Breed of the Week: French Bulldogs (Frenchies)

French Bulldog Frenchie

French Bulldogs or Frenchies are the most photographed dog breed on social media, beating out even Pugs! They’ve been described as courageous clowns with the ears of a bat. Frenchies are great companion dogs but due to their squished face can have some serious health problems that it is important to be across before you decide to bring one home.


French Bulldogs started their journey in England! In the 1800s English Bulldogs were bred with smaller ratters to make a companion/lap dog. They became extremely popular in Paris where many Americans fell in love with them and took them back to the USA.

Frenchies were nearly extinct by the end of WWI.  Now French Bulldogs are solidly among the most popular breeds in Australia and are some of the most expensive puppies around. This is because many require artificial insemination and c-sections to breed as well as their fast increasing popularity.

Weight: 10-15kg

Colour: Wide range of colours(there are only 4 colours accepted in the breed standard)

Life Expectancy: 12-13 years

Things we love about French Bulldogs

  • Low activity levels but with bursts of high intensity. A couple of short walks and some ball chasing are enough. They adapt well to apartments but not to being alone for long periods.
  • Big personality in a small package. They love human attention.
  • Great companion dog that does well with children and other dogs
  • Patient and funny with an easy-care coat.

French Bulldog Frenchie

Drawbacks of French Bulldogs

  • Due to common breathing issues, lots of exercise or excitement leads to overheating quickly
  • Stubborn and lose interest quickly in repetitive training
  • Loud snorers and snorters, very gassy(from both ends!) and many are droolers
  • Most can’t swim. Not even doggy paddle.

Common health issues

  1. Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome leads to over-heating and heat stroke. Many Frenchies end up having operations to try to improve their breathing.
  2. Allergies to food, insects, grass & hay fever
  3. Spine problems and luxating patellas

Due to the high likelihood of health conditions, they have some of the highest pet insurance rates of any breed. RSPCA and the Australian Veterinary Association are currently running a campaign to make sure people are aware of the common health issues of breeds like Frenchies, Pugs, Bulldogs and Boston Terriers.

There is a French Bulldog Rescue in Victoria that you should check out if you think this is the right type of dog for you.

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Written by Doug Spiegelhauer
Doug never had a dog growing up but as soon as he stopped moving around knew he needed a dog in his life. Enter Snoop the Beagle. Doug worked for 7 years designing and making dog treats and food for some of Australia's best brands. Now a Co-Founder of Scratch Pet Food.