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Size: Shoulder height: 30 cm (12 inches). Weight: 9 - 13 kg (19 - 28 lbs).

Coat: Coat is moderately fine, brilliant, short and smooth. Skin is soft and loose, especially at the head
and shoulders, forming wrinkles.

Character: The French Bulldog has the appearance of an active, intelligent, muscular dog of heavy bone,
smooth coat, compactly built, and of medium or small structure. Expression alert, curious, and interested.

Temperament: Well behaved, adaptable, and comfortable companions with an affectionate nature and
even disposition; generally active, alert, and playful, but not unduly boisterous.

Care: When it is shedding, use a rubber brush weekly to remove dead hairs. A special lotion will
occasionally need to be applied to the facial folds to keep them clean.

Training: Quick to learn simple tasks and inquisitive, yet unpredictable as this breed is a bit stubborn on

Activity: The exercise needs of this dog are uncomplicated. This breed does well in apartments and
prefers cooler weather due to its susceptibility to heat stroke.


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Size: Shoulder height: 31 - 36 cm (12 -14 inches). Weight: 22 - 25 kg (48.5 - 55 lbs).

Coat: Short-haired. Acceptable colors are beige, piebald, brindle, and white.

Character: The bulldog is affectionate, uncomplicated, gentle, intelligent, and sensitive, and fearless.

Temperament: Bulldogs enjoy mixing with other dogs and household pets. They are good with children.
Some are cautious with strangers, but most are friendly to everyone.

Care: When the bulldog is shedding, use a rubber brush to remove dead hairs. A special lotion will
occasionally need to be applied to the facial folds to keep them clean.

Training: Consistency is important, but the Bulldog's sensitivity to the tone of its handler's voice makes
training it a fairly simple process.

Activity: The exercise needs of the bulldog are uncomplicated. It will adapt itself to the activity level of
your family. Sufficient rest is key to development of healthy bones, muscles, and joints.

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Do Frenchies bark a lot?
Not more or less barkers compared to other breeds.  Frenchies are not typically excessive barkers.
Are Frenchies good watch dogs? Frenchies make good watch dogs and can become somewhat
territorial and protective.
Are French Bulldogs good companion dogs? They are fantastic companion dogs.  They are fun,
entertaining and loving.  The French Bulldog is delightful, easy to groom and requires little
How do Frenchies take to Apartment living? Wonderfully.  This is one reason the French Bulldog has
been popular throughout the history of the breed.  Frenchies like to be where you are and don't take
up too much space at all.  It is good to get in a good walk as much as possible for overall health and
exercise.  If your Frenchie only gets the occasional walk to the grass outside, is at least something.
Are French Bulldogs sociable? All dogs seem to do better with exposure to other aspects of life,
other dogs, and people too.  The French Bulldog should never be a mean, aggressive or a vicious
animal.  It is often recommended and a good idea to take your Frenchie visiting and to various
places.  This helps your dog be a better dog and not possibly overreact out of fear of the unknown.  
It also builds confidence and character in your dog.  It gives you and the dog an easier time when
separated or when traveling together.
Try to consider if your Frenchie is penned up all the time.  He  needs to be a part of your life.

Are French Bulldogs good with children? All young children need supervision especially around
puppies.   This is often for the puppies sake as well.   French Bulldogs are typically very good around
Are French Bulldogs good with cats? Like with most dogs, but it's been said French Bulldogs get
along well with cats.   
Are French Bulldogs good with other dogs? Depending on the dog(s).  

They can get along just fine and would consider supervision at all times until you're sure.  

Try using the X-pen to introduce your new Frenchie to other dogs.  While they are protected get
your other dog's reaction and the Frenchies response.  Sooner or later, a puppy may attempt to
establish dominance in some cases with smaller or more submissive dogs.

