It’s not difficult to see how much people love their dogs. Just look at how they have been personalized through selective breeding.
According to PBS, the French Bulldog is among the most popular breeds at fourth place in 2018. As with any breed of dog, we wish that they could be by our sides forever. But, how long does an average French Bulldog live for?
You may have heard someone say that they wish their dog could stay a puppy and simply not grow up.
Although not possible, several factors can contribute to how long a dog will live. The French Bulldog is no exception, needing the care and attention in order to live a fulfilling, long life.
The French bulldog, on average, lives around 12 years of age. All About Frenchies has found some dogs to last to be 15 or 16 years old, though this depends on a number of factors such as exercise, diet, genetics and daily care.
Most small dogs tend to have a longer life expectancy, but the French Bulldog does not share this trait.
To fully understand this breed’s longevity, we must consider the breed’s history as well as the existing health concerns.
The History of the French Bulldog
As the name suggests, this breed was derived from the English Bulldog along with various forms of rat terriers. The
French Bulldog Club pinpoints that Frenchies were hardly recognized until the 19th century, being advertised as a toy English Bulldog.
Many lace workers emigrated with these dogs, thus gaining their popularity in France, Europe, and the United States.
The Historical French Bulldog Compared to Today
If you were to compare pictures of dogs in the 19th century, you’d soon notice that there are some different morphological features.
The Dogington Post highlights such examples as the shortened nose on a Boxer and longer backs found in Dachshunds. The Frenchie is no different.
Looking at the mutation rates in the genes themselves, Scienceline determined that the French Bulldog has had considerable changes over the years. The most impacting is a shortened snout length and the droopy jowls.
With such morphological changes being made, the French Bulldog does not live as long as it once did. In fact, this breed often has a shorter life expectancy compared to other small dogs.
What Makes the French Bulldog a Short-Lived Small Dog?
Though not the only determining factor, a dog’s size can greatly impact how many years they can live. For instance, Canine Journal states that dogs averaging 15 pounds like the Jack Russell Terrier generally live around 13 to 16 years old.
So then why is the French Bulldog expected to last between 9 and 12 years?
Firstly, the reason for this shortened lifespan is due to breeding. We’ve discussed the breed’s history, pinpointing how many morphological changes that the Frenchie went through over the years.
The physique of a French Bulldog is stout and heavy-boned. Such a combination may lead to a dog that’d prefer to lounge about the house. Without the necessary exercise, an obese Frenchie can have years taken off.
One of the most common culprits to this sad reality is health. As a breed, the Frenchie is more susceptible to potential health issues when compared to a number of other small dogs.
Health Problems Most Commonly Found in Frenchies
Owning a certain breed of dog makes it easier to know what you, as the owner, may face later down the road. Being aware of the possible health problems that French Bulldogs face will help you take preventative measures before it’s too late.
There are several problems that the French Bulldog can face. The three most common, provided by The American Veterinarian, are ear infections at around 14 percent, diarrhea at 7.5 percent, and conjunctivitis affecting around 3 percent of all Frenchies.
Another interesting discovery that they made was that males were among the more likely individuals to have health problems compared to females.
These aren’t the only health conditions that you should be aware of. Listed below are among the most commonly seen issues, provided by The French Bulldog Owner.
- Nail disorders
- Dermatitis along the muzzle skin folds
- Anal sac impaction
- Upper respiratory infections
- Bacterial skin infections
- Cherry eye
- Pododermatitis, or paw skin allergy
- Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome
- Colitis, or inflammation of the large intestine
- Heart murmurs
- Kennel cough
- Dislocated kneecaps
- Eye ulcers
- Alopecia, or hair loss
- Hip dysplasia
- Dental issues
How Can I Help My French Bulldog Live Longer?
Providing your Frenchie with the proper care early on will help them to be your companion later into their teen years. Below are a few steps that you can take to ensure that your French Bulldog remains happy and healthy.
Daily Preventative Care
Invest in daily wipes that can be used to clean face wrinkles and ears. This will attack potential ear infections and skin issues.
Look into Genetics
If you’re thinking about buying a purebred French Bulldog, ask the breeder about any hereditary diseases and concerns that the parents may have.
Smaller dogs, such as the French Bulldog can become overweight, thus putting a strain on their bodies. A healthy diet will help them live longer to be more fit.
Although small, Frenchies do require a minimum of one-hour stretches of daily exercise. This will keep them lively later on in life.
Due to their flat faces, French Bulldogs are unable to cool down through panting. Keep an eye out for overheating while exercising or in hot environments.
Keeping your dog’s teeth healthy is a sure way to ward off rotting teeth, infections or abscesses.
Consistently going to the vet for a yearly examination will keep your French Bulldog on the right track.
On average, a French Bulldog will live for about 12 years, though some have been known to live up to 15 or 16 years of age.
Knowing the potential health problems and how to provide them with a healthy lifestyle is key for your beloved Frenchie’s well-being.