Shampooing French Bulldogs

Shampooing French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs are adorable dogs with lots of energy and a distinctive face. Their short coat may seem low maintenance, but to preserve skin health, you may have to take some steps to ensure the skin is healthy. All coat issues start with skin health, so this is a great time to tackle any problems at the root. Here are a few tips for Shampooing French Bulldogs. 

Tips for Shampooing French Bulldogs

It doesn’t require a lot of grooming, and it’s important not to wash your French Bulldog too much. Using products designed to balance pH and keep the skin moisturized are a great way to ensure your French Bulldog doesn’t develop hotspots or bald patches because of severely irritated skin.

The type of shampoo you need is one designed to remove any lingering odors and condition the skin. Healthy skin usually means a healthy coat. Luckily for you, it can be easy to spot skin problems before they become too challenging to manage because you don’t have a ton of hair in the way.

Here are a few shampoos to keep your French Bulldog looking and smelling its best.

What is the Best Dog Shampoo for a French Bulldog?

  • Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo
  • 4 Legger Organic Lemongrass and Aloe Dog Shampoo
  • Moosh Natural Dog Shampoo
  • Nature’s Miracle Supreme Odor Control Puppy Shampoo
  • Pro-Pet Works Natural Oatmeal Shampoo

Things To Consider When Shampooing French Bulldogs

There are a few things you need to consider when you’re shopping for your French Bulldog’s shampoo. Make sure you understand what your French Bulldog’s needs are when it comes to grooming and that you have a clear understanding of the ingredients that go into your dog’s products.

PH Balanced

First of all, humans and dogs have different pH requirements for their skin, so you should never use human shampoo. Dog shampoos are specially formulated to soothe the skin and provide nourishment without stripping it of vital oils.

Your shampoo should be made for dogs and be gentle enough to maintain proper pH and oil. You do need a little bit of oil to help support the skin’s protective layer, and an improper pH can throw that all off. Gentle shampoos can remove any lingering doggy odors and get rid of dirt and grime without affecting the overall integrity of the skin. Human shampoos can’t do that for your little one.


Hypoallergenic shampoos are gentle on your French Bulldog’s skin and coat. They contain none of the usual irritating ingredients such as parabens or sulfates and reduce fragrances to something more manageable.

Synthetic ingredients are kept to a minimum, and often the recipe includes holistic ingredients such as chamomile, oatmeal, aloe, and vitamins. These ingredients nourish and build up the skin while helping balance oil production and reduce itchiness. It can be tempting to load up on fragrances and products, but the best approach to your dog’s bath is simple and clean. The more fragrances, ingredients, gimmicks, and products you have, the more likely your French Bulldog is to have an adverse reaction. Make sure that doesn’t happen by paring down and staying pure.


Gently deodorizing shampoos could reduce how often you have to bathe your dog in the first place. The fewer baths your dog takes, the healthier their skin and coat generally are. If you get longer periods between the natural smelliness of your dog, you may be less likely to wash too often.

Deodorizers should remain gentle, however. Synthetic fragrances can disrupt your dog’s skin and coat and make things a lot more difficult in the long run. Choose deodorizers that use natural fragrances and contain plenty of nourishing ingredients to preserve your French Bulldog’s sensitive skin balance.

Anti Itch

French Bulldogs can have sensitive skin because there isn’t as much fur to protect from the elements. Making sure your dog doesn’t spend excessive amounts of time scratching is crucial to maintaining the integrity of the skin. There are lots of reasons for itchy skin. Your French Bulldog could be allergic to grass or certain foods, and that could cause a reaction. In that case, soothing the skin with natural ingredients such as aloe and vitamin E to fight inflammation could be the best option. Many skin issues start with external factors like environmental allergens, or from internal ones like those pesky food allergies.

On the other hand, your dog may have a fungal infection or a bacterial infection which could benefit from ingredients like tea tree oil and a trip to your vet. Make sure your dog’s skin issues are treated with appropriate ingredients, and your dog’s coat will thank you.

Dandruff and Shed Control

We aren’t huge fans of shampoos that claim to control shedding. Shedding is a natural part of your French Bulldog’s coat, and gentle brushing can help more than the artificial ingredients in anti-shed shampoos. Other options for real shed control is to make sure your dog’s skin is as healthy as possible.

The same goes for dandruff. Shampoos that contain a blend of holistic ingredients can help control the surface of the skin and reduce flaking. Once the skin is healthy, you should notice a difference in your dog’s shedding frequency and dandruff. Nothing completely does away with shedding, however, so be prepared with light grooming.

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