About the French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are a typical small-sized molosser breed with a lot of muscle, a compact build and solid bones. They are powerful but affectionate dogs, with large ears which give them an alert and curious expression. They are outgoing, cheerful, playful, athletic, and, above all, affectionate with people of all ages.

The first breed club was formed in Paris in 1880 and the first registration of a French Bulldog was five years later. The breed was first officially recognised in France in 1898.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 9, AKC Non-Sporting Group
Avg life expectancy
10–13 translations.feature.breeds.years

Sociable / Lively / Playful / Enthusiastic


  • Needs moderate training
  • Garden not essential
  • Requires minimal grooming

Origins of the breed

Like all molosser types, French Bulldogs are thought to be descended from Epirian and Roman molossers. Their relatives include English Bulldogs and the Medieval Alaunt.

Today’s breed is the product of a cross-breeding in working class neighbourhoods of Paris in the 1880’s, when they lived among the butchers and coachmen of the Halles market.