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Fluffy French Bulldog: Facts, Pictures, Origin & History

Written by: Kerry-Ann Kerr

Last Updated on May 15, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Fluffy French Bulldog: Facts, Pictures, Origin & History

French Bulldogs usually have short, rough fur, but there are some that carry a gene that gives them fluffy and slightly longer fur. The autosomal recessive gene responsible for this is the Fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF5), and it’s rare. For you to get a chance of a fluffy French Bulldog, your dog has to inherit two longhaired (Lh) genes.

Breed Overview


Small to medium (11 – 12 inches)


20 – 28 pounds for males, 16-24 pounds for females


10 – 12 years


Fawn, fawn and white, fawn brindle, brindle, brindle and white, cream, white and brindle, white and fawn

Suitable for:

Families looking for playful, easy-to-groom lapdogs that do not require a lot of space.


Easygoing, sociable, gentle, friendly, playful, affectionate

Carriers of the gene have the standard short fur you’re probably more familiar with. Where did these dogs come from, and what sets them apart from their shorthaired counterparts? We’ve collected this information and more, so keep reading to find out everything we know about furry Frenchies.

French Bulldog Characteristics

High-energy dogs will need a lot of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, while low-energy dogs require minimal physical activity. It’s important when choosing a dog to make sure their energy levels match your lifestyle or vice versa.
Easy-to-train dogs are more skilled at learning prompts and actions quickly with minimal training. Dogs that are harder to train will require a bit more patience and practice.
Some breeds, due to their size or their breeds potential genetic health issues, have shorter lifespans than others. Proper exercise, nutrition, and hygiene also play an important role in the lifespan of your pet.
Some dog breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, and some more than others. This doesn’t mean that every dog will have these issues, but they have an increased risk, so it’s important to understand and prepare for any additional needs they may require.
Some dog breeds are more social than others, both towards humans and other dogs. More social dogs have a tendency to run up to strangers for pets and scratches, while less social dogs shy away and are more cautious, even potentially aggressive. No matter the breed, it’s important to socialize your dog and expose them to lots of different situations.

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The Earliest Records of Fluffy French Bulldogs in History

Despite their name, the French Bulldog didn’t originate in France. British Bulldogs were originally bred for bull baiting, which was outlawed in 1835. Soon after, people began breeding smaller dogs and sent them to France when they were too small or had “faults” like ears that stood up. The dogs were bred with local ratter dogs, and the result is what we know as French Bulldogs.

It’s rumored French Bulldogs were mixed with a Pekingese or a longhaired Chihuahua, but there’s no way of proving it. The shorthaired (Sh) gene is more dominant, meaning if you were to breed two Frenchies with the Sh/Lh combination, then only 1 in 4 puppies would have long hair. It’s logical to assume that either fluffy French Bulldogs have always existed or a breeder somewhere in history has lied about breeding a purebred Frenchie.

How Fluffy French Bulldogs Gained Popularity

The French Bulldog’s popularity dipped in the late 1800s because of their connection to blood sports. However, it didn’t take long for them to rebound, especially in France.

It makes sense that as French Bulldogs have gained popularity, so have their rare variations. You’ll pay a higher price if you choose a Frenchie that isn’t a typical color like white, black, or fawn. The most expensive Frenchie in the world is the Micro Machine, which costs $100,000!

Formal Recognition of Fluffy French Bulldogs

The American Kennel Club recognized the French Bulldog as an official breed in 1898. Although long-haired dogs can be purebred, they’re not recognized as purebred French Bulldogs by the official breed standard. The AKC describes the French Bulldog standard coat as “moderately fine, brilliant, short and smooth.” Long hair is, unfortunately, not defined as a characteristic.


Top 3 Unique Facts About Fluffy French Bulldogs

1. They’ve Been Described as “Little Lions”

We didn’t think the French Bulldog could get any cuter, but we were wrong. The fluffy variety has fur that collects at their necks and gives them the appearance of a small, cute lion.

2. They’re Big Goofballs

Fluffy Frenchies are the perfect companion dogs. They love cuddling with their favorite humans and goofing around with the kids.

3. They’re Expensive

If you’ve looked into purchasing a French Bulldog, you know how expensive they are. Prices differ depending on the color, and when it comes to fluffiness you’re looking at prices between $4,500 to $16,000+ in some cases, depending on whether they’re male or female.


Does a Fluffy French Bulldog Make a Good Pet?

Fluffy French Bulldogs make amazing family pets; they are playful, vocal, stubborn, and love children. They are also prone to separation anxiety, and if you’re out of the house a lot, it isn’t the breed for you.

They’re intelligent dogs and respond well to training, but they are sensitive souls and don’t take criticism lightly. If you scold them, they’re likely to sulk around the house afterward. They respond much better to positive reinforcement and encouragement, but then, don’t we all?



Fluffy French Bulldogs aren’t much different from their shorthaired cousins. Apart from the length of their fur and the price tag attached to them, they’re practically the same as the wrinkled, goofy dogs you’re familiar with. Even if you’ve never seen the fluffy variety, you’ll already have a pretty good idea of what one is like.

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