What are French bulldogs personalities like?


French Bulldog Personality Plus 

Frenchies, like all living things, are influenced by their surroundings and genetic makeup. Although we can make sweeping statements and identify many characteristics of behaviour across all French Bulldogs, you will find that each dog will be very different.  

The reality has always been, that their personality varies on the temperament and personality of their parents. Also their upbringing, their breeding, as well as the amount of training they got in their adolescence.

The cognitive years of a French Bulldog are incredibly significant because it is the very foundation that in maturity will form their temperament and personalities. 

Typically, the Frenchie is one of the most vibrant dogs around. Their open playfulness and bat-shaped ears, combined with their loving relationship with people, make them great pets.

They are very often sought after due to their compact size, allowing them to live in most dwelling environments and requiring little exercise. They are not overly fond of barking either so fit apartment-style living comfortably. 

Here is a study of the temperament of different dogs including the Frenchie Bulldog for further reading: A preliminary study on the use of the Socially Acceptable Behavior

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The Lively Pup!

When young, you will have to expect them to be extremely lively and excel at getting into mischief. Eventually, this excitement will fade away, but remember as puppies, they can be quite a challenge. They do like playing tough, meaning there might not be one toy left intact after a Frenchie visit. 

The Frenchie is a very intelligent breed and is classed as one of the smarts of the bulldog terrier breeds. People and owners are quite surprised at how smart their Frenchie is and how they can quickly adapt to their living conditions.

The Fench Bulldog personality in these circumstances will show through, as either calm and collective taking the world in from his position on the couch or having grand adventures doing zoomies throughout the kitchen.  

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What we are getting at here is, as a young puppy, your Frenchie is going to excel at finding or getting into trouble. That’s why it is essential to invest in proper, consistent training from a young age.   

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The Little People Person

When your Frenchie matures, they will tone down a lot on their excitement and craziness. But they will never lose their great love of socializing with people. They will be waiting for any opportunity to jump on your lap and snuggle in.

They get on well with other dogs and just adore cuddles, though males may argue with other male dogs.  

As they become adult dogs, they will always still have the mischievous little personality that people love from them. They will want you to make them the centre of the attention, and when it’s not happening, they make sure to let you know. 

To conclude the French Bulldogs, the little character, is one of the most amazing personalities out there for a small dog.

Often they are entertaining, caring, and insanely cute, and they will transform into the well-mannered, charismatic adult dog you are looking for.  

But sometimes they can become introverted, hostile, and bark when not trained well or not brought up well, but these rules can be applied to most dogs in these circumstances. 

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French Bulldog Temperament 

The temperament of French Bulldogs is closely connected to their personality, in that it is largely governed by their experiences in adolescence. It also considers how they were raised and their parents’ backgrounds. 

French Bulldogs are comparatively obedient, which means they’re easier dogs to train. They do have a limited attention span though but can learn quickly, as long as they are calm and not distracted. 

You will find the French Bulldog is not an aggressive dog. The Frenchie will show a considerable amount of unconditional love and are exceptionally well suited to be with children. They are always actively seeking recognition, but not in an unhealthful or neurotic manner. 

However, the Frenchie eagerness for attention and affection to the extent that they can sometimes become nervous or distressed if they have been left unattended at home for too long.  

They may be big in personality, but that doesn’t render them immune to becoming strongly dependent on the presence of their owners.  

So if you are the type of person who is always away from home or travelling. Maybe a French Bulldog may not suit your lifestyle and would be unfair to the dog itself. 

The 100% Dog

The Frenchie has a tendency to become destructive if left by themselves without proper training or left up to their own devices for hours on end. As with all Bull Terriers, they have a tendency to go 100% at play and can be quite rough for their size.

The same is for the Frenchie. They love tug of war games and love toys that they can give a good roughing up. 

One of the issues with French Bulldogs temperament is that they can be quite pig-headed and stubborn. As they mature into an adult dogs, this stubborn steak can really show itself.

If not jumped on quickly, this may get to the point where they do not even follow your commands or the rules they have been taught. If you get on top of this early, then it will only happen rarely. 

Ultimately, French Bulldogs are very well-tempered, friendly dogs whose worst temperamental defect is that they might have a stubborn streak. Often they are personable by nature, and they are not aggressive. With the right owner and lifestyle, anxiety is not an issue. 


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Are French Bulldogs good pets?

Small but very sturdy— not just a dainty lapdog  
Has large soulful eyes 
Is usually polite to all, including other animals.
Absolutely loves playing games, tug-of-war and hunting balls 
It does not need a lot of exercises 
Doesn’t bark a lot.  
And gets on well with children.

In conclusion, not only is this one of the cutest and charming breeds of dogs out there, however, what makes it stand out is just how close they are to their owners. The more you put into them, the more you are going to get back from this lovable ball of a dog. 🙂

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