The French Bulldog is a companion dog. The breed is small and muscular with heavy bone structure, a smooth coat, a short face and trademark “bat” ears. Prized for its affectionate nature and balanced disposition, they are generally active and alert, but not unduly boisterous.
Frenchies get along well with children, and they’re not so tiny that they can’t live in a household with a toddler.
Hate to be alone
If you want an outdoor dog who can be left alone for long periods, the Frenchie is not the breed for you.
French Bulldogs make excellent watchdogs and will alert their people to approaching strangers, but it’s not their style to bark without cause.
French Bulldogs do not need a lot of exercise, but they do need daily walks to keep them at a healthy weight.
11 inch – 1 foot
11 – 14 years
16 – 28 pounds
This is a smart, loving dog who wants and needs to spend lots of time with his people. A fun-loving freethinker, the French Bulldog takes well to training when it’s done in a positive manner with lots of food rewards, praise, and play.
In Frenchies, you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia (with a score of fair or better), elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand’s disease; from Auburn University for thrombopathia; and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) certifying that eyes are normal. You can confirm health clearances by checking the OFA web site (offa.org).
French Bulldogs do not need a lot of exercise. They have fairly low energy levels, although there are exceptions to every rule. To keep their weight down, however, they need daily exercise through short walks or play times in the yard. Many French Bulldogs enjoy playing and will spend much of their time in various activities, but they are not so high energy that they need a large yard or long periods of exercise.
Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
French Bulldogs are fairly easy to groom and need only an occasional brushing to keep their coat healthy. They are average shedders. Begin grooming your Frenchie at a young age and teach your puppy to stand on a table or floor to make this experience easier on both of you.