French Bulldog

If you’ve been thinking that you may want to follow suit and adopt a French Bulldog as many other people have done in New Zealand in recent years, you can learn about the breed right here.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog’s popularity has rapidly increased the world over in the last decade.They have consistently been one of the most popular dog breeds adopted by pet owners in the United States and England over the last five years, and now, they’ve also made it into the top 10 most popular dog breeds in New Zealand. It's thought that the French Bulldog’s popularity has increased so rapidly because of their adaptability to all kinds of home environments, as they’re just as happy in an apartment as they’d be on a lifestyle block. This is largely due to their love of human attention and affection, as being made a fuss over is their biggest need.

If you’ve been thinking that you may want to follow suit and adopt a French Bulldog as many other people have done in New Zealand in recent years, you can learn about the breed right here. You’ll find information on their personality, exercise and grooming requirements, trainability and also a brief history lesson on the ‘Frenchie’.

Breed History

In 19th century Britain, a lot of experimental breeding was carried out on the English Bulldog, as some breeders were searching for ways to make them larger, while others were attempting to create a downsized version. The result of the latter was a smaller Toy Bulldog. The breed quickly became popular throughout the country, and was later introduced to the French, as many emigrating Englishman took their little companions overseas with them. The crossing of the now extinct Toy Bulldog with French ratter breeds (breeds used to hunt rodents) resulted in the French Bulldog that we know and love today.

Physical traits

Instantly recognisable by their smooshed faces and square head, atop which sits erect bat-like ears, the French Bulldog is a small breed that weighs up to thirteen kilograms. They have a very sturdy and muscular frame with no size differences occurring between male and females. They come in a range of colourings, including fawn, white, brindle, black, and cream. Except in rare circumstances, the Frenchie will always have very dark brown or close to black eyes.

Personality type

The French Bulldog is a very playful breed that loves attention. They will constantly seek affection from their owners and other members of the family and always love to play. Although they’re great with children, they’re prone to being rather jealous if you pay them little fuss while turning your attention to the kids. For this reason, it's best to bring them into homes that can handle their attention needs. However, it's not uncommon for Frenchies to become best friends with the young ones in the family, as both love to play and have plenty of energy. They’re also a fantastic option for those that live alone, as the Frenchie will quickly become a beloved, loyal companion. Their deep affection for their owners also makes them prone to anxiety when left alone for long periods of time.


A deep love for human affection and praise combined with their natural intelligence makes the French Bulldog trainable breed, as they often seek to please their owner. However, some individuals may require quite a lot more training than others, as they have a potential to be rather stubborn.

Health and grooming requirements

Like all of the flat-faced dog breeds, Frenchies are susceptible to heatstroke in warm conditions, as their small, squashed noses do a poor job of cooling down the oxygen they breath before it reaches their lungs. Therefore, it’s recommended to limit their exercise in warm weather and take them for walks at the cooler times in the day, especially in summer.

Their short coats are very easy to groom and keep clean, as a quick brush will be all they require to be kept looking in top shape.

Exercise requirements

Being a very playful and excitable breed, Frenchie’s are always up for a walk or a game of fetch. They’ll often want to continue to exercise for longer than what they actually require to be kept in a healthy condition. Twenty minutes of daily exercise is what this breed requires to stay in shape.

Because of their compact and low-set frame, French Bulldogs are poor swimmers, and water exercise should be avoided as they can quickly tire trying to stay afloat. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them for a stroll along the beach, as this environment is stimulating for dogs with plenty of new sights and smells. Just be sure to always keep an eye on them when they are near the water, and if you own a Frenchie with a natural inclination for the water, you can do what many other owners do and purchase them a doggy life jacket.

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