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French Bullhuahua

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The French Bullhuahua is a cross of the French Bulldog and the Chihuahua. She is a small to medium mixed dog also called the French Chihuahua, the Frencheenie, the Mexican Frenchie or a French Bulldog/Chihuahua Mix. She has talents in agility show events and a life span of 12 to 18 years. She is fun loving but stubborn and can be unpredictable.
Here is the French Bullhuahua at a Glance
Average height Up to 12 inches
Average weight 7 to 30 pounds
Coat type Usually short and smooth but if Chihuahua parent is long haired version her coat can be longer
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Three times a week
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Low to moderate
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate
Good Family Pet? Good to very good
Good with Children? Good but needs socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good but needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good – better with experienced owners
Trainability Moderate – can be hard as they can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Brachycephalic syndrome, Hemivertebrae, IVDD, Von Willebrands, Cleft Palate, Elongated soft palate, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel,
Other Health Concerns Shivering, Allergies, Hip dysplasia
Life Span 12 to 18 years
Average new Puppy Price $150 to $450
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $375 to $475

Where does the French Bullhuahua come from?

Over the last couple of decades the popularity for Designer dogs has risen dramatically. Designer dogs, like the French Bullhuahua are first generation offspring usually from two different purebreds. They can have any blend of the different physical traits and temperaments from either parent. Most have no origins known about them and sadly this area has attracted a lot of bad breeders and puppy mills who have appalling practices and should absolutely be avoided. Here is a look at the parents to have an idea of what could go into the French Bullhuahua.

The Chihuahua

Discovered in Chihuahua a Mexican state, in the 1850s was the shorthaired version. There are two theories as to where they come from, one is that they are a result of breeding small hairless dogs from China with local dogs when they were brought over by Spanish traders. Another says he is descended from the Techichi a central and south American dog dating back to the 9th century. After the 1850s the Chihuahua was taken to America and in 1904 the first one was registered with the AKC. The short haired was bred with the Papillons or Pomeranians to get the long haired variety and the breed became very popular over the years.

He is a brave, daring and confident dog, alert, and usually bonds more closely to one person. He can be quite sensitive and demanding in his need for affection and attention. He is not a natural with children, especially younger ones, and early socialization helps.

The French Bulldog

The Bulldog comes from England originally where he was used in the blood sport of bull baiting. When that was made illegal some breeders took the Bulldog and began to breed it smaller making a toy sized version which was popular among Nottingham city’s lace workers. These people emigrated to France looking for work and took their small bulldogs with them. In France additional changes to the breed led to the French Bulldog. It was popular across Europe and came to American in the late 1800s where it gained the nickname Frenchie.

Today it is a loving and smart dog who needs to be with his people. He loves to have fun but he is independent and can be willful. With a firm manner and positive techniques training should not be too awful. He loves his treats.


The French Bullhuahua is a loyal and playful dog. She loves to have fun and then to relax in your lap receiving lots of attention and love. She can be unpredictable though with a mix of possessiveness and aggression while still being loving, smart and brave. She is alert and she does tend to bond more closely with one owner than another. While she will play with others or sit with others she usually has to know where her favorite person is, and if that person is available she will go for them. She is quiet unless she feels her territory is being trespassed upon, or sometimes when she is playing. She can be sweet and is generally reserved around strangers. She can also be stubborn and obstinate and willful.

What does the French Bullhuahua look like

She is small to medium in size and stands up to 12 inches tall. She has a muscular and stocky body with a short neck, and a head that is usually larger in proportion to the rest of her. Her tail can be docked or curled depending on where you are and her legs are short. She has a short wide muzzle, dark eyes and large ears that can hang down or stand erect. Her coat is usually short and smooth though it can be longer if the Chihuahua parent was a long haired variety. Common colors are white, golden, brown, black, brindle, Merle, tan and cream.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the French Bullhuahua need to be?

This dog is fairly active and as well as getting some exercise indoors from her play she will need a couple of walks a day totaling at least 30 minutes a day. She would also enjoy and benefit from trips to a dog park where she can socialize and run and play in a larger space. She is small enough to live in an apartment happily without access to a yard. However she does love being outside and sniffing around the yard so one would be a nice bonus.

Does she train quickly?

Training the French Bullhuahua is moderately hard, so it may not be the best dog for a first time owner. While she is smart and she can respond well to positive techniques like treats, rewards and praise, she can also be stubborn. You need to remain patient and consistent but be firm with her. There are schools and professional trainers who can help if it is needed. Early socialization and training are very important with her so make sure you dedicate time for it.

Living with a French Bullhuahua

How much grooming is needed?

If she has a short coat grooming will be easy to do and since she does not shed much it only needs to be done two to three times a week. Brushing not only helps with any lose hair it keeps the coat healthy, gets rid of debris and moves those natural oils in her skin around. Avoid bathing her too often as it damages those oil. Ear infection is something dogs can have problems with so check the ears once a week and give them a wipe clean. Check her nails too and when they get too long give them a trim taking care not to cut too low. You could have a professional groomer trim them if you do not know what you are doing with them. Her teeth need to be taken care of as well so give them a brush using a dog toothpaste and brush at least twice a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She is not naturally good with children, early socialization will help and if she grows up with them she is usually better then too. She also needs socialization to help her get along better with other dogs and with other pets. Supervise her especially with younger children as she may snap at them if they tug too hard on her.

General information

Some owners find she is alert and makes a good watchdog, some say she is less reliable in this way. She is protective though and is likely to act in your defense. She should be fed 1½ to 2 cups of good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals at least. She barks occasionally.

Health Concerns

The French Bullhuahua can inherit problems from her parents which include Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Brachycephalic syndrome, Hemivertebrae, IVDD, Von Willebrands, Cleft Palate, Elongated soft palate, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel, Shivering, Allergies and Hip dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a French Bullhuahua

A French Bullhuahua puppy can cost between $150 to $450. Other initial costs come to between $360 to $400 which will cover things like a crate, carrier, leash and collar as well as medical concerns like eventual spaying, micro chipping, blood tests, shots, deworming and a check up. Annual non-medical costs like food, training, toys, license and treats come to between $375 to $475. Annual medical essentials like flea prevention, pet insurance, check ups and vaccinations come to between $460 to $560.


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The French Bullhuahua has some great qualities, being brave, protective, loving and playful. But she also has some things that will need working on with training and socialization like her wilfulness and how she gets on with children, other pets and other dogs. She needs an owner who is willing to spend time on seeing her become the best dog she can be, and she reward you with a lot of love and affection.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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