French Bulldog Description
The French Bulldog has always been a companion dog — affectionately known as the Frenchie, it’s a small and muscular dog with a smooth coat, short face and trademark “bat” ears. The Frenchie is not a breed that can be owned and ignored. It needs attention from its owner and a commitment. It can become stubborn if it’s not given attention, love, and affection.
The French Bulldog is a stocky little dog, much loved for its endearing nature and even temper/disposition. It differs from the English Bulldog in its movement, which is free and unrestrained.
A Frenchie has an alert and curious expression, enhanced by its bat ears. Its loose, soft skin around the shoulders and head form adorable wrinkles. Sharing several characteristics of its Bulldog ancestors, the French Bulldog breed is characterized by a heavy-boned and wide-body, muscular build, big square head, low center of gravity, and a short, fine coat, which is found in various colors, including brindle, fawn, white, and black.
A trait much loved in this breed is its upper lips hang down over the lower lips. The teeth meet in an underbite and the lower jaw is square and deep. We get our French Bulldogs from some of the finest breeders in the country and they are a top-selling breed.
Note: Most French Bulldogs cannot swim, so be cautious around swimming pools and water.
Now, let’s talk about the French Bulldog’s potential health issues.
In terms of health issues, French Bulldogs are prone to joint diseases, spinal disorders, heart defects and eye problems. In fact, females often must deliver pups by cesarean section, because they have relatively large heads.
They can also be prone to respiratory problems. They tend to wheeze, snore and have trouble in hot weather, though they do fine with a doggy door or if left inside with frequent outdoor breaks during the hot Arizona summer.
Overall, the Frenchie is a pretty high-maintenance dog, but a beloved breed because of how cute, patient, entertaining and loving they are.
Despite some common health issues you’ll love learning about Frenchie’s disposition.
- A small but strong and entertaining home dog as well as a sturdy lapdog as the breed is very fond of sleeping and cuddling with its owner.
- Fiercely loyal to its owner(s).
- Do not overfeed this breed. They are tiny and will tend to gain weight if their food intake is not proper.
- This puppy is going to be alert, playful and affectionate.
- Sweet, friendly, willing to please and the French Bulldog loves playing and enjoys entertaining its family.
- Not a loud or yappy dog and known to be hilarious to watch. The French Bulldog loves to play and/or clown around. They have a charming and comical personality.
- Good for apartment living but does need daily exercise for both mental stimulation and physical fulfillment.
- The Frenchie gets along well with strangers and is great with other animals and kids.
- Owners of the Frenchie should establish themselves as the leaders right off the bat. The Frenchie needs leadership and will not be at its very best without it.
- Owner and puppy communication is necessary for this breed to thrive.
- Frenchies are a very clean dog and most will avoid getting muddy or wet.
- This breed may slobber a bit or drool, but most do not.
- The French Bulldog is a hunter of mice.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
- American Canine Association
- Continental Kennel Club
- Universal Kennel Club International
- American Kennel Club
- United All Breed Registry
- America’s Pet Registry, Inc.
- United Kennel Club
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on this particular puppy.)
Group: Companion Dog (Non-sporting)
Average Weight: 25 lbs.
Personality Traits: Playful, smart, adaptable
Country of Origin: England
Coat: Short and smooth