We all know Frenchies are cute, little dogs with short hair. Did you know that French Bulldogs can also have long hair? These French Bulldogs will have longer hair than normal and are just as cute, if not more so. Their rare fluff coat makes them snuggly and has a unique appearance.
What is a Long Haired French Bulldog?
French Bulldogs with long hair are rare and can be seen only occasionally. These French Bulldogs have distinct bat ears and a Frenchie body shape.
They also have visible longer hair than standard Frenchies. Their heads have wavy and longer hair, with a slight shorter back. This type of Frenchie is not recognised by the AKC. However, it is a healthy and happy dog with rare genetics. Because the parents have the recessive gene, the French Bulldogs with long hair are rare.
A key genetic commonality to the long haired French Bulldog is the recessive L4 carrier gene common in both parents. Similar situations can occur in human genetics. Red hair genes may be passed from one generation to another, so if both parents have the same gene, it is possible for a child to get red hair.
Frenchies who have two copies of L4 genes (one each from mom and dad) have long hair.
L4 is responsible for long hair in Afghan Hounds as well as Eurasier dogs. Other long-haired genes, such as L1, L2, L3 or L5, can also be responsible for long hair in certain breeds.
Are Long Haired French Bulldogs Considered Purebred?
Yes, you can purebreed long-haired French Bulldogs.
They are not recognized by the AKC breed standard and therefore cannot be entered in AKC dog shows.
Purebred dogs with abnormal features or mismarks are often accused of being crossbred and thus fraudulent entries to the breed registry.
How Much Does a Long Haired French Bulldog Cost?
Long haired Frenchies cost more than standard-coated Frenchies. They can cost anywhere from $5,000 up to $15,000. Price is not just determined by the dog’s appearance, but also its health. We recommend that you find a legal breeder before buying a Frenchie with long hair. They will be able to provide all necessary health certificates.
It is difficult to find a long-haired French bulldog. Breeders who want to breed them should conduct DNA tests. Producing healthy Long haired Frenchies is a laborious task that requires a lot of money and effort.
Other costs include pet insurance, food, and occasional purchases such as toys, shampoo, and bedding.
How to Find a Long Haired French Bulldog
You will need to do some research in order to find a reliable breeder of long-haired Frenchies. Quality French Bulldog breeders usually have a place for every litter of pups.
You might want to start researching and planning for your furry new family member as soon as you are ready to adopt it. This breed of incredible dog is in high demand so it’s important to get started as soon as you can.
AKC-approved French Bulldog breeders must meet certain qualifications. Make sure you do your research to find a reliable breeder. Be sure to know the right questions to ask breeders when you meet them.
You can also adopt your French Bulldog. Owners may give up their French Bulldogs for many reasons, including lack of time or financial constraints.
Long Haired French Bulldog Personality
Frenchies are gentle, calm and affectionate. They rarely display aggressive behavior. Although it can take some time for them to become comfortable with other people, they are known to be good friends with pets and to get along well with other people.
French Bulldogs love to be loved and they don’t like being left alone. They are easy to train and require little exercise. However, French Bulldogs do need to be walked regularly so make sure to keep that in mind when you add them to your family.
Long Haired French Bulldog Coats & Colors
These cute Frenchies come in many different coat colors, just like other Frenchies. They can be found in standard colors like white, cream, and fawn. However, they also come with chocolate and blue coats.
If we are talking about markings, there are three types: black, piebald and brindle. Long-haired Frenchies cannot compete in shows and often end up in families with children because of their friendliness.
The L4 gene is responsible for long hair in Frenchies. It is not related to any genes that affect coat color.
Other Coat Qualities
These Frenchies can have the following coat textures and features:
- Brindle Markings: Reddish patches with darker hair
- Piebald: A mostly white coat with flecks of color
- White markings: A dark coat with white patches
- Ticked: Color patches on the coat
- Black Mask: Black patches on the skin
Long Haired French Bulldog Health Problems
Unfortunately, long haired Frenchies are more predisposed to health problems, with a few specific standouts.
All French Bulldogs, regardless of their coat type, are susceptible to hip dysplasia and patellaluxation.
These painful conditions can cause lameness, and are often expensive to treat.
A little over a third (33%) of French people also have hemivertebrae, which are malformed spine bones that cause paralysis and pain.
About a third of French people also have allergies. These are sometimes distressing to see and can be frustrating to diagnose and treat.
Pros and Cons of a Long Haired French Bulldogs
Before wrapping up, here’s a helpful pros and cons summary to consider:
Pros of Long Haired French Bulldog
- They are small enough to live in smaller apartments or homes.
- They require little maintenance.
- They are friendly with both people and animals.
- They require less exercise than other dogs.
Cons of Long Haired French Bulldog
- These are not easy to find and can take time and effort.
- They are not the most expensive pet.
- They are more susceptible to many health problems.
Long haired French Bulldogs are well worth the investment, if you can find them! They are affectionate and cute. They are very showy and come in many colors. They are often difficult to find and can be expensive. They require little to no maintenance, with few exceptions for health. Do you own or have experience with this breed? Leave us a note in the comments below!