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Fluffy Frenchie: Your Complete Guide To The Long-Haired French Bulldog!

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Written by Tamsin De La Harpe

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Welcome to the world of the long-haired French Bulldog, a bundle of fluff with a squishy face and a sunny disposition to brighten your day! If you’re considering making one of these adorable little dogs a part of your life, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to share all you need to know about these fluffy buddies so you can decide if they’re the best fit for your family.

A Little Fluffball Frenchie History

The story of these pups starts in England, not France, despite what the name suggests. Mini Bulldogs, bred for companionship, were mixed with Terriers and Pugs, resulting in their distinctive bat-like ears. These dogs hitched a ride to France with English lace workers relocating for work, quickly becoming a hit in their new home.

Soon enough, everyone in Paris wanted one, from businesspeople to artists. French Bulldogs even made a cameo in the world of high art with fans like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the famous French painter. By 1898, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed, especially known for its trademark ‘bat’ ears.

The Long-Haired French Bulldog: What Do They Look Like? Physical Features?

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These compact dogs are surprisingly muscular for their size, sporting a square head and the breed’s signature bat ears, complete with adorable heavy wrinkles. Though they may look like mini bulldogs, these pups are full of charm with a distinct flat skull between their ears, setting them apart.

The Fluffy Coat and Its Colors

While they might resemble their short-haired cousins, long-haired Frenchies have medium-length, fluffy coats that set them apart. They come in a stunning array of colors. You might be familiar with the merle pattern, also seen in breeds like pitbulls and corgis

But beware, because merle coloring is linked to a variety of health issues. Other  long-hair French Bulldog colors include: 

  • Black & tan;
  • Blue;
  • Brindle;
  • Red pied;
  • Platinum;
  • Merle;
  • Red fawn;
  • Fawn (black mask);
  • Cream;
  • Lilac;
  • Pied fawn;
  • Fawn;
  • Reverse brindle;
  • White (also called pink);
  • Blue pied; and
  • Brindle pied.

Genetics of the Fluff: Where Does the Longer Hair Come From?

Fluffy Frenchies differ from traditional Frenchies in coat length due to genetics. Fluffy Frenchies occur when both parents carry the autosomal recessive long hair gene (LH) or the Fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF). 

A single array test determines if a Frenchie has visual long hair (LH) or a visual short hair (SH), or a carrier of the two. A Frenchie with two Sh/Sh copies will have visually short hair. Frenchies with Sh/Lh will have short hair but will be a carrier of the long hair gene. They’ll pass short hair to half the offspring and long to the other half.

Are Long-haired French Bulldogs Purebred?

Yes, long-haired French Bulldogs, also known as Fluffy Frenchies, can be purebred. The long hair is a result of a recessive gene known as the Lh gene. When both parents carry this gene, there’s a chance for puppies to have the longer, fluffier coat. 

However, since the long-haired trait isn’t recognized by all kennel clubs as a standard for the breed, Fluffy Frenchies may not be eligible for show rings. Despite this, they can still be purebred, full-fledged members of the French Bulldog family, with all the breed’s distinctive features and characteristics.

Temperament, Trainability, and Smarts

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When it comes to personality, the Fluffy Frenchie is a real crowd-pleaser. These dogs are prized for their loving, sociable nature, and their temperament is one of the big reasons they’re so beloved. They’re not just a pretty face with a cuddly coat; they bring joy with their playful, adaptable, and loyal personalities. Whether it’s snuggling up for a quiet evening or cheerfully greeting guests, they fit right into various lifestyles. Plus, they’re known for their quiet nature, not prone to excessive barking.

As for trainability, these French Bulldogs are quite docile and willing to please, making training a fun and rewarding process. They respond well to positive reinforcement and consistency. In terms of smarts, they rank 58th out of 138 breeds, according to Dr. Stanley Coren’s book, “The Intelligence of Dogs“, which speaks to their ability to learn new commands and their obedience levels. 

Yet, intelligence doesn’t just mean obeying commands. Fluffy Frenchies also have a knack for reading the room. Their sensitivity to human emotions makes them wonderful companions — they seem to understand just when to offer a comforting nuzzle or an invitation to play. A study highlighting why people cherish these dogs so much, available here, emphasizes the bond owners share with their Frenchies, largely due to their endearing personalities.

In sum, if you’re looking for a small dog with a big heart and a clever mind, the Fluffy Frenchie might just be your perfect match. They’re sure to win you over with their charisma, brains, and an eagerness to be an integral part of the family.

How Do You Make a Fluffy Frenchie and What Is a Long-Haired French Bulldog Mixed With?

A Fluffy Frenchie, or a long-haired French Bulldog, is not “made” through mixing with other breeds but rather is a result of a specific genetic trait. These dogs are purebred French Bulldogs that carry two copies of a rare recessive gene known as the Lh gene, which is responsible for the long, fluffy coat. This means that both parents must carry this gene to produce a Fluffy Frenchie.

To “make” a Fluffy Frenchie, breeders specifically select French Bulldogs that are carriers of the Lh gene to mate. It’s important to note that the long-haired trait does not result from mixing French Bulldogs with any other breed. Therefore, a long-haired French Bulldog is still a purebred French Bulldog, not a mix, distinguished only by its unique coat texture due to its genetic makeup.

Caring for Your Long-Haired French Bulldog

Long-haired French Bulldogs, while irresistibly fluffy, are not hypoallergenic as they shed moderately. Daily brushing helps manage this. They thrive on at least one half-hour stroll and play session each day. Ideal for apartment living, they have affectionate and adaptable natures but can show a protective streak if they feel threatened. While generally easygoing, they learn best with consistent training.

