What is a Fluffy Frenchie and Where Do I Get One of These Dogs?

French Bulldogs usually have short, straight, rough hair but did you know you also get a Fluffy Frenchie? These dogs are similar to the French Bulldog you know and love, they just have a longer coat. 

Join us as we take a closer look at the appearance, temperament of these dogs as well as their care and maintenance needs. You’ll soon know if the Fluffy Frenchie is your perfect pooch.

A blue-and-tan, merle Fluffy French Bulldog standing on the grass and smiling
A blue-and-tan, merle Fluffy Frenchie enjoying his walk – Image source

Is There a Fluffy French Bulldog?

Fluffy French Bulldogs differ only from regular French Bulldogs in that they have a slightly longer, fluffier coat.

Although incredibly rare and ridiculously expensive Fluffy Frenchies do exist. And they are not actually mixed breed dogs as some people believe but pure, 100% French Bulldogs.

That said, the fluffy, long coat of the French Bulldog is not recognized in the breed standard of the American Kennel Club (AKC), and thus these dogs are not eligible to compete in the conformation show ring or be registered. They are however becoming more and more popular companion pets.

If you are wondering if the French Bulldog is the right pet for you, be sure to read our article on French Bulldogs here to discover everything you need to know about this breed.

What Does a Fluffy French Bulldog Look Like?

A Fluffy French Bulldog at the beach, resting under a shade
Meet Banjo, a Fluffy Frenchie who likes the beach – Image source

Fluffy French Bulldogs look exactly like regular Frenchies, except for the coat. These long-haired Frenchies have fur that is slightly longer than the typical French Bulldog coat

The coat of these dogs isn’t curly like the Poodle or luscious and long the Lhasa Apso, it is actually of a medium length.

If you’re dreaming of a French Bulldog with beautiful curls or floor-length waves, then you’re going to be disappointed.

Just like their short-haired counterparts, the Fluffy Frenchie has a sturdy, compact little body. These dogs stand between 11 and 13 inches (28 and 33 cm) tall and weigh between 16 and 24 pounds (7 and 11kg) as females or 20 and 28 pounds (9 and 13 kg) as males.

They have large, square-shaped heads with dark eyes. They also have the characteristic bat ears of the Frenchie breed which stand erect on the top of their head. The short tail is set low to the ground and can either be straight or screwed up like that of a pig.

Fluffy Frenchies are also often born with dewclaws that are usually removed when the dog is still a puppy. This is typically done to prevent injury. This claw doesn’t serve a purpose but can easily get hooked on things and painfully tear off. 

Also read: Why is the Blue French Bulldog so special?

The Fluffy French Bulldog Genetic Profile Explained

A Fluffy French Bulldog clothed in blue, smiling with its tongue out
A smiley Fluffy Frenchie loves being in front of the camera – Image source

On seeing a Fluffy Frenchie for the first time, many people assume that these dogs are mixed breeds, but that is not the case.

Fluffy Frenchies are the purebred puppies of two French Bulldogs. It’s all got to do with the genetic makeup of these unique dogs.

Fluffy French Bulldogs occur due to the presence of the LH gene, also known as the autosomal recessive gene or the Fibroblast Growth Factor 5 (FGF 5) gene.

This gene is naturally found in French Bulldogs however it is a recessive gene and quite rare. Also, for a French Bulldog to have a long, fluffy coat they need to have two LH genes. 

Carriers of the LH gene have the short hair common of the French Bulldog breed. These dogs would have one dominant Sh gene and one recessive L1 or L4 gene.

Even if two carriers of the FGF 5 or long-haired gene are bred, there is only a 25% chance that their puppies will be Fluffy Frenchies due to the Sh, or shorthaired gene being dominant in French Bulldogs. 

To guarantee long-haired Frenchie puppies, a Fluffy Frenchie must be bred with another Fluffy Frenchie.

The following table will give you a better idea of how this process works:

Visually short-hair Frenchie Visually short-hair Frenchie with long-hair gene Fluffy French Bulldog
Genes present Sh/Sh Sh/Lh Lh/Lh
Offspring with Sh gene 100% 50% 0%
Offspring with Lh gene 0% 50% 100%

While no one can pinpoint exactly when this gene first appeared in the breed, it’s accepted that it’s likely it has always existed in these dogs. French Bulldogs were created in the 1800s when English Bulldogs were bred with terriers to create a smaller Bulldog. 

Some say that the gene comes from the terriers or ratter dogs that were used to create the French Bulldog breed.

In the past puppies that didn’t match the breed standard for coat type may have been euthanized to prevent their genes from spreading further.

