Chunki is a French Bulldog based in London.
The handsome Frenchie has over 17,600 followers on Instagram and is a bona fide social media star.
Chunki (@chunkithefrenchbulldog) was a guest at the premiere of Patrick, a film about a Pug, in the English capital in 2018.
We spoke to Chunki’s Mom in the first episode of our new podcast, ‘The Dog I Interviewed This Week’, to learn more about Chunki.
If you’d like to listen to the podcast, you can check it out below.
Here are some of the highlights from our chat with Sofia about Chunki.
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How did you end up with Chunki?
I’ve wanted a dog for my whole life. My parents were always like ‘no, we don’t have the room’. They promised me when we moved house we could get a dog. Initially I wanted a pug – I mean who doesn’t want a pug, they’re hilarious – but friends were saying to get something a bit more sturdy. I found French Bulldogs and that was it – I was obsessed! I started looking at breeders. I travelled around the country. We went to Liverpool, Birmingham and Northampton (where we got Chunki from – a lovely family). But he chose me! He just picked me. He came over and fell asleep on my trainers and I was like ‘that’s him’.
What’s his personality like?
He’s a little bit of a Mommy’s boy but he tries to be independent. He just wanders off and does his own thing. When it comes to crux of it all, he’s like ‘Mommy, save me!’. He’s cheeky and has everyone wrapped around his finger. He’s the boss.
What are the best aspects of owning a Frenchie?
They’re just funny dogs! I’ve never had another dog before. His personality is hilarious. He just does things like throwing a strop and sitting in the corner not looking at anyone. He’s got so much personality and sass. He’s so easy going. He’s been a dream.
How has Chunki surprised you?
The training! Frenchies are usually quite stubborn but within a week he was toilet trained. He could do sitting, lying down. We picked him up quite late at about nine or 10 weeks old. He was living with other dogs so I don’t know whether being with them that he just knew to go outside. When he was a puppy, he would get so upset if he went to the toilet or got sick inside the house. I thought that was amazing! We didn’t mind because he was a baby and learning but he was so upset with himself if he made a mistake.
What are the comments Chunki gets a lot?
“Oh he’s so cute, what a lovely Pug!”
It’s funny because French Bulldogs are so popular but they still get the whole Pug thing! His ears are up, he’s a lot stockier, he hasn’t got a little piggy tail (which I love, it’s the cutest thing). They’ll learn eventually!
Does London have a big French Bulldog community?
Yes! Every month there is a walk in Regents Park. Even on Facebook [there is a big community] – it’s mad. There are so many in the UK!
What would you change about London’s approach to dogs?
In America, there’s dog parks and they look amazing. We don’t seem to have that here. It’s just a park and sometimes dogs are allowed or aren’t allowed. There should be a section in a park where they’re safe and can’t escape so they can just play together. That would be really nice! Otherwise, I think London is getting there. It’s much more dog friendly.
What’s your funniest Chunki story?
Oh, I don’t know because there are so many. Even just getting invited to events cracks me up! It’s hilarious! This time last year we went to a film premiere for Patrick The Pug. It was hilarious how it was dog friendly for a film premiere. We went to a pool party that got featured on LadBible that was massive. It’s things like that. It’s weird but it’s nice to see these things are happening in the dog world.
How long has Chunki had an Instagram account?
It must be about four years. It was really just for me to keep all the memories of him growing up before it started to turn into a whole big thing. We started to get followers out of nowhere two years ago. We were featured on some French Bulldog accounts. We got into a really nice Frenchie group on Instagram. You strike up so many nice friendships with people around the world. If you’ve got a problem, there’ll be someone who has been through it and can help you out.
Have you thought about getting a second Frenchie?
Absolutely! I really want one but he’s spoiled! I don’t think he’d like it. I wouldn’t want to do it to him. I wouldn’t want to upset him or think he’s been pushed to the side. But I think it would be really nice to have another dog for him to play with.
What are the challenges of running Chunki’s Instagram?
I struggle to find inspiration to do it. I do really struggle! If you look at his profile, I might upload once or twice a week now. Before, it was at least five days a week. I loved Instagram but then I hated it really quick. So many times I’ve nearly deleted it. There can be so much drama but they’re just dogs at the end of the day. We all love our dogs and we all think they’re the best!
Tell us about your Tik Tok account…
Tik Tok contacted us and they thought we’d do well because they loved our Instagram account. I don’t really do videos – I just do pictures on our Instagram. But I thought it would be nice to start making videos of him and put them on there. It’s just 15 second videos. They told me all these things to do – they really helped out. It is fun – I like making the videos. They’re really good and I do like Tik Tok but some of the comments I get. He likes playing with my feet. He was playing with them but he wasn’t trying to bite them. But I got comments like, ‘why are you kicking your dog?”. I hadn’t touched him and he was loving it!
What Frenchie accounts have inspired you?
A lot of the Frenchie accounts that I love, their dogs have recently passed away. It’s so sad. There was @pamlovesferrariboys – she was amazing – the most amazing Frenchie ever. There was @whatagoodboy – he’s just passed away as well. It’s sad because you get so attached to them even though you’ve never met them. I like @izzythefrenchie! A lot of the ones I communicate with are in America or Canada. They’re all so different and all so funny.
And you’re starting your own dog accessories?
I’ve set up @dogldn. I wanted to do something dog related because I love everything. If I had all the money in the world, I would probably just shop for him. Before it was me, now I’ve got Chunki, he needs everything. There are a lot of people like me who love it as well. A lot of them are childish designs – which I do love – but I wanted to go for more edgy, stylish and sophisticated. I’ve got a white design and a pink design because I had a lot of requests for pink!
What advice would you give someone getting a Frenchie?
Do your research! It’s not an easy dog to have. Chunki has been good but I’ve seen so many problems that are down to bad breeding. Do your research and find a good insurance company because no matter what, you will need one. It’s worth it in the end!