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Meet The Adorable Long-Haired French Bulldog

If you think the French bulldog is cute, wait until you see its hairy version. Yes, bulldogs can be fluffy, too. The long-haired French bulldog has all the physical attributes and personality of a regular Frenchie, except for its long, wavy tresses. But how did a bulldog get all this unique coat?

HEIGHT: 11 to 13 inchesWEIGHT: 16 to 28 pounds
LIFE SPAN: 10 to 12 yearsBREED SIZE: small
INTELLIGENCE: mediumEXERCISE NEEDS: minimal
ENERGY LEVEL: lowBARKING LEVEL: infrequent
DROOL TENDENCY: high COAT LENGTH: medium to long
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COLORS: white, cream, fawn, bicolor, brindle, piebald, black mask, speckled
TEMPERAMENT: affectionate, friendly, loyal, gentle, 
GOOD WITH: first-time owners, apartment-dwellers, children of all ages, seniors
HEALTH FACTORS: breathing difficulties, hip dysplasia, eyes diseases, skin allergies,
OTHER TRAITS: minimal shedding, easy to groom, protective of family members, ideal for apartments with limited space

Background | They are purebred.

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Because of their unusual coat, long-haired French bulldogs are often mistaken as crossbreed dogs. However, they are a hundred percent purebred. Their long hair is the result of the recessive L4 gene. When two French bulldogs with this extremely rare gene mate, their offspring may have long fur. The parents do not have to be long-haired themselves. Both only need to be carriers of the L4 gene.

Unfortunately, the American Kennel Club does not recognize the long-haired French bulldog as an official dog breed. It means these fluffy dogs cannot participate in prestigious dog shows. Even so, the long-haired French bulldogs are very popular among dog lovers and are a pet most people will love to have.

Appearance | The Long-Haired French Bulldog looks just like a French bulldog in every aspect, except for the long hair. 

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Long-haired French bulldogs have all the physical traits of the bulldog, including the bat ears, dark round eyes, a flat nose, and wrinkled skin on the shoulders and around their squished-up face. But instead of a smooth and short coat, they have medium-length wavy hair. The fur appears fluffier and longer on the head, ears, chest, and back.

Fully grown male long-haired French bulldogs weigh between 20 to 28 pounds, whereas females are around 16 to 24 pounds. This breed’s height ranges from 11 to 13 inches, with most males slightly taller than the females. Their colors are cream, fawn, and white. However, it is common to find coats with patterns, such as ticked, piebald, black mask, speckled, flecked, and brindle.

Temperament | Despite the Long-Haired French Bulldogs intimidating looks, they’re one of the gentlest dog breeds. 

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Long-haired French bulldogs are known for their calm and laid-back nature. But it doesn’t mean they only want to lounge all day on the couch. While they are not as energetic as other dog breeds, long-haired French bulldogs are alert and friendly. But watch out; they have a bit of a mischievous side, too. 

As people-pleasers, the long-haired French bulldog loves human affection. They are loyal and quickly become attached to their families. Like most small dogs, they get anxious and bored if left alone for long periods. They may turn to destructive chewing to relieve their boredom or stress.

Most long-haired French bulldogs take time to warm up to new people and other pets. But once they do, they get along pretty well with both. They rarely show aggressive behavior, though they can be highly protective and possessive of their families.

Care | Though their hair is long, they are low maintenance for the most part.

Caring for the long-haired French bulldog is not much different from caring for its short-haired siblings. While they are easy to groom, they require more brushing and washing than regular Frenchies. Their coat tends to collect more dirt and debris. Despite their long fur, these dogs are not heavy shedders. Still, daily brushing is necessary to reduce shedding and remove dead hair. It also stimulates blood flow and prevents unpleasant doggy odor.

Be sure to clean underneath their facial folds as dust and moisture may accumulate there and cause fungal infection. Bathe them at least five times a year, more if they are often outdoors. Trim their nails once a month or when needed and brush their teeth daily.

Exercise | The Long-Haired French Bulldog doesn’t require much physical activity.

Long-haired French bulldogs are low-energy dogs that don’t require strenuous exercise to wear out. Over-exercising them can lead to breathing difficulties and heat stroke. A 15-minute light activity each day is adequate to keep them happy and healthy. However, be sure to keep them hydrated and limit their time in the heat.

Because of their bulky bodies, heavy bones, short legs, and flat snouts, long-haired French bulldogs can’t stay afloat on water. You can’t take these dogs for a swim. But you can have fun doing other exercises such as playing fetch, finding the treat, and hiking in the dog park.

Diet | They have boundless love for food.

A low-calorie diet is best for the low-energy long-haired French bulldog. Its diet should include high-protein foods, including whole meats such as lamb, salmon, beef, and chicken. They will also benefit from plant-based proteins, including peas and lentils. 

These dogs love to eat. Pair this with inactivity, and they run the risk of becoming overweight. Limit their food intake and split the feeding into two or three meals a day. Ideally, you should feed adults 25 to 30 calories per pound of their body weight daily. But dietary needs change over time and with age, so it is best to consult a vet for recommendations on their nutritional intake.

Training | The Long-Haired French Bulldog can take some time to train.

The long-haired French bulldog is not exactly the smartest of dogs when it concerns obedience training. Still, they are intelligent in their own way and pretty trainable, especially when there is food involved. Apart from treats, be sure to give them lots of praise and belly rubs for following instructions. They can be stubborn and free-spirited, but they respond well if the training feels like a game. Socialize them at a young age, so they will get along with other pets and people when they’re older.

Health | They are prone to breathing issues.

Because of their short nose, long-haired French bulldogs are prone to Brachycephalic Syndrome. This condition refers to upper airway abnormalities that cause breathing problems. They are susceptible to glaucoma, cataracts, and cherry eye, which occurs when a gland in their third eyelid is torn and pops out. The long-haired franchise also suffers from hip dysplasia or patella luxation, wherein they can’t extend their knee joints. They are also likely to have skin issues such as allergies and dermatitis, particularly underneath their folds.

Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!