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Long Haired French Bulldog – The Complete Guide

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Jul 28 ·

When someone mentions a French Bulldog to you, you probably picture a short-haired Frenchie, don’t you? These pups are the most common of this breed, but did you know there’s a long-haired French Bulldog?

Also known as the Fluffy French Bulldog, this doggo is extremely rare. While Frenchies can come in many different coat colors, they almost always have short hair. So, where does the long hair come from?

Luckily, we put together a complete guide to the long-haired French Bulldog, so you know exactly what it is and why they have longer hair.

Appearance

Long-haired Frenchies are indeed purebred French Bulldogs. However, this variant isn’t officially recognized as a breed standard by the American Kennel Club (AKC). This could be because they are extremely rare, and they don’t want breeders to breed long-haired Frenchies intentionally. Kodak…

Long hair comes from a recessive gene known as L4. There are five variants to this recessive gene, but L4 is what gives a Frenchie long hair.

Since it’s a recessive gene, both parents need to carry it. So, two short-haired French Bulldogs can certainly have a long-haired puppy. But, on the other hand, it’s not common to have two parents carry the gene, if at all.

You’ll know a long-haired French Bulldog when you see one. Instead of a short coat, they have medium-length fur that gives them a fluff. In fact, another name for this pooch is the Fluffy French Bulldog. In addition, they have longer fur around their ears, head, back, and chest.

Like short-haired Frenchies, the long-haired pups can come in 11 different coat colors, such as:

  • Brindle
  • Brindle & White
  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • Fawn & White
  • Fawn & Brindle
  • Fawn Brindle & White
  • White
  • White & Fawn
  • White & Brindle
  • White & White

However, there are five rare colors they can have. For example, this doggo can also be blue, blue & tan, blue merle, chocolate & tan, or lilac. In addition, the coat patterns might be a black mask, brindle markings, piebald, ticked, or white markings. 2doge…

Temperament

A long-haired French Bulldog will make a great family pet. They are friendly, affectionate, and loyal. This doggo gets along with everyone, including young kids, elders, and adult humans alike. If you have other pets at home, such as another dog, cat, or small animal, then you can bet this pooch will get along well with them too.

However, this doggo doesn’t like to be left behind. They’d much rather spend all their time with you and be great companion dogs. So, if you leave them home alone for too long, then they’ll be prone to separation anxiety.

Caring for your Long Haired French Bulldog

Just like their short-haired counterpart, long-haired Frenchies have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years, with proper care.

Grooming

Believe it or not, their fur is not what you’ll need to worry about when it comes to keeping this doggo clean. Their fur will shed, but it’s a fine texture that you won’t notice hair all over your house or clothes. But, of course, you’ll still want to brush their coat regularly to keep it clean and shiny.

What you’ll really want to keep up with is cleaning their face. The folds can start to smell if not cleaned properly. You also don’t want your pooch to have trouble breathing, so taking care of their face is a must.

Other than that, you’ll only need to bathe them as needed and keep up with trimming their nails and brushing their teeth regularly.

Diet

It would be best if you talked to your dog’s veterinarian to choose the right meal plan for your dog’s diet. Every dog has different nutritional needs, but Frenchies don’t usually need a lot of calorie intake due to their size. Mack…

Exercise

In fact, a low-calorie diet is a good idea because they don’t require much exercise at all. However, this is a low-energy dog breed and may be prone to getting obese. A 15-minute walk per day will suffice for them, but you will need to watch their weight.

Health problems

Thanks to the double recessive L4 gene, long-haired French Bulldogs may be more prone to health issues than short-haired Frenchies. These health conditions may be:

  • Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome
  • Cataracts
  • Cherry Eye
  • Glaucoma
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Skin issues
  • Spinal conditions
  • Temperature regulation (due to their compromised breathing system)

Be sure to bring your pooch to the vet once or twice a year for regular check-ups. Wolfy…

Where to buy a Long Haired French Bulldog

Chances are you won’t be finding this doggo in a rescue, shelter, or pet store. They are so rare that breeders will probably be your best bet. However, do your research on reputable breeders. Ensure they’re not breeding Frenchies to create a “one-of-a-kind” rare pup to make a buck.

Good breeders will care for the parents and the litter of puppies, wanting to improve the breed. They’ll know the breed itself, the family tree, and the health history of the puppies. In addition, they’ll want to meet with you in person and let you interact with the puppies and their parents.

How much does a Long Haired French Bulldog cost?

Depending on the demand and where you can find a long-haired Frenchie, these French Bulldog puppies can go from $5,000 to $15,000. Doge…

Should you get a Long Haired French Bulldog?

Overall, long-haired French Bulldogs aren’t much different than short-haired ones. They look fluffy and may shed a little more, but that’s about it. So, there’s no true reason to hunt down a long-haired Frenchie over a short-haired one. If you happen to find one, then there’s also no reason to be picky about their fur length. Bring that doggo home!

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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