Everything You Need to Know About French Bulldogs

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We can't get enough of those ears!

French Bulldogs are like mini Bulldogs and most likely came from breeding an English Bulldog with a smaller Bulldog variety. They are the 6th most popular breed in the AKC registry.

These little dogs are eager to please and like to act larger than their size. That is why they make great alert dogs and are extremely protective of their people. The most noticeable characteristic of the Frenchie is their bat-like ears that seem much too big for their tiny heads.

Frenchies are super cute and do well with other pets and children. They have an average lifespan of 12 years.

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General Appearance

Small and stocky, these little dogs are well built and muscular. They often act larger than they are and can make good watch dogs. They are protective and keep alert, and make excellent little companions and lap dogs.


The most defining characteristic of Frenchies is their broad, flat ears that stand straight up from the head. They are proportionately large compared to the rest of the small dog. They are known as "bat ears" in the show ring. The French Bulldog eyes are expressive and alert. The face is flat, brachycephalic, and is covered in deep wrinkles.


The Frenchie's coat is short and smooth and can come in a variety of colors including: brindle, fawn, white, black, and cream. They can have ticking and a variety of markings and color combinations.


The French Bulldog is stocky like its ancestor the English Bulldog, but smaller in stature. The back is sloped and the Frenchie has a proud stance when viewed from the side. The tail can be straight or corkscrewed. The toes are short and stubby.


Frenchies require minimal exercise due to their size. They are also considered indoor dogs. These are brachycephalic dogs which means their snouts are short and flat. This may result in trouble breathing. Frenchies have a harder time regulating their body temperatures in extreme heat than other dog breeds.

French Bulldogs are also part of the dwarf dog breed group which have issues with their spines. It is a smart idea to take your Frenchie to a vet who specializes in dwarf and brachycephalic dog breeds in order for them to help you provide the best possible care for your dog.

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