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French Bulldog Pomeranian Mix: A Pint-Sized Pup!

French Bulldog Pomeranian Mix: A Pint-Sized Pup!

The French Bulldog Pomeranian mix is sometimes called the French Pomerdog or the Pom Frenchie.

But regardless of what nickname you decide you prefer, this hybrid dog breed is guaranteed to be 100 percent cute!

Whenever a new dog breed is being developed, there are some interesting variables that even experienced dog breeders with extensive genetic expertise may not be able to fully predict.

This is why it is important (as well as interesting) to research the parent dog breeds in advance so you can decide if what each parent dog contributes may include traits you want in your next companion canine.

And now read on to learn all about the precious, pint-sized pup with the huge personality – the French Bulldog Pomeranian mix.

French Bulldog Pomeranian Mix

The French Bulldog Pomeranian is one of the new modern hybrid or so-called "designer" dog breeds. However, it is just as easy to think of the French Bulldog Pomeranian as a new potential purebred dog breed in progress.

This is because nearly every registered purebred dog breed we know about today started out as a series of crosses between different purebred dog breeds.

Watch a French Bulldog and a Pomeranian Playing

This short, adorable video is a great introduction to the similarities and differences between the French Bulldog and the Pomeranian, both popular purebred dog breeds that are American Kennel Club (AKC) registered breeds.

You can see that the coat types are quite different but in size, the two dog breeds are very similar.

There are additional similarities and differences that are important to know about, which is what we will spend the rest of this article explores.

The History of the French Bulldog and the Pomeranian

Learning more about the history and background of each parent dog breed is a great way to gain insight into what makes your dog unique.

Each dog breed has its own lineage to contribute to any hybrid dog breed in the making – the French Bulldog and Pomeranian are no exception here.

French Bulldog history

The French Bulldog is the fourth most popular (out of 195 American Kennel Club registered dog breeds) purebred dog breed in America today.

Many Frenchie lovers don't realize the French Bulldog used to be the English Bulldog. These smaller dogs were bred down and crossed with Rat Terriers, potentially other terriers and Pugs to become the French Bulldog.

Frenchies have a fighting background, but they are lovers at heart. These dogs are known to be very affectionate and some describe them as needy. This is because they have been specifically bred to be companion canines to people.

Pomeranian history

The Pomeranian is the 23rd most popular (out of 195 American Kennel Club registered dog breeds) purebred dog breed in America today.

As you will learn in more detail here later, the Pomeranian comes from a long, ancient and noble line of spitz-type dogs – working dogs who are known for their incredible athleticism, courage, and endurance.

As the smallest of these dog breeds, the Pom as this dog is so often called is really bred to sit in laps, not pull sleds.

Pomeranians become famous worldwide when Queen Victoria saw them, fell in love, and decided to breed Poms back in England. Pomeranians have kept company with royals and celebrities for millennia and have the personality to prove it.

French Bulldog Pomeranian Mix: Personality and Temperament

The one common thread that is easy to see here is that you have two small breed dogs that have been bred specifically to keep company with people.

While both the French Bulldog and the Pomeranian have to work and fighting dogs in their ancestry, neither breed was created to work in any capacity. Their "work," if you will, is to accompany people through life.

So your Pom Frenchie will not do well if left alone for long periods of time! You really need to make sure you will be able to include this dog in the center of your life in order to have a healthy, happy pup.

French Bulldog personality and temperament

The French Bulldog, like bulldogs in general, is known to be both smart and somewhat stubborn.

Frenchies are particularly charming and intelligent and love nothing more than to be wherever you are and do whatever you are doing.

Frenchies also love their food and they love their naps. You can expect your dog to sleep a lot even in youth, but when they are awake, they will want to be with you.

Pomeranian personality and temperament

Like French Bulldogs, Pomeranians are very intelligent and quite capable of learning tricks and entertaining a crowd. They live for the attention and crave being a part of their people's lives.

Pomeranians can also be somewhat stubborn because they have a long history of being spoiled and pampered. But they also know how to charm and under it all, their one big need and desire is to be with you.

French Bulldog Pomeranian personality and temperament

From this overview of both parent dogs, you can see how you will be bringing home a companion dog that will need a lot of your time and attention.

The French Pomerdog is going to be very intelligent and personable and eager to be at the center of your life. You may see some stubbornness here and there but these dogs are so charming it likely won't be a problem.

French Bulldog Pomeranian Mix: Size, Height and Weight

Some aspiring dog owners have very specific needs or goals when it comes to the adult size or weight of the dog they choose.

This can work both ways and it is important to look at all the angles before choosing your dog.

For example, a toy or small size dog may not work well if you have other family pets or very young children who are too young to be trained on how to handle such a tiny dog.

