French bulldog Dogs & Puppies for Sale

The French Bulldog is a playful and adaptable miniature version of the English Bulldog. Aside from the size difference, this breed also differs from the Bulldog in appearance thanks to their large, pointy, bat-like ears. The French Bulldog originated in England, where they became popular with lace workers in Nottingham City.

Today, French Bulldogs are beloved for their cute appearance, relaxed attitude to life, and affectionate natures. This has made them one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are known to be free-spirited and fairly stubborn but if they have been appropriately socialised and trained, they can become loveable canine companions for families and individuals alike. 

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Meet the French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are small, robust canines that stand between 28 and 30cm tall. Females are generally smaller than males, weighing anywhere between 7.3 and 10.8kg. Males weigh 9-12.7kg when fully grown.

Both sexes have compact, well-muscled bodies with large, square heads and heavy wrinkling above their short noses. Their large ears are characteristically bat-like and sit high and wide on the head. French Bulldogs also have large round eyes that are almost always dark in colour. Their back legs are longer than their front legs and their wide chest gives them a very stocky appearance.

French Bulldogs boast a short, silky coat that lies very close to the body. These dogs only have a single-layer coat, so they don’t do well in cold temperatures. This is why you will often see French Bulldogs wearing jackets or fleeces in the winter months. Saying that, some brindle varieties can sport a double coat.

The only coat colours accepted by the UK Kennel Club are as follows:

  • Brindle: Consisting of a mixture of black and fawn hairs. White markings are allowed under the breed standard, but the brindle colour must dominate.
  • Fawn: Clear fawn colouring that can be accompanied by a black mask around the eyes. Cream and red shades are available, but they are less desirable.
  • Brindle-Pied: Mostly white with brindle patches.
  • Pied: Predominantly white with fawn markings.

French Bulldogs can live 9-12 years if cared for properly and offered a high-quality diet that’s tailored to their needs. However, they are known to suffer from a number of health issues including hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, and cleft palate, due to their unusual bone structure and short legs. As a brachycephalic breed (short-nosed), these dogs can also suffer from breathing problems. Brachycephalic syndrome is common in this breed and is characterised by a narrowing or obstruction of the airways. Dogs with this condition normally snort or snuffle as they breathe. Severe cases may require surgery to widen the nostrils or shorten palates.

The temperament of a French Bulldog

French Bulldogs love to play regular games with the family, which is one of the reasons why they have become so popular as pets. When they are not playing, you will usually find a French Bulldog snoozing on the sofa without a care in the world.

These adorable dogs thrive on human contact and form strong bonds with their family members. For this reason, these dogs do not do well when left alone for long periods. So, they are best suited to families where someone is home for most of the day.

French Bulldogs don’t generally bark a lot, but they will alert you if a visitor is approaching your home. So, they make great little watchdogs. However, they can be a bit challenging to train at times. The key to successfully training a French Bulldog is to make training sessions fun with games, activities, and fuss. These dogs are freethinkers, so if they decide they don’t want to do something, there’s nothing you can do to change their minds! They can also be a bit mischievous at times, so they need an owner with a firm but gentle hand, to prevent them from becoming dominant or territorial.

These dogs don’t require a large amount of room or exercise, so they are suitable for apartment living. Up to one hour of exercise per day is all that’s needed for this breed. However, bear in mind that they can have breathing problems so keep walks short. Multiple short walks a day with long rest breaks in between are ideal.

10 reasons to add a French Bulldog to your family

  1. They make wonderful family companions – These dogs love people! They get along well with children of all ages thanks to their small size and gentle demeanour. If you work from home, they will happily curl up at your feet for hours, until it’s time for a walk or feed.
  2. They are adaptable – These dogs have an easy-going approach to life. They will be just as happy in a small apartment as they would be in a large country home. As long as they receive all the cuddles and fuss they need.
  3. They are cuddly – French Bulldogs, or Frenchie's as they are affectionately known, love to curl up with their owners with some one-on-one snuggle time. These dogs were bred specifically to be human companions, so they thrive on affection and attention.
  4. They don’t need a lot of exercise – Frenchie's will be more than happy with a couple of 15–20-minute walks a day. The rest of the time they will be content snoozing the day away or playing fun games with the family.
  5. They are fun-loving and comical to be around – If you ask any French Bulldog owner to describe their canine companion, the majority will define them as mischievous goofballs. These happy, go-lucky dogs love life and will entertain you daily with their silly antics.
  6. They are not big barkers – Frenchie's generally don’t bark unless there is something to bark about. Although, of course, there are exceptions to the rule! This makes these dogs the ideal canine companions for apartment living.
  7. They are very social – French Bulldogs get along well with other companion animals, from cats to hamsters. They are also generally affectionate toward strangers and other children.
  8. They make good guard dogs – These muscular little canines will alert you to any danger because they are incredibly protective of their families.
  9. They are very intelligent – These dogs are clever, alert, and eager to please, which makes training them a joy.
  10. They are laid-back – These dogs don’t stress about life. They will happily curl up for hours at a time as long as you are nearby.

Best homes for a French Bulldog

French Bulldogs will do well in a range of home environments. They are particularly popular with city dwellers due to their small size and quiet, calm nature. They love playing with children of all ages and get along well with other animals, including other dogs.

