French Bulldog

French Bulldog dog
11 to 13 inches
Up to 28 pounds
Agility, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Conformation
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With large bat ears and an even disposition, the French Bulldog or “Frenchie,” has become known as one of the world’s most popular small dog breeds.

Temperament of a French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are adaptable, playful and smart.

Characteristics of the Breed

French Bulldogs are a bright, affectionate and charming breed. They aren’t known to bark excessively, but are alert enough to make an excellent watchdog. They do not require a lot of exercise and enjoy the family love – whether the family is a single owner, a couple or a family. They usually get along well with other animals and love to make friends. Their adaptability and activity level makes them ideal for apartment living.

How Long Does a French Bulldog Live?

10 to 12 years


Frenchies are a variety of colors, including combinations of brindle, cream, fawn and white.

Do French Bulldogs Shed?

French Bulldogs have short coats and therefore are minimal shedders.

Common Health Conditions

The French Bulldog has a flat face, which makes him prone to breathing problems. Flat-faced dogs are also more sensitive to anesthesia, so before any type of procedure be sure to discuss this with your vet.

Occasionally, French Bulldogs can develop conditions like cherry eyes, cataracts or entropion. Skin allergies and autoimmune skin disorders are also common. Responsible breeders will screen for these conditions to breed healthy French Bulldogs.

Best Dog Food For French Bulldogs

Since Frenchies are small, look for dog foods that are formulated specifically for small breeds to maintain their ideal body composition and cater to their smaller mouths and teeth.

These foods include:

Best Dog Food For French Bulldog Puppies

When choosing a food for your French Bulldog puppy, choose one formulated with DHA for brain and vision health and antioxidants to support their developing immune system during their first year of life. A list of our puppy food formulas can be found here.

History of the French Bulldog Breed

The French Bulldog was developed by English lace makers in the 1800s who bred a toy-sized bulldog as a lap pet. During the height of the Industrial Revolution, the lace trade relocated to northern France, bringing the Bulldogs along. Over the years, the toy Bulldog was crossed with other breeds, which is how they developed their bat ears.

The people of Paris soon discovered this adorable dog, launching the breed’s popularity as a city dweller. They were seen with their human companions at sidewalk cafes and Parisian dancehalls. Even Edgar Dega and Toulouse-Lautrec painted French Bulldogs into their artwork.


  • Frenchies are a popular breed among Hollywood celebrities, including Hugh Jackman, David Beckham and Reese Witherspoon.
  • The French Bulldog is, not surprisingly, related to the English Bulldog.
  • The most distinctive features of the French Bulldog are his bat ears and half-flat, half-domed skull.
  • Frenchies make good watchdogs.