What are Mini French Bulldogs
I personally would consider Frenchies to be “small/medium” dogs…
But a Mini Frenchie?!
Now, that’s a tiny dog…
But Mini Frenchies aren’t just small Frenchies— they are highly controversial, rare, and prone to their own set of health issues.
Mini Frenchie Overview
|Height||less than 13 inches|
|Life Expectancy||11+ years|
|Recognized by AKC?||No|
How much are Mini Frenchies?
You can expect to pay anywhere between $3,500 to $8,500 for a Mini Frenchie.
All Frenchies are expensive— this is mostly due to how expensive it is to breed them & they’re high in demand.
How big do full-grown Mini Frenchies get?
A full-grown Mini Frenchie should grow to weigh no more than 14 lbs (6.35kg) & be shorter than 13 inches (33cm) in height.
Compare this to a normal Frenchie that generally weighs between 16–28lbs (7–13kg) and stands at about 11–12 inches (28–30cm) in height.
Mini Frenchies will vary in size
Every Frenchie is unique– some will be smaller & bigger than others; regardless, a Mini Frenchie will be clearly smaller than a normal Frenchie. Depending on the genetics and breeding methods used to create the Mini Frenchie, their size will vary greatly.
How are Mini Frenchies bred?
- Cross-Breeding— when another breed is bred with a Frenchie
- Introducing dwarfism— dwarfism is an inheritable disease that causes a lack of growth hormone
- Breeding small Frenchies— Mini Frenchies can be bred by breeding two runts (the smallest dogs from the litter)
It’s important to note that introducing dwarfism is a highly-frowned-upon breeding practice that is considered unethical. This is because dwarfism can result in a whole bunch of its own health issues and a reduced lifespan.
The 3 Techniques used to Breed Mini Frenchies
Crossbreeding is when two different breeds are bred together to create a hybrid of the two breeds.
You may have heard of a Frenchton before– this is a cross between a French Bulldog & Boston Terrier
Breeds created with cross-breeding have been called designer dogs, recognizable by their portmantua of the two breeds mixed together– for example: Frenchton.
2. Introducing dwarfism
By introducing dogs that carry the gene for dwarfism into the gene pool, you are able to breed Mini Frenchies.
Dogs with dwarfism suffer from a slew of health issues. on top of all the Frenchie health issues. For this reason, this method of breeding mini dogs is frowned upon.
3. Breeding small Frenchies
Another technique used by breeders to create Mini Frenchies is simply breeding two small Frenchies together.
Typically a breeder will take two runts from different litters and breed them together– this process is repeated until the desired aesthetics are achieved.
What else are Mini Frenchies called
Just like some people call soda pop, others call it a coke– some people call a Mini Frenchie a Micro Frenchie.
- Mini Frenchies
- Micro Frenchies
- Teacup Frenchies
- Dwarf Frenchies
Frequently Asked Questions
What colors do Mini Frenchies come in?
Frenchies come in a ton of different colors— some Frenchie’s coats will be a mix of two or more colors with different patterns.
But Mini Frenchies tend to come in almost every color imaginable… that’s because they’re sometimes mixed with smaller breeds like the Pug, Boston Terrier, and Chiahuahuas to produce their mini appearance.
Mini Frenchie Colors
If you’re interested in all the different colors and patterns Frenchies come in, make sure you check out our comprehensive Frenchie Color Guide.
Are Mini Frenchies recognized by the AKC?
No, Mini-French Bulldogs are not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
This means that you are not able to register your Mini Frenchie with the AKC.
Mini Frenchies aren’t alone in not being recognized by the AKC– non-standard colors such as blue, lilac, merle, and others are not recognized as well!
Is it ethical to breed Mini Frenchies?
No, especially depending on the way that they’re bred. While it’s one thing to breed smaller-than-average Frenchies together, it’s considered highly unethical to purposely breed together dogs with Dwarfism.
Most (not all!) Mini Frenchies bred with no regard for the dogs’ health, which is unethical.
Can I Rescue a Mini Frenchie?
Rescuing a Mini Frenchie is a great way to give a dog in need of a home a loving family.
With that being said, finding a Mini Frenchie available for adoption is extremely hard– they’re highly rare & always in demand.