French Bulldog Breathing Problems

Frenchies' flat faces can predispose them to breathing issues. Learn about the causes of Frenchie breathing issues and the treatments available.

Frenchies & Their Breathing

French Bulldogs are what is known as a brachycephalic breed (flat-faced), and they’ve certainly gained notoriety for their breathing issues.

Sometimes this can cause a condition known as Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS).

Why it matters

Breathing is essential for life.

A compromised airway can lead to many other health conditions down the line such as:

What causes breathing problems for Frenchies

Poor breathing can cause these issues

Fortunately, there are many surgical treatments available that can help your Frenchie breathe much better.

Common French Bulldog Breathing Problems

1. Stenotic Nares in French Bulldogs?

It’s a fancy way of saying pinched or narrow nostrils.

Many short-nosed dogs suffer from this disorder, and it can result in difficulty breathing through the nose, snorting, and snoring.

There are varying degrees of severity of stenotic nares, with some nostrils being nearly closed, and some only slightly narrower than usual.

This disorder can seriously reduce the quality-of-life for your Frenchie, making it harder for them to exercise, tolerate heat, and breathe.

2. Tracheal Collapse in French Bulldogs?

Tracheal collapse in French Bulldogs is a chronic, progressive disease of the trachea or “windpipe”.

It is often caused by a chronic respiratory disease, Cushing’s disease, or heart disease.

It can be present at birth or develop over time.

French Bulldog Breathing Surgery

There are a few surgeries available for a Frenchie that is having issues breathing.

French Bulldog Breathing Surgery Cost

A comprehensive surgical plan can cost up to $2,500,

Surgeries that help your French Bulldog breathe better

  • Stenotic nares surgery ($200 - $1,000)
  • Soft palate surgery to correct an elongated soft palate ($500 - $1,500)

Why you should consider surgery

Surgery can greatly improve your Frenchie’s quality of life, especially those with moderate-severe breathing issues.

These surgeries are typically done when your Frenchie is still a puppy, but they can be performed in adults as well.

Benefits of Healthy Breathing

  • More energy
  • Restful, uninterrupted sleep
  • Reduced snoring (Frenchies can snore loud!)
  • Reduced risk of developing health issues such as heart disease
  • Better exercise tolerance
  • Able to regulate their body temperature better


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