ALL ABOUT LIVING WITH FRENCH BULLDOGS


– [Announcer] Dogumentary TV. Producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. (barking) (light music) – My name is Sara Ruffin. – [Ray] Ray Ruffin. – [Sara] And we are proud
French bulldog owners. According to AKC, the
Frenchies or French bulldogs are well behaved, adaptable,
and comfortable companions and they have a really affectionate nature and even disposition, which
is very true for our puppies. – [Ray] The nickname for
French bulldogs is Clown Dog and it definitely applies to our two. Ruka definitely does a lot of tricks, likes to keep you happy. Wilson’s a little more spontaneous. He just finds random ways of doing things that make me laugh, but Ruka specifically, she’s definitely a bit of a character. – I got Ruka 10 years ago. So, yeah, she’s gonna be 10 this summer and I got her when she
was eight weeks old. (happy music) I actually got Ruka when I
was graduating from college. I’ve always been a dog owner
and I’ve always had Labradors and I was looking for a city dog that I could have in my
first apartment alone and I found Ruka. It was before the breed was really popular so there weren’t a lot of breeders at all and so it took me a long time to find her but on SFGate, there was
a posting about a guy that accidentally got his
French bulldog pregnant, which is pretty rare and so
he was interviewing people to find the right fit. He wasn’t really looking to make money. He just wanted to make sure his
puppies went to a good home. So I got lucky. They’re really good city dogs because they don’t need a lot of space and they’re super drawn to people. They love to be around
people so living alone, they just keep you company. And they also have big dog personalities but they’re small so it was
something I was looking for. They don’t bark a lot
and they’re super lazy. – I always wanted my own
dog, always wanted a boy dog and Sara, she knew that
and she surprised me with Wilson two years
ago as a Christmas gift. I named him Wilson, actually, ever seen the movie Cast
Away with Tom Hanks? He had that volleyball. And there’s that scene where he’s crying ’cause he lost his best friend. So I’ve always felt that if I had a dog and something happened to him, I would feel the same way so that’s how he got the name Wilson. – Funny thing was we
would joke for years about one day you’ll get your Wilson. Like, we didn’t actually think we were gonna call him Wilson, but then we saw him,
we were like all right, this is Wilson for sure. (light music) So living with Frenchies
is never a dull moment. In the morning, we call it
the Running of the Bulls because they’ll, like, run full speed into the kitchen to eat. So we feed them in the
morning right when we get up and then I work from home
so while I’m at my computer, they’re always at your feet. Like, Frenchies, they don’t
really leave your side. They’re super drawn to humans. They love just being around you so even if I go into another room, go into the bathroom,
wherever I go, they follow me. – [Ray] You know, they
spend a lot of time with you so in the morning, you feed them and they’re gonna be pretty active, probably ’til about 11 o’clock. And then after that, it’s lights out. They’re gonna sleep. But when they’re awake,
they’re always with you. If you’re watching TV, they’re– Wilson likes to have contact so he will physically nuzzle up to you
almost every time you’re around. – He has to touch. – Yeah, Ruka’s a little more independent. She kinda roams around a little bit. The only time that Wilson
is independent is at night. So at night, we’ll go to
bed, Ruka will come with us. And they have their beds
at the foot of our bed. Wilson will stay out on the couch ’cause he’s just stubborn,
he doesn’t wanna move. And then, you leave the door open. He’s gonna be in the bedroom
within the next three hours. – And we’re totally fine with that ’cause Frenchies do snore. That’s the one thing to consider, especially the squarer
the face, so Wilson. Ruka doesn’t snore too much but Wilson, he has a really square face
and he snores pretty loud, louder than Ray. (laughing) He’s a snorer but it’s
almost like comforting, it’s like having a sound
machine in the room ’cause it’s like a constant buzz. – When I grew up, we had a pet dog but the dog wasn’t allowed