French Bulldogs do not like to be left alone for long periods because they are highly people orientated. So, they are not suitable for people who spend hours out of the house at a time. These dogs need constant attention to be happy, so you need to ensure you have plenty of time to devote to these adorable little canines. 

Frequently Asked Questions About French Bulldog Puppies

Why should I choose a French Bulldog from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
As French Bulldogs are one of the most popular breeds worldwide, immoral breeding is not uncommon. What’s more, breeding French Bulldogs is very difficult. For example, 80% of breeding dogs require artificial insemination to conceive and caesareans to give birth. So, considering the additional risks with this breed, finding a trusted and competent breeder is even more vital. To ensure the welfare of Frenchie breeding dogs and their puppies, we seek out the most reputable and trusted breeders with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge of French Bulldog breeding. In addition, we undertake many checks and procedures to ensure all the French Bulldogs on our platform are bred safely and ethically.
Is a French Bulldog the right puppy for me?
As one of the most popular breeds worldwide, Frenchies make beautiful companions. They are loving, gentle, and entertaining, but they have high social needs. Therefore, if you lead a busy lifestyle or work full time, a Frenchie is probably not for you. They need an owner who is always around to give them cuddles and affection. However, because they have low energy levels, you won’t have to spend much time exercising them. You don’t need to have a garden either, as Frenchies like to spend their time indoors, with a short walk each day.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
As pet parents ourselves, we know how worrying and stressful it can be to buy a pedigree dog, especially a French Bulldog. Because they are such a highly desirable breed, there are unfortunately many rogue breeders around who do not have the knowledge or experience to breed them safely. We created The Pedigree Paws to reduce the amount of neglect, abandonment, and deaths that happen due to dishonest breeding. We strive to help as many dog lovers as possible find healthy, well-tempered pets raised in healthy and ethical conditions. To do this, we have a thorough application process and various regular checks in place, ensuring we only work with breeders who match our high values.
Are French Bulldog puppies from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
We do not hide the fact that French Bulldogs have more health predispositions. In fact, if choosing this dog, we recommend you research the potential health concerns of French Bulldogs. For example, as a short-nosed breed, they can experience various respiratory problems and breathing troubles. As a responsible matchmaking agency, we do all we can to reduce the chances of French Bulldog puppies having these conditions. For example, every French Bulldog breeder who wants to list their puppies on our platform must meet our strict health and welfare requirements. These prerequisites include proving they have experience with the breed and showing their breeding dogs are healthy through a DNA test. Plus, before listing them for sale, the breeder must take their puppies to a vet for a health checkup and examination, then submit a report to us showing their health clearances.
When can I receive my French Bulldog puppy?
All our ethically raised French Bulldog puppies remain with their mother until they are between eight and twelve weeks of age. These first few months of their lives are critical for their health and development. Unfortunately, puppies often develop behavioural issues when they leave their mums before this age. You can check the availability date on the listing of your chosen puppy to see when they are ready. If there is no specific date, the breeder will confirm this with you after completing the payment.
Can I see the parents of my French Bulldog puppy?
Yes, we understand that you may want to see your new puppy’s temperament for yourself before committing. Therefore, you can arrange a video call with the breeder to see your chosen puppy and its mother. We recommend doing this if you have any concerns, as it is an excellent way to check the temperament and health of your new puppy.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my French Bulldog?
We require all our French Bulldogs breeders to complete the registration of their offspring before listing them for sale. All puppies must receive registration with an official pedigree association, like The Kennel Club, FCI or AKC. The breeder will send the pup’s registration documents to you together with your new Frenchie, giving you evidence of their pedigree status.
Do French Bulldog puppies at The Pedigree Paws come from good breeders?
The health and welfare of our dogs are our immediate focus, so we are meticulous when it comes to choosing the best breeders. We do not open our platform to all breeders but have an extensive application and selection process. Every breeder must complete this to be eligible to list their puppies on The Pedigree Paws. Because of the difficulty of breeding French Bulldogs, we only accept breeders with previous successful experience with Frenchies. In addition, they must show their breeding operations satisfy the welfare conditions for humane breeding set by the top pedigree associations. These strict requirements have put us among the most honourable and trusted pet matchmaking platforms.
Are these French Bulldog puppies raised in a family home or breeding facility?
We can say with complete assurance that every pet on our platform is born and raised in a family home where they stay with their mum and littermates. We firmly believe that this is the only ethical environment to breed companion animals; thus, we don’t work with breeders who raise animals in other conditions. We strictly vet every breeder on our platform and do not support commercial breeding facilities and puppy farms. These places raise puppies separate from their mothers and keep them in tiny cages with no room to run around. Additionally, they keep the mother dogs in inhumane conditions, lacking medical care. Unfortunately, as a breed that cannot naturally give birth, this often leads to death.
How can I help my Frenchie settle into its new home?
As your new puppy will be coming from a caring, nurturing family home, they will already be comfortable around people. However, this breed can still be shy around new humans, so they might need some time to warm up to you. To help them adapt quickly, we recommend creating a calming and safe environment for your new Frenchie to stay in when they arrive. This can be a comfy, warm bed in a dark, quiet room. If your puppy appears particularly nervous, it may be best to wait for them to come to you. However, if they seem ok, it's a good idea to initiate play to start building your bond straight away.