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French Bulldog

Group: Non Sporting (Group 7)
Club: French Bulldog Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Leah McArthur
Phone: 0418 453 580

Brief History

The French Bulldog originated in England and was created to be a toy-size version of the Bulldog. The breed was quite popular among lace workers in the city of Nottingham and when many lace workers emigrated to France for better opportunities, they naturally brought their little bulldogs with them. The French Bulldog thrived in France and Europe.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. The average life span is 11 to 14 years. 


Frenchies are alert, intelligent, stubborn, inquisitive, loyal, lovable clowns. Vivacious and deeply affectionate.

General Breed Description

The French Bulldog is an active breed in general, but some can be couch potatoes. They do not require a lot of exercise, particularly as puppies, only short walks and never on hot days. As long as they have adequate shallow water they can wallow in, they are happy. Best in homes with a backyard. They prefer human company to other dogs, but live happily with another dogs. They can be very possessive about their humans, food, toys, etc. and, if bored or lonely, they can get destructive. They are a natural bob tailed breed.

Coat and Care requirement

An easy coated breed that should be regularly bathed and brushed. Particular attention must be taken with ears, nose rolls and tail folds. During summer on hot days, your French Bulldog will enjoy his time inside near the airconditioner rather than outside.


Weight: Males 12.5kgs (28lbs), Females 11kgs (24lbs).


All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders in is recommended you enquire about breed health and what health testing the breeder does. The French Bulldog is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. As a brachycephalic (short nosed) breed, they may be susceptible to breathing issues (BOAS), spinal deformities and also heart issues may affect this breed. These issues can be vet checked. The French Bulldog is a healthy breed if purchased from ethical breeders, however before purchasing, ensure that you see proof of DNA Heath testing and x-raying/scoring for spine and hips.


They are an ideal pet for all owners and are great with families. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. French Bulldogs are usually good with other dogs and cats if they are socialised well as a puppy. Owners must be aware of possible heat stress during hot weather.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

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