In the same way, some dogs may grow too large to be comfortable and happy in small spaces – although thankfully this won't apply to the French Bulldog Pomeranian mix, as you now know.

French Bulldog size, height, and weight

The French Bulldog breed standard specifies that Frenchies will weigh no more than 28 pounds, which means your Frenchie could also be much smaller. The best way to guesstimate your dog's adult weight is to meet both parent dogs.

Frenchies typically stand 11 to 13 inches (measured from paw pad base to shoulder top). They have broad heads and stocky chests and get thinner towards the hindquarters.

Pomeranian size, height, and weight

The Pomeranian typically weighs anywhere from three to seven pounds according to the official AKC breed standard.

These dogs will stand 6 to 7 inches tall and are incredibly tiny without their long hair coat. They are much finer boned than French Bulldogs, with a thin skeletal structure and the long, narrow muzzle type of the spitz dog breed family.

French Bulldog Pomeranian size, height, and weight

With a weight range from three to 28 pounds, your Pom Frenchie may range in size from a true toy dog breed to a small dog breed.

The same holds true for height. With a height range from six to 13 inches, it is hard to know how big to expect your adult dog to be.

One of the best ways to more accurately predict the size, height, and weight of your hybrid French Bulldog Pomeranian mix is to choose to buy your puppy from a later generation hybrid dog breed.

The earliest generations (F1, F1b) will be crosses between two purebred parent dogs, while the later generations (F2 and later) will be crosses between two hybrid parent dogs.

The later hybrid crosses will become more and more uniform in every way within each litter of puppies, from size, height, and weight to personality and temperament, training and exercise needs, health and longevity, coat type, and shedding, and more.

So if having a dog with very specific traits is important, look for a later-generation hybrid breeder who breeds French Bulldog Pomeranian puppies.

French Bulldog Pomeranian Mix: Training and Exercise Needs

Another common question many aspiring dog owners have is about how much exercise their new dog will need and how easy their pup will be to train.

Here again, with a hybrid dog breed, the best way to get an accurate sense in both areas is to look at the needs of each purebred parent dog.

French Bulldog training and exercise needs

The French Bulldog is a smart, sensitive dog with low to moderate exercise requirements.

Training can be a challenge in puppyhood, especially when it comes to potty training. But these dogs easily learn tricks and respond very well to positive reinforcement training methods.

Pomeranian training and exercise needs

Like Frenchies, Poms can be challenging to potty train. This is because these dogs are so tiny they simply can't hold their waste as long as bigger dogs.

Pomeranians are smart and very trainable and love to do tricks as long as they are trained using positive reinforcement only.

French Bulldog Pomeranian training and exercise needs

Your French Bulldog Pomeranian mix is likely going to take a bit longer to potty train because of this dog's small size.

As long as your training methods make use of rewards (praise, pats, treats, playtime) your smart and people-centric dog will learn easily and happily repeat what they have learned.

Your key to success will be patience, short training sessions, and positive reinforcement methods.

French Bulldog Pomeranian Mix: Shedding, Grooming and Coat Care

Another very common question many aspiring dog owners often ask is about shedding, grooming, and coat care.

Some people are very tolerant of shed dog hair while others are not. Some people don't mind investing in professional grooming for their pup while others want a dog that is "wash and wear."

And some people are more sensitive or even allergic to pet dander than are others. For these people, it is vitally important to choose a dog that produces less shed hair (even though the protein allergen actually lives in the skin, urine, and saliva).

So let's learn more about each parent dog and what to expect in terms of shedding, grooming, and overall coat care.

French Bulldog shedding, grooming, and coat care

The French Bulldog, with its short, neat, and distinguished fur coat, may not look like a dog that can produce a lot of dead, shed hair. But they can! These dogs actually shed quite a bit year-round and seasonally, surprising many new owners.

The good news is that, unlike for the Pomeranian dog breed, your brushing and grooming duties overall will be minimal. Short-coated Frenchies only need casual brushing a few times per week to stay looking sharp.

Pomeranian shedding, grooming, and coat care

When most people see a Pomeranian for the first time, their initial impression is of a big fluff ball on legs. These dogs do seem to be all hair!

While Pomeranians today are toy dogs that typically live their lives in somebody's lap, their ancient ancestors were some of the hardest-working and most athletic dogs on the planet: the spitz dogs of the Arctic.

These dogs, with their thick double layer insulating and weather-resistant coats, are still famous today for pulling sled teams over hundreds and thousands of miles of difficult, icy terrain.

The Pomeranian dog may never work a day in their life, but you would never know it from the coat. The under layer is thick and insulating and the outer layer is resilient and weather-resistant, just like their larger spitz cousins.

