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French Bulldog Facts
General French Bull Dog Facts & Stats


While the word is sometimes broken up, the correct spelling of the breed is to have “bull” and “dog” together as 1 word: French Bulldog.

This is a different breed than the English Bulldog.

They were bred from English Bulldogs that were brought to France. The goal was to breed them to be smaller in both weight and height. They were first called Toy Bull dogs…however after they became popular pets, the name changed to what it is today.

They are nicknamed Frenchie.

The average sized litter is 4, with the range of 2 to 5 being normal.

Life expectancy is 11 years on average, with the range being 10 to 15.

Full mature size is 28 pounds or less.

They were accepted into the AKC in 1898 and classified into the Non- Sporting group.

They are officially companion dogs.

Their lighthearted personality and caring ways makes them excellent therapy dogs.

They are the 21st most registered breed in the U.S.

Behavior and Temperament

You’ve probably heard this French Bulldog fact before, but it is worth repeating…the dog is often referred to as a clown in the cloak of a philosopher.   This means that this breed is amusing, often doing funny antics at the same time that they have a serious, thoughtful look on their face.

This is a very loving breed who is good natured and extremely friendly.

They often become tremendously attached to their owner and to any children living in the household.

It is a French Bulldog fact that most will desire to be very physically close to their human family members often assuming that they are fully welcome to cuddle close on a sofa or chair.

Some have a tendency to want to chase after small animals, while other are more calm and are happy to watch them run by while they stay close to their owner.   Before you bring a small animal into the household such as a hamster,  the dog should be tested to see how he or she reacts to the creature.

Most get along well with other dogs. Many, however, will have a bit of a temper if they are put in close quarters with another dog who is aggressive or too pestering to them.

Many do not get along so well with cats. If you have a French Bull dog and wish to bring a feline into the mix, it is suggested to first test them to see how they will get along.  This would be done by having both in the same room for introductions and keeping a close eye on them.  If you see that they are intently staring at each other, this can be a warning sign that attack is imminent.   It is actually best if they ignore each other, because this means that neither sees the other as a danger. 

They are generally very curious dogs and like to explore new sights, smells and noises.

Because of their instinct to want to investigate things, an owner must be careful to keep their French Bulldog on a leash whenever outdoors.

Very similar to the Pug, they will snort, snore, drool and pass gas often.  Many owners find this to be amusing…and after all, you can always blame the dog for any strange odor!

Color and Appearance

They are a small breed, with a heavy bone structure….strong looking and compact.

The coat is very short and thick and comes in the following colors: fawn, white, brindle or brindle and white. Brindle is a pattern of dark tan to black striping.

The ears are small and erect, often referred to as bat ears.

Dewclaws are often removed at a very young age, usually at week 1…By the time a new owner brings home his or her dog, this will be well healed and not even noticeable.

Eyes are often dark in darker dog and lighter in lighter colored ones.

The nose will be black in all except the very light colored Frenchies, such as the white or light fawn.


Because of the structure of their noses, they can have problems breathing when exercising in hot temperatures.  For this reason, it is highly suggested to not walk your French Bulldog when it is hot outside….In the summer it is best to go out early in the morning or at sunset time when the air has cooled down a bit.  Go easy…. The dog will not do well if pushed to exert himself.

They are indoor dogs and must not be left outside in warm weather or cold weather.  When indoors during hot months, they often will need air conditioning so that they do not develop breathing problems.

Tear stains may develop, especially on lighter colored pups or dogs; this can be resolved or prevented by wiping down the eye area each day with a warm, soft, damp washcloth.  It is also helpful to use a stainless steel or ceramic bowls as opposed to cheap colored plastic ones which can slowly release dye that ends up on the hairs of the face.

This breed can be very sensitive to sedatives (often used for surgery or for full dentals at the vets), so care must be taken to use as little as possible.


Studies are being done to see if juvenile hereditary cataracts are caused by a recessive gene in the bloodlines.

Ear issues are common with this breed and care should be taken when cleaning the eye area so that the eye is not rubbed or scratched by accident.

Ear infections are common as well, and for this reason ears should not be allowed to remain wet after a bath or after being exposed to water.  An owner should carefully wipe out the inside of the ear (careful to not go in too deeply) with a clean cotton swab.  If moisture remains, bacteria can grow and this is what can cause infection.

Dry eye or cherry eye is common…. Many owners ask for an antibiotic ophthalmic ointment (that does not contain steroids) ahead of time, in case an injury or eye irritation occurs and the veterinarian is not available (if it is the weekend or owners are away on vacation with their dog, etc).

It is suggested to have artificial tears on hand in case dry eye develops suddenly.

Pregnancy can be very tricky, since this breed's head is so large; the majority of litters are delivered via C-section.

While it may sound like an odd statistic, this breed has the most airplane related deaths; thought to be due to their respiratory issues 


This is a moderate to heavy shedder even though the coat hairs are short.  For this reason, brushing at least every other day is recommended. The entire body should be done, including legs, neck, etc.

It is recommended to use a stiff brush and then to go over the dog with a hound glove.  A small amount of lubrication should be applied to the facial wrinkles and it is important to keep those creases very clean (if not the debris can accumulate, along with moisture thus causing irritation at best and infections at worst.

Their nails tend to grow quickly and should be checked for trimming needs at least every 3 weeks.

Celebrities Who Own French Bulldogs

1. Leonardo DiCaprio owns a French Bulldog named DJango.

2. Actress Christina Ricci has a Frenchie named Ramon.

3. The famous celebrity Reese Witherspoon owns a French Bulldog named Coco Chanel

4. Ashley Olsen also owns a Frenchie (name unknown) but was given the thumbs-down by PETA for carrying her dog in the airport while wearing a very long fur coat.

5. Kristen Cavillari is amoung the famous owners of this breed. The dog's name is Bentley.

6. Hugh Jackman, AKA Wolverine, has a male named Dali.

7. The actor/host Mario Lopez owns Julio (full name Julio Cesar Chavez Lopez).

8. Zac  Braff,(widely known for his role on Scrubs) owns a French Bulldog that he named Scooter.

9. Snowboarder and Olympian, Shaun White is the owner of Rambo.

10. Mila Kunis from That 70's Show and many movies, has a female Bulldog named Audrey.

11. Tommy Hilfiger owns 2: Jimi and Dylan

12. David Beckham owns a French Bulldog that he named Coco.

Information gathered and edited by Alisa Chagnon


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