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French Bulldog


Origin | The French Bulldog originated from England and was developed to be a toy size version of a standard bulldog. They were particularly popular among lace workers in Nottingham, England. When the same lace workers migrated to France they naturally brought their Bulldogs along. They thrived well in France and the greater Europe before they were immigrated to America. The first French Bulldog was recorded in the US in 1896. He was nicknamed the Frenchie, and the breed still retains that affectionate nickname to today.

Traits | They are a small breed of domestic dogs. These dogs were developed as a crossbreed between the English Bulldogs, and the local rattlers reared in Paris. They are a non-hypoallergenic breed with a lifespan of between 10 and 12 years. They weigh between 16 and 28 pounds and have a height between 11 inches and 1 foot at the shoulders. They exist in seven different coat colors: White, Tan, Brindle & White, Brindle, Fawn, Cream, and Black Brindle.

Feeding & Health | The recommended daily portion for French Bulldogs is 1 to 1½ cups of high-grade dry foods a day divided into two meals portions. There are about four or five diseases that tend to affect frenchies the most: hip dysplasia, allergies, hemivertebrae, patellar luxation and cleft palate. Although these diseases are seen to affect French bulldogs, it is not very common. If you are getting a puppy make sure the breeder gives you the health certificate of the puppy and his two parents.

Personality | The French bulldog or 'frenchies' are known to be smart, loyal and loving dogs. They want and need to spend a lot of time with their human friends. They are fun loving freethinkers, which makes them easy to train when it is done with positive reinforcement and encouragement. They require lots of food rewards, play and lots of praise in order to grow up to be disciplined. In many ways, they resemble their bulldog ancestors from England. Crate training is very critical since French bulldogs can be destructive, especially as young puppies.

Care | They do not need lots of exercises since they are relatively low energy although there are some exceptions to the rule. To be able to keep their weight in check, you need to give them short walks and plays. They generally enjoy playing, and they need large yards in order to enjoy themselves thoroughly. They are prone to heat exhaustion and therefore they should only exercise in colder temperatures. Their free thinking minds can make them stubborn especially during training.

Adult Size

  • Medium
  • Small

Amount of Shedding

  • Sheds Little
  • Sheds Nearly Not at All

Appropriate Environment

  • Apartment
  • Fenced In Yard
  • House
  • Invisible Fenced Yard

Behavior if Left Alone

  • Doesn’t Like Being Left Alone
  • Wrong Dog to Leave Alone

Breed Group

  • Toy Group

Coat Length

  • Very Short Coat

Coat Quality

  • Smooth Coat
  • Soft Coat


  • Black
  • Black & Fawn
  • Black & White
  • Brindle
  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & Black
  • Fawn & White
  • Fawn Brindle
  • Gray & White
  • White
  • White & Brindle
  • White & Fawn


  • Drools Occasionally
  • Drools Regularly

Energy Level

  • Get Up? Me?

Exercise Needs

  • Needs Occasional Exercise
  • Rarely Needs Exercise

Full Grown Height

  • 10-13″

Full Grown Weight

  • 16-20lbs
  • 21-25lbs
  • 26-30lbs

General Health

  • Not a Very Healthy Breed

Good Choice for New Dog Owners

  • Good Dog for Your First Dog
  • Great First Dog!
  • Very Good for Your First Dog!

Good Dog for Cold Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Cold Weather

Good Dog for Hot Weather?

  • Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Weather
  • Wrong Dog for Hot Weather

Good With Children?

  • Good with Kids
  • Great With Kids
  • Very Good With Kids


  • Doesn’t Require Grooming


  • Smart


  • Affectionate
  • Very Affectionate


  • Playful
  • Very Playful

Recommended OFA Tests

  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Optional)
  • Congenital Cardiac Database ARCH – ACVIM Registry of Cardiac Health – or – OFA evaluation
  • Eye Examination by ACVO Ophthalmologist
  • Hip Dysplasia OFA/OVC Evaluation or PennHIP
  • Juvenile Cataracts (Optional) – DNA test
  • Patellar Luxation – OFA Evaluation

Social Behavior with Dogs

  • Socializes Well with Other Dogs

Top Life Expectancy

  • 11 years
  • 12 years
  • 13 years

Training Tendencies

  • Easy to Train
  • Very Easy to Train

Vocalization Tendencies

  • Barks or Howls Appropriately