French Bulldog | Dog Breed Guide

French Bulldog | Dog Breed Guide

by Scritch

There’s nothing like a family-friendly dog who enjoys being a life-long companion—that is exactly the personality of a French Bulldog. The French Bulldog resembles a Bulldog, but a miniature version.

Weight - Female:16-24 pounds; Male: 20-28 pounds

Height: 11-12 inches

Life Expectancy: 11-14 years

Group: Companion dogs

Temperament: fun-loving, lovable

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality

The French Bulldog is formerly known as Bulldogge Francais and came from France but originated in England. Small bulldogs were common pets amongst local laceworkers as they kept them company and rid their home of rats. This breed was also a popular pet for French shopkeepers, and eventually took the name of their new country. Today, the French Bulldog breed ranks 21st among all breeds that are registered by the American Kennel Club.

French Bulldogs are charming, fun-loving, and are eager to adapt to most living situations. Whether a family has children, no children, or even if it’s one owner of the dog, this breed is very adaptable. These dogs are known to follow their owners from room to room without being a nuisance.

With their large bat ears and muscular but compactly built body, French Bulldogs make an adorable addition to a home. Interesting fact: much like a human, these dogs come with many emotions, but that’s not a bad thing. They just like to connect with their human.

French Bulldogs don’t bark consistently like other dogs. If this breed barks, it’s ideal to see what’s going on as they alert their owner by barking.

This breed can live in just about any size home but should have the ability to exercise like any other breed. As they are a loyal and loveable breed, they like to protect their family members. They are great with kids and even view kids as their playmates. They also get along with other dogs and cats.


Grooming a French Bulldog is usually a breeze. They have a fine, smooth, and short coat that only needs to be brushed weekly. Baths can be limited to once a month or as often as needed to keep their coat clean. This breed doesn’t shed an excessive amount, but they do lose their undercoat twice per year.

Energy Level

This breed doesn’t require an overly active lifestyle. In fact, many French Bulldogs are known as couch potatoes, especially during the summer. Outdoor activity should be limited during the summer months because they are highly sensitive to the heat.

Health Concerns

  • Deafness
  • Cherry Eye
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Stenotic Nares
  • Elongated Soft Palate
  • Heat Stress
  • Laryngeal Collapse
  • Entropion
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts

Despite the long list of health issues, French Bulldogs are healthier than other types of bully breeds. Because of the numerous potential health issues, annual veterinary appointments should be made so you can tackle any necessary treatment as soon as possible. Pet insurance can keep your costs at a minimum so you don’t have to dread each visit.