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French Bulldog

Compact, chic, and totally captivating with their bat ears and enchanted look, it’s no wonder the Frenchie is a favorite of dog lovers the world over. This French charmer will instantly make you the center of their world and make you laugh without demanding too much in the way of exercise.

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    Country of Origin

    United Kingdom

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    Breed Group

    Non-Sporting Group

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    Height

    Male 11-13 In

    Female 11-13 In

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    Weight

    Male 20-28 Ib

    Female 16-24 Ib

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    Life Span

    11-14 years

In a Nutshell

The French Bulldog’s cheerful and easy-going personality make them an ideal dog for first-time owners and apartment dwellers alike. They’re even fairly quiet in comparison to other small-breed dogs. They’ll connect with families of all types – settling in among children and other dogs. Their attachment style can make them quite anxious when they don’t get all the attention they crave, so if you are a busy dog lover who’ll be out of the house often, you should think twice before selecting this  breed. Oh, and one more thing…keep in mind that the breed is prone to snoring and farting too. And we mean big time. 

Life With a French Bulldog

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    Home Alone

    Couldn’t care less

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    Living Arrangements

    Apartment will do

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    Kid Friendly

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    Pet Friendly

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Looks & Personality

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There’s no doubt that this is a dog that can easily star in any Disney movie. French Bulldogs have sturdy, flattened and large heads compared to their bodies. They’ve also got long, bat-like ears, protruding tongues, short and smooth fur, and soft, loose skin that creates delicate folds. Frenchies have the most skin folds around their necks and shoulders. The breed’s feet are tiny and round. 

 

And what about the breed’s character? What else can be said about a breed that is often referred to as a “little clown” because of the love and humor they bring with them everywhere? French Bulldogs are serious charmers who’ll do anything for attention. They’re playful, smart, mischievous, and occasionally a little stubborn. 

 

These aren’t the types of dogs who can just sit in the backyard. They prefer close bonding alongside their families. That said, bonding doesn’t have to include exercise. French Bulldogs aren’t especially keen on the great outdoors, requiring just short walks during the day.

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A tip from a vet

The unique physical properties of French Bulldogs – notably, their broad, flat faces – make them particularly sensitive to heat. Under no circumstances should they be left alone in the heat. Remember that French Bulldogs love to play, but can often “abuse” their toys with destructive chewing. Make sure any toy you give your French Bulldog is durable enough to avoid presenting choking or suffocation risks and soft enough to avoid injuries to the gums and teeth.
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A tip from a trainer

French Bulldogs are known for their tenacity. This can sometimes make training a challenge. Owners need to establish expectations and ground rules from Day 1 and maintain a patient, persistent attitude.
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Did You Know

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    Swimming is off limits for French Bulldogs. The breed’s heavy head makes it too difficult for them to stay afloat.

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    Most French Bulldogs are bred with the help of artificial insemination and most female Frenchies give birth via C-section.

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    French bulldogs are heavy snorers because of their flat faces which can make breathing quite turbulent for them while they are sleeping.

In The News

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The French Bulldog is among America’s most beloved breeds. According to the American Kennel Club, Frenchies are the nation’s fourth-most popular pup, and the breed ranks highly across the Atlantic Ocean as well. The breed’s coveted status among canine enthusiasts has unfortunately made them a common target for dognappers. In 2021, Lady Gaga’s dog walker suffered gunshot wounds when an assailant attacked him and made off with two of the pop star’s Frenchies. Fortunately, the dogs were safely returned and the victim, Ryan Fischer, made a full recovery.

Famous French Bulldog Owners

Leonardo Dicaprio, Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Dwayne Johnson

The History Behind the Breed

Despite its name, the French Bulldog actually originated in England. The breed first earned admirers in the lace factories of Nottingham. Factory workers were amused by the dogs and especially appreciated their help contending with rats. Shortly after the Industrial Revolution, all those dedicated workers were no longer needed and some were forced to move to France. Many brought their beloved pets with them. There, the Bulldogs began to "mingle" with other dog breeds (probably, <a href="https://animalia.pet/dog-breeds/pug/">Pugs</a> and various types of terriers). The result was a new breed named "Bulldog Francis". The dog became a fixture of Parisian cafés, appearing in paintings from artists like Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.

If a French Bulldog Could Talk…

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"Where do you think you're going? Were you really planning on leaving me here all alone?"

A Quick Anatomy Lesson

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French Bulldogs are brachycephalic, meaning they have small, flat faces. The dog’s cute, distinctive features make them prone to a number of breathing problems. Short snouts, a longer-than-average upper palate, and laryngeal sacs can all spell trouble. The breed is also prone to spinal defects, various eye problems, skin infections, intestinal disorders and issues related to excess weight gain.

Common Health Problems

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