French Bulldog Puppies

French Bulldog Information

French Bulldog Basics

Where Are French Bulldogs From?

Contrary to common belief French Bulldogs originated in the United Kingdom, but became popular when they migrated to France in the 1860s. French Bulldogs are descendants of the now extinct Bullenbeisser. The Bullenbeisser was a large working dog bred solely for the purpose of bull-baiting. In 1835, Britain made bull-baiting illegal and without any restrictions on how the breed should look, many breeders began crossing the Bullenbeisser with other smaller dogs. By 1850, miniature bulldogs had become a common sight in London. They made their way to France with lace workers from Nottingham who were displaced during the Industrial Revolution. The miniature bulldogs became very popular amongst the French and quickly became a fashion symbol of Parisian life.

How Many Types of French Bulldogs Are There?

French Bulldogs can be found with a variety of different coat colors and patterns, and there are several variations in eye color, mask color, and paw color.

Which Breeds Mix with French Bulldogs?

Poodle and French Bulldog = French Boodle
Pug and French Bulldog = Frug
Pomeranian and French Bulldog = French Pomerdog
Rottweiler and French Bulldog = French Bullweiler
Pitbull and French Bulldog = French Pitbulldog

French Bulldog Lifespan

The average lifespan for a French Bulldog is 10-12 years.

5 Yrs20 Yrs

French Bulldog Size (Height & Weight)

French Bulldogs grow to be about 11 inches to 1 foot tall at the shoulder

French Bulldog Appearance

What Colors Do French Bulldogs Come In?

French Bulldogs come in many different colors and coat patterns. The most common coat colors for Frenchies are black and shades of fawn, but it is common to see French Bulldogs with cream, white, blue/grey, chocolate or brown, sable, and even brindle coats. There are many variations of fur color and pattern in French Bulldogs.

How Much Do French Bulldogs Shed?

French Bulldogs are average shedders. Most Frenchies shed the most when they lose their undercoat in the Spring and Fall.

Sheds a LittleSheds a Lot

Do You Need to Groom a French Bulldog?

Extensive grooming is not necessary for French Bulldogs, but they do need some monthly upkeep. It is easy to groom a French Bulldog at home if the owner is comfortable. Brush weekly to keep the moderately-shedding coat looking shiny and healthy. Frenchie’s do not wear down their toenails naturally, so monthly clippings will also be needed. If the dog does not like to have his feet handled, this can require trips to the vet or groomer on a regular basis. It’s best to brush your dog’s teeth several times a week to keep teeth and gums healthy and prevent tooth loss later in life. Frenchie’s should also have their ears cleaned regularly. Baths should be given monthly or as needed.


French Bulldog Temperament, Personality & Training

How Much Do French Bulldogs Bark?

French Bulldogs are known to bark when someone is at the door, but generally do not bark much.

QuietExtremely Vocal

Are French Bulldogs Good with Kids?

French Bulldog are generally very good around children. Their small size, playful attitude and gentle temperament make them perfect companions for kids of all ages. It is important to remember that no matter the breed young children and dogs should always be supervised when they are together.
Needs Lot of SupervisionVery Tolerant

Are French Bulldogs Good Family Dogs?

French Bulldogs are great family dogs. They are easy going, do not require a ton of exercise and are able to live with dogs and cats. Males sometimes fight with other male dogs and can be territorial, but with proper training and socialization French Bulldogs are very good family dogs.
Independent SpiritFamily Dog All the Way

Are French Bulldogs Good with Cats?

French Bulldogs can be good with cats, but it depends on the individual dog. Frenchies do best with cats when introduced to them as puppies.
Likely to ChaseHey, New Pal!

Are French Bulldogs Easy to Train?

French bulldogs are trainable, but can also be quite stubborn and tend to have a short attention span. Patience and consistency is key with this breed.

French Bulldog Health

Do French Bulldogs Have a Lot of Health Problems?

As a short-faced, dwarf breed, French Bulldogs may have some health concerns associated with their spines and noses. The short face can make their breathing less efficient than that of long-nosed breeds, so Frenchies have less tolerance of heat, exercise, and stress.