to sleep in the bed. I inherited Ruka by marriage and Ruka was her bed partner, essentially when we got married, and I was like, I ain’t having that. – She slept like, right here. We spooned. – And I’m a big guy so I
need all the space I can get. You know, she was receptive to it. I just basically said, she has to go and she was receptive to it. Now, she’ll still sneak into the bed but on her side, away from me. – [Sara] Only at the feet. – [Ray] Yeah, and she’ll nuzzle her way underneath a blanket,
especially in the winter months when it’s colder. Now, Wilson’s a different story. If it’s cold, he’s gonna find warmth so you can look at him, and
he knows to get off the bed but when you go to sleep,
he’s gonna find a way to sneak onto the bed and
try not to disrupt you. – Actually when Ray and I met, I did tell him, Ruka and
I are a package deal. So it’s like, you take me and the dog or you don’t get me at all. So I think he understood
there were certain things with Ruka and I that he
wasn’t gonna be able to break. – I like Ruka. – Yeah. And then, actually, there was a time when he moved back to San Francisco and he was like, kind of a dog owner but not like me, like
sleeping with my dog, like, doing everything with Ruka. And then when he was looking for work, it was a summer and the World Cup was on and he just sat with
Ruka for a whole summer. And she like, wouldn’t leave his side. – [Ray] So the life
expectancy of a French bulldog is 10 to 12 years. So according to the AKC standards, the weight of the French bulldog
shouldn’t exceed 28 pounds. – One of the things that I’ve done to help improve her life and her health is just keep her really active. I also feed her a really clean diet. I think that’s helped a lot. I’ve made sure that her weight stays down and I think being around people
all the time really helps. She’s like, constantly
surrounded by people. I see a lot of other Frenchies her age and they just kind of, their
joints look kinda stiff and so I think a combination of diet and exercise has really helped. – [Ray] There’s a dry
food that I really like and what I’ll do is I’ll
mix that with pumpkin seed and so I’ve heard that’s
really good for their health. But also I like to make their own food so it’ll be a combination of
chicken parts with carrots. They like that a lot. (light music) – So some of the things that
we take into consideration with the breed is heat is a huge factor so when we take them on walks, it’s usually in the
morning or in the evening because they can overheat pretty easily. We also have a house in Arizona so we don’t really bring them
out into the heat very often. That’s a huge factor with their breathing, especially Wilson. He has a really square head. So one of the things we looked for when we picked them out was
the size of their nostrils, how easily they could breathe,
even when they were running. And then, cleaning their folds, we make sure their folds are always clean. That helps a lot with their breathing. – So for exercise, we
take them to the park and when we’re there,
we’ll let ’em run freely. They’ll play fetch, so
especially with the older one, Ruka, she’s really good at it. Wilson has just really
recently learned how to fetch, but a big part of it is
just let them run freely and the walks in the morning
or the afternoon is really key. – Yeah, well just like
any brachiophalic breed, one of the biggest factors
is their smooshed face and their ability to breathe freely. So heat, reducing the amount of– Having them outside in the heat can really create issues there. Also– – [Ray] We limit their walking. Really no more than a mile. We’re really sensitive to how far they go. We pay attention, too, when
they start to overheat. – So weight is also a huge factor. We make sure that they don’t eat more than a measured amount at a certain time of day and then we’ll cut back
even, a little bit, if we notice their weight, if they’re getting a
little bit less exercise, like in the summertime when it’s too hot, we will cut their food back a little bit. So try to keep their joints
really free and easy. We also have ramps. You know, like little step stairs so that they don’t jump. I think that can be a
factor with Frenchies ’cause they’re so dense. So we try to make sure that they’re able to easily get up and down off things without putting a ton of
weight on their joints. Yeah, we have a lot of rules in terms– Well, he has more rules than I do. Like, they’re not allowed
