Everything to Know About French Bulldog Shedding

Learn about why Frenchies shed, what causes shedding, and simple steps you can do to stop your dog's pesky shedding.

~4 minute read
last updated November 03, 2019

You glance at your watch before you head out the door to work. For once, you have a few minutes to relax before today’s big speech.

You decide to kick back on the couch, flick on the news, and sip your coffee.

“Wow, I really have it together, don’t I?”, you think to yourself, proud at what a fantastic morning you are having.

Before you know it, it’s time to hit the road. As you pick up your belongings, you spot yourself in the mirror.

Dog shed hair all over me
Oh not again...

“Oh god, not again!”

To your surprise, you are completely covered in Frenchie hair with no time to spare! How in the world did this happen?! How do I make sure this never happens again?

Why is my French Bulldog Shedding so Much?

Dogs shed. Some more, some less, but most dog breeds are known to shed.

Frenchies sure can shed quite a bit… but is your Frenchie shedding more than normal?

Excessive shedding in French Bulldogs can be caused by stress, poor nutrition, allergies, or serious medical issues.

Regardless the reason for your Frenchie’s shedding, there’s often an easy solution.

What even is shedding?

Shedding is a completely normal process for dogs in which they “shed” their old or damaged hair according to WebMD Veterinary Reference. Different dog breeds shed more or less than others, but Frenchies are notoriously for shedding quite a bit.

Some breeds also shed to control their body temperature throughout the year, producing a thin coat during summer, and a thicker one during cold months.

What causes French Bulldogs to shed?

1. Stress

Just like us humans’ skin breaks out when we get stressed, the same thing kinda happens with our Frenchies too.

Believe it or not, it’s called stress shedding, and the best way to treat this type of shedding is to keep your Frenchie comfortable or let them wear a jacket.

2. Poor nutrition

Your Frenchie is what it eats. Cheap, unhealthy dog foods full of additives and low-quality protein are just one of the causes of excessive shedding.

If you want to keep your Frenchie as healthy as possible, keep their coat shiny and glistening, and keep shedding down to a minimum, you must feed your Frenchie a high-quality diet.

3. Medical problems

Abnormally excessive shedding can be caused by various medical issues that only your veterinarian can help you with. If you suspect your Frenchie’s shedding could be caused by any of the following, be sure to pay the vet a visit!

  • Parasites
  • Fungal or bacterial infections
  • Some form of allergy
  • Kidney, liver, thyroid, or adrenal disease
  • Cancer
  • Immune disease
  • Sunburn

Signs of excessive shedding in French Bulldogs

  1. Skin irritation
  2. Open sores
  3. Bald spots
  4. Thinning of coat
  5. Dull or dry hair
  6. Scratching
  7. Constant foot licking or face rubbing

Deshedding your French Bulldog

Are you looking for the best brush for your French Bulldog’s shedding? Look no further than the Furminator! I’ve tried many different brushes that claimed to get rid of loose hair and dander, but found none worked like the Furminator did.

  1. Get a brush like the Furminator or this glove
  2. Brush their hair
  3. Repeat weekly

How to stop your Frenchie from shedding

Fortunately, there are many ways you can put an end to your Frenchie’s shedding problems. Just know that it’s impossible to completely stop all shedding, but with these tips you should be able to bring it to a minimum.

The days of your couch, clothes, and bed being covered in Frenchie hair can be over!

  • Proper skincare. Regular bathing with a good shampoo.
  • Use deshedding tools such as the Furminator
  • Rule out food allergies
  • Deshedding treatments
  • Increase your dog’s water intake

Share with friends!


Suggested articles

What Should my French Bulldog Weigh? Guidelines and Tips

Did you know most pets are overweight? Learn about the risks and causes of weight gain in French Bulldogs and how to keep your Frenchie a healthy weight!

What Human Food can French Bulldogs Eat?

We're all guilty of sharing some of our food with our Frenchie. Check out this list of 11 safe foods you can share with your French Bulldog!

Slowing down your French Bulldog's Eating

As I'm sure you know, Frenchies can inhale food at a record pace. Sorry Frenchies, but unfortunately, this can cause farting and other stomach issues, so we've gotta slow down your eating. Learn what's so bad about eating fast and find the best slow feeder bowl to stop it.

French Bulldogs as Therapy Dogs

Are you considering a Frenchie as an emotional support animal? Learn everything you need to know about ESAs, their benefits, and what qualifies you for one.

French Bulldog Clinginess and Separation Anxiety

Does your Frenchie follow you wherever you go? Learn why your Frenchie is so clingy and what you can do to stop it today!

Top 5 French Bulldog Toys

Be warned! If you buy your Frenchie the wrong toy, it'll probably be ripped to shreds in seconds!