French Bulldog Dog Breed
French Bulldog puppies are, without a doubt, the living definition of ‘aww!’ They’re playful, smart and oh-so quirky – traits that run within the Frenchie breed regardless of their age. However, before they mature, French Bulldog puppies do tend to have their own unique characteristics and quirks. In this blog, we’re going to run through the different traits of these pups and help you decide if this is the right breed for you.
- French Bulldog Puppy Characteristics
- French Bulldog Puppy Origin
- French Bulldog Puppy Personality
- French Bulldog Puppy Appearance
- Adopting a French Bulldog Puppy
- How much does a French Bulldog Puppy Cost?
- French Bulldog Puppy FAQs
- Additional Resources on French Bulldog Puppies
If you’re more of a visual learner and are interested in knowing more about the French Bulldog’s history, living needs and trainability, we’ve linked an informative video by the AKC below:
|Life Span: 10-12 Years||Grooming: Minimal||Child Friendly: Yes||Tendency to Bark: Occasional|
|Health Issues: Moderate||Shedding Level: Normal||Apartment Friendly: Yes||Tendency to Snore: High|
|Energy Level: Calm/Low||Adaptability: High||Pet Friendly: Yes||Tendency to Drool: High|
|Exercise Needs: Low – Less than 20 mins per day||Social Needs: High||Affection Level: High||Trainability: Difficult|
The Frenchie’s history, interestingly enough, began in England during the mid-1800s. Toy-sized bulldogs were a fan favourite amongst lace makers and were a dog breed thought to bring good fortune. When these lace workers moved to France after the industrial revolution, they took these dogs with them, eventually resulting in the French Bulldog breed that is cherished to this day!
Here are some fast facts about the French Bulldog’s history:
- French Bulldogs developed their characteristic ‘bat ears’ after being cross-bred with terriers upon their arrival in France.
- Frenchies became known as city dogs after their popularity began to skyrocket in Paris.
- Throughout the 19th century, Frenchies were considered to be the height of fashion within all tiers of French society.
- French Bulldogs became fast-favourites among the small dog breeds in the United States during the early 1900s.
French Bulldogs, as a breed, are generally quite calm and playful. French Bulldog puppies, on the other hand, are fun-loving, energetic and curious. Puppies, like people, change as they grow up. It’s always recommended to take your puppy for training classes as soon as they’re ready for it – this helps them adapt to being social with other people and pets outside of their home environment.
Here are some of the key personality traits of French Bulldog puppies:
- They love to sleep – but they also love attention. Your French Bulldog puppy might sleep a lot, but they need just as much attention and will hound you for it if they feel left out.
- They get separation anxiety. This is a trait that most Frenchie puppies carry into adulthood.
- They’re very friendly with other animals and children. Although, a few of them may be shy. After a few training classes and walks spent in public parks, their social anxiety should disappear entirely.
- They love the outdoors – even though they’re apartment friendly dogs. In their youth, French Bulldog puppies are eager to explore and go on adventures with their owner.
- They’re intelligent and playtime is a major form of mental stimulation for them. Since they’re social dogs by nature, French Bulldog puppies enjoy engaging in frequent playtime with their families.
French Bulldog puppies don’t look too different compared to their fully-grown counterparts, although there are some slight differences. Males and females of this breed are roughly the same size and height, and they come in a variety of colours.
Here’s a quick run-through of the Frenchie puppy’s most defining features:
- ‘Bat ears’ – All French Bulldog puppies come into the world with the breed’s signature ‘bat’ ears. Their ears start a little bit bigger than the rest of their bodies, making these pups appear slightly disproportionate.
- Squished nose – Like all Bulldog breeds, Frenchie puppies are born with flat, ‘squished’ noses. As they grow older, their noses will develop and change in shape ever so slightly.
- Wrinkles – French Bulldog puppies have loose, wrinkled skin. In puppyhood, this feature is prominent all over their bodies. However, as they age, they’ll grow into their skin and their wrinkles will only really appear around their heads/faces.
- Small, stumpy little tails – French Bulldogs are naturally born with small, stumpy tails. Sometimes, people may think that their Frenchie puppies’ tails have been docked, but that’s not the case at all. Depending on their parents, the shapes of their tails may differ slightly, too (E.G, screw-shaped vs straighter tails).