on certain furniture, they get fed the same time of day, what other rules? – Biggest thing is keeping
them off certain furniture. I think that’s the biggest thing. Feedings, we have them on a
strict schedule with feedings so it’s always right when we wake up so usually about 8:00 and then we’ll feed them again right around 5. – And we don’t let them bark. We try to really limit–
– We try to keep them from barking. – They’re not big barkers, in general, so we’ve really tried to keep that at bay. We’ve been less successful
implementing rules with our guests because people, when they see Frenchies,
it’s like seeing a baby. Like there’s something about Frenchies that people just– Even if we had rules when people come by, they like, want the dogs next to them and they’ll bring them everywhere, try to feed them, all those
things that we don’t do so yeah, and now that
they’ve gotten so popular, the breed, it’s like anywhere we walk, people will surround us,
try to play with them. So we actually used crate
training for both of our dogs until they were about a year and a half. Especially at night, that’s
how we potty trained them, pretty quickly, crate
training worked really quickly with both dogs. I found that they both
wanted to be in their crate. Like at night, they will go
into their crate on their own and then we eased out of using the crate for both of them. So when we leave the house,
we don’t put them in a crate. – [Ray] I think the
advantage of having two was the older one actually
trained the younger one. That was a huge advantage in terms of pretty much everything,
he just followed her, he learned to use a
doggy door through her, he learned when to go to the bathroom, he would kinda follow her cycle. So it was a big help for us. (light music) – In terms of security, I think Wilson is like an early morning system. He wouldn’t be able to take anyone out but he gives them a little bit of a pause because he’s really protective over me. He actually is like a guard
dog, more so than my labs. – [Ray] Baseball, the sport
that I’m most passionate for. I started playing when
I was five years old and I played all the
way through high school and a big St. Louis Cardinals
and Oakland A’s fan. Actually, I even coach
Little League right now so I coach a Little League team and still like to try to find ways to play but with the French bulldogs, I can still kinda go out and throw the ball around and they’ll play fetch with me. And I enjoy it just as much
as they do, for the most part. You know, since they are Frenchies, you kinda gotta watch them, make sure that they don’t overheat. So you know, it’s about 10 to 15 tosses, you know, you don’t toss it as far, you kinda keep it close by. It’s just important to watch their health, watch their breathing. (light music) – One of my greatest passions and it used to be a hobby and now it’s become a profession is yoga. I consider myself a yogini. I practice yoga everyday
and I teach yoga as well. I also offer opportunities to get together and to heal and I think that that’s what Frenchies have done for– French bulldogs have done in my life. They offer this sense of grounding and relaxation and joy
which is very similar to what yoga and meditation
represent in my life. Like, I think we would
have like 10 if we could. For us, I think the most
important thing with Frenchies is just their personality
and finding a good breeder ’cause if you do, like we’re lifetime Frenchy owners now for sure.
– Oh yeah. – They’re just, like,
non-conventional goofy, loyal, lazy, super funny, but also they’re really smart dogs. I’m partial to big dogs
before I got Frenchies and I feel like we do have
big dogs in many ways. – [Ray] They have big personalities. I think the best thing
about French bulldogs, I think they’re the classic mix of everything you’ll want in a dog. They’re playful enough,
but they’re not aggressive. They can be lazy, which is
good when you wanna unwind. You have a good mix. I don’t feel like there’s
anything that they do in excess. – I could not imagine my
life without French bulldogs. They bring so much joy
everyday, like when I’m working, just every single day of my life is enhanced because of my Frenchies. – I can’t imagine another breed. I’m convinced we’re gonna always have at least two Frenchies in the house. If I could do more, I would do more. I just need a little bit more space, but I can’t imagine life without ’em. (light music)