These dogs will shed out seasonally to replenish their coats. However, the shed hair will likely get caught in the surrounding fur coat and you may not see much of it actually fall to the floor.

This means they also need a lot of brushing – ideally daily – to keep that trapped hair from turning into dangerous tangles and mats that can irritate the skin and cause infection to form.

Pomeranians typically also require professional grooming every six weeks or so. Alternately, you can learn to groom your Pomeranian and clip the coat at home.

As Grooming Business Magazine points out, the teddy cut (named because the dog tends to look like a teddy bear afterward) is one of the easiest clips to learn and do at home and also one of the easiest to brush and maintain.

French Bulldog Pomeranian shedding, grooming, and coat care

The amount of shedding you will see can vary depending on which coat type your French Pomerdog inherits.

On the one hand, you may have a lot of brushing and professional grooming to do. On the other hand, your duties here may be minimal or somewhere in between.

French Bulldog Pomeranian Mix: Longevity and Health

Far too many dog lovers today are simply smitten by cuteness, only to face heartbreak later on when their new pup develops serious genetic health issues.

This is why it is so vital to learn more about the genetic health history of each parent dog and to investigate breeders to pick a responsible, health-focused dog breeder to work with.

In this section, we take a much closer look at the known genetic issues of each parent dog and what pre-screening tests are available to help make sure you choose a healthy puppy.

We will also take a look at the life expectancy of each parent dog so you have a better idea of how long your new pup might be with you.

French Bulldog longevity and health

The French Bulldog has an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years, which is typical of smaller breed dogs.

The OFA-CHIC database (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals-Canine Health Information Center) is the official registry where responsible, health-focused dog breeders can share information about results of genetic pre-screening tests.

This data, in turn, is used to generate recommendations for pre-screening testing by breed. The goal is to identify parent dogs with undesirable genes and prevent those dogs from being bred and passing serious health issues along to their puppies.

Reputable, responsible dog breeders will always share test results with interested customers upon request and often without even being asked.

If any breeder you are considering purchasing a puppy from refuses to show test results or says they do not have them available, you should not buy your puppy from this breeder!

For the French Bulldog, the OFA-CHIC database states that parent dogs should be tested for the following genetic issues before being bred:

  • Hip dysplasia (malformation of the ball and socket hip joint).
  • Patellar luxation (trick knee).
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis (thyroid malfunction).
  • Juvenile cataracts.
  • Eyes issues.
  • Heart (cardiac) issues.

Another known health issue for which there is no genetic test is the short muzzle type of the French Bulldog.

This is always going to be an issue for any French Bulldog because the brachycephalic (literally "short face") muzzle shape is part of the official breed standard for this dog breed.

According to the United Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), the French Bulldog can have mild or severe symptoms resulting from the short muzzle shape.

At the severe end, the French Bulldog may be diagnosed with BOAS or Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. This condition comes with serious breathing, overheating, digestive, and often eye and cardiac issues as well.

There are some surgical procedures that can ease the worst of the symptoms, but there is nothing that can correct the underlying anatomical issues that contribute to the problems.

Pomeranian longevity and health

The Pomeranian has a typical life span of 12 to 16 years, as is fairly normal for toy-sized dog breeds.

According to the OFA-CHIC database, Pomeranian parent dogs should be pre-screened for the following potentially heritable (genetic) health issues before being bred:

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (joint disease).
  • Hip dysplasia.
  • Patellar luxation.
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis.
  • Eye issues.
  • Heart issues.

French Bulldog Pomeranian longevity and health

From this overview of the life expectancy and genetic health issues each parent dog may bring to the table, you can expect to bring home a dog that will live anywhere from 10 to 16 years.

Anytime you have a dog with a short muzzle as part of the mix, there is a risk your hybrid puppy may inherit some level of BOAS or Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome.

Ideally, hybrid breeding can reduce the severity of symptoms, which is actually a good thing if you like some of the other wonderful traits of the French Bulldog but are worried about the health impact of the short muzzle type.

With diligence and research on your part, you can greatly reduce the risk of bringing home a puppy with any of these serious and potentially life-limiting (not to mention incredibly expensive to treat) health conditions.

Responsible breeders should give you an initial guarantee of good health. This initial guarantee may range anywhere from six months to 24 months depending on that breeder's policy.

You should also have your own canine veterinarian examine your new puppy within 24 to 48 hours after you take possession. If your new puppy has any serious health issues, you want to know about it right away!

French Bulldog Pomeranian Mix: Is This the Right Dog for You?

Learning more about any companion canine you consider adding to your family is always a smart decision. This is the hands-down best way to think about whether this is the right pet dog for you.

The French Bulldog Pomeranian mix has so much to offer to the right home. Could this be your next family dog?