About French Bulldogs
French bulldogs or “frenchies” made it to #4 on AKC’s list for the most popular dog breed for 2019 & 2020. Frenchies are fun, lovable, and are the perfect dog for any single person, couple, or family. You really can’t go wrong with a frenchie!
What sets frenchies apart from other breeds is their distinct upright ears, which people often call “bat ears.” Frenchies range from about 20-28 lbs when full grown and come in multiple colors. At Famous Owned Bullies, in addition to producing happy and healthy frenchies, we are also known for our extensive line of different colored frenchies.
Breed & Health Info
French bulldogs are one of the most beloved breeds for their squishy faces and bat ears. However, before deciding to bring your own frenchie home, it is important to be aware of the common breed information, especially health, for french bulldogs.
The typical french bulldog will weigh about 20-28 pounds when full grown. Males will often be slightly larger than females. Frenchies have a life expectancy of 10-12 years and require a small amount of exercise each day (a 20-30 minute walk each day is perfect). French bulldogs have short hair, but regularly shed. However, french bulldogs don't require professional grooming, just the occasional bath and brushing as well as nail trim.
French bulldogs are very smart but also very stubborn. Frenchies are generally very social dogs, and will benefit from training classes at an early age. Due to their stubborn personality, potty training and obedience training generally takes some more time with frenchies. They are not dumb -- just testing you! We recommend All Things Pups for obedience training.
French bulldogs are adorable, fun, and lovable dogs, but they are also more prone to health issues compared to other breeds. French bulldogs are brachycephalic (flat-faced) which means they may become out of breath faster than other breeds. It's important for french bulldogs to have good sized nostrils. A responsible breeder will make sure not to breed any french bulldogs with small nostrils. Sometimes, french bulldogs will need surgery to correct their small nostrils to enable better breathing. With their short and stocky build, frenchies can also be prone to joint issues. While this can be genetic and shouldn't be as pertinent in well-bred frenchies, it is recommended to have your vet periodically watch for any joint issues. French bulldogs are generally more susceptible to food allergies - primarily turkey and/or chicken. It's important to ask your breeder about any allergies in your frenchie's bloodline, and watch for any allergic reactions.
Like any breed with face wrinkles, it is important to clean your frenchies face wrinkles a few times per week to prevent any infection. You will also want to clean your frenchie's ears as needed.
What to Look for in a French Bulldog Breeder
Adding a puppy to the family is a big decision, and if you decide to get a puppy from a breeder rather than a shelter, selecting the breeder to go with is a big decision as well.
It's important to select a trustworthy, responsible, and ethical breeder not only to make the process easy for you, but also to ensure that you are getting a healthy puppy. Whether you decide to get a french bulldog from Famous Owned Bullies, or any other breeder, we recommend the following:
This may go without saying, but you should know where your puppy is coming from. This comes into play especially if you are purchasing a puppy from a puppy store or online puppy website.
Your breeder should answer all questions you ask. If your breeder is not willing to give you any more information on a puppy you may be bringing home, that is a red flag.
Once you have decided on a puppy, your breeder should give you a puppy contract that outlines all information on your chosen puppy and all terms and conditions with the puppy.
Your breeder should be willing to put you in contact with past customers whom you can talk to regarding their experience.
You should be able to always get in contact with your breeder - even after you've decided to purchase. If your breeder is only willing to contact you if it has to do with buying a dog... red flag!
Always go with your gut. If something doesn't feel right with your breeder, it probably isn't! Unfortunately there are a lot of unethical breeders out there that can be hard to spot. We want to make sure you are supporting a breeder that produces healthy puppies and treats their dogs well.