What Are The Characteristics Of The French Bulldog?

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Short Facts

  • Colours: Fawn, Brindle, Pied.
  • Height: About 30 cm/12 in.
  • Weight: About 8-14 kg/17.5-30 lbs
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Called: Frenchie


French Bulldogs are big-boned, compact and short tailed. The muscular body is covered with a smooth, soft coat, which is wrinkly on the head.

What Are The Characteristics Of The French Bulldog?

The square head has a very flat muzzle and erect, bat like ears. The face has a naturally grumpy expression.


The Frenchie is a bold, charming dog and doesn’t require much exercise. Although it is a lively dog, its joints and airways were not made for jogging.

It will probably bark when someone enters, but isn’t always a good watchdog because of its friendly nature.

What Are The Characteristics Of The French Bulldog?


  • Friendly
  • Clownish
  • Snors Loudly
  • Affectionate
  • Playful
  • Stubborn
  • Couch Potato
  • Intelligent


Because of its flat face, this breed has breathing problems. If the dog is overweight the condition is likely to worsen. The Frenchie is very sensitive to hot weather because of its breathing problems. Many Frenchies can’t swim because their bodyweight is unevenly spread. The majority of Frenchies are born by c-section because of their large heads.

Potential diseases: Respiratory problems, Von Willebrand’s disease (VWD – bleeding disorder), Spinal problems.


The coat is easy to keep clean and only needs an occasional brush. Most of the time the shedding is medium to low, but a few times a year it will increase. To reduce the shedding during these seasons, just brush it regularly.

What Are The Characteristics Of The French Bulldog?

Also, keep the ears and wrinkles on the head clean.


It’s disputed whether the breed originates from France or England.
The Frenchie was bred in the mid 19th century and mainly as companion dog, but has also been used occasionally for hunting rodents.