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The French Bulldog: A Guide for Owners

Larry Slawson received his Master's Degree from UNC Charlotte. He has 15+ years of experience with dogs and various pets.

The French Bulldog: A Guide for Owners.

The French Bulldog: A Guide for Owners.

The French Bulldog

Throughout the world, there exists only a handful of dog breeds that can be consistently described as playful, highly-intelligent, and adaptable. One of these dogs is the French Bulldog. First bred in France (during the 1800s) for companionship purposes, this breed continues to fulfill this role in the modern-era and is a favorite of elderly individuals as well as family-based households due to its loving nature. This work examines the French Bulldog and provides an in-depth analysis of the animal’s behavioral patterns, temperament, and general traits. This includes a discussion of the French Bulldog’s health concerns, grooming and training requirements, as well as water and nutritional needs. It is the author’s hope that a better understanding (and appreciation) of this remarkable breed will accompany readers following their completion of this work.

Scientific Classification

  • Common Name: French Bulldog
  • Binomial Name: Canis Lupus Familiaris
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: Canis Lupus
  • Subspecies: Canis Lupus Familiaris
  • Other Name(s): Bouledogue Francais; Frenchie
An adorable French Bulldog in a sweater.

An adorable French Bulldog in a sweater.

History of the French Bulldog

  • Life Span: 9 to 11 years
  • Group: Non-sporting Group
  • Area of Origin: France
  • Date of Origin: 1800s
  • Original Function: Companionship; Lapdog
  • Family: Mastiff; Bull

Origins

The French Bulldog is a relatively new dog breed that first originated in Paris, France during the mid-nineteenth century. Originally developed in the 1800s for companionship and lapdog purposes, early breeders were able to successfully create this particular canine through the selective breeding of Toy Bulldogs (imported from England) and local ratting breeds. The end result of their hard work was the French Bulldog that we know and love today.

Although little is currently known (or understood) about the reasons pertaining to their development as a breed, many experts suggest that the outlawing of bull-baiting and the arrival of displaced lace workers from Nottingham (who brought with them Toy Bulldogs) may have served as motivation for breeders to develop a small and portable Bulldog variety. With Toy Bulldogs becoming extremely popular in Paris, English breeders began to systematically trade large numbers of Bulldogs that they considered to be weak, faulty, or too small. This trade continued unabated until the 1860s, as England’s Toy Bulldog population quickly fell to unprecedented levels (resulting in a dearth of Toy Bulldogs in the country). French breeders, in turn, were overwhelmed with small Bulldogs, and quickly set to work on crossing these lovable canines with ratting breeds to produce a smaller and more compact version of the Bulldog that could be utilized for lapdog purposes.

In the years that followed, the newly established French Bulldog breed (as they came to be known) became highly-fashionable in France, and were a favorite of high-society ladies, creative artists, writers, fashion designers, and even Parisian prostitutes. It is even believed that the artists known as Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec included a number of French Bulldogs in their various paintings.

In the years that followed their initial development, further perfection of the French Bulldog was sought by local breeders. As a result, breeders began to carefully cross French Bulldogs with terrier breeds to develop straighter ears (a highly-sought trait amongst individuals from this period). The efforts proved to be fruitful, as these changes to the French Bulldog quickly garnered attention from abroad, prompting a number of Americans to import the breed to the United States during the 1880s. Despite its popularity amongst society ladies and upper-class families (including the Rockefellers and J.P. Morgans), however, the French Bulldog was not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1906.

Function

In regard to the French Bulldog’s original function and purpose, this particular breed was originally developed for the purpose of companionship and lapdog purposes. In the modern era, the Frenchie continues to fulfill this role, and is a favorite of celebrities and family-based environments. As of today (July 2022), the French Bulldog is currently classified by the American Kennel Club as the most popular dog in the United States, as they are one of the most charming, lovable, and easy-going breeds available for prospective owners. For the time being, this trend appears likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

French Bulldog smiling for the camera.

French Bulldog smiling for the camera.

Appearance and Characteristics

  • Weight: Less than 28 pounds (male and female)
  • Height: 11 to 13 inches (male and female)

The French Bulldog is a relatively small dog breed known for their small and compact appearance. Frenchies should possess a well-distributed and symmetrical body characterized by a muscular form. Likewise, the distance from withers to the ground should be directly proportionate to the length between withers and the tail.

