French Bulldog Breed Profile
KC Group Utility
Weight Dogs: 12.5kg; bitches: 11kg
Average lifespan 10 years
Good with children? Unknown
Good guard dogs? Would bark
Moulting level Low
Exercise requirement Moderate
Jogging partner No
Colours Breed standard states brindle, pied, or fawn. Colours such as tan, mouse, and grey/blue - often described as rare by unethical breeders - are undesirable
Editors Pick No
French Bulldog Breed Profile
French Bulldog health
- Hereditary cataracts.
- Respiratory problems.
- Overheating problems.
French Bulldog temperament
- Comic and vivacious but not boisterous.
- Can be strong-minded so require an owner with a firm but gentle hand.
- Affectionate and intelligent.
French Bulldog lifestyle
- French Bulldogs thrive on affection and companionship. Even if left alone for only a short period, they can become distressed.
- They do not require long walks; bursts of high intensity play or a stroll, with long periods of rest, will satisfy their needs.
- Frenchies enjoy playing with children but, as with all dogs, should be supervised.
- An adaptable breed, they can live in a flat or a house.
- They enjoy a regular routine.
French Bulldog trainability
- Fairly easy to house-train.
- Obedience training can be difficult as French Bulldogs are independent thinkers; using treats as an incentive should help.
French Bulldog general care
- Easy to care for coat that requires grooming once a week.
- Facial wrinkles, the area under the tail, and bat ears, need to be checked regularly as they can become infected if not clean.
History of the French Bulldog
While the sudden popularity of the French Bulldog has led to them being probably the most irresponsibly bred of all dog breeds, with health and temperament problems becoming common place, the breed started life as a healthy, working, rural companion in the French countryside, where he was a skilled ratter.
He migrated to the city when his reputation and stories of his unconventional appearance spread to Paris, and he was adopted by the socially daring. These flamboyant owners proudly paraded their dogs through the streets of Paris, and as a result the French Bulldog ended up featuring in paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas. Postcards can still be found of scantily clad women posing with their ‘Bouledogues francais’.
Before long, the popularity of the French Bulldog spread through Europe, as he won more and more admirers due to his engaging personality; in fact the breed eventually became a status symbol.
In the majority of cases, French Bulldogs can’t swim. One unfortunate French Bulldog, called Gamin de Pycombe, was on the ill-fated Titanic when it sunk. He had been bought in England for the very high price of £150 (£13,500 in today’s money).
- Faithful and loyal.
- Not suited to many dog activities.
- Require a lot of human company.
Facts about the French Bulldog
- The breed was brought to England around 1900.
- Due to their shape, most French Bulldogs cannot swim so care must be taken near deep water.
- Your French Bulldog will be an integral part of the family so expect to share your favourite chair with him!