French Bulldog Dog Breed Information

Learn everything there is to know about French Bulldogs. Personality traits, colors, pricing, health issues, and more!

French Bulldog Personality Traits

Frenchies are some of the friendliest dogs out there… they’re also huge crowd pleasers and will keep everybody entertained.

  • Playful
  • Smart
  • Adaptable
  • Friendly
  • Hilarious & entertaining
  • Can be clingy

Pros and Cons of Owning a French Bulldog

Are you trying to figure out of a French Bulldog is the right breed for you? Learn everything there is to know -- good or bad -- about Frenchies!

French Bulldog Physical Attributes

  • Short & stocky
  • Compact
  • Jowly
  • Short fur
  • Have underbites (sometimes their teeth show lol)
  • The drool a lot
  • 11-13 inches in height on average
  • Weigh 20-28 lbs on average

The best way to describe a Frenchie is with a picture…

French Bulldog walking outside on a leash
A picture is worth a thousand words

Frenchies are sometimes mistaken for Boston Terriers.

French Bulldog Colors

Frenchies come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns!

French Bulldog Colors
BrindleFawn & white
Brindle & whiteFawn brindle
BlueBlue fawn

French Bulldog Markings & Patterns

Not only do Frenchies come in over a dozen different colors, there are also a handful of different coat markings & patterns. Below are the four coat patterns officially recognized by the AKC:

  • Black masked
  • Ticked
  • White markings
  • Piebald

French Bulldog Colors

Frenchies come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns! Learn about all the types of colors & patterns Frenchies can be as well as how much they cost!

French Bulldog Activity Level

  • Low
  • Good apartment dogs
  • Can’t swim

While Frenchie’s aren’t the most active breed out there, they’ve definitely got some of the craziest zoomies.

What are the Zoomies

You know the Zoomies... That sudden burst of energy that seems to possess your Frenchie out of the blue. Learn more about the Zoomies.

French Bulldog Nicknames

  • Frenchie
  • Bouledogue français (in French)
  • ブヒ, ぶひ [Buhi] (in Japanese)

Frenchie Breeding 101

Breeding Frenchies is far from easy… it’s also extremely expensive! Did you know that the average cost to breed a Frenchie is $7000?

Frenchies are hard to breed

Frenchies’ slim hips make it hard — if not impossible — for them to reproduce naturally.

French Bulldog breeding requirements

Not to mention, vet bills, high-quality foods for the puppies, and housing just adds to the cost of breeding Frenchies.

It requires a lot of time, effort, and money to breed happy and healthy Frenchies– there’s no other way to put it: breeding French Bulldogs is a full-time job.

Kennel clubs that recognize French Bulldogs

A kennel club is an organization that maintains breed standards, records pedigrees, and issues rules for dog shows.

Kennel ClubAbbreviation
American Canine AssociationACA
American Kennel ClubAKC
Austrailian National Kennel ClubANKC
American Pet RegistryAPR
Canadian Kennel ClubCKC
Continental Kennel ClubCKC
Fédération Cynologique InternationaleFCI
The Kennel ClubKC
North American Purebred RegistryNAPR
National Kennel ClubNKC
Dogs New ZealandDNZ
French Bulldog Club of AmericaFBDCA

French Bulldog Rescue Shelters

Here is a list of 11 French Bulldog rescue shelters that I have found. If you know of any reputable ones, please let me know in the suggestions at the bottom of the page.

  1. French Bulldog Rescue Network (North America)
  2. French Bulldog Village Rescue (United States)
  3. French Bulldog Rescue Shelter (United States)
  4. SNORT Rescue (Northeast US)
  5. Short Noses and Friends United Rescue (Midwest US)
  6. RescueMe.Org Florida (Florida)
  7. Adopt a (Florida)
  8. F.R.O.G.S. (French Bulldog Rescue Of Georgia & Southeast United States) (Georgia)
  9. Norcal French Bulldog Rescue (Northern California)
  10. Rocky Mountain French Bulldog Rescue (Colorado)
  11. Chicago French Bulldog Rescue (Illinois)

How to Rescue a French Bulldog

Interested in adopting a rescue Frenchie? Learn about all the French Bulldog rescue organizations, what you should know, and what the process is like.

4 Common Health Problems

French Bulldogs are prone to a whole bunch of health issues

1. Joint problems

Among Frenchies’ many health issues, joint problems are some of the most common.

Common French Bulldog joint problems

Hip DysplasiaInherited degenerative disorder of hip joint
Elbow dysplasiaInherited degenerative disorder of elbow joint
Patellar LuxationSlight dislocation (subluxation) of knee joint
ArthritisCondition involving inflammation & degeneration of joints

Caring for your French Bulldog's Joints

Unfortunately Frenchies are prone to joint issues. With these tips, you should be able to prevent or slow down any joint problems.

2. Breathing issues

Frenchies are notorious for their breathing issues— it’s why they have so many issues flying on planes!

Not only that, their sub-par breathing makes it harder for them to regulate their body temperature (hot or cold).

Fortunately, surgeries can be performed to lessen the impact of any airway-compromising condition.

Common French Bulldog breathing issues

Brachycephalic Airway SyndromeMainly consists of stenotic nares and elongated soft palate
Stenotic NaresPinched/narrow nostrils
Elongated Soft PalateSoft part in roof of mouth is too long
Tracheal CollapseWeakening of the cartilage rings of the trachea causing collapse

3. Spinal issues

Common French Bulldog spinal issues

4. Eye problems

Eye problems are also common in Frenchies: cherry eye, cataracts, entropion, and distichiasis

Common French Bulldog eye problems

Cherry eyeProtrusion of the “third eyelid”
CataractsCloudy area in eye & decrease in vision
EntropionEyelid rolls inward, can damage the cornea over time
DistichiasisAbnormal eyelash growth
Keratoconjunctivitis SiccaDry eye


Frenchies can get allergies just like us!

Yes, that’s right— symptoms are typically coughing, itchiness, sneezing/reverse-sneezing, stomach issues, diarrhea, and more!

Common French Bulldog allergies

French Bulldog Health Problems

An in-depth guide on nearly every health problem affecting Frenchies. Learn about the most common health problems & what you can do to manage them.


Fortunately, Frenchies don’t require a whole lot of grooming.

They only need 2-5 baths per year but it’s recommended to

While they do shed a bit, it’s nothing crazy— besides, it’s nothing that a few minutes of brushing every other day won’t solve.

They’re also prone to getting a dry/crusty nose as well as other skin issues.

1. Shedding

French Bulldogs shed moderately and are not hypoallergenic.

Reasons why Frenchies shed

Well, Frenchies always will shed a bit… here are some reasons why your Frenchie might be excessively shedding:

  1. Stress
  2. Poor nutrition
  3. Medical problems

Everything to Know About French Bulldog Shedding

Learn why French Bulldogs shed, how to de-shed your Frenchie, and tips to minimize shedding. Put a stop to the shedding today!

2. Crusty/dry nose

Dry nose can be an annoying skin condition for you and your Frenchie to deal with.

In my experience, my Frenchie consistently (every 1-3 days) needs nose balm to keep her nose moisturized.

Reasons why Frenchies get dry & crusty noses

  1. Allergies
  2. Dehydration
  3. Environment
  4. Older age
  5. Sleeping too much
  6. Sunburn
  7. Any other medical condition

Crusty Nose

Having a dry & crusty nose is no fun! Learn why your Frenchie has a dry/crusty nose as well as what you can do to heal their nose!

Skin issues

Skin Care

Learn about the 8 most common French Bulldog skin conditions, what causes them, and 7 things you can do to improve your Frenchie's skin today!

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