What are Fluffy Frenchies?

Long-haired French bulldogs are known as Fluffy Frenchies. French Bulldogs with long hair can be purebred. However, Fluffy Frenchies cannot be entered in AKC dog shows since the official breed standard does not recognize them. The original development of long-haired French bulldogs comes from a cross between English bulldogs and long-haired ratter dogs. 

Continue reading to discover more about fluffy Frenchies, how they are bred, how much they may cost, and some health issues to be aware of if you plan on adopting a fluffy Frenchie.

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What Are Fluffy Frenchies?

While most French Bulldogs have short hair, a purebred dog might also have lengthy hair. This fluffy variety of the French bulldog breed has been accomplished via centuries of meticulous breeding, making these canines extremely difficult to locate.

French bulldogs were originally bred to be companion dogs. They get along with just about everyone and love social situations.

On the other hand, Fluffy Frenchies are prone to a variety of health issues and are one of the unhealthier breeds available. As a result, Fluffy Frenchie’s are not suggested as pets for first-time dog owners.

During the lifespan of one of these dogs, you should expect to pay higher-than-average vet bills since they are more prone to develop health problems than the usual dog. Make sure your breeder only breeds health-tested parents when you’re shopping for a puppy.

What Do Fluffy Frenchies Look Like?

The Fur of a Fluffy Frenchie

A Fluffy French bulldog looks similar to other French bulldogs in terms of looks. The only significant difference is that their hair is significantly longer and fluffier than that of a typical French Bulldog. 

Although these fluffy Frenchies are sometimes referred to as long-haired, their fur is just slightly longer than that of a standard French Bulldog. It is more correctly described as being of medium length. It’s not going to hit the ground or anything like that. These dogs are typically fluffier around the chest, neck, and ears. 

The Build of a Fluffy Frenchie

According to the AKC standard, these dogs are powerfully boned, robust, and compact. They are dainty lapdogs, despite being smaller than other breeds. Their head is square-shaped and relatively big. Although darker eyes are preferred, lighter eyes are acceptable if the dog is lighter in colour.

The bat-like ears that stick high up on top of their heads are well-known among fluffy French bulldogs. They are really tall and noticeable. Straight or screwed tails are available. It should not, however, be curled. The tail is usually short and carries low to the ground.

Why do Some French Bulldogs have Short Hair While Others have Long Hair?

In Frenchies, two types of genes code for hair length: short hair and long hair. The short hair gene outnumbers the long hair gene in terms of dominance.

If these two genes are found together, the short hair gene will be expressed while the short gene will be concealed.

As a result, even if the dog carries the long hair gene, it will have short hair. If the dog has two short genes, it will also have short hair. If the dog has two long hair genes, it will have long hair.

How Do You Breed a Long-Haired Frenchie? 

To successfully create long-haired French bulldog puppies, you would have to mate a pair of Frenchie’s that are both carriers of the long hair gene.

If you cross two Frenchies with short hair and long hair, just one out of every four pups will have long hair. However, if you cross two Frenchie’s who both have long hair, their puppies will all have long hair.

How Much Can Fluffy Frenchie’s Cost?

It’s not simple to breed French bulldogs since they have so many unique requirements. To stay healthy, they require high-quality shelter, food and medical care. A Frenchie can cost anywhere from $1500 and $3500. 

On the other hand, Fluffy Frenchie’s can be even harder to breed since you can only breed dogs that will produce long-haired Frenchie puppies. This implies you’ll have to get their genetic profile analyzed by scientists to see if they’re purebred or not.

One should expect the price tag of a fluffy Frenchie to be upwards of $10,000. However, keep in mind that certain fluffy Frenchie’s might cost up to $100,000. Shop around and make sure you’re getting a healthy puppy that you’re not spending a fortune on.

What Are the Common Health Issues to Be Aware of in Fluffy Frenchie’s?

These fluffy variants of French bulldogs may be prone to health issues due to selective breathing. To guarantee that the pup you’re purchasing is healthy and avoid the continuation of bad genes within the bloodlines, all French bulldogs must undergo rigorous health tests before being bred.

