Age: 4 years
Weight: 22 lbs
Fenced Yard: required
Adoption Fee: $400
French bulldogs aren’t for everyone, and some Frenchies have special needs. But for those of us who love them, we know that if you’re the right person for the right dog, it’s always worth it. Coleman is a “certified snuggler” who needs firm, gentle, and consistent leadership to thrive. Without effective boundaries, Coleman nipped at his original family’s child, and he is now waiting for someone who will take the time to establish better behavior with him. Because of this history, he should not live in a home with children, cats, or other dogs.
Coleman has issues with food allergies and regurgitation caused by an elongated palate (which comes with the usual caveat for no or very brief outside time in extreme hot/cold weather and no excessive exertion). He is on a strict diet and supplements. And to add to his troubles, he recently had surgery to mend a slipped disc, for which he may need future veterinary care. He is on the mend and should return to good physical condition--as long as he is carried up and down stairs and is nott allowed to jump on or off furniture.
Coleman’s foster family has been working on his resource guarding and brushing up on his obedience during his time in care. Like many other bulldogs, Coleman is very stubborn and will need someone who knows how to work with this trait--if he decides to get into the garbage, he is difficult to convince otherwise. Supervision will be necessary until he learns what is and isn’t appropriate. But he wants to be good! He is food-motivated, and though strong-willed, he loves to make his humans happy. Coleman is very smart and he will learn quickly as long as the training is consistent. He knows "sit," "shake," "come," [take the treat] "gently." Tell us about your experience setting boundaries with bullies or another stubborn beast in your application.
While he does have some problem behaviors, he is otherwise a typical Frenchie who loves to be with his people, go for a nice walk, chew on a bully stick, and destroy his toys (he hasn’t shown much interest in destroying other things). He’s happy to be at home with a little pee break in the middle of the day, or he could be an office dog as long as there are no other animals.
Coleman’s foster parents love how affectionate he is and they want him to go to a home that respects his limitations and is committed to keeping him for life. They believe that all he needs is the security of a forever home with knowledgeable leaders, and consistent, loving care.
“Cole is such a snuggler. His favorite place to be is in an armpit or across a belly. He wants so badly to be good, and needs someone who will bring his best little gentleman out. He deserves peace and happiness and the best forever home.”
Coleman is waiting for the soft-shell season in Maryland, but if his new family shows up, he'd happily move!
FBRN does not ship dogs as cargo, so adopters are expected to pick up their dogs from their foster family.
FBRN dogs are in foster care in people's private homes. For the foster families' safety, we do not disclose specific locations, and we don't set up meet and greets prior to applications. For detailed information about the dogs in our care, please read the extensive bios on each dog.
Coleman has exhibited aggressive behavior and applicants should know that before they apply. Continued training will be required to address his triggers. He must never be around small children. He is a resource guarder and must be monitored during feeding and when toys are present, and no one should be allowed to tease him. Coleman does not like other dogs or animals and must remain an only dog. He has a high prey drive and must never be around cats, birds, or other small animals.
Coleman has several environmental and food allergies and chronic regurgitation and must remain on his current diet and a specific supplement we'll tell you about during your interview. One of the symptoms of his allergies is skin outbreaks, so adopters should watch for that.
Coleman has IVDD, so he must always be carried up and down stairs and must not be allowed to jump on or off the furniture. He had surgery in mid-January for a hemilaminectomy at the L5-6 level with an excellent recovery. He has a remaining syrinx (fluid-filled cyst) in his spine which must be monitored and may require surgery in the future. Coleman also has marked mineralization at the L4-5 and L6-7 levels which must be monitored. All of that is to say that like many Frenchies, he has a damaged and potentially expensive spine. Be sure you can afford a significant outlay should another surgery be required.
Coleman has brachycephalic airway syndrome, so his breathing must be monitored during exercise or play. He cannot exercise in warm or hot weather and must be closely monitored for overheating. He must wear a harness to protect his spine when going for walks, never a collar or choke chain.
SHS 95 Reunion
For Cole! Get well buddy! Matthew Holub
Inspired to donate after seeing Cole’s story. Wishing him a speedy recovery!! Kaiya Hull
Coleman ~ my adopted Frenchie mix has the SAME regurgitation problems. It’s such a struggle! Sending love and support from VA & Renly