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French Bulldog

French Bulldog

If you’re on the lookout for a lovable best friend with a special knack for trouble, meet the French Bulldog. Originally from England, the Frenchie has been enjoying a lot of popularity in recent years due to their adorable bat-like ears and grumpy-looking face.  

It’s not just the French Bulldog’s appearance that’s making us all go ‘aww’ but also their playful and affectionate demeanour, as well as their incredibly charming personalities. 

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Quiet dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with children

Key French Bulldog Facts

Lifespan: 11–14 years
Weight: 7.5–12.5kg
Height: 30–31cm
Colours: The French Bulldog can come in a variety of colours including fawn; cream; brindle or pied
Size: Small
Kennel Club Group: Utility


Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 2/5
Easy to train: 4/5
Tolerates being alone: 1/5
Likes other pets: 4/5
Energy level: 3/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 3/5

French Bulldog Appearance

The Frenchie is an enchanting looking little dog with the appearance of a miniaturised but bat-eared Bulldog, and has the same flat face, short tail and smooth, short coat — but in a much smaller package. While small, they are muscular with a heavy bone-structure and strong legs. As for their coats, the French Bulldog colours can be quite varied, from black to white and tan, to chocolate or even lilac, although the latter is not very common. 

Even though they might give the impression of being highly athletic due to their bulky appearance and while they might enjoy some exercise, Frenchies can sometimes be champion couch potatoes. 

French Bulldog Personality

This is a friendly, good-natured, playful dog, who makes an ideal affectionate and fun companion or family dog that’s as happy living in towns and cities as they are in the countryside. The French Bulldog temperament is hard to pin down as it can range from peppy and playful to straight up chilled out. Plus, Frenchies are not usually excessive barkers, so they make excellent apartment pets.  

They’re also known to enjoy playtime as much as long naps, and you can always count on them to be exploring and having a natural curiosity about everything surrounding them. Despite their goofiness, they are very intelligent creatures that love human contact and can easily be trained. 

This is a courageous breed who think they are many times bigger than they actually are - and can on occasions find themselves in conflict with other dogs who can’t read their flat face and lack of tail. 

A French Bulldog would suit an owner who lives in a smaller space and who doesn’t want to have to give their dog a lot of exercise, but enjoys plenty of games and interaction in the home. They probably shouldn’t object to snoring either… 

History and Origins

The French Bulldog is originally descended from the Toy Bulldog, a miniaturised version of the British Bulldog, and a breed that was popular with the lace-makers of Nottingham. During the industrial revolution, many relocated to France and took their dogs with them. Here the French Bulldog breed changed, possibly with the inclusion of other breeds including the Pug and some terriers, resulting in the French Bulldog we know and love today. 

While all French Bulldogs have bat-like ears now, there used to be a time early in the breed’s history when they also had ‘rose’ ears, similar to an English Bulldog’s. However, after a heated debate between American and French bulldog fans regarding the breed standard, it was decided that the bat-eared French Bulldog, preferred by the French, would become the standard. 

French Bulldog Fun Facts

  • While starting off life as a working rural companion, stories of the French Bulldog’s unconventional appearance spread to Paris where they were adopted by those who wanted to appear socially daring, and they found fame in paintings by Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. Postcards can still sometimes be found of scantily clad women posing with their ‘Bouledogues Français’. 
  • In the majority of cases, French Bulldogs can’t swim because of their short snouts, which cause their body to tilt backward to keep their nose and mouth above water, and their large heads and short legs make it difficult for them to stay afloat. 
  • One unfortunate French Bulldog called Gamin de Pycombe was on the ill-fated Titanic when it sunk. He had been bought in England for the very high price of £150 (£13,500 in today’s money) and was insured for, what at that time was an extraordinary amount of money, -$750.
  • A French Bulldog called Bugsy took care of a baby orangutan named Malone who was abandoned by his mother at Twycross Zoo. 
  • Despite not being barkers, they’re very talkative and will communicate with you in the form of yips, gargles and yawns! 


  • Can French Bulldogs be left alone during the day? 

With training, French Bulldogs could be left alone for up to 4-6 hours, however, they don’t take this very well as they were bred to be human companions and are prone to separation anxiety

  • Are French Bulldogs hard to potty train? 

French Bulldogs are not the easiest when it comes to training, but with patience and persistence, they can be potty trained in a few months.  

  • Are French Bulldogs good for beginners? 

Yes, French Bulldogs are a great choice for a first-time pet owner as they are adaptable and require less exercise than larger breeds. 

  • Do French Bulldogs bark a lot? 

No, French Bulldogs are a pretty quiet breed as barking is usually minimal, making them perfect for apartment living. 

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