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French and English Bulldog: what's the difference?


The French Bulldog and the English Bulldog can already be distinguished well in appearance. The difference is particularly evident in the ears. Whether the lovable dogs also differ in their care and attitude? Who is sweeter: the French or English bulldog? - Image: Shutterstock / Liliya Kulianionak

While the French bulldog has raised ears, the English bulldog has kinked ears. In addition, the British cousin of bat-eared dogs is taller than its French counterpart.

English and French bulldogs differ optically

In contrast to its French cousin, the English Bulldog also stands out due to its large head, which makes it look bulkier and stockier than the petite French Bulldog. The underbite is also more pronounced in the English bulldogs than in the French relatives.

Skin folds are characteristic features of both bulldog variants, but they are somewhat deeper in the English bulldog than in the French bulldog.

Difference in attitude and care?

The French Bulldog would like to please its owner and owner and is therefore relatively easy to train. In contrast, the English Bulldog needs somewhat more experienced dog owners because they are relatively stubborn. You should be more consistent with the English Bulldog than with the small bat ears, but stay fair. The bulldogs are quite sensitive and do not like too sharp a tone.

Popular dog breeds: French and English Bulldog

Both the English Bulldog and the French Bulldog tend to be short of breath and their wrinkles should be cleaned and cared for regularly. French dogs freeze easily in the cold and may need a winter coat. The English relatives, however, tend to suffer from the heat in summer. You shouldn't have to move too much, get enough water and have a shady place to rest.

Life expectancy of the two bulldog breeds

The French bulldog has an average slightly longer life expectancy than the English bulldog. While the English variant lives on average eight to ten years, you can count on the French dogs with ten to twelve years. How old your dog will ultimately depend on various factors and not just on the breed. With species-appropriate employment, healthy nutrition, regular check-ups at the veterinarian (especially in old age) and loving, consistent upbringing, the dogs can definitely get older than the average. Overweight, too little exercise or overloading can shorten their life expectancy.