Considering a Frenchie for Your Next Dog? Let’s Dive a Little Deeper Into the French Bulldog Frenzy.

By Gina Castagnozzi (Los Angeles, CA)

The popularity of French Bulldogs, affectionately known as “Frenchies,” has surged over recent years, making them a coveted choice among dog enthusiasts. Their adorable appearance, compact size, and fun-loving personalities have captured the hearts of many. However, beneath the surface of their irresistible cuteness lies a troubling reality- buying a Frenchie often supports unethical breeding practices that compromise their health and well-being, as well as the health and well-being of the parents.


Unveiling the Unethical Breeding Practices

The demand for French Bulldogs has given rise to unscrupulous breeding practices that prioritize profit over the welfare of these beloved canines. Unethical breeders often prioritize quantity over quality, leading to a range of serious health complications that plague the breed. Frenchies, like many other purebred dogs, suffer from overbreeding and bad breeding practices that perpetuate a cycle of suffering. Because the Frenchie craze has gotten so popular, we are now seeing an endless influx of French Bulldogs entering shelters and rescues with birth defects or serious medical conditions. This is a difficult breed to care for if you are not prepared for all the health expenses. Unfortunately, rescues are having to bear the high medical costs to get these dogs healthy while backyard breeders profit enormously and keep producing more litters.  


Health Complications Stemming from Irresponsible Breeding

Respiratory Issues: The distinct brachycephalic skull structure of French Bulldogs results in flat faces and obstructed airways, causing breathing difficulties, snoring, and an increased susceptibility to heat -related issues.

Joint and Bone Problems: Inadequate breeding practices contribute to musculoskeletal issues such a hip dysplasia, which leads to painful mobility challenges and reduced overall comfort.

Skin and Allergy Problems: Due to genetic predispositions and inbreeding, French Bulldogs frequently suffer from skin irritations and allergies, causing chronic discomfort and distress.

Eye Conditions: The breed’s large, prominent eyes are prone to various eye conditions, including cherry eye, cataracts, and corneal ulcers, impacting their vision and well-being.

Heart Disorders: French Bulldogs are susceptible to congenital heart defects, affecting their lifespan and overall quality of life.

Digestive Disorders: Gastrointestinal issues, including flatulence and chronic vomiting, are common due to poor breeding practices.

Hydrocephalus: A particularly devastating health issue stemming from unethical breeding is hydrocephalus, a condition characterized by an accumulation of fluid within the brain. This condition can lead to sever neurological symptoms, impaired motor function, and reduced quality of life.


C-Section Births: A Distressing Norm

An alarming aspect of the unethical breeding of French Bulldogs is the prevalent reliance on cesarean sections (C-sections) for birth. The breed’s unique anatomy, particularly the disproportional size of their heads and hips, often leads to complications during natural delivery. Consequently, most Frenchies require surgical deliveries, placing both mother and her puppies at heightened risk. A reputable breeder that has expertise caring for this breed is a must which makes it even more dangerous when you have people who do not know what they are doing trying to breed these animals for profit.


Escalating Prices and Violent Theft

The booming demand for French Bulldogs has led to an unfortunate consequence: soaring prices and an opportunity for thieves. As prices rise, the potential for financial gain has attracted criminals, leading to an alarming increase in violent dog thefts. French Bulldogs, with their compact size, appealing looks, and high price tags, have become prime targets for these heartless criminals, with unaltered Frenchies bringing in an even higher pay day for these criminals.


Breeding: A Matter of Health and Well Being

Responsible breeding revolves around safeguarding and enhancing the health and well-being of a breed. Ethical breeders prioritize genetic diversity, perform comprehensive health screenings, and refrain from close inbreeding. These breeders focus on the overall health of their dogs rather than superficial traits. Regrettably, the current state of Frenchie breeding often neglects these core principles, resulting in a host of health issues and a diminished quality of life for these beloved companions. Have you seen the new trend of fluffy Frenchies, or the consumer driven higher price point for Frenchies with traits such as light eyes or rare Merle coloring? Yes, they are cute but we must consider the risks involved in modifying this breed simply for our esthetic pleasure. The pursuit of profit has incentivized unethical breeding, often compromising the health and longevity of these dogs.


The Way Forward: Choosing Ethical Practices

As conscientious consumers, we hold the power to drive change in the world of dog breeding. To support the well-being of French Bulldogs and promote ethical breeding practices, potential dog owners should consider adopting from reputable rescues and shelters or purchasing from responsible breeders who prioritize the health and longevity of the breed. By doing so, we can pave the way toward a future where French Bulldogs once again thrive in good health and happiness, free from the burdens of genetic complications and needless suffering.



The allure of owning a French Bulldog remains powerful, but we must acknowledge the unfortunate implications of their popularity. As pet parents, we should want what’s best for our fur babies – good health, energy, and a long, happy life. It’s puzzling why many people looking to bring home this breed don’t seem to pay much attention to these important health factors. Most pick this breed without knowing that the majority of these dogs actually come from breeders who are more interested in making money than producing healthy dogs. If more people knew about this prior to purchasing, fewer dogs would suffer, prices would go down, theft would decline, and perhaps healthier, more ethical breeding practices would be adopted moving forward. These dogs make wonderful canine companions, and we owe it to them to advocate for their health and well-being by doing our research and not supporting the many backyard breeders that aim to capitalize on their popularity. One final thought - if you are seeing French Bulldog puppies for sale on Craigslist – do not take the bait.

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