Frenchie’s head to help speed up drying time, so they don’t catch a cold whilst wet

If you follow these steps, you should be able to bathe your French Bulldog without causing them any distress or discomfort.

Use lukewarm water, and follow the following tips:

Ease them into it: start with a wet cloth instead of a whole bucket of water to get them used to the idea.

Use a gentle shampoo: lather up their paws/legs first, then work your way up their body until you have covered every inch.

Catch them off guard: rather than allowing them to anticipate what’s next, just do it as quickly as possible, so they don’t have time to think about it and freak out.

Do not push them under the water: if you need to rinse anything away, make sure that your hand is above or below the surface of the tub at all times. Avoid getting any shampoo in their eyes as this can cause a painful burning sensation and could even lead to injury if you’re not careful enough.

Clip their nails: having a Frenchie will mean that you’ll have to make it a regular habit to clip their claws. If they get snagged on something, this could cause serious injury and discomfort, so always ensure they are taken care of.

Be gentle: don’t splash or spray them with water. Also, avoid making loud noises when washing them; otherwise, this may scare them and send the wrong message about what’s going on.

Do not attempt to bathe them if they appear unwell in any way: there is no point trying to give your Frenchie a bath if they’re unwell because they’re likely just going to become sicker from being wet and cold, wait until they feel better before attempting again.

French Bulldog puppy and what are their grooming needs

Teeth- brushing their teeth at least once per week, if not daily, will help to keep them clean and the risk of gum disease low.

It’s important that you use a dog-specific toothbrush when cleaning their teeth because they’ve got much more sensitive gums than humans do. The soft bristles are perfect for getting in between their teeth without any discomfort or pain.

As well as brushing their teeth, it’s also essential that you check for signs of gum disease by feeling each individual tooth.

If they feel smooth, then this is a sign of good dental health, but if there are jagged ridges along with them, then this could mean an issue with tartar buildup or something more serious like periodontitis which is going to require professional treatment. Using a damp cloth can help to remove any residue from their teeth and gums.

Nails- it’s very important that your nail clipping sessions become a regular part of your French Bulldog’s grooming routine because if they get too long, then this could cause discomfort or even injury.

It takes a lot of time for nails to naturally wear away, so be sure to keep up with the clipping! If your Frenchie is a puppy, don’t worry about trying to clip their nails just yet. Wait until they’re at least six months old before doing so.

Inspecting their ears- dirty wax-coated ears are not only unpleasant but could also pose a pretty serious health risk as bacteria will have built up inside them.

Before giving your Frenchie a bath, using a damp cloth to remove any visible dirt and wax is recommended. This will not only make them look cleaner but will also help to reduce the risk of ear infections too.

Other grooming tips:

Brushing their teeth: long-haired French Bulldogs lack proper air circulation, which can cause an increase in plaque buildup. As well as this, it’s important that you brush their teeth at least once per week, potentially more if they’re having trouble keeping their breath fresh!

Providing your Frenchie with a designated doggy toothbrush and toothpaste will keep them away from human products which may contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs. If you’re unsure about how often you should be brushing your Frenchie’s teeth, then talk to your vet because they’ll be able to provide you with accurate advice.

Using a damp cloth: French Bulldogs are constantly slurping and drooling which is how bacteria get into their mouths. If there is excessive saliva combined with dirt, then this could lead to dental disease over time, so it’s important that you wipe them down regularly, if not daily- make sure all grooves around their face like their wrinkles are rubbed clean too.

It’s recommended that you do this at least three times per week, preferably before bedtime, because at night, they won’t be able to lick or scratch away anything bad that might’ve got onto them, making it an ideal time for cleaning them up.

Bathing your Frenchie: don’t attempt to give your pup a bath if they’re not having a good time! If they look stressed or uncomfortable, then it’s best to stop and wait until they’re in a better mood.

Try introducing them to water slowly by using their normal drinking bowl that you haven’t put soap into yet- if your Frenchie is okay with that, then it will at least get them used to the smell of soap as well as water before starting the bathing process properly.

Using dog shampoo: don’t use human shampoo on them! Instead, opt for something made specifically for dogs so you can be sure there won’t be any problems. It’s important that you use antiseptic and antibacterial shampoos so you can reduce the risk of skin infections and other health issues which could arise if any bacteria made their way onto them.

Using a shampoo rinse: make sure you give your Frenchie a thorough rinse once you’ve finished ensuring any residue from the shampoo is gone, and they don’t lick it off and ingest it later on, which could cause them some problems. Follow the instructions on the bottle- if you’re unsure, then ask your vet for advice as they will be able to provide accurate information based on what’s safe for your dog.

Aftercare: now that their bath is over, you should dry them as much as possible with a soft towel. Ensure that they are completely dry all over before letting them outside or down into bed; otherwise, any damp patches may lead to fungal infections or other issues in the future if left untreated. Make sure that you keep their ears dry, too, as this will help to prevent infections.

French Bulldogs are actually very clean animals who enjoy being fresh and well-groomed, so if you’re wondering whether they’ll be okay with a bath, then the answer is yes!

However, it’s important that you don’t overdo it because Frenchies have sensitive skin that can become irritated if they’re getting too much attention on a daily basis. If your pup seems stressed or otherwise unhappy during bathing, then stop what you’re doing and try again another time after they’ve calmed down.


It’s true that some French bulldogs don’t like baths, but most of them do. If you’re wondering how to know if your dog is one of the ones who hates bath time, there are a few telltale signs.

For example, they may shake their head back and forth when you try to rinse them off or stop moving completely so you can’t wash behind their ears. But these behaviors aren’t always indicative of a dislike for bathing – sometimes it just means they want something from us!

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Dan James is the founder and editor of FrenchBulldogio, a canine enthusiast who writes about what he's learned on the way of being a French Bulldog owner and sharing his advice, tips, and research.

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