Regarding their overall size and stature, few dogs within this breed exceed 28 pounds, or 11 to 13 inches in total height. Deviations from these rules are considered major faults that should be evaluated by a qualified veterinarian.

Overall head on the French Bulldog should take on a large and square-like appearance. Accentuating the skull is a broad muzzle that is both deep and laid back, with well-developed cheeks, a black nose, and well-defined stop. Completing this region is a pair of rounded, dark brown (almost black) eyes that are set low on the skull, along with bat-like ears that are broad and elongated (maintaining an erect stance).

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Forequarters

In regard to the Frenchie’s forequarters, this particular breed possesses a pair of short (but incredibly stout) legs that are both muscular and straight. Completing the forequarters is a pair of medium-sized feet that are characterized by compact toes, high knuckles, deep padding, and stubby nails (akc.org). Dewclaws can be removed if desired.

Hindquarters

The hindquarters on the French Bulldog follow many of the same traits of the front. Hind legs should be both strong and muscular in their overall appearance, and possess a slightly longer length than the front. Likewise, hocks should be relatively short (i.e. close to the ground). Completing the hindquarters is a pair of compact toes and feet that are well-padded and slightly larger than the front.

Tail

Tails on the French Bulldog can be either straight or screwed (but never curly). Likewise, tails are relatively short for this breed, with an approximate length of 3 to 5-inches for most. Roots, in contrast, are relatively thick and taper to a fine tip. Regarding their appearance, tails on this breed are generally carried low. Deviations to these standards are considered major faults that should be evaluated promptly by a qualified veterinarian.

Coat and Coloration

Coats on the Frenchie are characterized as both short and extremely smooth. Generally speaking, the skin on this particular breed is both loose and soft (especially around the head and shoulders), providing the Frenchie with a wrinkled appearance (akc.org).

In regard to color, the French Bulldog comes in a variety of colors. These include white, cream, fawn, or a combination of these color groups. A number of markings and patterns are also common for this breed, including brindle, piebald, black shadings (especially around the face), along with various white patches. Other colors are considered highly-undesirable by breeders, and are classified as “disqualifying” factors by the AKC.

Beautiful tan French Bulldog.

Beautiful tan French Bulldog.

Is the French Bulldog Right for Your Home?

General Characteristics

  • Energy Level: 3/5
  • Exercise Needs: 1/5
  • Playfulness: 3/5
  • Affection Towards Owners: 3/5
  • Friendliness Towards Other Animals: 3/5
  • Training Difficulty: 3/5
  • Grooming Level: 1/5

Note: Scale of 1 to 5 (1=Lowest, 5=Highest)

Temperament and Personality Traits

Generally speaking, the French Bulldog is typically described by experts (and owners) as an extremely laid-back breed. Possessing a natural affinity for fun and games, the French Bulldog makes for an excellent companion pet as they are extremely friendly and love to have a good time. In spite of this, it is important to note that the term “Bulldog” was given for a reason, as Frenchies tend to think of themselves as being extremely “tough,” and possess a headstrong temperament (making them difficult to control at times). Likewise, they can also be quite reserved around strangers and other animals, and require a great deal of supervision when in the presence of others for the first time. In spite of these negatives though, the French Bulldog is a remarkably loving breed renowned for their tendency to bond deeply with family members.

Are French Bulldogs Good With Children?

Yes and no. Generally speaking, the French Bulldog tends to do well with children (and even babies) due to their friendly demeanor and love for playtime. Nevertheless, it is vital that owners (parents) supervise their Frenchies when in the presence of children, as roughhousing and improper handling can result in aggressive reactions from your pet. To remedy this, early socialization (performed during your dog’s puppy stages of development) will go a long way in preventing bad behaviors and poor relationships from forming. And while the Frenchie is well-suited for family-based environments, most experts agree that this particular breed is best-suited for homes with older children due to their small size and demeanor.

As with all dog breeds, parents should actively instruct their children on the proper way to handle and approach their French Bulldog companions. This includes forbidding children from pulling (or grabbing) their Frenchie’s ears or tail, poking their eyes, or approaching their dog when its eating or sleeping. By ensuring these rules are followed, owners can help to establish a safe environment for their pet that is conducive to the formation of loving relationships.

How Smart is the French Bulldog?