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99 Responses

  1. Francis Hatega says:

    Do Greyhounds next, I'm thinking of getting one

  2. Akashdeep Singh says:

    Why was it taken down?

  3. Reto Kohler says:

    Fantastic piece! One of my favorites!!

  4. Rancho The Dog says:

    You can almost feel the love these people have for their Frenchies ❤. What a great episode!

  5. T Sanchez says:

    Please do another English bulldog doc. Please bro, thanks.

  6. MrCantrell14 says:

    You did good with this one champ

  7. Abdullah bin Bobby At-Taaeb says:

    6th

  8. 1 Million Subscribers Without Any Content says:

    I've seen it yesterday. Why was it taken down?

  9. James Ryan says:

    Have you thought about a show doing a comparison between American (field) labs and English (show) labs.Really like the drone work!

  10. Judy Poppins says:

    Love this such a cute family 💓🙌

  11. stPaddy van Oranje Nassau says:

    Always loved the FrenchBulldog
    Their ugliness makes them very cute and they are very funny …..
    ….to bad they are popular in parts of Europe, bc that makes the greedy money breeders get involved, they bred them bigger, flatter face more unhealthy. If you want one do your research, make sure you get it from the right ppl.

  12. RevengeOfMoctezuma says:

    I thought there would be more "get a real dog" comments. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.

  13. Akashdeep Singh says:

    Lhasa apso please please please! 😢

  14. Benjamin Birkeland says:

    Nice vid as normal, but can you make more videos about australian shepherd.

  15. malav vaghela says:

    Very Nice …lovely family 😊

  16. Marie Lund says:

    Frenchies should NOT snore if they breathe correctly.

  17. Elie Maatouk says:

    Do the English springer spaniel next

  18. Mark Pozsar says:

    French bulldog a.k.a. healthier no bs pocket bully.

  19. Abehjha Kibuuka says:

    The perfect pairing of content and music. The vignettes of objects in the home, variety of angles and visuals helps open up the doc and keep the pace relaxed. One of your best, for sure, and I like the direction the channel is heading in.

  20. Jamie Bardon says:

    Is this the same video that was posted yesterday?

  21. bentep0511 says:

    Big boi snore

  22. abhishek banerjee says:

    Frenchies and Boston Terriers have deadly farts. How to improve that?

  23. HMT MTH says:

    Good life ! Thanks again dogumentary tv !

  24. umair khattak says:

    Nice.

  25. Sara Ruffin says:

    Thank you so much for capturing our little family and the love we have for our Frenchie’s in such an accurate way. You are so gifted as an documentarian and artist. We are so grateful and will cherish this video forever.

  26. Mr Majestic says:

    That was the best looking couple of Frenchies I've ever seen.

  27. ceeher says:

    I love the emphasis on maintaining their weight and exercising them. Very informative and accurate from a frenchie owner's perspective

  28. Miguel Rosus says:

    Abonaciva la mine

  29. Fluffy Puffy Poop says:

    They seem like nice people with nice dogs but I wish you'd shown more healthy bred frenchies.. ♡

  30. Tianna says:

    Unfortunately 50-70% of these dogs are affected by Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. We need to be open to breeding them with longer muzzles and more moderate skeletal construction, or stop breeding altogether. It is just not fair to the animals.

  31. Jiraiya Sama says:

    10? Got damn. That's how you know they got a well bred frenchie. I've only heard of them averaging 4 to 7years.

  32. Alex Fragiadakis says:

    Great video ! Boston terrier next please!

  33. Staff Bull Terrier says:

    Great video my friend thanks for sharing nice day best greetings from Thailand

  34. Tapia Prod says:

    So Weird flat faces looking dogs, I prefer just the standard and regular looking ones, these kind of breeds end up having a lot of health problems!!!

  35. Crystal Cortez says:

    So cute but I’m laughing cause they never mentioned how much gas frenchies have!

  36. Guillermo Lopez says:

    Respect to you.., a Australian cattle dog video would be helpful too!

  37. Abdullah bin Bobby At-Taaeb says:

    I missed you last talk about mixed breeds. Will you have another talk?

  38. Drebodollaz Dollaz says:

    toy dogs are wack to me

  39. parismykitty says:

    beautiful family!!

