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French Bulldog insurance and breed information

Bright and fun-loving, the French Bulldog (Frenchie) has long been a family favourite. A companion dog through and through, it’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with this breed.

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At a glance

Up to 1 hour of exercise per day

Life expectancy of 10 to 12 years

Small, between 9kg and 14kg

Playful, alert, affectionate

Silhouette of a French Bulldog showing their height to be between 28cm and 30cm

Up to 1 hour of exercise per day

Life expectancy of 10 to 12 years

Small, between 9kg and 14kg

Playful, alert, affectionate

Silhouette of a French Bulldog showing their height to be between 28cm and 30cm

French Bulldogs – a fun and loving companion dog

Big heart, small stature. These muscular little dogs were bred for companionship. Their fun-loving nature and bright spirits make them a great dog for all sorts of families.

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Buying or rehoming a French Bulldog

Bringing home a French Bulldog is a big commitment. Whether you’re buying from a reputable breeder or adopting from a rescue, you need to get ready. The more prepared you are, the easier the transition for you and your new family member. Here are some things to consider:

  • Make sure your home is a safe environment and give them a comfy spot to relax
  • Look at the best diet for your French Bulldog and buy some food in advance
  • Get hold of a collar, lead, dog bowls, ID tag and a bed
  • Prepare your family, especially any young children. Children need to learn how to interact with dogs safely, no matter the breed
  • Check your garden fence for holes or escape routes
  • French Bulldogs need regular grooming to keep their coat healthy. You may also need to clean their face as wrinkles can trap dirt and moisture
  • French Bulldogs need around an hour of exercise per day. This can be broken into short, low-intensity walks, playtime, training, and puzzles
  • Consider pet insurance, it could help with the cost of vet bills

Fun fact

French Bulldogs originated in England, not France as the name suggests.

Top 5 health conditions in French Bulldogs

We’ve put together the most common claimed for conditions for French Bulldogs. Based on MORE THAN pet insurance customer claims.

Condition
Number of claims
Average paid out
28
£1,576.93
18
£1,722.01
16
£2,222.31
16
£1,404.61
14
£1,271.24
Condition
Number of claims
28
Average paid out
£1,576.93
Condition
18
Average paid out
£1,722.01
Condition
16
Average paid out
£2,222.31
Condition
16
Average paid out
£1,404.61
Condition
14
Average paid out
£1,271.24
Based on MORE THAN data 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023. Average cost paid out includes excess.

Common health issues and problems in French Bulldogs

The average lifespan of a French Bulldog is 10 to 12 years. As they are brachycephalic (flat faced), they are predisposed to some health conditions.

A large study carried out by the Royal Veterinary College in 2021 called for French Bulldogs to no longer be classified as a “typical dog”. This is due to their higher number of serious health conditions.

Click on the hotspots to find out more about the French Bulldog’s most common health issues. Information provided by our in-house vet team (November 2023).

French Bulldog hotspots illustration
BOAS
Eye problems
Skin issues
Ear infections

How are premiums likely to grow for older French Bulldogs?

All dogs become more expensive to insure as they get older. This is because, like humans, older dogs typically need more health care.

When a breed has a common condition they are prone to, this can also increase your premiums. For example, French Bulldogs are prone to breathing and skin problems. As they get older, there is more chance of these conditions developing. This leads to a need for higher levels of veterinary care and higher premiums.

Luke Mallion, our in house vet, seated.
A green Quote, speech mark.
"With their distinctive bat-like ears, French Bulldogs are easily recognisable. They are playful, affectionate, adaptable and love attention. They are a brachycephalic (flat-faced) breed so exercise should include plenty of breaks. This is especially important in the warmer months so they don’t overheat."
Luke Mangion, MORE THAN Vet

French Bulldog temperament and family friendliness

French Bulldogs are playful and affectionate. Their adaptability and loving nature make them great family pets.

Fun, but not overly boisterous, French Bulldogs are great with children and adults. Teach your children how to interact with their dog safely. Spending some time training and playing is great for building their bond too.

Family friendly

  • Loving
  • Adaptable
  • Playful
  • Energetic
A black French Bulldog laying in the grass in front of a house
A grey French Bulldog running through a field towards the camera with its tongue out
A tan French Bulldog with a black muzzle standing near a tree
A black French Bulldog laying in the grass in front of a house
A grey French Bulldog running through a field towards the camera with its tongue out
A black French Bulldog laying in the grass in front of a house
A grey French Bulldog running through a field towards the camera with its tongue out
A tan French Bulldog with a black muzzle standing near a tree

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