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French Bulldog


Also known as the Frenchie, this dog has enjoyed a long history as one of the best companion dogs.

The French Bulldog is a cross between the bulldog ancestors from England and the local ratters in France. Behaviour-wise, this dog is adaptable, playful and smart.

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The Ultimate Guide to French Bulldogs

Key Characteristics Of French Bulldogs
How Can I Take Good Care Of A French Bulldog Puppy?
Most Asked French Bulldog Questions
Similar Dog Breeds

Also known as the Frenchie, this dog has enjoyed a long history as one of the best companion dogs.

The French Bulldog is a cross between the bulldog ancestors from England and the local ratters in France. Behaviour-wise, this dog is adaptable, playful and smart.


French Bulldog Origins

French bulldogs originate from England. This is where they were first created as a miniature version of the British Bulldog. In fact, the French bulldog resembles the bulldog in most aspects, except for the massive and erect ‘bat ears’.

In the 1800s, the  bulldog was a favourite for the lace workers who lived in the city of Nottingham. So when they later emigrated to France in search of better opportunities, they brought their tiny bulldogs with them.

It did not take long for the working class in Paris to fall in love with these toy bulldogs. And as they they started taking an interest in them, they decided to breed out a few of the dog’s exaggerated features. These included their bowed front legs, saggy jowls and pronounced underbite.

The French fanciers wanted a dog breed that had a flatter face and softer features. To achieve this, they crossed the toy bulldogs with French Terriers and Pugs. The resulting breed had a more muscular appearance and upright, alert ears.

This new breed soon became popular among the wealthy and royalty. Many breeders also imported them to other countries, and this is how the French bulldog came to be.

Key Characteristics of French Bulldogs

Are French Bulldogs Family-Friendly?Yes, these dogs are small, easy to handle and well behaved around kids and adults.
Daily Exercise Needs?
A short walk of 15 to 20 minutes.
Common Health Issues & ConsiderationsThis breed has a few potential health problems:
● Brachycephalic syndrome.
● Deafness.
● Intervertebral Disc Disease.
● Skin and ear problems.
Lifespan11 to 14 years
Nature & Temperament
Pleasant playful, alert and intelligent.
10 - 15 kg

30 cm
Suitable EnvironmentGiven their size and activity requirements, French bulldogs are suitable for indoor living.
GroomingFrench Bulldogs are average shedders. They have short fur which needs brushing once or twice per week.

Other considerations:

● Frenchies come in wonderful colours and patterns including brindle, white, fawn or pied.

● Make good companion dogs, they thrive on human interaction.

● To get a healthy French Bulldog puppy, buy from a responsible breeder.

● They are suitable for small spaces.

● They are heavy, loud breathers.


How can I take good care of my French Bulldog or French Bulldog Puppy?


The recommended food intake for a French bulldog is 1 – 1 ½ cups of quality dry dog food every day. It should be split between two meals. However, you can vary these portion sizes depending on the dog’s size, age and activity level.

That said, a very active Frenchie will require more food. On the same note, Frenchies do better when they’re fed high quality dog food.


Frenchies are very easy to groom. Since they are average shedders, all they need is weekly brushing to keep their coats healthy.

Recommended grooming tips:

● Clean their ears with a damp cloth on a regular basis.

● If the edges of their ears are dry, rub some mineral or baby oil.

● Trim their nails once or twice a month.

● Keep their facial wrinkles clean to prevent bacteria.

● Dry the skin between their folds thoroughly after a bath


French bulldogs don’t need too much exercise since they have low energy levels. The main reason these dogs exercise is to keep their weight in check. Taking your Frenchie for a short walk to the park will do.


Frenchies are fairly easy to train. They’re eager to please their owner so they’ll do what you ask them to do.

They’re also smart and like to think independently, which can make them a bit hard-headed. Luckily, there are tons of training techniques. If your Frenchie does not respond well to a particular method, try a different one.

Looking to register as a French Bulldog breeder? Download the RPBA guide on responsible breeding practices.

Most Asked French Bulldog Questions

Do Frenchies bark a lot?

No, they don’t bark excessively. In fact, they only bark when they want to announce their presence. They can also bark to alert their owner of strangers or unusual events.

Are French Bulldogs good guard dogs?

These dogs are territorial and protective, two traits that make them good watch dogs. But they’re not threateningly hostile, and for the most part, they are very friendly.

How much does a French bulldog cost?

French bulldog for sale cost between $3500 and $5000 approximately.

Do French bulldogs shed a lot?

No, they have a single coat so they shed much less than other dog breeds.

Do French Bulldogs relate well with children?

Yes, these dogs love children of all ages. But like with other breeds, it’s good to supervise whenever your little ones are playing with Frenchies.

Do French Bulldogs get on with cats and other pets?

They are naturally social, so they relate well with cats and other animals that they already know.

How many hours a day do French Bulldogs sleep?

Frenchies sleep for the better part of the day. Sleeping is crucial as it helps to preserve the energy they need to grow and develop properly. On average, they sleep for 12 hours or more.

This is general information and should not be relied on as adoption or purchasing advice.

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