French Bulldog Facts

Fluffy Frenchies: Your Long-Haired French Bulldog Guide

French bulldogs have risen in popularity in the last ten years and in a few years ago they were ranked the fourth most registered dog breed.

They are known for their adorable flat faces, short stature, pug tails, and short hair.

However, did you know that French bulldogs can have long hair? No? Well, read on, and I’ll tell you all about them.

What Are Fluffy Frenchies?

Fluffy Frenchies are French bulldogs with long hair. They can also be called long-haired French bulldogs.

People familiar with the common short-haired bulldogs don’t believe long-haired bulldogs exist.

Or, if they do exist, they are not purebred.

This is because they were originally a cross between English bulldogs and local ratter dogs, which had long hair. This is how they got the long hair trait.

To understand this a bit more, we will have to dive into some science.

As with all other traits, long hair is caused by the presence of a certain pair of genes.

In dogs, this is called the Fibroblast Growth Factor, or FGF.

Due to their ancestry, Fluffy Frenchies can possess this gene.

With advances in technology, it has become possible to study the genetic structure of Frenchies, and scientists in Australia have established without a doubt that the long hair gene is present in the French bulldog DNA.

How come some Frenchies have short hair while others have long?

Two types of genes code for hair length in Frenchies: short hair (Sh) and long hair (Lh). The short hair gene is more dominant than the long hair gene.

This means that if these two genes appear together (Sh/Lh), the Sh gene will be expressed while the short gene will be hidden.

So the dog will have short hair, even if it also has the Lh gene.

If the dog has two short genes (Sh/Sh) it will obviously also have short hair.

The dog will only have long hair if it has two long hair genes (Lh/Lh).

How would you go about breeding a long-haired Frenchie?

You would have to pair two Frenchies which both have the Lh gene.

If you breed two Frenchies with the Sh/Lh combination, then only 1 in 4 of their pups will have long hair.

If you breed two Frenchies which both have the Lh/Lh combination, all of their pups will have long hair.

Are there mix-breed long-haired French bulldogs?

Yes. Sometimes unscrupulous breeders have crossed Frenchies with long-haired Chihuahuas or Pekinese and passed them off as purebred long-haired Frenchies.

You can, however, ascertain whether a Frenchie is purebred by checking to see if they have purebred pedigree certificates.

I hope this little bit of science has put your fears about fake purebred long-haired Frenchies to rest.

How Much Are Fluffy French Bulldogs?

Breeding French bulldogs is not as easy as they have so many special requirements.

They require high-quality housing and food to keep them healthy.

A Frenchie could cost an average of $1500 to $3500. Fluffy Frenchies require even more time because you can only breed dogs you are sure will bear long-haired Frenchie puppies.

This means that you may have to get their genetic profile examined by scientists to determine whether they are purebred or not.

Frenchies have been known to cost up to $100,000.

10 Facts about Long-Haired French Bulldogs

1. Cesarean Section

Long-haired French bulldogs have very narrow hips, which makes it difficult for them to give birth in the normal way.

To make delivery less risky, they deliver through C-section.

2. Different Colors

Fluffy Frenchies come in different colors, including strange ones like blue, chocolate and lilac.

These are of course more expensive. They also come in typical colors like white, black and fawn.

3. Inability to swim

Due to their short stature and short snouts, fluffy Frenchies can’t swim.

Their legs are too short and they would not be able to keep their noses out of the water.

They would also tire out easily trying to paddle. So if you have a swimming pool, keep an eye on your Frenchies.

4. They Can’t Fly

Because of their short snouts, long-haired French bulldogs are more prone to breathing problems than other dogs.

The highly compressed air inside airplanes can cause fatal breathing problems for them.

A number of airlines don’t allow them on.

5. Bred for Companionship

Fluffy Frenchies are naturally affectionate and friendly. They make great companions and can cheer you up when you’re down.

They also make friends easily with other dogs, so you don’t have to worry about constant doggy fights.

6. They are Artificially Inseminated

Long-hired French bulldogs have a physique that makes it difficult for them to mate naturally.

For this reason, they are artificially inseminated.

7. They Don’t Bark a lot

Fluffy Frenchies are generally quieter than most dogs.

They bark very little and communicate through yaps and other little noises you learn as you go along.

8. They Have Two Types of Ears

Long-Haired Frenchies can have bat-shaped ears or rose-shapes ones, depending on where they’re bred.

English breeders prefer the rose shape, while Americans favor the bat shape.

9. They Can’t Control How Much they Eat

Fluffy Frenchies love eating, but they can’t control how much they eat and usually don’t know when to stop.

Therefore, you need to watch that they don’t overfeed and get sick.

They also gain weight fast because of this and you have to exercise them consistently and feed them a healthy diet.

10. They Can Get Moody

Fluffy French bulldogs get sad when scolded and mope around the house when they’re sad.

They also like to be complimented and fussed over a lot.

Final Thoughts

French bulldogs are growing in popularity and are great companions to have.

They have special needs and require more attention than other dogs, and this may look bothersome to some people.

Still, their quirky and friendly personalities make them good house dogs and many Frenchie owners agree they are worth all the fuss.

Now that you have learned quite a few facts about the short-haired and long-haired Frenchies, are you planning on getting one for yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments:

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