Here it is - your quick and easy guide to raising a French Bulldog. It's the facts on them, their trademark features, personality quirks and what to keep in mind when you're raising a French Bulldog. It's your simple one-pager on all things Frenchies.

Quick facts:

  • Life Span: 10-13 years
  • Height: 11-13 inches
  • Weight: Under 28 pounds
  • Coat: Smooth coat

Trademark physical features:

We love them for those perked up ears that are the breed's trademark feature, along with their stocky build, large heads, flattened snout and heavy wrinkles. They're muscular, compact and insanely adorable.

Personality:

French Bulldogs are warm, affectionate and love people. They do well in a variety of environments - with singles, couples, families and they do particularly well in cities because they don't need too much exercise. They are wildly good natured and easy to be around if you can get over some loud breathing and general laziness from time to time.

Things to keep in mind when raising a French Bulldog (pros and cons):

  • French bulldogs do so well in so many different household environments. They're great for a single person, amazing around kids and do well with the elderly. They're calm and utterly charming.
  • Frenchies are smart and willing to learn, especially when there's food involved, so keep that in mind if you're trying to train them.
  • They're not exactly jogging partners, so keep them to moderate exercise because the breed is prone to overheating and having trouble breathing if the workout is too strenuous.
  • Speaking of trouble breathing, this breed is known to snore, so they're not always quiet sleepers if you're sharing a room.
  • If you're looking for a super active dog, this probably isn't the breed for you.
  • French bulldogs are not barky dogs, so they do particularly well in apartments. But they are also social dogs, so be careful not to leave them along for too long of stretches and to make sure they are properly socialized
  • Some Frenchies are prone to skin issues, so regular baths, ear cleaning and making sure to clean between their folds can help prevent surface issues. Another preventative measure is a clean and balanced diet that keeps their coat and hair healthy.
  • This breed can also be expensive to own over the longrun. It's hard to find Frenchie puppies to rescue, so the first challenge is finding a responsible breeder, which can be costly. The other major challenge is that because Frenchies can suffer from so many health issues (such as respiratory and breathing problems), vet bills can really rack up over the course of your dog's life.