The French Bulldog is a moderately intelligent breed within the canine world. As of July 2022, this breed is ranked #58 amongst the world’s smartest dogs. This places the French Bulldog side by side with the Pug, Brussels Griffon, and Maltese Terrier in regard to their overall intelligence level (Coren, 182). Characterized by experts as a “fifth tier” breed, the Frenchie is generally capable of learning a new command after 40 to 80 repetitions of an action. Likewise, they will typically obey a new command (after learning it) 40-percent of the time for owners. For most Frenchies, owners will quickly discover that this breed is relatively easy to train as they love to please their owners. Nevertheless, owners should not expect their French Bulldog to learn a new trick or command after only one or two repetitions, as training will generally require a significant investment of both time and energy on behalf of the owner.

Black French Bulldog.

Black French Bulldog.

Grooming Requirements

Brushing and Bathing

As a short-haired breed, the French Bulldog requires only minimal grooming to maintain its coat throughout the year. Regular brushing is a vital component to a dog’s well-being, and serves a number of basic functions. These include:

  • Removing dead skin cells, dirt, dead hair, and debris.
  • Stimulating the circulation of blood within the skin.
  • Stimulating nerve endings.
  • Spreading natural oils throughout your dog’s coat.

Since the French Bulldog’s hair is so short, brushing will not require a great deal of effort, and can be done in a matter of minutes by experienced owners. Ideally, individuals should plan to brush their Frenchie every day; however, once or twice a week will also suffice for most dogs (assuming they are kept relatively clean throughout the week). Regarding equipment, most veterinarians and dog experts agree that a brush with rubber bristles works well for this particular breed, as they are flexible and gentle (due to their soft components).

Regarding baths, most experts agree that monthly (sometimes weekly) baths are sufficient for the French Bulldog. As a breed that is highly-susceptible to various skin issues (and allergies), regular baths will go a long way toward preventing skin issues. For best results, always consult with your Frenchie’s veterinarian before purchasing special shampoos, conditioners, and rinses.

Ear Cleaning and Nail Trimming

As with all dog breeds, owners should pay particular attention to their French Bulldog’s ears and nails. Ears should be checked daily for various debris, such as the accumulation of tiny hairs that can occasionally “clog” the ears and result in painful sores or infection. If debris is discovered during routine inspections, be sure to promptly remove these foreign substances, as trapped dirt and hair are havens for harmful bacteria. Likewise, nails should be kept clean, short, and trimmed on a regular basis in order to prevent serious injuries to your Frenchie’s paws. Failure to heed this warning can result in painful tears to your French Bulldog’s feet, as longer nails tend to become snagged on various objects (and terrain) over extended periods of time. Nail trimming is a relatively easy procedure to perform, and can be done at home by owners. For individuals that aren’t comfortable with performing the procedure, however, nail trimming can be performed (for a nominal fee) by both veterinarians and groomers alike. It is important to note though, that owners should expect to pay slightly more for the latter option.

Dental Hygiene

Finally, and crucially, dental hygiene is also extremely important for the French Bulldog. Ideally, owners should plan to brush their dog’s teeth daily in order to remove food-based debris from the gums and teeth. Maintaining proper hygiene of the mouth is an important element of grooming that is often ignored by owners (despite its importance to the health and well-being of their pets). The absence of proper cleaning will almost certainly lead to gingivitis, gum disease, and tooth decay for your pet if hygienic practices are ignored for long periods of time. In turn, these health issues can dramatically affect the overall quality of your French Bulldog’s life.

French Bulldog sitting patiently.

French Bulldog sitting patiently.

Training and Exercise Needs

How Difficult is the French Bulldog to Train?

The French Bulldog is an intelligent (but incredibly stubborn) dog breed that requires a “special touch” by owners. Prospective owners should note that this breed requires a great deal of firmness and patience when training. However, owners should never resort to yelling or extreme discipline with their Frenchies, as this behavior can result in significant regression and behavioral issues with your pet due to their sensitive nature. As a breed that loves to eat, owners may find that incentive-based training (such as snacks) is extremely effective for the French Bulldog and will go a long way toward ensuring training sessions are both fun and profitable.

How Much Exercise Does a French Bulldog Require Each Day?

In regard to exercise requirements, daily goals will vary significantly for the French Bulldog and are dependent upon your dog’s age and general health. For healthy adults, most experts agree that approximately 45 to 60 minutes of exercise is ideal for most Frenchies. Puppies, in contrast, will require far less exercise during the first six months of their life. For most puppies, experts suggest 3 minutes of walking for every month of their age (for example, a five-month-old Frenchie will require only 15 minutes of daily walks). Likewise, senior French Bulldogs will also require less exercise than regular adults, as their bodies and health can make daily walks extremely difficult over time. For best results (and to ensure you are following a healthy exercise routine with your particular pet), always consult with your Frenchie’s veterinarian as they can offer insight and advice that is tailored to your dog’s particular needs.