Are French Bulldogs easy to Train? They can be very willing.  They can also be very stubborn and
hardheaded too.  If you make it a game they'll want to play all the time.  Frenchies are often
considered people pleasers and love to be the center of attention.
Do Frenchies Snore? Yes, Frenchies can snore and some pretty good that are also aggravated by
breathing deficiencies.
What breathing problems? Sometimes you may find a Frenchie that is noisy or has labored
breathing.  They may have a longer tongue or excessive soft palate and is obstructing their airway.  
Smaller nose openings can exaggerate their already noisy characteristics.

Note:  Other symptoms of elongated soft palate are spiting up or regurgitating food or foam
frequently.  Consult  your veterinarian for corrective alternatives.
What about Feeding? Use consideration when feeding a French Bulldog properly.  Be aware of
artificial preservatives and excessive protein and fillers.  Some dogs may have allergic reactions to
certain commercial foods.  Read the label and know what suits your dogs needs best.  Consult your
veterinarian if your dog experiences food allergies.  

Food additive:

Yogurt (full fat or low fat)
Cottage Cheese (full fat or low fat)
Fresh Avocado
Flaxseed meal
Fresh meats - cooked or raw (consult your vet)
Whole grains and vegetables
Cooked Potatoes or Rice
Some French Bulldogs like nuts, fruits and melons too.

A healthy Frenchie is not overweight and can be damaging to their physical structure and shorten
their lifespan.

Note: Wheat products are known to be flatulent producing in some French Bulldogs.  Corn products
and fillers that are an additional source of protein may increase your dogs energy levels and cause
hives (skin rashes or irritations).

Potty training? This is a combined effort.  Some dogs are harder than others.  Try installing a dog
door or at first you might start by crate training.  Develop a routine after they eat, before bed and
first thing in the morning, and be consistent.  Remember a puppy's little bladders may not be under
control as quickly as we'd like so be positive.
Do Frenchies shed? Yes, but are single coated and shed less compared to other breeds.
Are Frenchies easy to breed? It can be difficult for French Bulldogs to breed naturally and may be
assisted by a veterinarian or reproduction specialist.  
Whelping Puppies? Due to the French Bulldog shape and pups size of head quite often are born by
C-Section in a veterinarian hospital.  Educate yourself before intending to breed French Bulldogs.
How do I find a vet familiar with French Bulldogs? We hope some day to offer a referral service for
participating veterinarians familiar with the breed.  For now check with a breeder in your area.


What to have ready and care for a new Frenchie(- The following may be partial information.  Other
methods may also be valid or vary.
Food and Water If you just got a new puppy, ask the breeder to send some food along with the pup,
they're already eating.  Use the same food until it is recommended to change it.  If you plan on
changing their food anyway or their current food is hard to locate, try whole basic bland foods and
gradually combine a new puppy food (follow same suggestions as listed above in "Common
Questions").  A puppy typically eats about 3 to 4 times a day, depending on their age.  You may
choose to reduce that eventually to one to two times a day as they mature.  It is not a good idea to
allow your Frenchie to become overweight.
It is a good idea to take water from the breeder of the puppy, if possible.  If not use bottled water
until you can gradually add your own water to avoid any discomforts.  Otherwise you may get loose
stools or worse, until your puppy becomes adjusted to your water.

Wire or enclosed crate 200 size or medium size This doubles as your puppies home or bed and a
place to be safe.  It is not unfair since dogs are den animals, they will become accustomed to the
crate.  This is also a good way to transport your Frenchie to and from places safely.  To get your
puppy use to the crate, leave the door open and place the crate in a family room.  This way the
puppy can feel more comfortable trying out his new home.
X-pen (exercise pen) This is about a 4 X 4 wire pen that folds up and can be adjusted to varying
sizes.  It is recommended to get at least a 24 to 30 inch height.  Very handy when traveling and
cordoning off area you don't want your Frenchie to go.  This is also helpful when introducing a new
pet into your home.  The crate inside the pen becomes a bed like a protective home with a small
It is not recommended to leave your puppy loose and unattended when not at home.  

Newspaper To assist with potty training.  Keep on one side of X-pen at night and  during the day.  Or
you might use a tray or pan big enough to help teach your dog where to go, when they are unable
to go outside.

