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French Bulldog (White)
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Breed Information

Popularity

2017: #4

2016: #6

2015: #6

Name French Bulldog
Other names Frenchie, Bouledogue Français
Origin France

United Kingdom

Breed Group

Non Sporting (AKC:1898)

Companion (UKC)

Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years
Temperament

Affectionate

Playful

Alert

Athletic

Bright

Easygoing

Keen

Lively

Patient

Height 12 inches (30 cm)
Weight There are two weight classes of French Bulldog: 19 - 22 pounds (9 - 10 kg) and 22 - 28 pounds (10 - 13 kg). Over 28 pounds is a disqualification.
Colors

Brindle

Brindle & White

Cream

Fawn

Fawn & White

Fawn Brindle

White

White & Brindle

White & Fawn

Litter Size 3-5 puppies
Puppy Price Average $2000 - $4000 USD

Breed Characteristics

Adaptability

5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

Frenchies are good for apartment life. They can be fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. They do not do well in temperature extremes.

Barking Tendencies

1 stars

Rare

Cat Friendly

2 stars

Child Friendly

2 stars

Not Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also very friendly toward other pets and shy toward strangers.

Dog Friendly

2 stars

Exercise Needs

2 stars

The French Bulldog needs to be taken on a daily walk, where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. Simply running around a large yard is not going to satisfy their migration instinct. Take care in hot weather. They love to run and play and can play for hours if you let them. Some have higher energy levels than others.

Grooming

2 stars

Low Maintenance: Routine grooming for the French Bulldog includes regular nail trimming, ear cleaning, brushing to remove excess hair, frequent cleansing of skin folds, and occasional bathing. Their fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their bat ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: NoA UK breed survey report on 71 dog deaths put the average lifespan of French Bulldogs at 8 to 10 years, while the UK breed club suggests an average of 12 to 14 years. The AKC lists that the French Bulldog breed has a lifespan of 11 to 13 years.

Intelligence

3 stars

Ranking: #58 (See All Rankings)

Playfulness

2 stars

Shedding Level

2 stars

Minimal Shedding: Frenchies don’t shed much, but twice a year they lose their undercoat. During the spring and fall shedding seasons, use a stripping comb and grooming mitt to remove the excess hair.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars

Trainability

3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Consistency is important, but the French Bulldog is highly sensitive to the tone of its handler's voice, making training a fairly simple process. It is inquisitive and quick to learn simple tasks, yet unpredictable as it is a bit stubborn on occasion.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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French Bulldog Puppy (White & Black)
White & Black
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French Bulldog Puppy (Fawn Brindle)
Fawn Brindle
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French Bulldog Puppy (Brindle, White, Black)
Brindle, White, Black

Puppy Names

Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Lucy
02 Riley Daisy
03 Dexter Luna
04 Leo Molly
05 Buster Zoe
06 Oscar Sadie
07 Cooper Chloe
08 Louie Abbie
09 Jack Katie
10 Oscar Penny
See All Names ›

Overview

The Frenchie shares many of the traits that made its bulldog ancestors so successful in the bull-baiting arena: low center of gravity, wide body, heavy bone, muscular build and large, square head. It has soft loose skin forming wrinkles about the head and shoulders. Unlike the bulldog, it has an alert, curious expression, which is aided by its bar ears. Also, unlike the bulldog, its movement is unrestrained and free, with reach and drive. It is a hardy, entertaining home companion and a solid lap dog.

The French bulldog is a clown in a lap dog. It enjoys playing and entertaining its family, as well as cuddling and snoozing with its favorite person. It is amiable, sweet, companionable and willing to please.

History

The French Bulldog originated in 19th Century Nottingham, England, where lace makers decided to make a smaller, miniature, lap version of the English Bulldog that was referred to as a "toy" bulldog. In the 1860s, when the Industrial Revolution drove the craftsmen to France, they took their dogs with them. The toy bulldogs became popular in France and were given the name the "French Bulldog." The breed eventually made its way back to England for dog shows. The Brits were not happy with the name "French" given to a dog that was originally from England, however the name "French Bulldog" stuck.

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