How Difficult is the French Bulldog to Housetrain?

Generally speaking, the Frenchie is a relatively difficult dog breed to housetrain. For best results, owners should begin training their French Bulldog as soon as possible (during their puppy stage of development). This helps to ensure that good habits are established as early as possible (as bad habits are difficult to break in later stages of your dog’s life). As with many breeds, repetition is the primary key for success in housebreaking your Frenchie. Owners should plan to devote approximately 20 to 32 weeks towards training this particular breed, with housetraining beginning between one and six months of age. For best results, owners should schedule regular (and consistent) potty breaks after meals, playtime, early morning hours, and just before bed. Likewise, using specific phrases (such as “go potty”) during these routine breaks will help your puppy to identify this phrase with the need to relieve themselves. Through hard work and a consistent routine, it won’t be long before your French Bulldog is fully housetrained.

Nutritional Needs

As with most breeds, a high-quality dog food should always be the number one priority for your pet. These meals can be prepared by a manufacturer, or at home following the guidance and supervision of your dog’s veterinarian. In regard to food choices, owners should always avoid giving their French Bulldogs human-based foods as they contain a number of objects and substances (such as oils, preservatives, and fats) that are extremely harmful to your pet. The following provides insight into some of the most toxic foods available to dogs. This list is in no way comprehensive. When in doubt about which substances are harmful to your pet, always consult your veterinarian.

Avoid giving these 10 foods to your French Bulldog!

Avoid giving these 10 foods to your French Bulldog!

How Much Food Should a French Bulldog Eat Per Day?

As with all dog breeds, feeding requirements vary significantly with every pet and depend greatly on your Frenchie’s weight, energy level, and age. For this reason, owners should work actively with their veterinarian to establish a feeding cycle that fits their dog’s specific needs. Generally speaking, however, the French Bulldog requires approximately 1 to 1.5 cups of dry dog food on a daily basis. This should, in turn, be divided into two separate (equal) meals throughout the day of 0.5 to 0.75 cups, respectively. More active dogs will require slightly more food each day, whereas less-active animals will require slightly less. Feeding requirements will also vary significantly for French Bulldog puppies, as their early stages of life represent a time frame of rapid growth and development. For puppies, most experts suggest feeding them 1.5 cups of food a day, divided into three separate meals (until they are at least 12 weeks old).

Water Needs

Maintaining proper hydration is also extremely important for the French Bulldog. Nearly 70-percent of a dog’s body is comprised of water (similar to the human body). Therefore, owners should pay active attention to their dog’s water needs throughout the day as their requirements can change in response to both outside temperatures and their daily activity levels. As with most breeds, standard water requirements are usually determined by your dog’s weight. For every 7 pounds of weight, a French Bulldog should consume approximately 6 ounces of water per day. For example, a 28-pound dog would require 24 ounces of water in a day’s time.

As with food, more active dogs will require slightly more water (in the vicinity of dog 35 to 47 ounces per day), whereas less active animals will require only the minimum suggested intake discussed above. Likewise, hotter weather will warrant additional water throughout the day, whereas colder conditions will be far less taxing to your French Bulldog’s hydration levels. If you are in doubt, always check with your veterinarian to ensure you a providing your Frenchie with appropriate water amounts throughout the day. Left untreated, dehydration can be extremely detrimental to your dog’s overall health and well-being.

Signs and symptoms of dehydration in the French Bulldog.

Signs and symptoms of dehydration in the French Bulldog.

Deciding to Adopt a French Bulldog

The decision to adopt a French Bulldog is a major life-decision that should never be taken lightly. In fact, numerous studies performed by scholars and animal-based organizations (such as the AKC) have demonstrated time and again that “spur-of-the-moment” decisions to adopt new puppies are the number one reason for pet abandonment in the Western world (PetHelpful.com). More often than not, individuals discover they are wholly unprepared (and incapable) of providing for their new puppy’s needs in the long-term. As a result, individuals should exercise restraint before deciding to adopt a new pet, and carefully consider the ramifications of this sort of decision.

