We at Encore French Bulldogs have been showing French Bulldogs on and off for 15 years now. We started out with our very first boy “Touchsone’s Blast of EvaHan” AKA “Boomer” He and I learned together that there were things about being in the show ring that no one tells you but everyone should know. With that in mind I thought I would share some of those things with you.
1. Always remember when showing French Bulldogs, like kids, French Bulldogs need to use the grass before they go into the ring otherwise they will humble you in front of everyone by stopping to take a dump. Usually it’s just as the judge and everyone is looking at you.
2. Always use a bait that both you and your dog like. There is nothing worse than sticking a piece of liver in your mouth and feeling sick to your stomach in the ring. At that point it really doesn’t matter how much your French Bulldog likes it if you feel like throwing up.
3. Always look around the ring for the things sticking out from the walls that you might run into as you are running around. There is nothing worse when showing your french bulldogs, then running into the fire extinguisher when you are looking at the judge instead of where you are going. (Yes I have done this and it hurts)
4. Some judges are not going to smile at you no matter how cute your dog is being or how nice you are being. It’s not personal
5. Making sure your lead is firmly attached to the dogs collar is very important in showing french bulldogs. There are no extra points for recovering your dog once he has gotten lose.
6. When showing French Bulldogs remember that some dogs will go crazy when they see bait that is left on the floor. When you throw your bait to get your dog to make that perfect stand, be sure you pick it up. The Frenchie it distracts on the next go around may be yours.
7. Although you should dress nicely in the ring, you should never look flashier than your dog. It is always best to have your judge spend their time staring at your dog not at your outfit.
8. When all is said and done showing French Bulldogs must be fun for you and your dog. If it isn’t fun what is the point anyway!