General Information

Dog NameFrench Bulldog
Other NamesBouledogue Français
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeBulldog
Breed ForBull-baiting
Country of OriginFrance

Physical And Size

Min Life Span11
Max Life Span13
Min Ideal Weight for male12
Max Ideal Weight for male14
Min Ideal Weight for female12
Max Ideal Weight for male14


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentSmart, Affectionate, Charming
Prey DriveNo
Fighting DogYes


Stranger FriendlyHigh
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyMedium
Office FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginFrance
Nicknames and Other Names Bouledogue Français, Frenchie
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePurebred
GroupNon-sporting Group, Companion
Bred ForBull-baiting
Life Span11-13 years
Ideal Weightunder 28 pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height11-13 inches (male and female)
Fur TypeShort, smooth, fine
Common ColorsWhite, Brindle, Fawn, White and Brindle,
Fawn and White, Cream,
Brindle and White
AvailabilityWidely available
AchievementsOne Frenchie won best of breed
for eight years in a row
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBoston Terrier

With cute pointing ears, French Bulldogs are beautiful dogs that will brighten up your day with their adorable face and comical personality. They have the motto “Love the one you are with” which clearly tells us that they are the most loving dog anyone can ever have.

French Bulldogs are suited for both apartment dwellers or one with a big back yard. To understand your pet’s behavior and to keep them happy, you must know about their history, health issues as well as their personality traits.

Brief History Of French Bulldogs

The French Bulldogs were originated in England to be the toy version of Bulldogs around 1850 or 1860. This breed was quite famous among the lace workers in the city of Nottingham. When the lace workers migrated from Nottingham to France, they brought their French Bulldogs with them which eventually became famous and fashionable among the wealthy women in the cities.

French Bulldogs ready for dog shows.
Vintage Picture of French Bulldogs.
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The breed got their name ‘French’ when the lace makers moved to France taking their miniature canine with them. The tiny Bulldogs quickly became famous in France, although the European breeders preferred rose-shaped ears, rather than the large erect bat-like ears.

In 1897, the French Bulldog Club of America was formed making the way to perform in the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom in 1898. After that, the breed prominently flourished all over the world. The breed got their nickname “Frenchie” which are still used and loved today.

Playful And Lively Behavior Around Children

Frenchies get along with children very well and love playing and following the children. If not given attention by the children, they will ask for it whether by barking or interrupting whatever they are doing.

French Bulldog Loves Spending Time With Children.
Having A Good Time With My Playmate.
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French Bulldogs are protective towards their playmate. Frenchies are very gentle and caring with children. Your children are perfectly safe around Frenchies.

Behavioral Traits of French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs are known to be one of the best companion in the world. They are small, easy to handle and are very well behave around new people and animals. Frenchies have the reputation for being clownish and loving. They will steal your attention in a minute with their clownish behavior.

French Bulldog Playing With Its Toy Lamb.
Want A Ride In My Lamb?
Photo Credit- manny_the_frenchie

They don’t need much exercise which makes easy for the owners who cannot afford enough time exercising. You will find your Frenchie happily curling up and relaxing on the sofa. They are more like a couch potato!

French Bulldogs are truly people oriented dogs. They don’t like being left alone. For that reason, people who work all day long, should not commit to a French Bulldog since they easily develop separation anxiety. They will become depressed which may lead to chewing and destruction of house.


French Bulldogs doesn’t need too much exercise. They will need at least 15 minutes of walk and a few sessions of chasing a ball that’s it! It is easy to live with a French Bulldog however, Frenchies are very stubborn when it comes to training.

French Bulldog Trying To Play Ball.
French Bulldog playing with a Toy!
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In contrast, the French Bulldogs will simply ignore your cues while training and are known to quickly lose interest in training sessions. Likewise, the training sessions should be kept short and fun. Therefore, offering treats would help training a stubborn Frenchie.

Health Problems

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesAllergies, Hemi-vertebrae,
Elongated Soft Palate,
Intervertebral Disk Disease, Cleft Palate,
Brachycephalic Syndrome,
Von Willebrand’s Disease
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus,
Canine Distemper
SheddingLow Shedder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingEasy and Minimal Grooming required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
AllergiesSkin Allergy
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 22%
Fat: 8%
Omeega-3 Fatty Acid

The average life expectancy of the French Bulldog is 10-12 years. There are potential hereditary defects and disorders found in French Bulldogs such as


There are three types of allergies; food-allergy which can be treated with elimination of some food or diet. Contact allergies which is by substance like, flea powders, bedding or dog shampoos. And the other, inhalant allergies which is cause by airbrone condition like dust, pollen or mildew.


Hemivertebrae is a condition which is caused by malformation of one or more vertebrae that shapes like wedge or triangle. It will cause pain in the spinal cord or may lead to pain, weakness or paralysis.

Elongated Soft Palate

The soft palate is the extension of the roof of the mouth. When the soft palate is elongated it can block air and may cause difficulty in breathing. It can be treated with surgery of excess palate.

Fun Facts

  • French Bulldogs cannot swim.
  • Frenchies don’t bark much but convey their own kind of language with yawns, yips, and gargles.
  • French Bulldogs don’t make good flyers meaning they can’t travel in aeroplane because of their face.

Color Patterns

French Bulldogs are available in five colors-

  • Black
  • White
  • Tan
  • Brindle and White
  • Fawn

French Bulldog Puppies

French Bulldog’s puppy price varies depending upon the color, gender and the breeder. You can expect the cost between $1500 – $3000.


Generally the French Bulldogs stands up to 11-12 inches weighing an average to 16-20 pounds.

Breeds Similar To French Bulldogs

  • Bulldog
  • Pug
  • Boston terrier
  • Boxer

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