My French Bulldog has long legs? Is this right?

My French Bulldog has long legs

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It might be a little confusing to notice that your French Bulldog has abnormally long legs for their size. As they grew up, you were probably expecting your Frenchie to have the traditional small head and broad chest combined with the short little legs, but instead they ended up with a height closer to their English cousin. So what are the most likely reasons behind your Frenchie’s unusually tall stature?

Why is my French Bulldog so tall?

Although there are a few different kinds of French Bulldogs, they all usually remain rather petite and don’t often grow beyond a certain size. So then how do you explain a Frenchie that is taller than average? It shouldn’t surprise you to know that the most likely scenario is that your long-legged friend is a mixed breed. Your Frenchie may just be a special case of fluke genetic expression, but the chances are that they simply aren’t a purebred.

There have been others who have wondered the same things about their lanky Bullie. However, all the statistics on French Bulldogs suggest that if your dog’s size exceeds certain measurements then it’s doubtful they are a pure-blooded Frenchie. This might be troubling to discover seeing as you were probably reassured of their purebred status when you bought your pup.

What different types/sizes of French Bulldogs are there?

As demand for pocket-sized pups has grown over the last few years, breeders have found a few different ways to create the kind of miniature dogs that people are looking for. Sometimes it’s as simple as putting together the smallest pups of two different litters in the hopes that their dinky genes will carry forward in their offspring. Crossbreeding Frenchies with other smaller breeds is another common practice, which can explain why people sometimes end up with a French Bulldog that is unusually tall or that has extra-long legs.

As well as having different sizes from the Mini Frenchie down to the Teacup Frenchie, they also have a variety of patterns and styles that distinguish them from one another. The Fawn French Bulldogs usually have an unbroken pattern, meaning that their typically cream-coloured coat is solid across their head and body.

The Pied French Bulldog has one whole colour (normally white) throughout as well, although with a few small sections of a darker colour here and there. Sometimes they’ll have one area in particular that stands out, earning them a cliché name like “Spot”. Such patches are typically found by one of their eyes.

The Brindle French Bulldogs mostly have dark base colours with brighter patches scattered about. They have a number of different styles, such as the Seal Brindle Frenchie who often has fine white fur that is difficult to see, which could lead you to think they are just plain black. The Black Brindle Frenchie is among the most frequently found in this breed. Their pure black colour is particularly common. The Tiger Brindle Frenchie has a colourful mix of lighter patches of fur in a pattern similar to that of a tiger. Then there’s the Brindle Pied Frenchie which is typically white with numerous darker segments all over. Sometimes the dark shading only shows up on a single foot or around one eye, but it’s also sometimes present on the face or back and can even show up in a pattern not unlike what you’d see on a cow.

The rarest of the bunch is the Blue/Grey Frenchie. The change in their genetics passed down from both the mother and father creates a shift in the regular black colour, making for a more bluish grey appearance.

What is the average length of a French bulldog?

A Frenchie’s length is usually very close to their height. A normal adult French Bulldog will stand at roughly 12 inches (30cm) tall and weigh between 16 to 28 pounds (7.2 to 12.7 kilograms). Males tend to weigh a little more than the females do. Of course there are exceptions to these measurements but it’s uncommon to see a Frenchie exceeding these dimensions unless they are a mixed breed.

When does a French Bulldog’s head grow?

I’m sure at some point you’ve looked at your little pal and wondered whether or not their tiny head is ever going to get any bigger. Well, a Frenchie’s head is said to only grow in the first 12 months of its life. After the first year their head supposedly stops growing, which can sometimes lead to a disproportionate-looking pooch depending on their weight, but it is perfectly normal. The average size of a French Bulldog’s neck is about 14 inches (35cm) and the circumference of their head can range from 13 to 18.5 inches (33 to 47cm). Since they have such teeny heads, you need to be careful with your Frenchie around the pool as they aren’t the best swimmers. They have enough breathing problems as it is, so keeping their small head above the water might be a challenge that you don’t want to have to face.

At what age is a French Bulldog fully grown?

Overall, the Frenchie reaches the extent of their fundamental growth anywhere from 9 to 12 months old. They should be completely matured by the time they get to the 2 year mark. In their second year, they’ll put on a bunch of much needed weight to fill out their tiny structure. Maintaining a good health in their early years of development is essential for proper growth. You want to make sure they get enough food of the highest quality to adequately fuel their growing body and inquisitive mind. Illness in the beginning few weeks of growth can also affect your pup’s level of development and overall size.

There is a basic method you can use to estimate how much your dog will weigh once they’re fully grown. When they reach 8 weeks old, multiply their weight by 4 and you’ll get a rough idea of what you can expect. Alternatively, if you double what they weigh at 4 months old you’ll get your estimate. For bigger breeds such as Great Danes, you should calculate the estimate at 5 months old instead of 4 months to get a more accurate measurement.

How can I tell if my French Bulldog is a purebred?

Breeders sometimes mix and match different types of dogs to get something more suited to what is popular or profitable, often at the cost of the doggy’s health. Common mixes for Frenchies include Pugs, Pitbulls, Boston Terriers, Chihuahuas, Beagles, Poodles, and Australian Shepherds. When buying from private breeders there is a bit of a risk that you might not get exactly what they’re advertising. When buying from a pet shop, you would expect to get what you pay for but this isn’t always the case either. You’ll almost always pay a lot more for a purebred pooch than you would for a mixed breed or a “pavement special”, so you’d be wise to make sure that your dog is legitimately what they’re supposed to be.

If your dog truly is a purebred then you’ll have a better understanding of what you’ll be dealing with when they reach their fullest size and weight. It will also be easier to anticipate their personality traits and which diseases and conditions you should look out for. If your dog is a purebred, it means that his or her parents are both the same breed and the grandparents are also the same breed too. But how do you know for sure if they have an untainted lineage? Of course you can look at other dogs which are supposedly purebred and check to see how similar they are, but this is not a very professional approach as there is a lot of room for error.

If the dog really is purebred, they should come with pedigree documents detailing the ancestral line of the dog over the last 5 generations. This is a more trustworthy way to go about verifying your purebred’s authenticity, but breeders can sometimes lie and create false documents. Your best bet is to do a DNA test. This might sound expensive but it has become much easier to do this these days and it’s the only way to be certain that your dog really does descend from a pure bloodline.

Closing Thoughts

If it turns out that your Frenchie is actually a Frenchton (French Bulldog crossed with a Boston Terrier) or a Froodle (Frenchie crossed with a Poodle), it’s not the end of the world. Your half-blooded or even multi-blooded Frenchie will give you just as much love and companionship as a purebred. Typically, mixed breeds actually suffer less from the ailments that a lot of pure breeds tend to battle with. Many people will tell you that mixed breeds often have the most unique and interesting personalities as well. Maybe leave a review of the breeder where you got the dog so that other people can be more aware when buying from them.