All About the Dog Breed: French Bulldog

Breed History

Despite their name, the French Bulldog actually had roots in England. They still hold their ancestors (the English Bulldog) ‘bat’ style ears and although small, have the ‘bull’ body shape. 

General Appearance

The Frenchie shares some of the English Bulldogs breed features in a miniature form, such as the breeds large ‘bat’ like ears. They have a large sized head for their small bodies with wrinkled skin and a short snout (brachycephalic). Frenchies can weigh in between 8kg and 11kg and reach heights up to 30cm.


Most Frenchies are gregarious and will get along well with children, adults and dogs alike. They like to be social and enjoy the company of others. While they are playful and curious, they should not be overly excitable so should be relatively easy for most to manage.

Health Considerations

French Bulldogs are more prone than the average dog to atopic dermatitis (allergic skin disease) and signs can include obsessive paw licking, musty smelling fur, pink skin and chronic ear infections. Affected dogs may benefit from anti-itch medicine and the occasional use of antibiotics and medicated washes. It can help to strengthen the skin barrier by providing supplements such as Pooch & Mutt’s Bionic Biotic which contains fish oil and prebiotics. 

Sadly, many French Bulldogs will suffer with inherited medical conditions such as Patellar Luxation, Intervertebral Disc Disease and Spinal Malformations. These orthopaedic conditions can affect a dog’s mobility and cause chronic pain.



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