The French Bulldog Chihuahua is more commonly known as the French Bullhuahua.
It is considered a designer breed or hybrid breed, which is a mix of two purebred dogs. The goal is to create a dog that gets the best of both breeds.
History of the French Bullhuahua
The French Bulldog originates from England while the Chihuahua is said to have originated from ancient Mexico. Though there is no exact record of when they were mixed, oral history states that the mixed breed may have existed naturally over the years.
However, common knowledge expresses that the French Bullhuahua first became a recognized designer breed in the 2000s, most likely in North America, when designer breeds were popular and in demand.
Breeders may have wanted to produce a breed between these two adorable dogs to help minimize the health problems most commonly associated with the brachycephalic faces of French Bulldogs.
It has become a well-loved hybrid breed for its adorable features, as well as for being a low maintenance dog.
French Bulldog Chihuahua Names
While most people call the French Bulldog x Chihuahua mix a French Bullhuahua, there are a few others names:
- Mexican Frenchie
The French Bullhuahua features a mix of both the French Bulldog and the Chihuahua, and the breed may have unpredictable looks.
However, most mixed-breed has been reported to have consistent features.
French Bullhuahua Colors
In terms of color, the main colors are brown, golden, white, black, brindle, merle, cream, and tan.
Some Bullhuahuas come in solid colors, while others have a mix of colors.
In terms of size, they’re still on the small side, with dogs weighing between 10 to 30 pounds. When it comes to their height, Bullhuahuas fall between 6 to 12″ from the shoulders.
The common consistent features of the Bullhuahua include a short coat, short legs, a rounded forehead, large pleading eyes, bat ears, snub upturned noses, muscular bodies on thin legs, and bobbed tails.
Some Bullhuahuas may have different features, such as a long tail or a long coat, but their features are most likely more consistent than not.
French Bullhuahuas take on the best qualities of their parent breeds. They are the perfect balance between a companion and protector dog and make the perfect apartment pets for urban dwellers. They are known to be talkative and “yappy” dogs, making them great alert dogs.
They have moderate energy levels, are outgoing, and affectionate. As lap dogs, they will love cuddling with their owner, and would most likely attach themselves to a single family member. They do well with adults and older children.
Supervise around children
When playing with younger children, they should be supervised since Bullhuahuas don’t enjoy rough play. Young children may not manage their behavior very well with dogs, and Bullhuahuas may become aggressive.
Some are hot-tempered
These dogs can be aggressive, short-tempered, and snappy. They’re also very protective of their owner, just like pure breed Chihuahuas, and may act like an alpha dogs when faced with bigger breeds. Because they can be aggressive with larger dogs, they can be prone to injuries caused by a quarrel, so when there are other dogs around, dog owners need to make sure they supervise their pets.
Prone to jealousy
Bullhuahuas can be jealous, and because of this, they’re best in households that don’t have other pets.
They’re okay with being alone, and focus their affection and time on their dog parent. They are, however, known to be friendly with pet cats.
Training and Exercise
When training your Bullhuahuas, you need to be firm and decisive. You must also practice positive reinforcement, such as giving words of praise or giving small treats.
You also need to be patient with this breed since they do have moderate levels of energy. They’re not the kind of dogs that just sit or lie down on a couch all day.
Can be stubborn
French Bullhuahuas are smart but stubborn, which can make training difficult.
They are ideally matched with experienced dog owners, who have the patience and firm conviction when giving directions.
These dogs also tend to be bossy, so if you’re being soft, they will know that they can easily manipulate you.
Because they’re smart, they need constant stimulation. Playtime is important for these dogs, so a good 30 minutes to one hour a day of running, strolling, and playing around is essential for them.
When they don’t expend their energy, they can become aggressive, and depressed, and may start looking for trouble.
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Since they have active minds, they need to be mentally stimulated. Dog parents can give them interactive toys to play with, or puzzles that they can solve.
Socialization is key
Pet parents would also need to socialize Bullhuahuas early in their lives because they don’t get along very well with other pets, dogs, and even small children. But if you socialize them early, they’ll be friendlier and enjoy others’ company much better.
A great addition to any family
French Bullhuahuas are ideal for singles, couples, or small families. But multi-pet households can still adopt or keep them.
Can have issues with other pets in the house
There may be some issues when you bring a French Bullhuahua home for the first time, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. If it can’t get along with other pets in the beginning, a dog crate may be needed as you gradually introduce it to other people and pets in your household.
French Bulldogs are known to have a lot of health problems because of the anatomy of their flat faces. They tend to have respiratory issues, dental problems, ear infections due to their narrow ear canals, as well as mobility issues.
In terms of Chihuahuas, on the other hand, the breed also suffers from several health problems, though not as prevalent as French Bulldogs.
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Some of the health problems common in Chihuahuas include hydrocephalus in puppies, hypoglycemia, Patellar Luxation, as well as bone problems.
The French Bullhuahua is predisposed to some of these health problems, but certain issues found in the French Bulldog are eliminated or reduced, such as the common respiratory issues and susceptibility to ear infections.
Some of the most common health issues found in Bullhuahuas include:
- Disc Hip Dysplasia
- Inverterbal Disc Degeneration
- Pulmonic Stenosis
- Breathing Issues
1. Pulmonic Stenosis
Pulmonic Stenosis is a congenital heart defect that’s common in most brachycephalic dogs. Some dogs who suffer from this condition don’t have symptoms and live a normal life. For others, they can suffer from exercise intolerance, irregular heartbeat, and in severe cases, heart failure.
