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!

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last updated March 08, 2019

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Are you trying to decide whether or not a French Bulldog is the right breed for you? Then you’ve come to the right place!

While I absolutely adore Frenchies more than anybody, they certainly aren’t perfect. I think the pros outweigh the cons, but I’m going to leave that up to you to decide! Just remember that no breed is perfect and there are downsides to every breed, it’s just a matter of finding what’s right for you.


Their charming, unique personalities

It’s hard not to like a Frenchie. They’re some of the goofiest, playful breeds I’ve ever seen. You’ll be entertained all day by their shenanigans.

  • Playful
  • Affectionate
  • Sociable
  • Lively
  • Alert
  • Easygoing
  • Athletic This being said, if you’re looking for a dog to go hiking with or other strenuous outdoor activities, a Frenchie probably isn’t the best choice for you.

If you want a dog that will **lay around and watch Netflix with you **or go for a walk in the park, you’ve found your match!

That face

How can you resist Frenchies’ adorable, smushed faces!?

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Seriously. How can ANYBODY?!

Great companions

Frenchies are definitely one of the best breeds for companionship. Wherever you go, they will follow. All that matters is that they’re with you.

This is one of the reasons why I feel French Bulldogs make such great Emotional Support Animals; you’ll feel loved 24/7.

Love to cuddle

If you’re looking for a dog that will lay in bed all day with you watching TV, then look no further than the French Bulldog. They’re HUGE couch potatoes!


Frenchies absolutely adore their owners and want to always be by your side. Sure, they may show love for others but always end up running back to your lap.


While Frenchies are no geniuses, they are the smartest of all the “bully” breeds. Their intelligence ranks somewhere in the middle when compared to all other dog breeds.

They’ll have absolutely no problem picking up some tricks to show off their skills, however, they can be quite stubborn, but don’t mistake this for them being dumb!

My Frenchie responds to many of my friends and family’s names. She’s only met my sister’s dog a few times but always goes crazy when we mention her name! It’s like she knows what we’re saying!


Their hilarious, quirky personalities will keep you entertained for hours. They always seem to get into mischief or do something goofy.

If you don’t believe me, just check out this compilation of some of the funniest Frenchies on the internet!

Great around children

Having a dog that is great around children is a huge plus even if you don’t have any children yourself. Kids always want to play with my Frenchie (who wouldn’t?)

Easy to groom

Frenchie’s short coats make them extremely easy to groom; just a quick bath every week or so will keep them looking sharp!

They shed a bit, so it’s a good idea to de-shed them using something like the Furminator unless you like pet hair all around your house.

Great apartment dogs

french bulldogs in new york city

Frenchies have become so popular in cities such as NYC (ranked #1) for obvious reasons. They’re some of the best apartment dogs out there! In a city like NYC where nearly everybody is living in an apartment, having a large dog that requires tons of exercise isn’t the most practical thing.

Just off the top of my head, there are a few reasons why Frenchies make great apartment dogs:

  • Doesn’t need much exercise or land to run around
  • Rarely barks
  • An apartment is enough space for them to have fun and run around in

Don’t bark a lot

This is another reason why French Bulldogs make such great apartment dogs.

My Frenchie barks so rarely that she won’t even bark to go potty outside (A little frustrating, but at least she isn’t yippy!)



This is the worst downside to owning a French Bulldog. There’s nothing worse than having your Frenchie fart in your face when you’re hanging out on the couch.

To make matters worse, they have some of the smelliest farts I’ve ever experienced.

french bulldog farting

With proper diet and other techniques, you can stop your Frenchie from farting as much.

Prone to separation anxiety or clinginess

One of the most common behavioral problems in French Bulldogs is easily separation anxiety.

Separation anxiety in dogs is characterized by their extreme distress when you leave the house. They will do ANYTHING to try and find you, even if it means they get hurt in the process.

Their health issues

It’s no secret that French Bulldogs can suffer from a wide variety of health issues. You can minimize the risk of your Frenchie having health issues by finding a reputable, experienced breeder.

Some of the most common health issues are:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Brachycephalic syndrome

    • Elongated soft palate
    • Stenotic nares (pinched nostrils)
  • Cherry eye


The price of a purebred French Bulldog ranges from $1,500 to $8,000. While $8,000 is certainly on the higher end of the spectrum, it’s not uncommon to see Frenchies for $5,000 depending on the breeder.

Not only is a Frenchie puppy expensive, but their health issues can quickly add up to astronomical amounts. Investing in pet insurance is always recommended for Frenchie owners.

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Part of Frenchies’ personalities is their free-minded, stubborn nature. It can be pretty frustrating when your Frenchie literally couldn’t care less about what you think.

I have done tons of obedience training with my Frenchie, however, it’s hard to get her to listen when something else has her attention.

Very needy & high maintenance

Not only can Frenchies be clingy, but they also have many other needs that must be met. For example, you have to be super careful in the summer that they don’t get overheated and be wary of them jumping off of tall furniture so they don’t hurt their backs.

Heat and cold intolerance

Due to their brachycephalic syndrome, Frenchies often** struggle to regulate their body temperature**. For example, it will take a Frenchie much longer to cool down after running around when compared to other non-brachycephalic (not flat faced) breeds.

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It surprises me how much my Frenchie sheds especially as she has such a short coat! I have to constantly de-shed her coat unless I want to walk around covered in dog hair.

If you suffer from dog allergies, a French Bulldog might not be for you. Frenchies are not hypoallergenic.

Snoring, snorting & snarling

Because of their smushed faces and something called brachycephalic syndrome, French Bulldogs often snore… loudly. They also make a bunch of other funny sounds that personally don’t bother me at all, but it’s something you should be aware of before getting a Frenchie.

This is just one of many quirks of the breed that you’re going to have to put up with.

Pull on the leash

Frenchies are notorious for pulling on their leashes. They’re also pretty strong which makes pulling on their leash a huge pain in the butt!

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