French Bulldog puppies’ coat colours are known to come in:
- Black & White
- Black & Tan
You can read more about the French Bulldog’s coat colours here.
When it comes to looking at French Bulldog puppies for sale, it’s important to keep a few key factors in mind. When looking for French Bulldog Breeders in Australia, make sure to keep an eye out for:
- Breeders with trusted reviews and a long history.
- Breeders who don’t have litters available often. This is a key indicator that a breeder is taking the right health and safety precautions when breeding French Bulldogs, as females are usually artificially inseminated and deliver their puppies via C-section.
- Breeders who are well-versed in the breed you’re looking for. When we say ‘well-versed’, we mean that they should know this breed inside and out.
- Breeders who encourage you to meet the parent dogs of your soon-to-be French Bulldog puppy.
Use this guide as a ‘checklist’ while looking for a trustworthy breeder.
Sometimes, it may be easier to go to a shelter when looking to adopt a French Bulldog puppy. Although shelters are usually made up of adult dogs when it comes to their purebreds, there are always exceptions. You should consider adopting through a shelter or rescue when:
- Looking for an older dog. While this article is on French Bulldog puppies, adult Frenchies are just as lovable and, usually, much calmer as they have already been trained.
- Looking to give a pup a second chance. There are plenty of sweet, loving puppies and dogs waiting for a new home all over the country. If you’re not completely set on a specific type of French Bulldog, then we would strongly recommend this option.
They usually range from between $3000-$5000, depending on the breeder as well as the colour of their coats.
Do French Bulldog Puppy’s Ears Stand Up?
Frenchie’s famous ears begin to perk up approximately from 5-15 weeks of their birth. Funnily enough, their ears may stand up at different times – making for a very adorably unbalanced puppy.
Do French Bulldog Puppies Sleep A Lot?
Yes, French Bulldog puppies are big fans of taking time to rest and reset. On average Frenchie puppies require 18-20 hours of sleep per day. Whereas adult French Bulldogs only need 12-14 hours of sleep daily.
Do French Bulldog Puppies Breathe Fast?
Frenchie Puppies can suffer from their breeds’ breathing problems and the build of their bodies. However, it is normal for your puppy to breathe more rapidly than adult dogs as they have a higher respiratory rate. French Bulldog Puppies can breathe more quickly, particularly when they are asleep, due to new and exciting dreams.
Should puppies be vet checked before buying?
All puppies should be checked by a vet in their first few weeks of being born. This can help catch any health issues early and avoid them developing into a worse condition. Most reputable breeders will ensure that the puppy you are buying has been checked by a vet.
How much does it cost to care for a French Bulldog?
Frenchies are one of the most popular dog breeds, and like all pets, do come with a cost to care for them. Multiple factors can influence how much caring for a French Bulldog costs like their health, pedigree and training.
How to ensure that I’m buying a healthy French Bulldog puppy?
There are multiple questions that you can ask your breeder when buying a French Bulldog puppy. This article covers what you need to know when buying a French Bulldog puppy.
Can French Bulldogs have puppies naturally?
French Bulldogs can give birth naturally, however, most pregnancies are medically assisted. The rate of natural birth for Frenchies is only 1 out of 5 occurrences. Natural birth can present risks such as the puppies being unable to exit the birth canal. It is recommended that you consult with a veterinarian for more detailed information.
What should I expect before I get a French Bulldog?
French Bulldogs are absolutely adorable – but there are some important things you should know about investing in this dog.
- French Bulldogs can be expensive to buy and to care for
- Frenchies can become obese if their diet is not carefully monitored
- French Bulldogs are lively dogs that enjoy playtime
- Frenchies should be neutered, this can reduce risks of particular health issues
- French Bulldogs prefer to always be in the company of a human
Are French Bulldogs Born with Tails?
Yes, Frenchies are born with tails! Since their tails are usually so short and small, many people think that their French Bulldogs have had them docked, but it’s completely normal. This trait can be traced back to the early development of the breed upon its arrival in France.
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When bringing a new, living, breathing being into your care you should always be prepared! You can read a more comprehensive guide on French Bulldogs here if you’re interested in doing a little more research on this breed.
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