Breed Info

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Records tell us that the bullmastiff breed was created in 1860 to aid gamekeepers in catching poachers on wealthy English estates. Poaching was a costly issue for estate owners and it was punishable by death.

The gamekeepers, who were hired by the estate owners, bred the English Mastiff with the English Bulldog to give them the bullmastiff we know today. They bred for a ratio of 60% Mastiff and 40% Bulldog. The Mastiff gave the dog its great size and power needed to overpower a desperate criminal, while the Bulldog provided the ferocity and attitude they needed to pursue, take down, and hold a man. The Bullmastiff would hold down the criminal until the gamekeeper could catch up and apprehend them. Some dogs were known to have died at the hand of these poachers. The poachers knew their crimes were punishable by hanging, so they would do all they could to escape capture. The dogs were very loyal to their gamekeeper owners, which reflects heavily on the bullmastiff breed we know today.

Children friendly

Frenchies get along well with children, and they're not so tiny that they can't live in a household with a toddler.

Hate to be alone

If you want an outdoor dog who can be left alone for long periods, the Frenchie is not the breed for you.

Excellent housekeeper

French Bulldogs make excellent watchdogs and will alert their people to approaching strangers, but it's not their style to bark without cause.

Excercise disliked

French Bulldogs do not need a lot of exercise, but they do need daily walks to keep them at a healthy weight.

11 inch - 1 foot
11 - 14 years
16 - 28 pounds


This is a smart, loving dog who wants and needs to spend lots of time with his people. A fun-loving freethinker, the French Bulldog takes well to training when it’s done in a positive manner with lots of food rewards, praise, and play.


In Frenchies, you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia (with a score of fair or better), elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand’s disease; from Auburn University for thrombopathia; and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) certifying that eyes are normal. You can confirm health clearances by checking the OFA web site (


French Bulldogs do not need a lot of exercise. They have fairly low energy levels, although there are exceptions to every rule. To keep their weight down, however, they need daily exercise through short walks or play times in the yard. Many French Bulldogs enjoy playing and will spend much of their time in various activities, but they are not so high energy that they need a large yard or long periods of exercise.


Recommended daily amount: 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.


French Bulldogs are fairly easy to groom and need only an occasional brushing to keep their coat healthy. They are average shedders. Begin grooming your Frenchie at a young age and teach your puppy to stand on a table or floor to make this experience easier on both of you.