Common names: Frenchies
Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Life span: 11-14 years
Weight: 16-28 pounds
Height: 11-12 inches tall at the shoulder
From bull-baiting dogs in England to mascot for Nottingham’s lacemakers to companion dogs, French Bulldogs have been a famous dog throughout history. This dog was originally from England but became popular in the French countryside that is why they were given the name Bouledogue Français; boule for a ball and Dogue for mastiff or molosser which delineates its oddly beautiful physique. The breed was quickly nicknamed “Frenchie,” and it is still an affectionate name that is used today.
As a consequence of selective breeding, French Bulldogs are disproportionately affected by health-related problems. Like all flat-faced breeds, Frenchies are prone to breathing problems; one is called brachycephalic airway syndrome. They cannot tolerate excessive exercise and do poorly in hot or humid weather. Frenchies can also suffer spinal malformations and spinal conditions like the intervertebral disc disease. They may also develop eye problems, such as cataracts and intestinal malabsorption disorders. Owners should keep tabs on their dog’s overall condition and consult their vet with any questions or concerns that may arise.
The Frenchie’s short coat sheds minimally twice a year, during spring and fall shedding season. A good going-over with a rubber hound mitt or brushing with a soft bristle brush occasionally to remove loose hair may help in promoting fine hair growth. Bathe monthly or as needed to keep the coat clean. Deep skin folds should be cleaned using a soft damped cloth or baby wipes every couple of times a week or daily. Like other dogs, nails must be trimmed regularly and teeth brushed frequently for good dental health.
French Bulldogs do not need a lot of exercises however to keep their weight down, they need daily exercise through short walks or playtimes in the yard. But as a flat-faced breed, they are prone to breathing difficulties and should never be allowed to exert themselves in hot or humid weather. A couple of 15-minute walks per day should keep them from becoming overweight.
These dogs are recommended to have a daily amount of ½ to 1 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Pug should do well on high-quality dog food, whether it is commercial or home-prepared as long as it is supervised and approved by the vet. They are prone to obesity, therefore calorie consumption and weight level should be monitored often and clean fresh water should be available at all times
- Though ranked 109th in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs; a French Bulldog named Princess Jacqueline which died in 1934 was claimed to be able to speak 20 words, inappropriate situations.
- Several celebrities own French bulldogs who are very notable. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson owns a French bulldog as a companion. A well-known couple of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend owns a beige Frenchie as well. High-profiled celebrities like 2 Chainz, Madonna, Hilary Duff, Hugh Jackman, Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Olsen, and Lady Gaga also are owners.
- Most French Bulldogs need artificial insemination and C-sections because of how they are built. Almost all Frenchies need to have C-section due to their small bodies.
- Most Frenchies aren’t good at swimming due to their short-snout respiratory issues and short legs.
- They are moderately good with other dogs and they are good with children, but still, they do require a little extra attention in such situations.