Do French Bulldogs shed a lot?

do french bulldogs shed a lot

The French Bulldog is currently one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. With their short, smooth coat, they give the impression that they shed little to no hair. But is this really true? Dog hair is an argument for many to decide for or against a dog. In this article, I will discuss whether French Bulldogs shed a lot of hair or not.

Do French Bulldogs shed a lot? No, healthy French Bulldogs do not shed a lot. They have a very short and smooth coat with little to no undercoat. However, this does not mean that they do not shed at all. Of course, they also shed old, dead hair so that new hair can grow back. But this is kept within limits. Twice a year, in spring and fall, French Bulldogs may also change their coat and shed more hair. However, this is no comparison to breeds with a dense undercoat.

How much do French Bulldogs shed?

French Bulldogs shed relatively little compared to breeds such as the Labrador. This is mainly because French Bulldogs have little to no undercoat.

Of course, French Bulldogs also shed old, dead hair so that new hair can grow back. But this is kept within limits. That French Bulldogs do not shed at all, you can not say.

Every dog loses old hair in some way. For example, terriers that do not shed have to be trimmed to remove the dead hairs manually, because they do not fall out on their own, but they still “lose” hair.

When do French Bulldogs shed the most?

According to my research, French Bulldogs shed the most hair in the spring and summer. There is a good reason for this.

French Bulldogs usually have trouble breathing because of their short noses, and therefore have trouble breathing in the heat. So the less fur they have, the less problems they have with the heat.

French Bulldog sheds extremely

Now there are always reports of French Bulldogs that shed extremely. This can have different reasons.

Basically you can say that a characteristic for the health of your dog is the coat. Is it smooth and shiny or dull and lackluster? Extreme shedding can also be a sign that something is wrong.

Inferior dog food

The main reason why French Bulldogs shed extremely is often due to the food. Dog food not only ensures that your dog is full, but also provides him with vital nutrients that are important for all processes in the body.

A low-quality dog food with few good ingredients and more filling material often results in dogs shedding more hair. Also a dog cannot be healthy if it has predominantly “garbage” in the bowl.

With a high priced dog food for about 5,30 $/Kg you have a daily cost for a French Bulldog of about 1,00 $ a day.

I think you can spend $1.00 a day on your Frenchie and lay the foundation for a healthy life by feeding him good food and making sure he sheds as little as possible.

Food intolerance

Again, this is about the dog food. It doesn’t always have to be bad dog food, which is why your French Bulldog is shedding extremely.

It may be that she has an intolerance to individual ingredients. For example, there are dogs that only tolerate fish. In this case a visit to the vet is recommended.


Diseases can lead to various symptoms. So also to shedding. Have your French Bulldog examined by your veterinarian so that you can be sure and start a treatment.


Different situations can cause stress in dogs. A French Bulldog can be left alone. However, if she has not been taught properly from the beginning and suddenly has to be left alone for several hours a day, it can cause stress.

Stress can have a negative effect in many different ways. Be it that your French Bulldog barks more or sheds extremely.

Stressful situations are hard to avoid. Therefore, it is important that you socialize your dog sensibly from the beginning and get him used to all kinds of situations so that she knows everything so nothing stresses him out quickly.

Is a French Bulldog suitable for allergy sufferers?

Since French Bulldogs shed hair, whether a few or many, they are not suitable for allergy sufferers. If there are hairs in the apartment or on the clothes you come as an allergy sufferer sooner or later in contact with them.

Basically, as an allergy sufferer you do not react to the hair itself but to the protein compounds from saliva and dander that are on the hair.

Grooming of a French Bulldog

The French Bulldog does not need much grooming. Weekly grooming is usually sufficient. Especially in spring, you can help your French Bulldog shed the dead hair faster.

For the grooming of your French Bulldog I can recommend the Handson Grooming Gloves*. (Amazon link).

To avoid problems later on, it is recommended to brush your French Bulldog regularly while she is still a puppy. This way she can get used to it and won’t be afraid later on.

In addition, brushing strengthens your bond and can only have a positive effect.

Bathing your French Bulldog should be done only in exceptional cases and only with a special dog shampoo. Dogs have a natural greasy film that protects them from wetness and dirt. Too frequent bathing with dog shampoo attacks this natural protection.

Of course, if your French Bulldog smells because it rolled in carrion, you need to bathe it.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does a French bulldog drool?

French Bulldogs drool more than other breeds because of their drooping lips.

Do French Bulldogs sleep a lot?

French Bulldogs sleep relatively a lot. Up to 20 hours are not uncommon and not unusual.

Does a French Bulldog bark a lot?

French Bulldogs do not bark much. They belong rather to the quiet dog breeds. Nevertheless, negative influences, such as too little exercise, can cause them to bark more.

Conclusion: Do French Bulldogs shed a lot?

French Bulldogs, have little to no undercoat and therefore do not have a real “big” shed like the Labrador for example. However, French Bulldogs also shed old dead hair year round. (Contributed image)


I am Marco and I have the pleasure of living with 3 large Mastiff-type dog breeds. I would like to share my dog-related experiences on this blog

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