Imagine having the cheeky personality of the French Bulldog combined with the highly intelligent nature of the Poodle.
You don’t need to imagine; there’s such a crossbreed that exists known as the French Boodle!
This dainty little dog is a people pleaser, and there’s just so much to love about this crossbreed.
What Will I Learn? 👇
let’s look at its parents first
Just like the French Boodle, its parent, the French Bulldog was also a cross. This breed is a byproduct of a Toy Bulldog from England and local rattlers found in Paris. It’s believed that this breed came from England, and it was a popular dog for many lace workers. After some time, many lace workers in England moved to France and brought them to the country, becoming popular. Unlike some breeds, this dog was specifically bred to be a companion dog.
On average, a French Bulldog can grow up to 11-12 inches/27.9-30.4cm tall in height. Similarly, they can weigh between 16-28 Ibs/7-13kg.
The Poodle came from Germany and was a dog designed to hunt birds and ducks. After its first existence in Germany, the breed proliferated in popularity in France and is now well known worldwide. Today there are three different types the Standard, Toy, and Miniature.
Now you have a bit of background knowledge of its parents, are you ready to know about the French Boodle?
If so, let’s begin!
What does a french bulldog poodle mix look like?
If you’re a lover of small dogs, then you will be in luck with the French Boodle. This dog has a small structure, is 12-15inches/30-38 cm tall, and can weigh between 15-25lbs/6-11 kg. Its body is athletic and quite compact.
A French Boodles face is very inviting with dark, round and expressive eyes. Its ears can be like the Poodle long and floppy or like the French Bulldogs bat ears. Similarly, their nose can be like either parent and have a long muzzle like the Poodle or a snub-nosed type like the French Bulldog.
Their tail can be short like the French Bulldog or medium slim tails like the Poodle. Most of the time, their coat tends to be short and shiny. Plus, it can come in black, white, gray, cream, brown, and a mixture.
If you want to read about similar doodle breeds to this one, make sure you check out the English Boodle, as well as other small doodle breeds like the Pugapoo, the Chipoo and the Britneypoo.
Are they hypoallergenic?
No doubt a dog being hypoallergenic can be a quality that can highly influence whether you bring one into your home or not. Regarding the French Boodle, it can inherit either quality from its parents; the Poodle is a hypoallergenic breed and sheds very little. At the same time, the French Bulldog is known to shed moderately.
Therefore when you’re looking to buy a French Boodle, do not expect them to be hypoallergenic. If you do suffer from allergies and are still interested in buying one, then we suggest fostering or looking after one for the weekend to see how you respond.
Again, the amount of time spent grooming any dog can be an influential factor in bringing a breed into your life or not. The French Bulldog mix sheds hair moderately and therefore only requires grooming 2-3 times a week. If you do this, it will help keep its coat shiny and pristine.
You should do this with a slicker brush to prevent fur from accumulating on your furniture and floor. Similarly, you might want to invest in a good vacuum to prevent the hairs from covering your floor. Plus, you should take it to a professional groomer every 4-6 months for proper coat maintenance and bathing. You don’t want to bathe them too often as you could strip away their natural oils and ruin their coat. In addition to this, you will want to brush your teeth every day to reduce their risk of gum disease.
Also, take note that the French Boodle has long floppy ears like the Poodle; you will need to clean its ears once a week. When dogs have floppy ears, moisture, dirt, and bacteria can easily get trapped inside of them, putting them at greater risk of getting an infection. You should use a vet-approved ear cleaning solution and a cotton swab to do this. If you notice their ears getting red, itchy, oozy fluid, or has a strange smell, it could be a sign of an infection so take them to the vet.
If dogs were socialites, a French Boodle would fall into this category! This beautiful breed is full of love and ready to give it to any human that comes in its way. Therefore being a fantastic breed to have in a large family and around children. They love to get involved so much around their family that they don’t do well on their own.
If you or your family members leave the house quite regularly or just outgoing, then you should think twice about getting this breed. It’s highly dependent on humans and will quickly get separation anxiety when left on its own. Plus, it will also develop boredom behaviors like chewing on your furniture, crying, and barking.
That’s the last thing you want to have as a dog owner, right?
The French Bulldog Poodle mix has lots of confidence to display and likes to asserts its position around friends and family. Do note, because of this; they can often display a small stubborn streak. Similarly, they have lots of energy and will never get bored playing with children in your home.
Because they have high energy, this is not a good breed to own if you live in an apartment. The French Bulldog Poodle mix likes to run around and is often suited to living in a home with a yard.
Due to their friendly side, they’re not a good watchdog. Therefore if you’re looking for a dog to protect your home from burglars or strangers, you can’t count on the charming French Boodle!
French Boodles have large amounts of energy they need to exert, and if you’re a low-energy person, you should not own this dog.
On average, they require at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, and that could be done spent walking, hiking, running, swimming, and much more.
Just like its Poodle parent, it’s also a highly intelligent crossbreed, and that means it should always have mental stimulation. To provide adequate ways to stimulate its mind, you can play puzzles with it or get them a Kong toy.
Training a French Boodle
Due to their intelligence and inquisitive nature, this breed can be great to train. All you need to have is patience, time, and consistency, and it will learn basic commands in no time! Do note that the stubborn streak of a French Bulldog can sometimes come into play, making it difficult to train sometimes. Stick through the challenge, though; it can be overcome!
Similarly, don’t train them for too long; this breed can easily get tired, and also make sure you vary the training sessions to keep them engaged. Whether you’re house training or socializing the French Boodle, make sure you provide treats to act as positive reinforcement to encourage good behaviors.
The French Bulldog Poodle mix tends to have a life expectancy of 11-13 years. However, its life span can depend on how you raise it, feed it, and any health problems it may encounter. Typical health problems a French Bulldog Poodle may face are:
- Patellar luxation: This is where their kneecap is dislocated or out of place, causing an inability for a French Boodle to extend the knee. Similarly, they will have pain in their leg and mobility problems.
- Urolithiasis: A urinary tract disease that can cause bladder stones. As a result, a French Boodle might frequently urinate, vomit, have pain, and a reduced appetite.
- Reverse sneezing: When a French Boodle pulls air into its nose quickly instead of exhaling it.
- Brachycephalic syndrome: If a French Boodle inherits the French Bulldog’s short nose, its airways could become obstructed, and it could experience loud breathing, trouble eating, collapsing, and gagging.
The problems mentioned above are common in the Poodle and French Bulldog. It’s not guaranteed that your French Bulldog Poodle mix will get any of these, but there is a chance of them inheriting them. To avoid this and keep a French Boodle in top shape, you should take it to a vet a few times a year for a standard health check-up.
French boodle puppy cost
If you’re looking to buy a French Boodle, you should always buy from a specialized breeder, and the price in the USA can cost anything from $800 upwards. Do note that this is a rare crossbreed, and prices may vary based on where you’re located. Similarly, when buying this breed, make sure you have enough money left over for vet expenses, food, toys, and more.
Overall a French Bulldog Poodle mix is a rare breed to own and can be a bit costly. They are a smart but mischievous breed. Therefore they can pick up commands well but need some variation in their training.
They’re a people pleaser and love to be around people, which makes them bad guard dogs. On the contrary, if you have children or elderly family members in your home, they’re perfect to own.
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Marko is the founder and author at PoodleHQ, where he blends profound expertise with formal training in Animal Behavior and Canine Genetics. With multiple generations of poodles under his care, he’s a breed connoisseur, honored with the Canine Care Excellence Award and lauded by the International Pet Enthusiasts Association.