2. Hip Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia is more common in larger dogs but it can happen in smaller breeds like the French Bullhuahua.
It is a hereditary condition where progressive degeneration of the joints happens over time, and the result is a painful loss of function of the hips and a generally lower quality of life for dogs.
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3. Inverterbal Disc Degeneration
This usually happens in dogs that have long backs and short legs.
What happens is the dog’s disc starts to extrude, leading to posture and movement problems, as well as inflammation and swelling of the area.
4. Dental issues
Bullhuahuas are also prone to dental issues so oral health is very important. Make sure you brush their teeth often since Chihuahuas are also known to naturally have little enamel in their teeth.
Bullhuahuas are also prone to obesity and gain weight easily. Never leave
You should also limit their treats and always stick to their regular feeding schedule.
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French Bullhuahua Life Expectancy
Their life expectancy is between 10 to 14 years, a little lower than Chihuahuas with a life expectancy of 16 years.
Preventive care and frequent checkups with a vet are important when it comes to owning French Bullhuahuas.
French Bulldogs shed a lot and Chihuahuas also shed all year round, so does the Bullhuahua shed a lot, too? This designer breed is not known to shed a lot due to its small size.
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They do not shed as much as French Bulldogs and grooming them twice or thrice a week will do just fine to keep their fur in check.
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How Much Do They Cost?
French Bullhuahuas cost between $150 to $700, depending on the breeder.
This is much cheaper than if you buy a purebred French Bulldog and a purebred Chihuahua, which can cost at least $1000 each.
Not AKC recognized
It must be important to note, however, that the French Bullhuahua is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and therefore, when you purchase one, will not come with pedigree paperwork.
Avoid backyard breeds & puppy mills
It is advisable not to buy your Bullhuahua from a backyard breeder or a puppy mill. Do your due diligence when researching the particular breeder you wish to purchase your Bullhuaha from.
But recognized by other Kennel Clubs
Though the French Bullhuahua is not recognized by the AKC, other clubs and organizations do recognize the designer breed.
Some of these include the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the International Canine Association (ICA), and the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) among others. These clubs and organizations can help in terms of finding reputable and legitimate French Bullhuahua breeders in a specific area.
Wednesday 23rd of November 2022
I put a comment up here a couple of weeks ago and it was deleted. I said in it that this was the best combination I have ever had. I love how snugly they are but they are just as ready to play, go hiking, and walks are the best for them. They are a great combination. However, as with all breeds health testing is a huge factor. Each breed contains issues. Having health testing is extremely important. Because this is a Frenchie combination the c-section alone is $3,000 not including the daily $130 blood test needed to ensure the puppies are born right on time which can go on for a week or more. There is no way that anyone is going to sell a health tested puppy that they just paid $4,000 to have born for $150 or even $700 especially since most French Bulldogs only have 2-4 puppies on average. Ours were $1,300 with a refund for spay/neuter. That $1,200 is more than worth it knowing our dogs are healthy and will remain that way. All dogs can have issues. My older lab is 13 and having issues with his back legs because he was slammed into (injuring his back and knees) by our young "purebred" St. Bernard who ended up passing at 4 due to cancer and had juvenile arthritis. Our Baby Girl (the labs sister) was born with bad front legs and with treatment and lots of love lasted until 12. A family member has a 10 year old "purebred" Pom who has horrible knees that was cheaply purchased from a breeder. Or my neighbor who picked up 2 Great Danes. One for free because the "purebred" breeder bred a double merle gene and caused him to be born without eyes and with many health problems. It has cost over 10k to keep him alive and he's now 6 years old and relatively healthy. It's important for people to understand that whether it's a "purebred" or "mixed" dog it's important to ensure the dog or the dog's parents are health tested. Stop promoting cheap puppy mill prices because those are the dogs that end up dead young costing the families thousands. If you are looking for a dog save up for the initial purchase and do your due diligence and research the health and cost. We will be eventually looking for our next Frenchie and expect to pay around $4,000 for her. Although, if we go with a Mexican Fenchie (Bullhuahua) that cost will be around $1,000+ instead. Depends on what we want at the time.
Tuesday 15th of November 2022
I absolutely love this combination and currently have 3 of them. They are so snuggly when it's time to rest. However, because they have longer noses and better breathing they are fast. My older male gives our Australian Shepherd mix a run for his money. Our others are just as fast. They get the major zoomies leaving us gasping for breath through the laughter. When we sit down they are right there for snuggle time. However, I do not agree with their price listing. I can't find a Frenchie for under $3,500 with well bred ones being upwards of $6,000 and platinum being closer to $10,000. These pups are a good option for those who love both breeds but they are not $150-$700. Those might be puppy mill prices but ours were $1,200 with genetic testing on both parents. They are healthy, active, smart, and well balanced. Some of the best dogs we've ever had. I highly recommend this breed and hope someday that this can be a breed in and of itself and no longer considered a "designer" dog. I do hope they can come up with a better name for the breed rather than French Bullhuahua. It just sounds designer. If a German Shepherd can come from a wolf type dog and a working sheep herding line then a Bullhuahua can be named something better.