However now some people are seeking to breed these dogs specifically for this trait. 

The coat of the Fluffy Frenchie comes in a wide range of colors, just like the French Bulldog breed. In standard French Bulldogs, the AKC-approved colors include white, cream, and fawn, or a combination of these.

Dogs then also have markings in white, brindle, or black. They can also be piebald which includes black spots on a white base, or ticked. 

There are also several rarer colors for French Bulldogs including blue, lilac, blue merle, chocolate, and tan, or a combination of these. 

Is the Temperament of a Fluffy French Bulldog the Same as a Short-Haired French Bulldog?

A white Fluffy French Bulldog smiling with its tongue out
Meet Kuu, a white Fluffy Frenchie – Image source

French Bulldogs have a long history of being bred as companion animals and thus are very people-centric dogs.

The Fluffy Frenchie is no different. These dogs thrive on attention and get along well with most people.

French Bulldogs also want to be around their people every minute of the day and do not do well being left alone for long periods. 

They are prone to separation anxiety, but rarely bark, unless to alert their owner to a stranger. Thus they make great little guard dogs. They can be friendly towards other dogs and cats if they are well trained and socialized from a young age.

Thankfully, these dogs are pretty easy to train, although they can sometimes be a bit stubborn. 

How to Take Care of Your Fluffy Frenchie

While Frenchies make great apartment dogs, these pups are quite high maintenance with very specific care needs.

If you are thinking about getting a French Bulldog puppy, be sure you know exactly how much maintenance goes into caring for one of these dogs. 

These dogs are also prone to heat exhaustion, causing them to pant excessively with exercise and in hot weather.

They need to be properly looked after in warm climates to avoid over-exertion as they cannot regulate their temperatures correctly. This is particularly the case with long-haired Frenchies whose extra fluff keeps them even warmer. 

Training and Exercise Needs of a Fluffy Frenchie

A Fluffy French Bulldog walking on the grass, smiling
A Fluffy Frenchie who loves exercising outdoors – Image source

The long-haired French Bulldog has the same exercise needs as the short-haired version of this breed. This brachycephalic breed doesn’t need a lot of exercise and a daily short walk should be sufficient for your dog.

In fact, due to their short snouts, these dogs should not be exercised excessively, particularly in hot weather. 

That said, you can’t let your dog become overweight due to inactivity as this could lead to several health issues. Frenchies do love to play and can even excel at agility challenges.

Are Fluffy Frenchies hypoallergenic?

Just like standard Frenchies, Fluffy Frenchies will shed and thus aren’t considered to be hypoallergenic. They will shed lightly all year round and more heavily twice a year with the changing of the seasons. 

Fluffy French Bulldogs are easy to groom. The hair isn’t so long that it tangles so it doesn’t need to be brushed any more frequently than a regular French Bulldog’s coat.

A weekly brush should be enough to keep your dog’s coat looking and feeling great. You may wish to increase this frequency during heavy shedding periods to help get rid of all that extra fur. 

You do however need to give your dog’s skin a wipe clean every day to prevent any moisture build-up in the skin wrinkles which can lead to infection.

They only need to be bathed when excessively dirty as regular bathing will disrupt the natural oils in their skin which keep their coat looking shiny and healthy.

Fluffy Frenchie food consumption

Fluffy Frenchies, just like normal French Bulldogs, are prone to obesity and should not be allowed to free feed.

These dogs require between one and one a half cups of food each day. Their meals should be split into two to get enough calories to sustain them. These stubborn dogs will also benefit from a healthy routine.

Read our article about the Best Dog Food for French Bulldogs.

Are Fluffy Frenchies Healthy Dogs?

A sad Fluffy French Bulldog lying on its stomach on the bed
Meet Enzo, a Fluffy Frenchie who makes time for rest – Image source

French Bulldogs, including the fluffy variety, are not particularly healthy dogs. Selective breeding, specifically with Fluffy French Bulldogs has given rise to many health problems with these dogs. 

Most of these stem from Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome. This is caused by the deformed shape of the skull that gives these dogs their flat faces and can cause many breathing problems

Some other common health issues with the Bulldog breed include patella dislocation, a dislocation of the kneecap which can cause difficulty breathing, and hip dysplasia, a genetic condition that also affects mobility.

Some other health problems that can affect mobility in this breed include the spinal conditions Hemivertebrae and Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD).

As the tail is a direct extension of the spine, dogs with screw tails are more likely to suffer from spinal problems later in life. 