  40. joe ahlgren says:

    You should do a doc on the plott hound

  41. Brian D. says:

    As longtime Boxer parents, we plan on having Frenchie's at some point later on in life. They are very sweet and playful, like a downsized Boxer. We would consider getting one now but our Boxer is quite rambunctious and fear for a Frenchie puppy with her.

  42. FATHEADBULLDOGGZ KENNEL says:

    #Respect nice quality content 🤘🏿

  43. Rogelio Gonzalez says:

    They're too expensive in the US, gonna buy one in Mexico, much less expensive there, my dad had bought one there

  44. Juan Cena says:

    …”A GUY accidentally got his FRENCH BULLDOG pregnant”?? what the what!? That’s one weird GUY if u ask me!!

  45. Kateasusual says:

    Im actually more of a cat person but I somehow got to your videos and I can't stop watching these doggos!

  46. CQTV says:

    Been doing my research on dogs that fit my lifestyle turned out it was a English bulldog or French bulldog, driving down the road and seen a dog turns around turns out it’s a frenchie pulled over and he jumps in my truck took him to a vet no chip God’s looking out for my family ❤️

  47. ihamptonii says:

    Nice doggies and a beautiful couple. Maybe one day I can get a French Bulldog if my allergies will let me 🙂 Thanks for making this video.

  48. Rasamshetty Raghu Naidu says:

    Do a document on india breed jonangi hair less dog.

  49. Laura Hurley says:

    Love my French bulldog! Clicked on this video right away! ❤️

  50. Phalley Louth says:

    How did the guy accidentally get the dog pregnant?! I thought frenchies had to be artificially inseminated…

  51. lekvi 87 says:

    Would love to se a Boston terrier video ❤

  52. HenryRide says:

    My Cav is also called Wilson after the volleybal 😀

  53. Catherine Fraser says:

    Still looking forward to the dachshund video.
    One breed you might be interested in as a hound and as a rescue is the Galgos. A Spanish breed, they were once the breed for kings but now live the life of a street pit.
    I really appreciate your in depth look into the breeds, the breeders and the owners of various dogs. This video was very good.

  54. Leona Stark says:

    Please stop making videos about frenchies. Or any other brachycephalic dog breed, because it´s just so disturbing. These dogs are great examples of humans taking advantage of their power over animals, by changing their faces and bodies into shapes that can barely function. They can´t breathe, many of them has trouble walking, they get skin diseases and infections because of all the folds and extra skin that´s not supposed to be there.
    And the snorting. That´s not cute, natural or whatever, and it really shouldn´t be comforting, it´s a sign that the dog is fighting to get air. A dog´s breathing should be quiet and smooth.
    Always think twice before getting a frenchie, pug, bulldog, boston terrier, boxer or any other breed with these conditions.

  55. Richie Rich says:

    She married her professor

  56. Uheina Vaipulu says:

    Love it

  57. Selina Anna Laurel says:

    Living with Golden Retrievers pleaseee 🙂

  58. LEX .P says:

    THINKIN BOUT GETTIN

  59. Michelle Lilo says:

    love this documentary. I love frenchie. And Sara is soooo pretty!

  60. Carol Chadwick says:

    Love ❤️ your story and so very true about the French Bullies. We have two girls who we love. They brought so much joy in our life.

  61. Its Yoga says:

    I just got mine and I love him sooo much his name is Benji 🐶💙

  62. Kimeisha Crum says:

    Great video! I feel the same way about my Frenchie

  63. Joze Penaran says:

    Wilson is a stud

  64. scarlettrubyrose says:

    Love this! Please do a pug owner interview 😂

  65. EveN Texas says:

    I totally love the snoring which surprised me about myself! Puts me to sleep.

  66. Kinky Sphincter says:

    My Frenchie is a little a-hole sometimes

  67. vanessa perez says:

    Sweetie ❤️❤️❤️

  68. amy chaisson says:

    I have a Boston terrier and we are going to get a puppy French bulldog that's why I watched this video.

