AKC PuppyFinder: French Bulldog Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Playful, smart, adaptable, and completely irresistible
- Energy Level: Not Very Active; Frenchies are easygoing, not terribly athletic; brisk walks will keep them trim
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 11-13 inches
- Weight: under 28 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
- Barking Level: Quiet
- Breed Description
You'll not find a more amusing companion than a French Bulldog puppy: he'll be alert, affectionate and irresistible. His favorite perch is your lap, although he's up for a brisk walk twice a day. French Bulldogs prefer to be indoors during hot weather where it is cool, preferably air-conditioned place. Training will rein in your puppy's natural stubbornness and you'll be rewarded with an intelligent, lovable and entertaining pal.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1898
Breed History & Job Description: French Bulldogs are from ... France, right? Gotcha! That was a trick question. Frenchies originally come from Robin Hood’s stomping ground, Nottingham, England. There, in the 19th century, lacemakers bred the Bulldog down to a smaller size to keep as lapdogs. When the Industrial Revolution sent the lacemakers to France, they took the dogs with them, where they became popular and later attracted the attention of wealthy Americans.
Provide your Frenchie with regular checkups, routine vaccinations, tests for intestinal parasites, heartworm prevention, and flea and tick control. Your vet should do regular dental checkups and care, and you should clean your dog’s teeth regularly at home as well. As a short-faced, brachycephalic, dwarf breed, French Bulldogs may have some health concerns that you should be aware of. The short face can make their breathing less efficient than that of long-nosed breeds, so Frenchies have less tolerance of heat, exercise, and stress, all of which increase their need to breathe. If your dog seems to overheat or become stressed too easily, with noisy breathing and sometimes spitting up foam, consult the vet and have its airway evaluated for pinched nostrils or an elongated soft palate. Anesthesia is also more risky in short-faced dogs, so be sure your vet is experienced with such breeds should your Frenchie need to be anesthetized. Like other dwarf breeds, the stocky French Bulldog may also have abnormal vertebrae and/or premature degeneration of the intervertebral discs. While the spine is supported by good musculature, herniation of degenerated discs can cause major problems, and most symptomatic back problems are due to disc disease rather than to abnormal vertebrae.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Patella Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Cardiac Exam
- Breed Club