Before you acquire a puppy, make sure to ask your breeder for the parents’ health records.

French Bulldog Reproduction Problems

Be informed that French bulldogs are incapable of giving birth. To give birth, they frequently require artificial insemination and Caesarean procedures. In fact, a c-section is how more than 80% of litters are born.

These reproduction issues are primarily owing to a Frenchie’s tiny hips. This makes it hard for the male to mount the female properly, and the puppies are frequently too huge to pass through the birth canal.

Eyes Problems

It’s very uncommon for these fluffy French Bulldogs to have eye difficulties due to their face form. Cherry eye is a frequent but usually innocuous ailment in which a dog’s third eyelid slides up into its eye. If the dog’s eye is wounded, this is usually primarily a cosmetic issue, making it more prone to irritation and infection.

Other frequent eye issues, like glaucoma, corneal ulcers, and cataracts, are more prevalent in this breed. The Canine Eye Registration Foundation screens dogs often to prevent the risk of passing down certain hereditary diseases. Before making a purchase, inquire if your dog’s parents have been checked.

Fluffy Frenchie Spine Problems

Fluffy French Bulldogs are also susceptible to several spine illnesses. This is mostly since they were bred to be more miniature replicas of bigger Bulldogs in the 1800s. This breeding has resulted in back problems in the breed, which are still present today.

“Butterfly vertebrae” and spinal cord compression are typical in them. X-rays or more sophisticated testing, such as CT scans, can be used to diagnose these.

Since their tail is a direct extension of their spine, dogs with “screw” tails are more prone to problems. If your dog possesses this gene, they are more likely to carry other genes that impact their spinal cord.

French Bulldog Patella Problems

Patellar luxation, or kneecap displacement, is common in French bulldogs, especially those of the fluffy variety. The kneecap usually sits in front of the hind leg’s joint and is maintained in place by ligaments. It moves around in a groove when the dog walks, protecting the joint but allowing the dog to move freely.

This little bone can dislocate and slip out of the groove in some puppies, causing it to “float” freely around the knee. If left untreated, this might lead to significant complications. The bone may be forced up against another bone, causing injury. Ligaments are frequently injured when the kneecap moves around incorrectly.

Thermoregulation is a Challenge for Long-Haired French Bulldogs

These dogs’ respiratory systems are typically damaged, making it difficult for them to maintain a consistent body temperature. In cold weather, their coat is generally insufficient to keep them warm. In the winter, they are easily chilled, while they are susceptible to heatstroke and fatigue in the summer.

For these fluffy Frenchie’s, humid weather is very problematic. These dogs should be kept mostly indoors and have access to air conditioning.

Fluffy French Bulldogs Are Prone to Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome

The squashed appearance of your fluffy Frenchie’s face is caused by a cranial distortion that has been bred into them via selective breeding. Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome developed as a result of this over time.

These canines cannot breathe correctly due to the form of their skill. This causes them to exhaust quickly, which is one of the reasons they appear to pant with even a slight amount of exertion.

This illness affects all French Bulldogs and has a wide range of symptoms. It’s just the way they’re bred. If your sick Frenchie is not adequately cared for, it can potentially result in their death. Misinformed owners may keep their dogs outside for too long or force them to exercise excessively, leading to heat exhaustion and death.

Complications with your pup’s breathing are more likely to arise when the weather is sweltering, or the dog has underlying respiratory problems.


We hope you enjoyed our blog post about fluffy french bulldogs. The fluffy french bulldog has become a popular pet choice in the United States. It is important to understand how these dogs should be cared for so that they can live happy and healthy lives.

One of the most common misconceptions about this breed is their need for excessive exercise when in reality, they are perfectly content with plenty of cuddle time from their owner or family members. To learn more about whether you have what it takes to care for a fluffy french bulldog as well as get tips on other topics related to owning one, take a look at some of our other blog posts.

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