French Bulldogs are pleasant, sturdy, compact dogs. They have large square heads, a rounded forehead, and wide set eyes. They have black noses that may be lighter in lighter-colored dogs. French Bulldogs have large bat-like ears that stand up straight from their heads. Their tails can be straight or corkscrew and their coats are short and smooth. Their skin is loose, causing wrinkles to form around their heads and shoulders. The breed’s coat colors vary between white, cream, fawn, brindle, and black. They are commonly referred to as “Frenchies”.
The French Bulldog originated in 19th Century Nottingham, England, where lacemakers decided to make a smaller, miniature, lap-sized version of the English Bulldog that was referred to as a “toy” bulldog. In the 1860s, when the Industrial Revolution drove the craftsmen to France, they took their dogs with them. The toy bulldogs became popular in France and were given the name the “French Bulldog.” The breed eventually made its way back to England for dog shows. The Brits were not happy with the name “French” given to a dog that was originally from England, however the name “French Bulldog” stuck.
French Bulldogs are bright, alert, active, and affectionate companions. They are enthusiastic and lively without being yappy and loud like many other small breeds. They have funny personalities and often like to clown around. Frenchies typically get along well with other dogs, animals, and children. This breed loves attention and enjoys spending ample time with their humans. They will often take offense to being ignored.
French Bulldogs actually like to be clean, and many will avoid puddles or mud. Unlike their relative, the English Bulldog, Frenchies don’t drool or slobber very much. They are terrible swimmers, so take extra caution when around water.
- Height: 12 inches
- Weight: 19 – 28 pounds
- Lifespan: 10 – 12 years
- Grooming: Minimal baths and regular brushing
Care & Health
Frenchies make good apartment dogs as they are fairly active indoors. They need to be taken on a daily walk and will play outside all day if you let them. Be careful in high temperatures. They are sensitive to heat and can get overheated quickly. They tend to weave and snore and have trouble in hot weather.
French Bulldogs are prone to joint disease, spinal disorders, heart defects, and eye problems. Going under anesthesia is risky for this breed because of their breathing issues. Frenchie parents should be aware that this breed can be high maintenance and may need to go to the vet regularly.
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