- Activity Level: low
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 8-12 years
- Prey Drive: low
- Watchdog: aware
French Bulldog Mix Dog Breed Information
A French Bulldog Mix is a cross between a French Bulldog and another dog breed. Because a mixed-breed dog can take on any combination of characteristics from either or both of their parents, it’s important to talk to the breeder about the other parent breed.
Should a French Bulldog Mix take after their Frenchie parent, they will be a small companion breed that bonds closely with their families. They tend to have an energetic, playful personality and love nothing more than being with their favorite humans.
French Bulldogs tend to be friendly, playful, and affectionate dogs that get along with just about everyone. They tend to get along with children, other dogs, and other pets. They will even warm up quickly to strangers as long as they have been properly socialized.
If the other parent breed has a similar temperament, then you should be able to expect the same from a French Bulldog Mix. It’s still important to talk to the breeder about the other parent breed because they will likely have some of their own quirks that they could introduce.
You can also meet the mother in person to see what her temperament is like and the behavior she is modeling for the puppies. The breeder should have started some training and socialization, but it is up to you to continue to train and socialize a puppy once you get them home.
Frenchies are highly adaptable dogs. They do well in apartments as well as larger homes. However, as a brachycephalic breed, they are extra sensitive to heat and also sensitive to the cold. They also do not like being left alone for long periods of time.
If the other parent breed is similar, then you can expect a Frenchie Mix to also be a highly adaptable dog. The other parent will introduce their own traits and some potential quirks, so you do want to ask the breeder about them.
Although a mixed breed can sometimes be healthier than a purebred dog, it’s not a guarantee. They could inherit none of the conditions common to their parent breeds, or they could inherit some or all of them.
From the Frenchie side, potential health concerns to be aware of in a French Bulldog Mix include Cherry Eye, Cataracts, and Entropion. They can also be prone to allergies, have sensitive skin, and also a sensitive stomach.
Good breeding practices will make a huge difference. Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues to puppies. So, make sure you ask about the health and genetic history of both of the parents.
Although French Bulldogs can sometimes be stubborn, they are eager to please and tend to be easy to train. As long as training is consistent and focused on positive praise and reward, they can be a good fit for owners of all experience levels.
If the other parent breed is also easy to train, then you can expect a French Bulldog Mix to be highly trainable as well. Regardless of owner experience, there are many benefits of puppy training classes. So, they are a good idea even if you don’t necessarily need them for training.
A mixed-breed dog can inherit a coat similar to one of their parents or a coat that is a mix of both. Should a French Bulldog Mix end up with a Frenchie coat, they’ll shed a little year-round, require weekly brushing, and only need an occasional bath as needed. You will also need to clean their facial wrinkles.
In addition to coat and wrinkle care, you will also need to care for your French Bulldog Mix’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting your dog’s nails once or twice a month is usually enough to keep them from growing too long. Weekly ear checks with cleanings as needed can help prevent ear infections.
As a small dog breed, a Frenchie Mix is more prone to developing dental diseases later in life. This makes good, consistent dental care for dogs even more important for them. Daily brushing with a dog-friendly toothpaste or using an enzyme toothpaste paired with cleanings at the vet when needed is ideal.
Frenchies are known couch potato dogs that are happy to lay back, relax, and cuddle with you. Daily walks plus some playtime are usually enough for this affectionate little dog.
Even though they like to relax, they also like to play and will be energetic when they do. They can also be athletic and compete in dog sports. As a companion breed, they’ll mostly just be happy spending time with you whatever you’re doing together.
As a brachycephalic breed, you do need to be careful of overexertion and overheating. But, there are plenty of ways to safely exercise flat-faced dogs to make sure your French Bulldog Mix gets enough exercise.
If the other parent breed is also a low-energy breed, then you can expect something similar from a Frenchie Mix. If the other parent breed requires more activity, then you will need to be prepared for the potential of a higher energy dog.
Fully-grown Frenchies usually stand 11-13 inches tall and weigh 16-28 pounds. The other parent breed can have a big effect on this, especially if they are the mother, so make sure you ask the breeder about them.
Although it’s not necessarily a guarantee, you can also meet the mother in person. This can give you some idea of what size to expect in a fully-grown French Bulldog Mix.
French Bulldogs generally live for 8-12 years. Although the other parent breed may affect this slightly, you should be able to expect a similar average life span in a French Bulldog Mix.