Energy and Exercise

These dogs have a low to moderate energy reservoir. A daily walk, coupled with some play, satisfies their exercise needs and wards off restlessness. Be mindful during activities; their short snouts can lead to quick overheating. To keep their minds sharp, provide puzzle toys and engage them in stimulating games.

Housing Habits

Their calm demeanor makes them superb for smaller living quarters. Regular short walks and interactive games like fetch will quickly tire them out. Plus, they’re not known to be yappers, which is a bonus for apartment dwellers.

Nutritional Needs

Dietary needs can vary among Frenchies, with some having specific allergies or health requirements. Yet, all benefit from a high-protein diet — aiming for meals comprising at least 25% protein, complete with a balance of vitamins, fibers, and fats. Always choose high-quality food to avoid allergy triggers and consult a vet for personalized dietary advice.

How Much Does A Fluffy Frenchie Puppy Cost?

The cost of a Fluffy Frenchie can vary significantly, often falling between $5,000 and upwards of $70,000. This wide range is influenced by several factors, including the reputation of the breeder, the dog’s color, size, and special characteristics like the sought-after ‘fluffy’ coat. 

Exotic colors and rare traits can drive the price higher. Breeders who concentrate on adhering to breed standards and ensuring good health, often referred to as show line breeders, generally set their prices in the $3,000 to $10,000 range. For a more detailed exploration of the costs associated with owning a French Bulldog, consider reading this article.

What Is A Pink Fluffy Frenchie?

A Pink Fluffy Frenchie is a rare variation of the French Bulldog that has a unique coat color and texture. The term “pink” does not literally mean the dog’s fur is pink; instead, it refers to a very light cream or fawn color that may appear pinkish in certain lighting. 

The “fluffy” aspect comes from a recessive gene that gives these French Bulldogs a longer, softer, and fluffier coat than the typical short and smooth coat of standard French Bulldogs. This combination of rare coat color and texture makes the Pink Fluffy Frenchie a highly sought-after and often expensive variation within the breed.

Grooming Guidance

Don’t fret over their beautiful long coats; a bi-weekly brush-out with a pin brush will keep it lush, detangled, and clean. Bathe them sparingly to preserve their natural oils, using a gentle aloe-based shampoo. Trim their nails every month or so — a good indicator is the tell-tale ‘click’ on hard floors. Dental care is paramount for these dogs; incorporate daily brushing and consider a water additive for oral health. Regular ear cleaning with canine wipes is also crucial to prevent infections.

By following these care guidelines, you’ll ensure your long-haired French Bulldog stays healthy, happy, and a joy to have around.                                   

Health Overview for Long-Haired French Bulldogs: Key Concerns and Care

The unique appearance of Long-Haired French Bulldogs, while undeniably adorable, brings with it certain health challenges, many of which stem from their distinct physical characteristics.

Respiratory Conditions

Central to their health concerns is breathing difficulty, primarily due to Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS). This condition is a result of their compact facial structure, including narrow nostrils, known as stenotic nares, which can make breathing laborious and exercise strenuous.

Spinal and Skeletal Health

Their distinctive build also predisposes them to spinal and mobility issues. Conditions such as Intervertebral disc disease, common in French Bulldogs, can lead to pain and even paralysis in severe cases. This underscores the importance of careful handling and monitoring for signs of discomfort.

Eye Health

Their large, expressive eyes are prone to several issues, requiring vigilant care and regular veterinary check-ups to prevent and treat any problems effectively.

Skin and Ear Concerns

Due to their large ears and unique skin folds, Long-Haired French Bulldogs may face ear infections and skin conditions like dermatitis. These are manageable with regular cleaning and care.

Temperature Sensitivity and Weight Management

These dogs are notably sensitive to heat and can easily become overweight without proper diet and exercise, further exacerbating potential health issues.

Deafness

Notably, deafness is a significant concern, particularly prevalent in Long-Haired French Bulldogs with piebald, white, and merle coats. Prospective owners should be aware of this risk and consider regular auditory health screenings, especially for dogs with these coat patterns.

By understanding these health concerns and maintaining regular veterinary care, owners can better manage their Long-Haired French Bulldog’s health, ensuring they lead a full and happy life.

Sociability with Children and Other  Pets

Fluffy Frenchie is great around children and makes an excellent family dog. This is due to their stable temperaments and willingness to engage with children in play. However, close supervision is necessary during child-dog interactions to avoid danger to either one. 

Generally speaking, Frenchies have very little aggression and are overall confident dogs. This means they’re unlikely to pick fights with other dogs unless they feel threatened. Early socialization ensures that a dog knows how to behave around people and animals without getting reactive.

But don’t forget to socialize them. Unsocialized French Bulldogs can become very aggressive toward other dogs and animals. 

A Suitable Home for a Fluffy Frenchie

Fluffy Frenchie would do well in:

  • In an apartments;
  • A home with older children;
  • A home with flexible working hours where someone is home a lot of the time as they are prone to separation anxiety;
  • In moderate climates as they do not do well in either cold or heat; and
  • Households with non-allergic people.

Final Thoughts 

Fluffy Frenchie is the dog for companionship and is quite expensive to get and maintain. They meet all the criteria of a companion dog anyone would wish for. Frenchies would surely draw all eyes on you when walking them. Be sure to visit a well-known breeder to avoid backyard breeders who are only after the money.

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Tamsin De La Harpe

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Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.

Tamsin de la Harpe has nearly two decades of experience with dogs in rescue, training, and behavior modification with fearful and aggressive dogs. She has worked closely with veterinarians and various kennels, building up extensive medical knowledge and an understanding of canine health and physiology. She also spent two years in the animal sciences as a canine nutrition researcher, focusing on longevity and holistic healthcare for our four-legged companions. Tamsin currently keeps a busy homestead with an assortment of rescue dogs and three Bullmastiffs.