Rolling up a newspaper:  When correcting your dog try using the old fashion method of a rolled up
newspaper.  Hit the floor or wall getting their attention and use a corrective tone.  Another
harmless, corrective tool is a squirt bottle of water.  

Note:  It is important to reward your puppy when they do something favorable.  Hugs and kisses
and lost of praise goes a long way.

Food and Water Bowls Most recommend stainless steal bowls that will last, is safe, and does not
retain odors or bacteria and will go in the dishwasher.
A Cozy Bed Have a nice comfy bed for snuggling and to keep warm.  A good bed is where they can't
get to the stuffing and either the cover or entire bed can be put in the washing machine.
Chew toys All babies especially when teething even the adults will chew.  Puppies will chew anything
and everything so be careful.  It is very important they have enough chew toys to keep them busy.  
Get new chew toys from time to time to keep their interest.

Note:  It has often been recommended to not give your dogs rawhide chew bones or toys.
Benadryl Allergy
(over the counter) Often is recommended by vets for minor allergic reactions. Benadryl will also
relax your dog and can make them drowsy.  Please consult your vet in advance and for dosage
Note:  Bee stings can be highly reactive and should contact your vet

Bag Balm (utter cream) Recommended moisturizer for noses, other areas and minor skin irritations.
Wash rag and mild antibacterial soap Wash your French Bulldog's face and folds regularly.
Toe nail clipping

It is always a good idea to keep in the habit of cutting or having your dogs toe nails trimmed.  When
you start hearing the sound of "clip-itty-clip" is when it's time to trim them down a bit.

Bathing your Frenchie Frenchies are easy to bathe just toss them in the sink or tub, wash, rinse,
towel dry and away they go.  Use a mild dog formulated shampoo or vet recommended allergy
shampoo.  Conditioner is often helpful for rough, dry coats.
Ear wash Frequently check your Frenchies ears and try and keep them flushed and cleaned
regularly.  Make this a part of your routine after bathing your Frenchie and always use cotton.  Try a
feed store, pet store or vet for a most often used antiseptic ear wash.
Small Clipper (optional) Often show exhibitors shave their Frenchies muzzles however, is a nice and
neat habit if you prefer.
Know your dog's schedule for shots and keep them current Some areas of the country have different
concerns protecting against virus not common in other regions.  If your puppy was shipped may not
have been inoculated for potential parasites or diseases in his new area.  Be careful of Rabies shot
reactions and inform your vet some Frenchies react adversely to LEPTO and may choose to avoid
Keep your dog wormed regularly and if concerned get a fecal examination performed by your vet. If
you find like rice or white parasites or if you have fleas, worms once they get out of control can be
very devastating to your dog(s).  Common symptoms of exposure are skinny, pot-belly and slowed
growth.  They have difficulty putting on weight and coats are flaky, dry and dull.  Do not let worms
get a hold of your dog and can spread like an epidemic to other pets.  Curing one pet does not cure
the epidemic and may require all your pets to be examined.

Make sure to keep your Frenchie out of the heat and the extreme cold.  Do not leave your Frenchie
or any dog in a car with the windows rolled up, unattended.  Dog parks are fun, but keep in mind
Frenchies can be fearless and get into trouble with strange or larger dogs.  They also have a
tendency of going with just about anybody.  Take caution when exercising with your Frenchie and
not let them overheat.  Avoid the heat of the day or too long or vigorous.  If your Frenchie starts to
over heat, hose them down with cool water, use wet towels and calm them down.  If you're
planning a long walk take periodic breaks.

Thank you for considering a French Bulldog making sure is the right breed for you.  The French Bull
Dog Club of American wants to encourage healthy Frenchie owners.   The FBDCA does not endorse
or is responsible for any information provided not suitable for your specific dog.  The information
provided is considered safe and basic requirements by other Frenchie owners.

Enjoy your new Frenchie because very soon they'll be your best friend for a very long time.   

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