If you follow any celebrities on Instagram, you’ve most likely seen them posing with their cute French Bulldog. And it’s no wonder they’re one of the most favored breeds by celebrities - they’re adorable! And maybe you’ve been considering getting one for yourself.
But one question remains that needs answering: do French Bulldogs shed much hair?
Yes, they do shed, but not a lot. Their single coat, short fur, and small size ensure they won’t be leaving fur all around your house. As long as you groom them frequently and with the proper brushes, they should have a shiny, healthy coat for you to admire and love on!
Let’s take a deeper look into where these pooches came from, what their coat is like, and how you can keep them well groomed to reduce shedding as much as possible!
About French Bulldogs
French Bulldogs are a relatively small dog breed, and they’re easily recognizable by their characteristically oversized ears.
These pooches stand anywhere from a mere 11 to 13 inches tall, and they generally never weigh more than a measly 28 pounds.
These pups can trace their history back to the 1800’s and the appropriately-named English Toy bulldogs, given that they're descendants (and a smaller version ) of the original English Bulldog.
Basically, during the Industrial Revolution, many lace-makers were having to leave their home country of England and resettle in other countries as a result of their shops closing. Lots of these emigrants decided to move to France with their families and, of course, their dogs.
After awhile, the French started breeding these dogs with their local Ratters, which is how we have the adorable French bulldog today!
Frenchies are a friendly breed that, generally, are pretty calm. In fact, they don’t even need a ton of exercise - an occasional walk will usually do.
However, some owners claim that their pups will randomly get in the mood to start running laps around the house, so they can definitely have a bit of excess energy to burn.
French bulldogs aren’t very strong swimmers, so if you have a pool, you’ll want to exercise caution. And if you can’t stand snoring, you might want to pass up these pooches, too, because they’re known to be loud snorers.
Fine, smooth, short
White, tan, cream, multi-colored
What Is Their Coat Like?
French bulldogs have a short, smooth, fine coat. They come in many different colors, like:
- Multi-colored (ie. black and white, tan and white etc)
If you’ve been looking on the internet and have been confused as to whether French bulldogs have a single or double coat, you’re not alone. There are multiple different answers online, and different sources that support each side.
In reality, most French bulldogs have a single coat. But there are, however, a few breeds - like brindled breeds - do have a double coat. So, that’s where the source of confusion comes from.
It can be quite tricky to distinguish between the type of coat your dog has, but it’s important to know for grooming purposes.
One trick to help you identify the type of coat is by running your hands through their fur. If you feel two different textures - like course, rough fur on top and soft, wool-like fur closer to their skin - then your dog probably has a double coat.
French bulldogs are a moderate shedding breed. So they do shed some hair, but not as much as a high shedding breed, like a Bernese Mountain Dog for example.
Their short coat and their small size means they have less fur than some bigger dog breeds, but even small short-haired breeds shed.
And if you have a breed of Frenchie that has a double coat, you might notice an uptick in shedding during the spring and fall.
This is called seasonal shedding, and it’s when they shed their undercoat. So, if you notice any excess fur floating around during those times, don’t worry. It’s completely normal!
French bulldogs are an easy dog to groom.
There are a couple of factors that go into grooming a French bulldog. The first would be to choose the right grooming brush.
Since they have short fur, you don’t want to use a hard, heavy-duty brush, or one with excessively long bristles. This is because it won’t feel very good on your dog’s skin. And, because they have sensitive skin, using the wrong brush might actually irritate or hurt them.
Softer brushes, like the ones made of silicone, are going to be better because they’ll be much softer.
You’ll want to brush them at least once a week, but you could always up that to two or three times a week if you’re noticing heavy amounts of shedding.
You’ll also want to give them a good bath at least once a month. Not only will this help their coat stay healthy and prevent shedding, but it will also keep their sensitive skin from breaking out in itchy rashes.
You’ll also want to focus in specifically on the areas around their eyes and nose. You’ll notice those areas are wrinkly, and thus it might be harder to keep clean. But it is very important.
That’s because French bulldogs are snub-nosed animals - basically meaning they have a shorter-than-normal snout length. Because of this, they’re easily prone to respiratory problems.
If those areas get piled up with dirt and grime, you could unintentionally be adding to the risk of your dog developing breathing difficulties - and no one wants that! So it’s important to ensure you keep that area well cleaned.
Are French Bulldogs Hypoallergenic?
No, French Bulldogs aren't hypoallergenic. But really, no dog every truly is. Some dogs are just better for those with allergies than others, and these are typically the dogs that shed less.
With that being said, Frenchies are one of the better breeds for those with allergies, because they shed so little, their hair is short, and they're a very small breed.
How to Reduce Shedding
There are a couple of ways to help reduce shedding of a French bulldog. Giving your dog a good well-balanced diet will keep their coat looking healthy and prevent some amount of shedding because if they get all their nutrients, their coat will be healthy and strong!
Make sure you steer towards hypoallergenic pet shampoos and other things because they have sensitive skin, and you want to take certain precautions to ensure it won’t break out or become irritated.
If the skin isn't healthy, that can, in turn, lead to an unhealthy coat and more shedding.
Another way to ensure a healthy coat and skin is by giving them a rub of coconut oil, which will help keep the fur healthy and the skin moist and not irritated.
While French bulldogs do shed a little bit, they shed nothing like a Bernese Mountain dog or a German Shepherd.
As long as you keep up on maintaining the grooming and health of your French bulldogs coat, you should not see excessive shedding.
And even though they are not on the end of the least shedding dog breeds, the amount of shedding that they do coupled with their small size won’t leave fur all over your household.