French Bulldog 101

The French Bulldog, often affectionately referred to as a "Frenchie," is a popular breed known for its wrinkle folds, distinct nose rope, and short snout. While their original purpose was to be a working dog breed, today they are primarily kept as pets.

Interesting Facts About Frenchies

  • The Frenchie is not from France at all, but actually originated in England.
  • They were originally bred as ratters (dogs used for pest control).
  • They are the 2nd most popular dog breed in America.
  • They come in many different colors including brindle, fawn, cream, and white.
  • French Bulldogs cannot swim and should never be left unattended around water.
  • A rare gene mutation can cause French Bulldogs to grow longer, thicker fur, giving them "Fluffy" look.

Breed Origin

The French Bulldog was originally bred in England in the 1800s. They were created by crossing Bulldogs with terriers, pugs, and ratters. The resulting breed was smaller than the Bulldog and had a more pointed muzzle. Like the English Bulldog, they were initially used for bull-baiting, but when that practice was outlawed, they became popular as working dogs on farms and as ratters in homes.

In the 1860s, many of these dogs were exported to France where they gained popularity as companion animals among the upper class. They became known as "Bouledogues Francais" or "French Bulldogs." From France, they spread to other parts of Europe and eventually to America.

Major Characteristics

The French Bulldog is a small breed with a muscular build. They typically weigh between 20 and 28 pounds and stand 12 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder. They have Wrinkle folds on their forehead, a distinct nose rope, and short, square-shaped snouts. Their ears are usually cropped (cut to stand erect), but some owners choose to leave them un-cropped. They have short coats that come in many different colors including brindle, fawn, cream, and white.


French Bulldogs are known for being gentle, loving, and affectionate. They are loyal companions and make great pets. They are generally good with children and get along well with other animals. They are not known for being particularly active but do enjoy a good walk or play session.

Do They Make Good Pets?

French Bulldogs make great pets for families and individuals alike. They are relatively low maintenance and do not require a lot of exercise. They are also relatively quiet compared to other breeds, making them good apartment dogs. Just be sure to give them plenty of love and attention as they thrive on human interaction.

Special Care

Due to their short snouts, French Bulldogs can have difficulty breathing in hot weather or when exercising. It is important to keep an eye on them in these situations to make sure they don't overheat. They are also prone to back and hip problems, so it is important to maintain a healthy weight. Skin, wrinkle and fold care is also important to prevent infections, so regular grooming is important.

The Bottom Line

Overall, the French Bulldog is a great breed for those looking for a loyal and loving companion. They are relatively low maintenance and make great pets for families and individuals alike. For a consistent wrinkle care routine, we recommend starting your Frenchie's skin care routine with Wrinkle Wipes to clean the area of any dirt and debris, followed by applying Wrinkle Paste to soothe the skin as well as to help prevent any future inflammation or infection. Using both Wrinkle Wipes and Wrinkle Paste together will get the most benefits out of each product and will ensure your pup is so fresh and so clean! Finally, be sure to give your Frenchie pup plenty of love and attention and you will have a friend for life.

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