Nothing can be cute than a cute little fellow dog just like the French Bulldog. A depressed person’s depression gets vanished in the company of such a dog. That is some dogs are used as therapy dogs.

Among the short and cute dog breeds, the breed ranked at 4th position out of 196 breeds is the French Bulldog. This dog has the same outlook as a Standard Bulldog but because of its short height, it looks like a miniature Bulldog; one more major difference between these dogs, apart from size is the trademark feature of big and erect, ‘bat ears’.

French Bulldogs are highly adaptable, affectionate, smart, and playful that love to remain indoor with the owners. Below is the detailed analysis of the breed of a French Bulldog. Let’s check it out…!

About the French Bulldog

French Bulldog Breed Information

The French Bulldog is a highly alert dog breed which makes it a wonderful watchdog. It resembles the miniature Bulldog with 13 inches height and is available in black, brown, white, and cream colors. It has a broad head with a cute square face. It has a very small nose above which the heavy wrinkles sit together.

Generally, a French Bulldog is used as a pet at home. French Bulldogs, also known as Frenchie, are highly friendly and socializing dogs that love to make new friends. Their small physique does not need too much exercise. They like to play but love to spend most of the time relaxing on the couch or the floor.

People call them ‘a mischievous goofball’ that keeps on rolling in their feet all day.

French Bulldogs have served as ratters in history, but now they are just used as family dogs and show dogs. They are the descendants of the well-known Bulldogs of England, carried to France by the lace-makers in the mid-19th century.

French Bulldog was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1896.

History of French Bulldog

French Bulldog originated from England in the mid-19th century. It is a crossbreed of Toy Bulldog of England and the local Ratters of France.

Frenchie’s were brought to France from England by the lace-makers that migrated from England to France during the French industrial revolution. French Bulldogs got famous in France till 1860 and its fame spread in the whole world till the end of the 19th century.

American Kennel club started registering Frenchie’s in 1896 and now French Bulldog is the 4th most famous dog of the USA and 2nd most famous dog of the UK.

The Personality of a French Bulldog

A French bulldog is a fun-loving, mischievous, affectionate, smart, and domesticated dog that loves its family and wants the same love in return. Frenchies are calm and quiet dogs and do not develop a habit to bark too much. They love to play and roll under the feet of its owner all day. They are highly social and love to make friends. They are very friendly with strangers and like to play with children.

Health Care of a French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are healthy but the single coat makes them vulnerable to many diseases and that’s why Frenchies have a short lifespan of about 10 to 12 years.

Single coat causes many skin and breathing issues like hay fever, eczema, and ophthalmic diseases. Other common diseases of French Bulldogs are Intervertebral Disc Disease, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Elongated Soft Palate, Cleft Palate, Patellar Luxation, Brachycephalic Syndrome, and Hemivertebrae.

Take your pet to the veteran for regular checkups and good health care tips.

  • Frenchies do not require much exercise. Just take them for a short walk of 10 minutes daily to keep them active.
  • They cannot tolerate heat therefore they should not be allowed to play in hot areas.
  • The light and smooth coat of a Frenchie is easy to groom and needs brushing quite occasionally.
  • A monthly bath is enough for a Frenchie. After every bath, dry the skin and areas between the skin folds carefully.
  • Check their ears for infections and bacteria.
  • Apply oil on the dry ears and nose edges.
  • Trim their nails regularly, twice a week.
  • Keep their face wrinkles dry and clean. Otherwise, they can be infected by bacteria.

Physical Needs of a French Bulldog

A French Bulldog is an active and playful dog but it does not need much exercise or a big play area. It can easily play indoor and remain happy. Frenchie has a high potential for playfulness with a high energy level. But it cannot tolerate heat, so keep it in a cool and comfortable place.

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Make their training a fun game so that they can easily learn. Frenchie’s can get stubborn and make training difficult.

The Adaptability of a French Bulldog

A French Bulldog is highly adaptable to apartment living and can easily adjust with new people and owners.

A Frenchie can be called as a sensitive dog as it has a low tolerance for being left alone. It loves to be with the family and enjoy being surrounded by people. Being left alone can make a Frenchie depressed and destructive.

A Frenchie has a smooth single coat, that is not sufficient to protect it from extreme heat and harsh cold weather. So never neglect your dog when it comes to tolerating weather conditions.

Feeding a French Bulldog

The French bulldog is a small dog with small food intake. 1 or 1.5 cups of whole-nutrition dog food are enough for a day. Frenchie’s have a wide range of health issues, so keep an eye on the calorie intake and weight gain of your dog.

You can give human food but make sure which human food is good for a French bulldog as it is allergic to some food items as well. If you give treats, be moderate. Avoid cooked bones and fatty food.

Breeding of a French Bulldog

The female French Bulldog goes into heat twice a year at the age of 6 to 12 months. Some female dogs get as late as 14 months. The gestation period is normal like other breeds, 63 days, or 9 weeks.

Make sure to keep an eye on the female French Bulldog during pregnancy and make sure to take care of her comfort and cleanliness.

Lifespan and Growth Cycle of a French Bulldog

A French Bulldog is vulnerable to many diseases and health issues. Because of that, it has a shorter lifespan of about 10 to 13 years.

The French Bulldog is a short dog breed. Both males and females have a short height and less weight.

A male French Bulldogs is 11 to 12 inches high with weight ranging from 20 to 28 pounds. A female French Bulldog weighs about 16 to 22 pounds with the more or less the same height.

Coat and Color of a French Bulldog

A French Bulldog has a single, smooth, shiny, and fine coat. The coat has specks and streaks of different colors with light or dark markings. This single coat is easy to groom but cannot protect from cold and hot weather.

The skin of a French Bulldog is soft, looses, and wrinkled. This dog is available in many colors like black with tan and white, cream, white, brown, and brindle. No color of a French Bulldog is rare and if a breeder tells you this, he is lying to you. Beware…!

Friendliness of a French Bulldog

A French Bulldog has a very high potential for friendliness. It is highly friendly with children, owners, other dogs and pets, and even with strangers. It loves socializing and making new friends. It likes to play with kids and rolls in the feet of owners. It likes to play with other dogs.

It is a small dog breed but toddlers must not be left alone with a French Bulldog. It can be dangerous in any way.

Dr. Annie Spencer

Annie Spencer is a certified Dog Health Expert Veterinarian and holds a masters degree in Dog Emotion & Cognition from the Duke University, USA. She owns a private clinic and shares knowledge of her 30+ year experience at - helping worldwide people with their queries and recommending them with best dog health care products to purchase.