Breed Guide: French Bulldog

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French Bulldog Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

About the French Bulldog

Height (to base of neck): female 11-13″, male 11-13″

Weight: Not to exceed 28 lbs

Color: Accepted are various shades of brindle, fawn, tan or white with brindle patches.

Origin: First in England in the 1800s, but eventually in France after the Industrial Revolution.

Coat: Moderately fine, short and smooth.

Life Expectancy: 8 – 10 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Minimal

Is a French Bulldog the Right Dog Breed for You?

French Bulldogs are true companion animals, requiring close contact with their owners.  They are very sweet, with an even and patient temperament that makes them suitable for families with children or with other pets. They can be a challenge to train due to their tendency towards being willful and stubborn.  Their short nose makes temperature regulation problematic, and thus they are not suitable as outdoor pets.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the French Bulldog

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Skin Allergies $852 $9,311
Ear Infection $231 $4,619
Cherry Eye $707 $3,990
Cruciate Ligament Injury $2,154 $9,880
Ingestion of Foreign Body $2,057 $8,475


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