Prone to IssuesGenerally Healthy

What Diseases are French Bulldogs Prone To?

  • Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is very common and occurs when the femur doesn’t fit snugly into the pelvic socket of the hip joint. It is possible for a dog to have hip dysplasia without signs. Some dogs exhibit pain and lameness on one or both rear legs. As the dog ages, arthritis can develop.
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome: This disorder is found in dogs with short heads, narrowed nostrils, or elongated or soft palates. Their body structure causes breathing obstructions to varying degrees and can result in anything from noisy or labored breathing to total collapse of the airway. Dogs with brachycephalic syndrome commonly snuffle and snort.
  • Allergies: Allergies can occur in any breed of dog, but Frenchies are especially prone.
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD): Intervertebral disc disease causes a bulge or rupture in the discs between the vertebrae. When that happens, it can cause pain, nerve damage, and paralysis. Sometimes IVDD is mild and may be relieved through crate rest and medication, but dogs with severe cases could need surgery or the use of a wheelchair cart.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease: This is a blood disorder that can be found in both humans and dogs. It affects the clotting process of the blood. A dog affected by von Willebrand’s disease will more than likely have nosebleeds, bleeding gums, prolonged bleeding from surgery, and heavy or prolonged bleeding during heat cycles or after whelping. Occasionally blood is found in the stool. This disorder is usually diagnosed between the ages of 3 and 5 and cannot be cured, but is manageable with treatment.
  • Other: Hemivertebrae, patellar luxation, and cleft palate and/or elongated soft palate/

Purchasing vs Adopting a French Bulldog

How Much Does a French Bulldog Cost?

French Bulldogs can be pricey. A French Bulldog can cost between $1,400 to $8,000 if you’re going through a breeder. Rescue groups tend to start at around $250, but can go as high as $750. The price will vary depending on the coat color, geographical location and who you’re purchasing from. You can adopt a French Bulldog from a local animal shelter or rescue for much less than it would cost to purchase one from a breeder. An adoption fee for a French Bulldog will usually be a few hundred dollars, which helps to cover the cost of caring for a French Bulldog prior to adoption.

Purchase from Breeder

Where Can I Adopt a French Bulldog

The easiest way to adopt a French Bulldog would be through a rescue that specializes in French Bulldogs. A great place to start would be by starting a breed search on The search will show you all the available French Bulldogs in your area.

French Bulldog Shelters and Rescues

There are animal shelters and rescues that focus specifically on finding great homes for French Bulldog puppies. Browse the list of French Bulldog rescues and shelters near you, below.

Here Are a Few Organizations Closest to You

  • Rescue13.7 miles

    Milo Foundation

    220 S Garrard Blvd Pt. Richmond, CA 94801
    Pet Types: Dogs, Cats, Birds, Horses, Farm-Type Animals
  • Rescue23.5 miles

    Umbrella of Hope

    4080 Railroad Ave Suite C Pittsburg, CA 94565
    Pet Types: Dogs, Cats

Looking for a Specific Shelter or Rescue?

For a comprehensive list of all shelters and rescues, including organizations that specifically focus on a French Bulldog, try our search page. We have more than 17,000 organizations in our database with furry pals waiting for a new home!

Where Can I Find a French Bulldog Breeder?

We recommend you rescue a French Bulldog (or any dog) before you buy a puppy from a breeder. There are millions of homeless dogs across the country, many of which are purebred and who need homes. Adopting a French Bulldog can be life changing — not only for the dog, but also the adopter.

If you’re not convinced and your intention is to buy a French Bulldog from a breeder, it is safest to purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder. When working with a breeder verify that the breeder you’re purchasing from does genetic testing of their animals and be sure to verify the puppy’s health information. Also make sure that the breeder will take back any pets they sell if for any reason the pet cannot stay in their home, and that the breeder will commit to finding those pets a new home if needed.

Please understand that you may have to drive several hundred miles in order to find a reputable, safe, and dependable breeder to purchase your French Bulldog and you’ll be paying $600 more on average. Imagine all the chew toys and dog sweaters you could get if you adopted a French Bulldog instead!