Dog Breed

French Bulldog

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Full Name
French Bulldog
Alternate Names
Frenchie, Frog dog
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Life Span
9 - 11 years
Weight
28 pounds
Description

The French Bulldog or "Boudogue Francais" are small-sized dogs, who are the natural goof-balls of dog breeds. Frenchies are alert and curious, but quickly switch from their serious nature, and enjoy playing and entertaining their family like non other. They also are amiable, sweet, and companionable- making them a great choice for apartment living.

Origin
France
England
Bred For
Lapdog
Attachments
Family Considerations
Child Friendly

Is the French Bulldog good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.

Stranger Friendly

Is the French Bulldog friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.

Dog Friendly

Is the French Bulldog friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.

Likes to Cuddle

Does the French Bulldog like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.

Playfulness

Does the French Bulldog like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.

Service Dog Ability

Does the French Bulldog make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.

Overall Ease of Breed
Ease for Novice

Is the French Bulldog good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.

Training Potential

How well can the French Bulldog be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the French Bulldog. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.

Amount of Shedding

Does the French Bulldog shed a lot?

Ease of Grooming

Is the French Bulldog easy to groom?

Exercise Need

Does the French Bulldog need a lot of exercise?

Personality
Intelligence

How smart is the French Bulldog?

Amount of Barking

How much does the French Bulldog bark? Does the French Bulldog bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.

Guard Dog Ability

Is the French Bulldog a good guard dog?

Tolerates Being Alone

Is the French Bulldog good at staying alone? Is the French Bulldog independent?

Home and Environment Considerations
Good for Apartment Living

Is the French Bulldog a good apartment dog? Can the French Bulldog live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.

Size

How big is the French Bulldog?

Tolerates Heat

How much does the French Bulldog tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a French Bulldog?

Tolerates Cold

How much does the French Bulldog tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a French Bulldog?

Potential to Run Away

Does the French Bulldog try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.

Physical Characteristics
General Health

Is the French Bulldog a healthy dog? The general health of a French Bulldog should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

Energy Level

How energetic is the French Bulldog? Is the French Bulldog too energetic for your lifestyle?

Amount of Drooling

How much does the French Bulldog drool?

Prey Drive

Does the French Bulldog have a large prey drive? Does the French Bulldog like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.

Athleticism

Is the French Bulldog atheltic? Is the French Bulldog fast and strong?

Breed Variations

The French Bulldog is a purebred dog that belongs to the Small Molossian sub group, which falls under the larger Non-Sporting dog breed group.
Non-Sporting group: The Non-Sporting group of dogs is probably the most diverse in the sense that it has a variety of dogs, and they were not all bred for one specific purpose. Each breed in the non-sporting group is unique! They have been primarily bred as house pets, and because of that make excellent additions to the family. Exercise is still important for them, but the typical non-sporting dog does not have the energy of of a sporting or working group dog.
Small Molossian sub-group: The small molossian type of dog is the category for French Bulldogs and Pugs. They have health problems, do not tolerate hot or cold weather very much, and do not score the highest on the intelligence rankings... and yet, they are right at the top for the most popular dog breeds, so what is it? First of all, small molossian type dogs are unique- they have the build and personality of a giant dog but in the body of a small dog. This results in a hilarious personality that is always fun to have around. They are very friendly, like to cuddle, and are an excellent dog for a first time owner. Because of their size and medium to low energy level they make the perfect dog for apartment living.

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