  69. SkyNdiveProductions says:

    Great video

  70. Jerlyn Lang says:

    I grew up with frenchies , I’m now 41, my parents ( mom) was at one time the only breeder in Northern California many years ago. I remember for years walking our dogs ( we had 4 at any given time of our own) and everyone was always asking what kind of dog they were. Now the breed is so popular rarely do run into someone who doesn’t know and want to know how I got them. I have two, wouldn’t own any other breed , they are very people oriented , so if you work long hours not the dog for you they demand constant companionship .

  71. Nneoma Nwokenkwo says:

    Please do one about Boston terriers thank you

  72. JM m says:

    Smoking weed doesn’t even seem cool anymore 😞

  73. fredd metall says:

    French Bulldogs are Dogs for everyone…i mean EVERYONE! They give you so much LOVE and more…

  74. Derry Patterson says:

    I have to get one but don’t know how much they are

  75. Dijana K says:

    You make the BEST documentaries zeke! Keep it up ♥️

  76. Casper Realov says:

    I LOVE FRENCHIES!

  77. cusoon myfriend says:

    all about living with a …

  78. Annika Borovansky says:

    I love my Frenchie duke!

  79. Quote un Quote says:

    From a multi Frenchie owner this was a great truthful documentary. Thank you. Once you have 1 you need 2… Fantastic breed.

  80. Jim Kuijpers says:

    Yess finally I found jedi master Yoda hahahaha

  81. Randolph Scott says:

    Is that David Ruffin grandson, son??? Anyway beautiful dogs…

  82. Julia H says:

    Your Frenchies are adoreable. <3 They really are the biggest clowns, aren't they?

  83. Jared Tyler says:

    These owners are just average and not really that knowledgeable about the breed. I have 10 french bulldogs and could have made a better documentary with more knowledge.

  84. _lil_gummy says:

    Omg

  85. _lil_gummy says:

    All of this is kinda useless information cuz they don’t have any health issues and French bulldogs are fighting dogs they don’t over heat my bulldog walks 15 miles with me

  86. Eclipse French bulldogs says:

    Love the breed 💕 we are in Texas

  87. Wyatt Graham says:

    Walks inside and doesn’t see him WIIiiiiiiiiiiilllllllksssssoooonnnnn

  88. Grummit, a French Bulldog says:

    I've had several different kinds of dogs through my life, but it wasn't until I got a Frenchie that I thought there could be a 'perfect' dog, especially if you like big dogs but don't have much room. I've had mine almost a year now, and can't imagine ever having any other kind of dog. But I think you have to have one before you actually get it.

  89. Rodion Gulakov says:

    There is one problem with Frenchie i find uncomfortable and owners do not talk about it much.
    Boys can not reach their penis with their mouth like other dogs and sebum sapping from it is marking anything dog is resting on.
    I would definitely advise leather sofas, hard flooring and use throws for them to go on the beds. P.S Also they Fart quite a lot and puke on dry food.

  90. Jalisa Echols says:

    Jack Russell doc maybe please 🙂

  91. Gail says:

    Snoring is the best part

  92. Meesta Monsieur says:

    Please do more on toy dog breeds!

  93. Storm-Traders Born To Be Champions says:

    Why would anyone dislike this video😕

  94. 딸기엄마프렌치불독 says:

    https://youtu.be/g4WXydYE_CQ

  95. DOOM667 says:

    dont even start to complain about the snoring when u get a dog like this.
    btw its relaxing

  96. Aces & eights AZ HV/AC,Sparky and guns says:

    This guys dull as hell

  97. Miguel Angel Rangel says:

    Wilson, that's the perfect name, I love it

  98. thefrenchie pixy says:

    We just made a channel for our cute blue french bulldog! If you like Frenchies please subscribe to our channel and watch our videos !! Thank you ❤️

  99. Sean H says:

    Make sure you socialise them properly and dont baby them too much or they can become bolshy and dominant / territorial with other dogs and this can cause fights.

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