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    Jul 22, French Bulldog: Comical, Curious, Clever: Complete Breed Profile

    By Janice Jones     |Last updated 07-22-2021

    A French Bulldog is both an adorable fur ball and an amazing companion.  If cuteness and best friend are on your “must have” list,” then you can get the best
    of both worlds with the Frenchie. This breed is really good at sitting
    around and being cute.

    With their pushed in face, adorable snorting, and their
    bubbly personality, they is irresistible. It is not a surprise
    that these adorable companions are in the top three most popular dogs in New
    York City.

    Frenchies love to be pleased. Probably more than they like pleasing
    others, but they are still a wonderful companion.

    French BulldogFrench Bulldog

    French bulldogs are not just cute on the inside; they are
    also extremely cute on the outside as well. They are very sturdy and stocky
    little guys, but not really that proportionate. They have massive heads
    compared to their tiny and weak hips.

    With that being said, they have a short
    head compared to the length of their cranium, but it does not make them any
    less cute, it just causes some health problems. Due to these fur babies being
    very top heavy, they cannot swim.

    They’re more anchor than buoy, so keep that
    in mind when your Frenchie is by any water.

    One of the French bulldogs’ most notorious characteristic,
    are their tall, erect bat ears. The early breeders liked their ears floppy and
    droopy, but nowadays every Frenchie will have the perky bat ears.

    Another unmistakable
    characteristic is, of course, their cute little face wrinkles. This is a
    characteristic that everyone knows and loves when it comes to any type of

    As long as you keep the wrinkles free of moisture and clean, you and
    your Frenchie will be as happy as can be.

    Quick Facts

    Other Names Used: Bouledogue Français, Frenchie

    Affiliation: Non-Sporting Group; AKC
    recognized in 1898


         Height: They
    usually stand between 11 and 13 inches

         Weight: Should
    not weight over 28 pounds

    Coat Type: Smooth
    and fine with an average amount of shedding

    Colors: Brindle,
    fawn, white, black and a mix of all those colors

    Country of Origin: England

    Activity Level: Low

    Life Expectancy: 10-12

    Good with Children: Yes,
    but due to their stock nature, they may knock your little ones over if they get
    too excited. Supervision is necessary with young children.

    Good with Other Pets:


    Frenh Bulldog

    Despite their name, the French bulldog actually comes from
    England. During the industrial revolution, English artisan workers, especially
    lace-makers, wanted small companions around to improve the quality of their

    They turned first to a dwarf version of the English bulldog, and then
    crossed that with the Pug and the Terrier. This adorable mix was a success and
    it is what makes up our favorite adorable little French bulldog.  

    To understand just how the breed developed its
    uniqueness, one needs to look at what was happening in England two hundred
    years ago. 

    Some English bulldog breeders chose to alter the breed to a
    bigger, heavier version.  Others decided
    to cross them with terriers creating the bull and terrier breeds that were used
    for dog fighting. 

    Still others chose to
    create a smaller toy bulldog with upright ears, round foreheads with a little
    terrier personality mixed in.  These are
    the dogs that became popular with the lace makers.

    During the start of the Industrial Revolution, these lace
    makers immigrated to France and took their little dogs with them.  They soon became very popular with the French
    and at this point they were called Bouledogues Français. 

    Since the English did not like the breed, the
    French took over, perfecting it and making small changes to the breed’s

    Americans traveling to France fell in love with the breed
    and brought them home to the United States. 

    By the beginning of the 20th century, the Frenchie was very
    popular in American, but lost ground after World War I and for the next 50
    years, the Boston Terrier probably took the French Bulldog’s place in

    Much of this was due to the
    difficulty of mating and whelping French Bulldogs.  They became so rare that it was reported that
    on 106 French Bulldogs were registered in 1960.

    It wasn’t until after the 1990s that their popularity came
    back.  Ranked at number 58 in the AKC
    registration statistics of 2002, they are now (2016) number 6.  A far cry from 1960!