To aid in the decision-making process, the following list has been prepared for prospective owners. Before adding a new French Bulldog to your home, ask yourself these 10 basic questions in order to determine your suitability for a new dog:

  • Is my home properly equipped for a new dog?
  • Am I ready (emotionally) for the ups and downs of dog care?
  • Can I afford a new pet at this stage of my life?
  • What type of dog fits my personality and lifestyle?
  • Should I get a puppy or an older dog?
  • Am I prepared for potential behavioral issues?
  • What kind of grooming is required for the breed I’m interested in?
  • Will this dog get along with my other pets?
  • What is my motivation for adopting a new pet?
  • Do I have time for a new dog?

If you are incapable of answering any of these questions in the affirmative, have specific (and troubling) doubts, or lack the resources (or patience) to undertake a new pet, ownership of a French Bulldog may not be suited for you.

What Type of Home Is Best for a French Bulldog?

Due to their small size and stature, prospective owners should note that this particular breed is well-suited for nearly any living arrangements, including both urban and rural-based environments. As such, they are a perfect choice for small apartments, condos, townhomes, farmhouses, and larger homes in the country. In spite of this, it is important to note that the French Bulldog is not suited to “outside living,” as they are an “indoor breed” in every conceivable way. For these reasons, French Bulldogs should never be left outside for long periods of time, nor should they be forced to sleep outdoors (as this breed is highly-sensitive to hot and cold weather conditions.

In regard to personality type, the French Bulldog is well-suited for all types of owners (including both extroverts and introverts) as they are extremely kind-hearted, affectionate, and adaptable to nearly any environment. Prospective owners, however, should possess a remarkable degree of love and patience, as the Frenchie’s stubborn personality is sometimes difficult to accept and overcome (even for the most experienced of owners).

Are French Bulldogs Good with Other Pets?

Yes and no. Generally speaking, the French Bulldog tends to do well with other pets in the home. However, it is important to note that this particular breed is known to chase other pets (such as cats and small dogs) due to their jealous and competitive nature. As such, French Bulldogs should always be supervised by their owners when in the presence of other animals. To ensure proper behaviors are developed, experts agree that early socialization with your Frenchie and other household pets will go a long way towards ensuring positive relationships are established (before bad behaviors become habits).

Is the French Bulldog a Good Guard Dog?

No. While the French Bulldog will certainly try to protect their family members from harm (in the event of a break-in or criminal intrusion), their small size and stature makes them inadequate for the role of guardianship in the home. Likewise, the Frenchie is not overly territorial and aggressive, thus, hampering their overall deterrence capabilities. In spite of this though, owners will be pleased to discover that the French Bulldog often makes for a wonderful “watch dog” due to their alertness, and propensity to bark when they sense something is not right in the home (PetHelpful.com). For owners seeking a dog for protective purposes, however, they will likely be better-served by a more aggressive breed such as the Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, or German Shepherd (to name only a few).

An adorable French Bulldog puppy.

An adorable French Bulldog puppy.

How to Select a French Bulldog Puppy

As mentioned above, the decision to adopt a French Bulldog is a major life-decision that should never be taken lightly by prospective owners. This also applies to the selection of puppies, as great care should be taken when adopting a new dog from a breeder. When examining litters, potential owners should evaluate French Bulldog puppies with a number of things in mind. The following list includes several questions for prospective owners to consider in the puppy-selection process:

  • How social (and interactive) is the Frenchie puppy you are interested in?
  • Does the puppy actively try to sniff your hand, or cower in fear when approached?
  • Does the puppy you are interested in play well with their brothers and sisters?
  • Is the Frenchie puppy prone to roughhousing and more aggressive behaviors? Do they growl when you are near, or try to cover you in kisses?

These are just a few of the questions individuals should consider before selecting a French Bulldog puppy, as these items reveal a great deal of the dog’s personality and temperament that will be dominant for the remainder of their lives. As one might expect, there are no “right” or “wrong” answers to these questions as they are geared towards ensuring your new puppy possesses a personality that mimics your own (thus, ensuring your new companion is a good fit for you and your home).

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, always ask breeders for health clearances which helps to prove that each puppy has been cleared for various health conditions. This includes asking breeders for a verification of vaccination records, results from a four-panel DNA test (which provide details pertaining to the puppy’s susceptibility to degenerative myelopathy (DM), hyperuricosuria (HUU), juvenile hereditary cataract (JHC), and “canine multifocal retinopathy 1”), as well as OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) and CERF (Canine Eye Registry Foundation) certificates that prove your potential puppy possesses no hip or retinal issues. Not only does this ensure that you are getting a healthy puppy, but it also helps prove that the seller is a responsible breeder who cares for the health and safety of their animals (PetHelpful.com).

