Not many people are aware that long-haired French bulldogs exist. That’s because 99 percent of them have a short, smooth coat that pet owners appreciate for lack of shedding.
However, for those who can get their hands on one and don’t mind the extra work of grooming, long-haired French bulldogs make truly unique and charming pets.
Because of this, more people are becoming interested in buying them. But where do these adorable little dogs come from?
The Long Hair Gene
Long-haired French bulldogs are the result of an extremely rare recessive gene, which both the mother and father must possess.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that both parents have to be long-haired themselves; they just need to be carriers. Although the odds of having a long-haired puppy from two short-haired parents is minuscule.
Diamonds in the “ruff”
When two short-haired French bulldogs breed that carries the long-haired gene, they each impart either the long-haired or short-haired gene. The puppy receives a combination of whichever two genes his parents pass on.
There are four possible combinations of genes the puppy could receive. Let’s say L stands for long-haired and S stands for short-haired. The combinations are LL, SS, SL, and LS.
Because short-hair is dominant, the puppy only needs to have one S gene for it to have short hair. So there is only one instance where the puppy turns out to be long-haired.
If one of the parents is an SS themselves, the chance of them having a long-haired puppy falls to almost zero. Since not many long-haired French bulldogs exist, you can bet that most French bulldogs are SSs. That’s what makes the long-haired gene so incredibly rare.
It’s no wonder why long-haired French bulldogs are becoming Instagram famous. Just imagine that little dog with its big bat ears and scrunched-up nose you know and love, and make it fluffy.
Frenchies like Fozzy and Dougie are quickly approaching 100,000 followers. Dog lovers know a special breed when they see it, and won’t hesitate to spend their time liking and commenting on their photos.
Because Frenchies have so much personality, each long-haired French bulldog stands out from the crowd.
As you probably expect, long-haired French bulldogs are very similar to their short-haired counterparts. In fact, their parents’ personalities affect their behavior more than the length of their hair.
Of course, being so rare, they have a tendency to be spoiled by their owners!
In general, French bulldogs are very well-behaved. They’re extremely social and love being the center of attention. Smart, curious, and with a fantastic sense of humor, they’ll spend hours making you laugh with their lovably goofy faces.
They’re also great with children as long as the child isn’t harassing them, and the same holds true for animals in general.
Most Frenchies are about 12 inches tall and weigh around 20 pounds. Some of them get close to 30, but that’s as big they get. However, they’re surprisingly strong for their size.
Being so small, they make great apartment dogs. Although they have tons of energy, they don’t require much space for exercise. As long as they can run and poke around, they are happy.
With the majority of U.S. citizens now living in urban environments, small dogs such as the French bulldog are becoming increasingly popular.
In 2018 they ranked number 4 in most popular dog breeds out of 192! Clearly, people have fallen in love with this breed’s winning personality.
The dark side
Keep in mind that people consider French bulldogs to be a somewhat high maintenance breed. That’s due mainly to a long list of health concerns and their need for attention. For long-haired french bulldogs, you’ll also have to brush and groom them.
Their short snout causes them to snort, which is funny and adorable most of the time, but less so when you’re trying to sleep and they’re snoring at a loud volume.
Although most of them are friendly, some of them can be more aggressive than others. This comes from their bull and terrier roots. For the most part, it only manifests in them having a lower tolerance for harassment and shouldn’t be a significant issue.
Some people describe French bulldogs as being stubborn. We can say from personal experience that if, for example, your dog doesn’t want to go somewhere, it may just plop its butt on the ground and force you to carry it.
Their stubbornness can also make them difficult to house train, although if you plan on buying a long-haired French bulldog, we’re sure you can afford a trainer to help you with that.
How Much Does a Long-haired French Bulldog Cost?
French bulldogs average around $2,200 for a pure-bred and up to $10,000 depending on the breeding history. Yeah, it’s a lot, and not something all of us can afford.
When it comes to long-haired French bulldogs, you’ll be lucky to find one for sale. We say that mostly because we were unable to find one. You might notice that Google is annoyingly unhelpful on this one.
Given this fact we can only guess at what the price for one of these pups might be. We say probably over $10,000.
But of course, the costs don’t stop there. Because Frenchies are notorious for having health issues, you absolutely must have pet insurance. Otherwise, you could easily end up spending thousands of dollars out of pocket.
Fortunately, pet insurance is usually only around $30 to $60 a month, depending on where you live. Food and treats last a while before running out, and average out to cost $25 to $35 a month.
If you plan on paying for daycare, many people pay $500 to $600 a month, depending on the local economy and how many days a week.
Then there are the less frequent purchases such as leashes, toys, shampoo, brushes, and dog beds.
When all is said and done, you’re looking at spending $15,000 to $25,000 plus over the course of your long-haired French bulldog’s 12-year life. But they’re so cute!
Many of the health problems that French bulldogs have are related to their short snout.
Having a short snout means that their respiratory tract doesn’t circulate air as efficiently as other dogs, making it harder for them to breathe. So, even though your long-haired French bulldog has a lot of energy, you should not push it too hard on walks.
It’s especially important to keep your dog from becoming overheated, which can happen easily due to the lack of airflow in its lungs.
If left unchecked, it could suffer from heatstroke. As a general rule, if you feel hot walking around outside, keep your Frenchie indoors.
French bulldogs also have very sensitive skin and a lot of areas where dirt and bacteria can collect. Some of these areas include in their bat ears, in the wrinkles on their face, and in their tail pocket, which they sometimes have hidden under the base of their tail.
If you’re very unlucky, your long-haired French bulldog could develop a spinal disease. Surgery for this is very expensive, around $3000 to $6000, and might not be fully covered by your insurance.
Finally, French bulldogs are known for having eye problems. You can help prevent this by giving them eye drops on a daily basis.
How to Care for Long-Haired French Bulldogs
Ensuring you can accommodate the special needs of your Frenchie is absolutely essential.
If you’re out walking around and your Frenchie starts panting, be ready to provide him with water via a portable dog bowl. You can also splash water on him to cool him down, but make sure the water isn’t too cold.
Going from hot to cold too rapidly can send your dog into shock.
Although it’s less talked about, Frenchies are sensitive to cold. Long-haired french bulldogs may be slightly more resistant, but not by much.
We suggest having your dog wear a jacket, but only when it’s chilly. If it’s below near or below freezing, stay inside.
Also, be sure to keep your Frenchie clean. Since they have bat ears that are constantly up, their ears collect debris more quickly than with most dogs. Use an ear cleaner once or twice a week to avoid rashes or infections.
Rashes can also develop between your Frenchie’s wrinkles and in its tail pocket where sweat collects. Make sure to clean these areas thoroughly with shampoo when giving it a bath.
You can put cotton balls in its ears so that the water won’t damage them.
If rashes occur despite your best efforts to keep your French bulldog clean, the products you’re using on him could be triggering an allergic reaction. Try switching to a more Frenchie friendly brand.
Don’t forget that long-haired French bulldogs also need to be brushed occasionally.
And last but not least, give your Frenchie plenty of attention. French bulldogs are very clingy and want to go everywhere with you. You should try to leave him alone as little as possible.
Now that you know a lot about long-haired French bulldogs, we’re sure you cannot wait to get one. Maybe the money isn’t the issue, and you only need to figure out where to buy one.
Our advice to you is to be patient. As popular as they’re becoming, they’re sure to break into the market eventually. As time goes, the price on them will likely drop to something a bit more affordable.
However, it’s unlikely that they’ll ever be considered cheap.
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