Breed overview the French Bulldog

by Amy Cooper
Breed profile the French bulldog

Are you considering getting a French Bulldog? Or are you just interested in the breed? Well this is the perfect place to start! This post is a short summary of the French Bulldog breed characteristics from their size to how much exercise they need.

Breed overview

French Bulldogs were originally bred from a toy bulldog and other flat faced breeds. They are a small breed standing at 11”-13” to the withers, weighing between 7 and 13 Kg with a lifespan of 10+ years. They have a short coat meaning that they need minimal grooming but will shed lots! The main breed standard colours are brindle, light brindle, dark brindle, brindle and white, fawn, fawn and white, fawn pied, fawn with black mask and pied. However, there are many more colour combinations.


As I mentioned above French Bulldogs need very little grooming. So, will need the occasional brush (about once a week) and bath. But they do shed a LOT so it will be beneficial to brush them more during shedding season. They also need their wrinkles cleaned regularly to avoid build-up of bacteria. Obviously, French Bulldogs will also need their nails trimmed and teeth cleaned regularly exactly the same as all other dogs. 


As French Bulldogs are not a working breed they don’t need vast amounts of exercise, ideally up to 1 hour a day. But, not only do they need physical exercise like walking or running but also mental stimulation. This can be done by training, which your French Bulldog will love (even if they are a bit stubborn sometimes) or using puzzle toys. 


Generally, French Bulldogs are more prone to health conditions than most breeds due to their flat face. These include hip dysplasia, brachycephalic syndrome, allergies, hemivertebrae, patellar luxation, IVDD, Von Willebrand’s disease, cleft palate and an elongated soft palate. However, all good breeders have both parents genetically tested/screened for these problems. This means that when you buy a puppy you know it’s got a much smaller chance of developing these problems when its older. 


French Bulldogs are a very good all-round family pet since they were mainly bred for companionship rather than working. As they are smart, loving and just want to spend time with you. They are very intelligent, but training will need to be really positive with lots of rewards (probably food based). So, keep training sessions short, fun and engaging! 

So, overall French Bulldogs are a small dog with a giant personality! They are companion dogs so don’t need a lot of exercise and are an exceptionally playful and good natured dog who fits exceptionally well thanks to their laid back, playful nature. French Bulldogs respond to commands readily thriving off of your companionship and their gentle temperament makes them great for all the family, displaying patience and kindness with children as well as living alongside other pets

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