French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is smaller than both the American Bulldog and the English Bulldog. It's a lively, playful dog around the home and forms part of the utility group.

French Bull dog appearance

The French Bulldog is a small well-muscled dog with a broad head and bat-like ears. The French Bulldog is a brachycephalic breed and  being a short-nosed dog  can experience breathing problems, especially in warmer weather. Care should be taken not to over exercise this breed. Other Brachycephalic breeds include the Japanese Chin, pug, boxer, shih tzu and the boston terrier.

The coat is short and sleek and the fur lies close to the body.

French Bulldogs are prone to obesity and food portions should be monitored to prevent weight gain. Obesity can lead to health issues in the breed and shorten its expected lifespan.

The French Bulldog is also referred to as the Frenchie, the Frog Dog and the Clown Dog.

French Bulldog temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The breed is lively and alert with a tendancy to be stubborn. It is generally  friendly and fun loving in the home, enjoying the company of adults and normally good with children if socialised from an early age. Training and socialisation should be introduced from an early age.

French Bulldogs are intelligent dogs that are fairly easy to train although they do have a stubborn streak. The breed is notorious for its clown-like behaviour and amusing antics. The breed is playful, alert and known for its quirky, clown like behaviour.The French Bulldog love the company of humans and thrives on the hustle and bustle of family life. They do not enjoy spending too much time alone. The French Bulldog is a loving, affectionate dog with a cheerful and affable temperament. They are normally excellent with children, which is possibly one of the reasons the breed is now one of the  most popular choice of dog in the UK today. The breed can usually get along well with cats as long as the dog is socialised from an early age. Care should be taken when introducing unfamiliar dogs for the first time. Contact with other smaller pets should be avoided.

The French Bulldog requires around an hour of exercise every day. It is also a dog that knows how to relax making it a good choice of dog breed for the not-so-active dog owner.

French Bulldog breed group

The French Bulldog belongs to the utility group of dogs.

Colour varieties of the French Bulldog

The breed comes in a wide variety of colours including:

  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Dark Brindle
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Fawn Pied
  • Fawn with Black Mask
  • Light Brindle
  • Pied
  • White

Time of original development

The French Bulldog was developed in France in the 1800s and was originally used to bait bulls.

Size and weight of the Bulldog

Height bitch around 30cms to the withers.

Height dog around 30cms to the withers.

Weight (kilos) bitch around 11kgs

Weight (kilos) dog around 12.5kgs

Exercise requirements of the French Bulldog

The French Bulldog requires around an hour of exercise every day. It's a practical size for most family homes, and can happily live in an apartment as long as its exercise needs are met.

Is the French Bulldog a good dog for a first time dog owner?


French Bulldog Grooming requirements

Low. The French Bulldog requires a weekly brush with a bristle brush or hound glove to add a sheen to the coat.Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.


No. The French  Bulldog sheds fur steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the French Bulldog

The French  Bulldog is a fairly healthy dog, but do consult your breeder about known health issues recorded in the breed including:

  • Heart problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Eye problems
  • Spinal problems

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the French Bulldog

A healthy French Bulldog should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-16  years.

Approximate French Bulldog pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay from £1,200 for a pedigree puppy and litters are normally available. There are generally 5-7  puppies in an average litter. The French Bulldog has seen a huge boost in popularity in recent years with  21,470 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2016 compared to just 526 dogs in 2006.

Estimating how much a French Bulldog would need to be fed each day and weekly cost

A bitch or dog weighing 12kgs requires 200gms of complete dry food per day.

A bitch or dog weighing 12kgs  will cost around £5 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment