The French Bulldog, also known as the Frenchie, is a small yet muscular breed with distinctive large “bat” ears. They are friendly, easy going and playful, and they love getting lots of attention. Although they love to play, they can also like a relaxed lifestyle, often preferring the sofa over a run in the park. They are perfect for city living, as they will be quite happy in an apartment and don’t require a large back yard. However, they still need a short walk daily and some playtime to keep them in shape. They have a life expectancy of 10-12 years, and adults don’t weigh more than 12kg. Unfortunately, like all brachycephalic dog breeds (those with short noses and flat faces) they are prone to breathing problems, especially in hot weather. Other health problems they are prone to include cherry eye, juvenile cataracts, entropion and skin allergies. Generally, feeding a Frenchie is about $20-30/month, but these little dogs can easily become overweight, so its best to hold back on the treats.
Fun fact…Due to theirfront-heavy structure, Frenchies are not good swimmers at all, and should not be left unattended near a bath, pool or river.