    French Bulldog

    Dog Breed Ratings Got You a Little Confused?
    Here’s a little help in understanding them

    • Playfulness:   Most Playful = 5    Least Playful = 1
    • Affection:  Most Affectionate = 5   Least Affectionate = 1
    • Friendliness Towards Strangers: Most Friendly = 5  Least = 1
    • Good With Children:  Great= 5    Not Good with Children = 1
    • Good With Dogs:  Great = 5   Not Good Around Dogs = 1
    • Good With First Time Owners:  Fine=5  Not Appropriate = 1
    • Exercise Required:  Extensive Daily Exercise = 1  Minimal = 1
    • Ease of Training:  Very Easy = 5     Difficult = 1
    • Watch Dog:  Excellent Watchdog = 5  Minimal = 1
    • Grooming:  Time Consuming = 5   Minimal = 1
    • Shedding:  Heavy Shedder = 5     Minimal = 1
    • Cold Tolerance:  Well Tolerated = 5   Poor Tolerance = 1
    • Heat Tolerance:  Well Tolerated = 5  Poor Tolerance = 1

    The French bulldog is a companion dog. This means that they
    work extra hard to make and keep a special bond with their owner.

    They require
    close contact with humans and love to be around people, especially families.
    These furry friends are very playful and alert, without being yappy or loud.

    Frenchies will definitely let you know when the mailman is approaching, but
    they are pretty calm and sedate most of the time, as long as they do not feel
    like they are in danger.

    Like many toy breeds, the French bulldog is very playful,
    curious, and overall just a hilarious dog.

    They are extremely comical and can
    keep you occupied for hours. Just make sure they are not unsupervised while
    being outside because they over heat very easily.

    Frenchies were originally
    bred to improve the quality of people’s lives, and they certainly continue to
    live up to that standard today.

    The Frenchie needs very little exercise, and that is why
    they do great with apartment and small place dwellers. Your little guy will
    never bite, but they are very stubborn and can be hard to train.

    A few commands
    can be taught, but do not expect your Frenchie to be able to learn all the
    commands that say, a Border collie could. 

    These dogs are bred to be the boss of the house, but do not let them
    take control of you because with any dog, that could lead to a potentially mean
    dog. Make sure you let your Frenchie know who’s boss, and maintain that
    alpha-dog mentality.


    White French Bulldog

    If grooming is not your forte, you are in luck with this
    very easy to groom dog. Since French bulldogs’ hair is so short and fine, they
    do not need more than the average bath every now and then.

    They are moderate to
    average shedders though, so a routine brushing to remove excess hair will never
    hurt. They will also need the normal nail clipping, ear cleaning, etc.

    The main
    focus when it comes to grooming would have to be those adorable little face
    wrinkles. Although they are very cute, they can cause the Frenchie a lot of
    discomfort if not kept clean.

    Dog wipes can be used to wipe out the folds, but
    as long as you keep them clean and free of moisture, your furry friend will be
    as happy as you are.

    Health Concerns

    Health concerns of the French BulldogHealth concerns of the French Bulldog

    Like all dog breeds, the French Bulldog is prone to some issues that have a genetic link.  The chance that your dog will have one or more of these problems is low, but before deciding on a breed, it is always a good idea to research the health problems that can occur.  

    Ask your breeder if she/he has had any issues with her own dogs and breeding stock.  Most reputable breeders will be honest about her line and will give you information on any testing she has done on the parents.  Run, don’t walk away from any breeder that tells you all of her dogs are fine.

    Brachycephalic Syndrome

    Reproductive Issues


    Cherry Eye

    Luxating Patella


    Hip Dysplasia

    Problems with Anesthesia


    • They
      are not excessive barkers
    • Great
      companion dogs
    • Easy to
    • Don’t
      require that much exercise
    • Very
      lovable, playful, and friendly


    • Can be hard
      headed and stubborn at times
    • Known
      to be prone to many health concerns
    • Have
      trouble reproducing
    • Cannot
    • Breathing

    Did You Know

    you know that Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon, David Beckham, Ashley
    Olsen, Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Martha Stewart all own French Bulldogs?

    Bulldogs have earned the nickname “ Frog dogs” due to the way they lay with
    their back legs splayed out behind them.

    French Bulldog Pin

    Additional Information


    Bulldog Club of America


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