French Bulldog

Read our comprehensive guide to the French Bulldog breed, including information on predisposed health issues, exercise needs, family friendliness, grooming, history, overview & temperament.

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17 Oct 2023

History of the French Bulldog

French Bulldogs, lovingly known as Frenchies, can be traced back to the mid-nineteenth century and fall under the ‘toy’ dog category. This lovable and lazy breed are natural-born companions and were bred exactly for this purpose due to their people-orientated nature. Unlike other breeds bred for hunting, working or herding, this dog was bred exclusively for companionship, which is what they do best.

What to expect when caring for your French Bulldog

Common French Bulldog Health Issues

Owning a French Bulldog does not mean you will experience any of the following health conditions, but these are the issues that French Bulldogs are prone to over other breeds.

 

Respiratory Problems – French Bulldogs are a flat-faced breed, and as a result, they are prone to breathing issues.

 

Ear Disorders – Those adorable and distinctive bat-shaped ears don’t come without their share of issues. This breed has particularly narrow ear canals that can be prone to ear infections. The body’s natural defence is to produce more ear wax than usual to try to prevent an ear infection, but this in itself can cause issues with the ear canals becoming blocked.

 

Skin Problems – Allergies are something you may encounter as a French Bulldog owner. You may also have to navigate a problem called lip-fold pyoderma which is a common skin infection that Frenchies often encounter.

How Much Grooming do French Bulldogs Need?

Frenchies have short fine hair, which doesn’t require much upkeep. Unlike other dogs that require trimming, regular bathing and brushing are all you need to do to keep this mane in check. Pay particular attention to the folds of skin around the face when bathing your French Bulldog, as this is where bacteria can build up if not regularly monitored and cleaned.

How Much Exercise do French Bulldogs Need?

Like all dogs, Frenchies require a certain amount of daily exercise to keep them healthy and happy, but they are better suited to sporadic walks throughout the day rather than one long walk. This is perfect if you like a busy life and don’t have hours to spare for long dog walks. If you want a dog that will join you on mountain walks and forest hikes, this breed isn’t for you.

  1. French Bulldog Personality Traits

    What to expect from your French Bulldog

    French Bulldogs are loving, laid-back and unquestionably cute with their short, stocky bodies and iconic bat-shaped ears. Courageous yet clown-like, this little dog has a huge personality, and its antics will never fail to make you smile. French bulldogs are a lovable breed that’s both intelligent and deeply affectionate, a winning combo for any pet owner.

  2. Are French Bulldogs Family Friendly?

    How will they behave around my family?

    Yes, French Bulldogs are ideal for families of all sizes and children of all ages as they are typically non-aggressive. Patient and affectionate with people and other dogs, they make a superb addition to any household. French Bulldogs adapt well to family life as they love to be around people, like to be exercised regularly and are a great addition to short family walks. That being said, this breed is particularly well-suited to a single-person household as while they are loving, they demand a lot of love and attention from their owners.

Key Facts Summary
Size:
11-13 inches
Weight:
11kg-12.5kg
Temperament:
Friendly and Easy Going
Lifespan
10-12 Years
Average Cost:
£1000-£2500

French Bulldog FAQs:

Do French Bulldogs Bark a Lot?

This breed isn’t very vocal, which is one of the many reasons why they are so popular as house pets. If a Frenchie does bark, it will have been provoked by something, for example, if there is a knock on the door.

Are French Bulldogs Good with Other Dogs?

Yes, absolutely. This breed of dog rarely shows aggression towards other dogs and usually approaches other canines in a playful and sociable manner.

Are French Bulldogs Easy Pets?

French Bulldogs are known for being laid-back and relaxed, and they are also very adaptable, which means they make low maintenance pets. They are, however, not a breed that likes to be left alone, so if you spend a lot of time out of the house at work or are especially social on weekends, you might want to explore other breeds.

 

 

 

Now you know everything there is to know about the French Bulldog, if you’re looking to bring one into your life you should also consider pet insurance. Asda Money Pet Insurance can help cover you against those unexpected vet bills as well as provide other benefits.

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