Fun Facts and Cute Pictures of French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs are some of the most loveable dogs in the world, and their popularity has only grown in recent years. They have a long history dating back to the 1800s, and ever since, they have become adorable house pets. Here are some fun facts about these dogs that may interest you! 

Fun Facts

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French Bulldogs Aren’t Actually French

The name French bulldog is deceiving because Frenchies do not originate from France. They are from Nottingham, England and were brought to Normandy, France, by English lacemakers. French bulldogs are descendants of the extinct toy bulldog that was common among English lacemakers. During the industrial revolution, several lacemakers moved to Normandy, France, and they took toy bulldogs with them. The toy bulldogs were bred with the rat terrier and pug to create the famous French bulldog.

French Bulldogs’ Ears Come in Two Shapes

Nowadays, Frenchies are known for their erect bat-like ears. However, during their early breeding days, some Frenchies had rose ears that folded over, similar to English bulldogs. Over time, through selective breeding, Frenchies lost their rose ears in favor of bat ears.

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Frenchies Don’t Breed, Um, Traditionally

Frenchies cannot breed naturally. They have large heads and narrow hips, which makes it difficult for a stud to mount a female. The safest way to breed Frenchies is artificial insemination, and it is expensive. In addition to the stud fee, freezing and shipping costs make artificial insemination really expensive.

French Bulldogs Shouldn’t Swim—or Fly

French bulldogs cannot swim and drown when left in a water body. They have high muscle mass and short legs, which makes swimming hard. They also cannot fly cargo because of their short snouts and flat face. Frenchies have genetic breathing problems and fly with their owners in the cabin. Several airlines have different regulations, but most require a dog carrier for your Frenchie.

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Frenchies Are Most Popular in Cities

Size matters! Cities are usually crowded with limited spacing. However, Frenchies are comfortable in small spaces, are fond of humans, and rarely bark, making them the ideal city dog. They also require minimal exercise and are less destructive. Lastly, their personality and constant need for human attention suit city life. 

French Bulldogs Are Very Talkative

No, they can not talk like humans, but they are vocal. They rarely bark unless they have to, and even then, it is not loud. They like to express themselves using growls, howls, gargles, yips, and yawns, especially when people are conversing. They like to carry themselves as contributing family members.

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A French Bulldog Was Supposed to Star in The Wizard of Oz

Toto, a character from the famous Wizard of Oz movie, was originally a Frenchie in the book version. The book illustrator owned a Frenchie by the name of Quinn and involved the pup as Toto throughout the original publication. In fact, a Frenchie was cast to play Toto’s role in the movie, but the pup was stubborn. Eventually, the movie directors replaced the Frenchie with a Cairn Terrier.

Cute Frenchie Pictures on Instagram

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Sleep, Slay, Repeat

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Beep Beep!

The Perfect Cuddle Buddies

Zinnia Frenchie


Triceratops Frenchie


Cute Times Two

Passion for Fashion


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Nowadays, there are so many breeds that it becomes hard to know which is best for you and your family. French Bulldogs are playful and good with children, making them a great choice for families. As cute as they are lively, Frenchies have a long-standing heritage and genetic concerns.