The French Bulldog at first glance, looks like a miniature version of the large Pug-faced English Bulldog. In fact, this breed is descended from the English Bulldog and was later crossed with other breeds, most likely it included the Pug as well. Therefore, the similarity with these two dogs is not coincidence, but genetically conditioned. Also by nature, there are some similarities between the three. They are considered mostly good-natured and calm.

Although the French Bulldog has a rather grumpy expression and a stocky physique, this breed relates to family members with great affection and is especially friendly to children. They are generally a calm and laid-back breed, but they are also determined when it comes to protecting their family against (suspected) enemies. Even if he is up against bigger dogs, he is generally brave, as these dogs overestimate themselves. So that he does not end up hurting himself in a fight, he must be joined by older races, so that he learns to better know his own strength.

The French Bulldog is very happy when surrounded by his family, plays on the rugs and is a lover of sofas. It is a Breed very focused on its people and needs close contact, it must, as far as possible, participate in all activities and never stay alone for long. Otherwise, your claims will be very obvious. It does not require long walks, or dog sports, but it does need enough exercise to avoid being overweight. Sometimes it is enough to play in the garden for a while. However, he must be supervised because, firstly, he doesn't really like to do anything, and secondly, because he is very sensitive to temperature and can easily suffer from heat on the hottest days of summer. Also, they have to rest a bit between their activities, as they tend to be short of breath due to their flattened nose. That is why this breed likes walks adapted to its own pace.

The French Bulldog generally gets along well with other dogs and pets, even cats, when they live together from a very young age. There are only problems with French Bulldogs of the same sex. There is a rivalry that can turn into aggressiveness. But contrary to this behavior, he has a very good character that is shown with children. Usually does not bite unless very angry.

Generally speaking, teaching him something is also difficult because he has his own demeanor and can be very stubborn, despite the fact that he normally likes to please his owners. Under no circumstances can the training be too rigorous. Only patience and consistency will lead to the desired success. Exaggerated severity, on the other hand, is counterproductive and can stop cooperation.

Due to its flat nose, the French Bulldog snores when it sleeps. Depending on your posture, you can snore more or less loudly, but it can never be completely avoided. Fans of cleanliness will have a small problem with the coat of this breed, as its hair will be found throughout the house or apartment.

  • The most important thing about the French Bulldog
  • French Bulldogs love to cuddle and are therefore lap dogs and lap dogs.
  • French Bulldogs love to be hugged, they are lap and lap dogs.
  • He gives a lot of love and friendship to all his people including the children.

If he does little exercise, the French Bulldog tends to be overweight. The walks adapted to the physical form of the French Bulldog are, therefore, essential.

The French Bulldog defends his family to his last tooth. Without hesitation, he faces all his rivals, even those who are twice his size. In that sense, they have unlimited self-esteem.

Due to its flat nose, the French Bulldog has difficulty breathing. This point should be considered in walks and other physical activities.

The temperature sensitivity of the French Bulldog is great. In summer, you can get hot easily, especially if you exert yourself, which should be avoided anyway due to the problem of breathing. On freezing winter days, you may need special warm clothing.

The French Bulldog cannot and should not be left alone. Therefore, they must carry them on all trips and outings.

Despite showing protective behavior, this breed is not as well suited to being a good guard dog.

Same-sex French bulldogs are seen as competitors and as such, in extreme cases, are treated very aggressively.

Snoring is a characteristic of the French Bulldog, due to its flat nose.


The French Bulldog reaches a size between 18 and 21 centimeters and weighs between 8 and 14 kilograms. Since the limbs are quite short, it has a rather squat appearance, which is emphasized by its round head. The ears are different from those of the English Bulldogs, as they are vertical up. His face is quite angular and his skin has many wrinkles. The tail can be short or very short. The French Bulldog has a short, smooth brindle coat (a mix of black, blond, medium to dark brown).


Live and let live - that seems to be the motto of the French Bulldog. She loves to lie down on the sofa, she lets herself be caressed, turns around, lies down again, lets herself be caressed again ... But some things take her serenity to a sudden change. One of those things is having some suspicion that the family wants to leave the house without him. There, the French Bulldog will get restless. Because if you hate something, it's loneliness. Another thing you don't like is physical exertion which can also be detrimental to your health.

Faced with the sensation of imminent danger, whether real or not, the French Bulldog transforms into a dog capable of facing every opponent. At least in his imagination, because in terms of "fighting for the good of my family" he overvalues ​​himself. At such times, the skill of the dog owner is important to protect it from harm.

However, if none of the points mentioned above are given, the French Bulldog enjoys and lets everyone share his happiness. It is a friendly race for all human beings and almost all animals (with the exceptions already mentioned). Children especially like this breed, even though you cannot expect too exuberant games from them. However, they do like to be entertained and cuddled.

Although this dog loves sofas, it also likes to move and walk with its owners. If at any time he cannot walk anymore, which can happen especially in hot weather, he will make that very clear at bedtime. In that case, you definitely have to give it a break. Most of the time, he is not lazy, he has actually reached his limit, which must be respected to maintain his health.

Care instructions

The coat itself does not need frequent care. But, since the French Bulldog is very furry, it must be brushed every day and have the vacuum cleaner handy. A special feature of this breed is the care of wrinkles. These should be cleaned regularly, so that the skin is not irritated or inflamed. The same applies to the ears, which must undergo a weekly inspection.

Breed-related diseases

The French Bulldog is slightly more susceptible to disease than other small breeds. However, she can also be healthy until the end of her life. The severity of the problems depends on how specific certain characteristics of the breed are and how it is maintained.

Infections . French Bulldog skin folds should always be kept extremely clean, otherwise skin irritation and even infections can occur.

Eye diseases . French Bulldogs have very sensitive eyes and are therefore prone to conjunctivitis. If left untreated, these problems can lead to blindness, so a veterinarian should be consulted for any abnormalities.

Overheating . Because French Bulldogs are very sensitive to temperature, they can suffer a lot from it. The physical effort must be very moderate at high temperatures.

Shortness of breath . The special shape of the head (brachycephaly) with the flat tip ensures that the French Bulldog does not always get the necessary air. If this problem worsens, the dog may be in serious danger. It is about respiratory disability, brachycephalic syndrome.

Thyroid problems are more prevalent in French Bulldogs.

Patellar luxation . It is a painful inflammation of the knee, which occurs mainly in small breeds, it is a dislocation of the patella (patella), which hurts with each step, so dogs avoid supporting the affected leg as little as possible, and only walk with three legs. Treatment is medical, but often requires surgery.

Herniated Discs affects French Bulldogs mainly in old age, but can also occur in young animals. It is very painful because the nerves are affected.

The evolution of the French Bulldog

The origin of the French Bulldog cannot be explained down to the last detail and it also has a history of migration. Bulldogs were originally bred in England to fight other animals (hence the bull in their name). However, this bloody gambling sport was banned in 1835, depriving the bulldog of its main task. Presumably, accompanying the workers, some Bulldog specimens arrived in France, where they excelled in controlling pests such as rats.

This useful feature made them very popular in the host country. At some point, representatives of high society became aware of the bulldog and turned it into a companion dog. The French bred the dog with the characteristic erect ears, by crossing it with a breed of French Terrier and later with the Pug. These different ears were not accepted in England, which is why this subspecies was called the French Bulldog. Both she and the English Bulldog have long become separate breeds.

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