Breed review: French Bulldog

Posted by Cyril. July 4th 2015.

The French Bulldog has enjoyed a very long history, predominantly as a companion dog. Born and bred in England, they were designed to be a miniature version of the Bulldog.

This rare dog breed is a popular choice for families up and down the UK because of its gorgeous looks and adorable temperament, but what more is there to know about it?

A French Bulldog fetches a ball when playing


Bred to be a toy-sized version of the original Bulldog, it proved to be extremely popular among lace workers in the busy city of Nottingham. When these workers emigrated to France in the search of better career opportunities and more money, they decided to take their small bulldogs with them.

The French Bulldog absolutely thrived in France and Europe, meaning their charm was soon discovered by the Americans and the rest of the world.


The French Bulldog is well known as a smart, loving dog which wants and needs a lot of time and attention from their owners. This fun loving freethinker is easily trained – when its conducted in a positive manner and with plenty of rewards and treats – and they absolutely love to play.

The Frenchie will get along well with children of all ages, including toddlers, but it is still advisable not to leave any dog alone with a young child. You should also allow this breed plenty of time to get used to what is expected of them.


The French Bulldog is perhaps best known for its short, smooth, shiny coat, along with its loose, wrinkled skin at the head and shoulders. This breed comes in a variety of colours, including cream, brindle and black. The coat itself is easy to groom and maintain, with only occasional brushing required.

Due to the wrinkles on their face and body, it is essential you keep them clean and dry to prevent any bacterial infections occurring.

Typically, the average French Bulldog will grow to be between 11 and 12 inches tall, with males weighing between 20 and 28lbs while females weigh 16 to 24lbs.


A French Bulldog puppy

Health issues in the French Bulldog breed

While the French Bulldog is a sturdy but loving dog, it is prone to a number of health problems which you should be aware of when you are bringing up your four-legged friend.

  • Hip Dysplasia: An inherited condition which can exist without symptoms and is more common with age.
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome: Commonly found in dogs with short heads and narrowed nostrils, where the airways become obstructed. A lot of snuffling and snorting may indicate this condition.
  • Patellar Luxation: Extremely common in small dogs, this occurs when the patella slips in and out of place causing lameness. It is normally present at birth and doesn’t usually develop over time.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease: A blood disorder that affects the clotting process in both dogs and humans. Nose bleeds and bleeding gums are common symptoms to look out for.

If you do decide to get a French Bulldog, it may be advisable to obtain pet insurance, such as that offered by Argos, to help protect against any potential costly veterinary fees should any of the above conditions occur.

​# Any changes in your pet’s health or behaviour that you or your vet notice are not covered within the first 10 days of the policy. Also, any injuries your pet suffers as a result of an accident within the first 48 hours of the policy will not be covered. Death from illness does not apply to dogs aged 9 years and older or cats aged 11 years and older.

To receive cover you must keep your payments up-to-date and you will need to renew your policy each year.

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