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What Health Issues Do French Bulldogs Have

As per the American Kennel Club’s breed standards, the Frenchies have a decent lifespan, 10-12 years. A UK Medical Study conducted on 2228 Frenchies under medical care in the United Kingdom deduced that around 72.4% (1612) of them had a minimum of a single recorded issue. The common problems included skin problems seen in 17.9% of the dogs, ear infections affecting 14% of the population, diarrhea in 7.5%, and conjunctivitis observed in 3.2% of Frenchies.

Common Health Problems in Frenchies

1. Respiratory Problems

The Frenchies because of their brachycephalic features, flat face, and short snout are prone to several health problems, breathing distress being one of the significant of them all. The respiratory distress gets triggered further upon exposure to extremely humid and hot conditions or even after an excessive exercise session.

Like most other brachycephalic breeds, the Frenchie is also at an increased risk of brachycephalic airway respiratory syndrome. Common symptoms include noisy or difficult breathing, mostly with their mouth opened, alongside high-pitched wheezing, snoring, and choking. They may collapse in the case of severities.

2. Eye Ailments

Because of their flat face, the Frenchies are increasingly prone to conjunctivitis. They even suffer from other eye ailments like entropion, juvenile cataract, and cherry eye.

3. Skin Disorders

Since the Frenchies have skin folds, they could even suffer from skin allergies like hives and autoimmune skin disorders.

4. Ear Infections

As they have a narrow ear canal, the French bulldogs might have several ear infections, some triggered by allergies.

5. Bone-related Disorders

They even suffer from mobility issues and could develop problems like intervertebral disc disease and congenital hemivertebrae that may lead to paralysis in the case of extremities.


Q. What is a four-panel health test on a French Bulldog?

Breeders mostly do a four-panel DNA health test on the parents. Before purchasing a Frenchie puppy, it is always essential to know if the parents have gone through the four-panel tests or not. It costs around $130, and one may obtain the reports in two weeks. The four conditions examined in this test include Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), Juvenile Hereditary Cataract (JHC), Canine Multifocal Retinopathy 1 (CMR1), and Hyperuricosuria (HUU).

Q. Do Pugs and Frenchies have similar health problems?

Both breeds have respiratory problems because of their short muzzle and flat face—however, the Pug scores lower than the Frenchies in fitness since they have greater health problems. The former’s big bulging eyes result in several eye infections, while their increased folds lead to several skin problems.

Q. Do blue Frenchies have more health issues?

The blue Frenchies have additional health issues, mainly skin problems like color dilution alopecia resulting in a dull and dry coat.

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