Due to their bug-like eyes, French Bulldogs also commonly suffer from eye problems. These can include cherry eye, cataracts, entropion, and conjunctivitis of pink eye.

Also, Frenchies are particularly prone to developing skin problems like allergies, eczema, and Skin Fold Dermatitis which occurs when bacteria grow in the folds of the skin if not kept clean. 

How Much Does a Fluffy Frenchie Puppy Cost?

A Fluffy French Bulldog, in a sweater, standing on a rock
A stylish Fluffy Frenchie who loves outdoor photoshoots – Image source

Fluffy Frenchies are not cheap. These dogs fetch between $13,000 and $16,000 each. From their original home in England, these tiny powerhouses found their way to France where they became the much-loved companions of the high society elite.

From there their popularity soared and soon French Bulldogs became sought-after pets the world over. In 2020, they were the second most popular dog in the USA so it makes sense that the price for a French Bulldog puppy is pretty high. And, of course, even more so for the rare and elusive Fluffy Frenchie!

Some breeders seek to breed dogs with the LH gene that gives birth to the Fluffy Frenchie.

However, there is no guarantee that a litter of French Bulldogs will have long hair and sometimes Fluffy French Bulldog breeders might only get a few dogs in a litter with this trait. 

French Bulldogs can also not give birth naturally and so often require caesareans as well as artificial insemination. This is because of the unnaturally small hips of these tiny dogs.

As a result of these expensive medical procedures, it is expensive to buy a Fluffy Frenchie puppy

Fluffy Frenchie breeders

Certain reputable breeders do specialize in breeding Fluffy Frenchies, although you might have to add your name to a waiting list if your heart is set on one of these pups.

When buying a Fluffy Frenchie from a breeder be sure to ask for all the necessary health certificates to ensure your puppy is healthy and doesn’t come from a poor bloodline. 

You will also want to check the parent dogs to ensure your French Bulldog is a purebred dog. This is because some backyard breeders looking to make a quick buck cross Frenchies with Chihuahuas or Pekingese to create a hybrid that looks similar to the Fluffy Frenchie. 

Adopting a Fluffy Frenchie

Due to these dogs being quite rare and purposefully bred, they are difficult to find at rescue centers.

The chance of finding an older purebred French Bulldog looking for a home is more likely than a puppy, and sometimes people have to give up their pets due to changes in their personal circumstances. 

A great place to start looking for a Fluffy Frenchie in need of a new home would be on a French Bulldog-specific rescue site. Here are a few to get you started:

  1. French Bulldog Rescue Network (Glen Allen, VA)
  2. French Bulldog Village (Conshohocken, PA)
  3. Bulldog Rescue Squad (Greater Dallas Fort Worth, TX)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A Fluffy French Bulldog puppy standing by the beach, smiling
Meet Lani, a Fluffy Frenchie who likes walks at the beach – Image source

Can Fluffy French Bulldogs Swim?

All French Bulldogs should also be supervised around water. These dogs struggle to swim due to their short legs and heavy bodies.

They also struggle to keep their heads above water due to their flat faces and so are prone to drowning. They do however love water so need to be supervised if you have a pool in your yard.

Are Fluffy Frenchies amenable to air travel?

While you might think a French Bulldog makes the perfect travel companion due to its small size, most airlines do not allow this dog breed on the plane.

This is because these dogs are prone to breathing problems and can suffer from difficulties as the plane reaches a high altitude.

Who Should Get a Fluffy Frenchie?

A Fluffy French Bulldog in a sweater, standing on the bed, and looking up
Banjo, the Fluffy Frenchie puppy, stays stylish even indoors – Image source

Fluffy Frenchies are utterly adorable. They are also highly sought after due to their soft coat.

However, these dogs are quite unhealthy and so need a decent level of care. They also require a fair amount of training and socialization. They are not the best choice of dog for inexperienced pet owners. 

They are prone to separation anxiety, can suffer from heat exhaustion, need daily wipe downs to keep their wrinkles clean and dry, and can be destructive.

Anyone looking to get a French Bulldog needs to carefully consider if they have the time and energy to care for this difficult breed. 

Also, Fluffy Frenchies can be difficult to find and extremely expensive. You can expect to pay thousands for your long-haired French Bulldog puppy.

However, if you decide they are worth the investment of time and money, you will have one super cute and loveable puppy who will love you with all his heart.

Do you have a Fluffy French doggy at home? We’d love to hear from the Frenchie owners out there. Do let us know all about your fluffy dog and where you got him in the comments below.

Further reading: Similar Breeds to the Fluffy Frenchie

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