French Bulldog Breed Profile (Frenchie!)

French Bulldog Breed Profile

You love them or you love them. French Bulldogs have to be the most adorable and charismatic of dogs.

Let’s take a look at all things Frenchie:

About the French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is a small dog with a flat, square head, a rounded forehead, pug-like nose and large, perked-up ears.

A Frenchie’s shoulders are wider than the tail area, giving the dog a pear-shaped appearance.

The French Bulldog’s skin, covered by a short yet soft coat, is quite loose, thus making it easy and quite enjoyable to pet (and you know you want to!).

The tail, on the other hand, can either be cork-screw or straight.

Frenchie Photo Gallery

French Bulldog History

The French Bulldog was developed in 1860 to be a miniature version of the English Bulldog.

The breed is a mixture of small Bulldogs that were imported from Great Britain by French dog breeders and French terriers.

However, the name “French Bulldog” created uproar in England, since the Bulldog was originally an English breed.

The breed is also known to be a persistent hunter of mice. While they were once “ratters”, now the French Bulldog is bred almost always as a companion, especially for you.

French Bulldog Personality

The French Bulldog is a very cheerful and affectionate dog that comes with an equally playful attitude.

While these dogs are generally friendly with everyone, more often than not, they bond more closely with one person – YOU!

Most French Bulldogs relate well with other breeds, although some males can be quite aggressive. And while they can be quite headstrong, they respond to patient and consistent training.

Exercise Needs

The French Bulldog love to run around and play for hours. However, the flat-nosed breed should not be exercised in hot weather, as it may experience heat strokes.

Living Conditions

The French Bulldog can adapt to living in small living quarters, as they are relatively active indoors. However, it prefers cold climates because they are quite sensitive to extreme heat.

Grooming Requirements

The French Bulldog requires minimal grooming, apart from the regular brushing.

Health Issues

The French Bulldog is most susceptible to eye and respiratory problems. It may also experience having a swollen abdomen when it becomes overweight. Another concern would be that female French Bulldogs deliver puppies via caesarian section, because of the puppies’ large heads. It should be noted that French Bulldogs are high-maintenance dogs and as such, vet bills can also be quite high.

French Bulldog Colours

French Bulldogs come in a multitude of colors.  The AKC standard says this about the acceptable varieties:

“Acceptable colours – All brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and any colour except those which constitute disqualification. All colours are acceptable with the exception of solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black, which are disqualifications. Black means black without a trace of brindle.”

French Bulldogs come in the following standard and rare colours:

Standard French Bulldog Colours

  • Fawn French Bulldogs
  • Brindle French Bulldogs
  • Pied French Bulldogs
  • Cream French Bulldogs

Rare French Bulldog Colours

  • Blue French Bulldogs
  • Lilac French Bulldogs
  • Merle French Bulldogs
  • Chocolate French Bulldogs
  • Blue Fawn French Bulldogs

French Bulldog Quick Facts

Life Expectancy:
10-12 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Sensitive to heat. Apartments fine.


Exercise Needs:
Daily 20 minute walk. No exercise in heat.

Breed Group:


12 inches


8.6kg to 12.7kg (19 to 28 pounds)

Standard Hair Colors:
Fawn, white and brindle colors.



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