How Much Does a French Bulldog Cost?

Overall costs for a French Bulldog vary significantly and depend heavily on the dog’s age, location, and availability (i.e. public demand at the time of purchase). In addition, the source of the dog is also critical for price determination, as private individuals, sellers, and breeders will charge additional money, whereas adoption sites will charge significantly less (if anything at all). As of July 2022, an individual can expect to pay approximately $1,500 to $3,000 for a French Bulldog puppy (with most going for $2,800 each). For the duration of your Frenchie’s life, total costs of owning this particular breed (per year) are expected to be in the vicinity of $1,500 to $2,190. These figures represent the sum of food, veterinary bills, toys, and grooming needs. This places the total cost of owning a French Bulldog (for the duration of their lives) in the range of $10,000 to $25,000.

For those interested in older dogs, individuals can expect to pay slightly less, as the average French Bulldog sells for approximately $1,000 to $2,000 (with an average price of $1,500).

Health Concerns

  • Hip and Elbow Evaluation
  • Spinal Exam
  • Knee Exam
  • Vision Test

Owners should actively work with a qualified veterinarian in their area to develop a nutritional and preventive-care plan for their French Bulldog. Proper diet, nutrition, and early detection of health issues can go a long way in helping your dog achieve a happy and healthy life. Unfortunately, the French Bulldog is a breed renowned for its host of health problems (many of them quite serious). This is due, largely, to their facial structure which makes them prone to a variety of breathing conditions over time. Not all Frenchies will develop these diseases and conditions; nevertheless, it is important for owners to be aware of these potential issues.

Some of the most common issues facing the Frenchie are hip dysplasia, brachycephalic syndrome, seasonal allergies, hemivertebrae, and patellar luxation. Other serious problems facing this breed are “intervertebral disc disease” (IVDD), von Willebrand’s disease, cleft palate, as well as elongated soft palate (akc.org). Thankfully, many of these issues can be successfully diagnosed during routine veterinary visits. Likewise, a number of these issues are highly-treatable (especially when they are diagnosed at an early stage). This is why it’s so important for owners to play an active role in assuring their pet is seen regularly by a qualified veterinarian who is trained in identifying these specific conditions (PetHelpful.com).

With proper care, owners can expect their French Bulldog to live between 9 to 11 years, though it is common for this breed to live several years beyond this.

Signs and symptoms of illness in the French Bulldog.

Signs and symptoms of illness in the French Bulldog.

Famous French Bulldogs

  • “Dali” (Owned by Hugh Jackman).
  • “Hobbs” (Owned by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson).
  • “Manny” the Frenchie.
  • “Minnie Pearl” (Owned by Reese Witherspoon).
  • “Popeye” (Owned by Eva Longoria).

Pros and Cons of the French Bulldog

Pros:

  • Small but incredibly sturdy breed that is capable of holding its own.
  • Extremely unique breed with large expressive eyes.
  • Relatively easy to groom due to their sleek and easy-to-care-for coat.
  • Relatively polite breed that gets along with strangers and other pets.
  • Loves to play games with owners.
  • Doesn’t require a great deal of exercise due to their small size and stature.
  • Doesn’t bark a whole lot, which is great for owners with neighbors close by.

Cons:

  • Prone to snorting, wheezing, snoring, and excessive slobbering (similar to bulldogs).
  • Extremely gassy, and prone to extreme flatulence at times.
  • Incredibly stubborn (to a fault), making training sessions difficult.
  • Difficult to housebreak.
  • Prone to a number of health problems (some serious) due to their facial structure.
  • Extremely expensive when compared to other dog breeds that are available.

Concluding Thoughts

To summarize, the French Bulldog is a fascinating dog breed that is known worldwide for its clownish personality, playful attitude, and affectionate demeanor. Although it is true that this particular breed can be remarkably stubborn (to a fault), is prone to excessive snoring, and is susceptible to a number of potential health condition, owners will be hard-pressed to find another breed that is as sweet, loyal, and loving as the French Bulldog. For these reasons, the Frenchie will likely remain a top pick among dog lovers for the foreseeable future.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Larry Slawson

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