Pet Keen is reader-supported. When you buy via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. Learn more.

Fluffy French Bulldog: Facts, Origin & History (With Pictures)

long haired french bulldog, fluffy french bulldog

French Bulldogs usually have short, rough fur, but there are some that carry a gene that gives them fluffy and slightly longer fur. The autosomal recessive gene responsible for this is the Fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF5), and it’s rare. For you to get a chance of a fluffy French Bulldog, your dog has to inherit two longhaired (Lh) genes.

Carriers of the gene have the standard short fur you’re probably more familiar with. Where did these dogs come from, and what sets them apart from their shorthaired counterparts? We’ve collected this information and more, so keep reading to find out everything we know about furry Frenchies.


The Earliest Records of Fluffy French Bulldogs in History

Despite their name, The French Bulldog didn’t originate in France. British Bulldogs were originally bred for bull baiting, which was outlawed in 1835. Soon after, people began breeding smaller dogs and sent them to France when they were too small or with “faults” like ears that stood up. The dogs were bred with local ratter dogs, and the result is what we know as French Bulldogs.

It’s rumored French Bulldogs were mixed with a Pekinese or a longhaired Chihuahua, but there’s no way of proving it. The shorthaired (Sh) gene is more dominant, meaning if you were to breed two Frenchies with the Sh/Lh combination, then only 1 in 4 puppies would have long hair. It’s logical to assume that either fluffy French Bulldogs have always existed or a breeder somewhere in history has lied about breeding a purebred Frenchie.

How Fluffy French Bulldogs Gained Popularity

The French Bulldog’s popularity dipped in the late 1800s because of their connection to blood sports. However, it didn’t take long for them to rebound, especially in France.

It makes sense that as French Bulldogs have gained popularity, so have their rare variations. You’ll pay a higher price if you choose a Frenchie that isn’t a typical color like white, black, or fawn. The most expensive Frenchie in the world is Micro Machine, which costs $100,000!

Formal Recognition of Fluffy French Bulldogs

The American Kennel Club recognized the French Bulldog as an official breed in 1898. Although long-haired dogs can be purebred, they’re not recognized as purebred French Bulldogs by the official breed standard. The AKC describes the French Bulldog standard coat as “moderately fine, brilliant, short and smooth.” Long hair is, unfortunately, not defined as a characteristic.

Top 3 Unique Facts About Fluffy French Bulldogs

1. They’ve Been Described as “Little Lions”

We didn’t think the French Bulldog could get any cuter, but we were wrong. The Fluffy variety has fur that collects at their necks and gives them the appearance of a small, cute lion.

2. They’re Big Goofballs

Fluffy Frenchies are the perfect companion dogs. They love cuddling with their favorite humans and goofing around with the kids.

3. They’re Expensive

If you’ve looked into purchasing a French Bulldog, you know how expensive they are. Prices differ depending on the color, and when it comes to fluffiness you’re looking at prices between $4,500 to $16,000+ in some cases, depending on whether they’re male or female.


Does a Fluffy French Bulldog Make a Good Pet?

Fluffy French Bulldogs make amazing family pets; they are playful, vocal, stubborn, and love children. They are also prone to separation anxiety, and if you’re out of the house a lot, it isn’t the breed for you.

They’re intelligent dogs and respond well to training, but they are sensitive souls and don’t take criticism lightly. If you scold them, they’re likely to sulk around the house afterward. They respond much better to positive reinforcement and encouragement, but then, don’t we all?



Fluffy French Bulldogs aren’t much different from their shorthaired cousins. Apart from the length of their fur and the price tag attached to them, they’re practically the same as the wrinkled, goofy dogs you’re familiar with. Even if you’ve never seen the fluffy variety, you’ll already have a pretty good idea of what one is like.

Featured Image Credit: Yhelfman, Shutterstock

Our vets

Want to talk to a vet online?

Whether you have concerns about your dog, cat, or other pet, trained vets have the answers!

Our vets