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How Strong of a Bite Does a French Bulldog Have? Facts & FAQ

Written by: Kerry-Ann Kerr

Last Updated on June 30, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How Strong of a Bite Does a French Bulldog Have? Facts & FAQ

French Bulldogs are generally regarded as one of the gentler Bulldog breeds; they’re intelligent and tend to have the couch potato trait, and they aren’t usually known for their biting. French Bulldogs occasionally bite during playtime, but it’s usually a playful nip instead of a full-on bite. For this reason, you wouldn’t think their bite would be powerful.

But if they bite down, how strong would their bite be? We’ll answer this question and what it means for you as a Frenchie owner.


What Is a French Bulldog’s Bite Force?

French Bulldogs are a small breed, and few studies focus on their (or even other dogs) bite force. However, Frenchies have an estimated bite force pressure of 100 to 150 pounds per square inch (PSI).

That is a rough number, and the discrepancy seems large, but several factors can change the result, like what the dog is biting down on its personality, mood, and the reason for its bite. Plus, there are no studies on the bite force of dogs as small as the Frenchie. 

National Geographic’s Dr. Brady Barr has studied animal bites, including testing humans, domestic dogs, and wild animals alike. However, his tests have been based on animals far larger than the tiny Frenchie. Based on his research, the Pit Bull has a jaw power of around 242 pounds per square inch (PSI), a wolf has a bite force of roughly 398 PSI, and a shark has around 600 PSI.

With the above in mind, we can estimate that a Frenchie’s bite force will be far lower than that of a Pit Bull, putting it at around the 100–150 PSI mark. Their brachycephalic skull shape will also play a significant role in their ability to clamp down on an unwary target. While French Bulldogs are well-behaved and calm, their bites can be dangerous if not controlled.

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French Bulldog Temperaments

French Bulldogs are usually playful and even-tempered, and if socialized early, they tend to get along with most people and animals.

Owners and breeders have often noted that there are some appreciable differences between male and female French Bulldogs, but of course, this is not always going to be the case:

  • Playful
  • Assertive
  • Harder to train
  • Stubborn
  • Can be moody/nippy
  • Docile
  • More affectionate
  • Easier to train

A dog’s behavior is affected by its training, whether it has been spayed or neutered, socialization, and how they’ve been raised. Knowing the typical traits associated with their gender will help you gain a basic understanding of your dog.


Top 3 Causes of Aggression in Your French Bulldog

Aggression in your dog can be due to several factors, including but not limited to trauma, careless breeding, or lack of socialization and training.

1. Trauma

The root of negative behavior usually leads back to trauma of some kind. Dogs that resort to aggression have often experienced a traumatic event, neglect, or abuse, leading to aggression, shaking, hiding, panting, urinating, defecating, pacing, or excessive vocalization.

2. Careless Breeding

Thanks to the increased popularity of French Bulldogs, irresponsible breeders are trying to cash in with careless breeding techniques. French Bulldogs can cost anywhere between $2,000 to $7,000, and the high price reflects the supply and demand and how expensive the dog is to breed and own. They have difficulty breeding naturally and undergo artificial insemination; they’re prone to health risks, allergies, joint problems, and infections. Due to their narrow hips, they require c-sections.

Genetics can also play a part in behavior. A dog whose parents were mistreated or fearful may pass the traits to their offspring.

3. Lack of Socialization and Training

Limited exposure to other dogs and humans can lead to a lack of basic social skills in dogs. Even a dog with a loving background can develop anxieties, fears, and phobias linked to a lack of socialization.

French Bulldog
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What Are Your Options?

Multiple options are available to you for tackling aggressive behavior. If your dog has been calm in the past, it might be a sign there’s a medical problem that your vet can help you with. Some health problems in dogs that cause aggression include hypothyroidism, injury or wounds, and brain cancer.

An animal behaviorist might also be able to help, which would make the experience less overwhelming for you. You can usually get a referral to a behaviorist from your vet.

Fear is the most common cause of aggression in dogs. Fear-based behavior often occurs because of past negative experiences, lack of socialization, or abuse at the hands of a previous owner. Contact a professional and devise a plan to tackle your Frenchie’s hostility together.


In Conclusion

Most of the time, a French Bulldog’s bark will be worse than their bite, but they can still do some damage under the right (or should we say wrong) circumstances. Frenchies are known to be playful, lively, and affectionate dogs, making them excellent family pets. Like all dogs, there is the possibility of aggression, but there are ways to avoid it with the proper support, training, and socialization at an early age.

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