The average French Bulldog lifespan is between 9 and 12 years. They are quite adorable, but unfortunately, they are prone to a wide range of health concerns. These problems not only affect Frenchie lifespan but also have a profound impact on their quality of life. However, there are some things you can do to help your puppy live a longer and happier life.
How Long Do French Bulldogs Live On Average?
The average French Bulldog lifespan is between 9 and 12 years. Opinions and statistics vary, but we reached this figure using a combination of credible sources. For instance, the American Kennel Club lists a French Bulldog life expectancy of 10-12 years. And an informal survey by the British Kennel Club also recorded a median age of 9 years.
So, a typical French Bulldog lifespan should be between 9 and 12 years.
At the top end of the scale, the longest surviving French Bulldog reported in the Kennel Club survey reached just over 14.5 years old. This is fairly average for dogs overall, but on the low end for small breeds. For instance, the Chihuahua has an average life expectancy of 17 years, thanks to a low likelihood of genetic health concerns.
Lower Estimates On Life Expectancy
As encouraging as up to 12 years might be, many Frenchies have far shorter lifespans than this. This review of over 2,200 French Bulldogs under veterinary care in 2013 reported 98 deaths, and the median age was just 3.6 years.
Factors Affecting French Bulldog Life Expectancy
Like any breed, Frenchies are more prone to certain health concerns than others. Unfortunately, French Bulldogs, in general, have a high probability of health problems – higher than most other breeds.
Interestingly, even factors like stress and anxiety can shorten life expectancy.
Do Female Frenchies Live Longer?
It’s possible that the dog’s sex may also play a role. One study noted that male Frenchies were more likely than females to be diagnosed with certain disorders, although the researchers noted that lifespans between male and female were unaffected.
Health Concerns of the French Bulldog
The most common health concerns, according to a recent study, were ear infections, diarrhea, conjunctivitis (pink-eye), over long nails and skinfold dermatitis. More worryingly, 12.7% of the dogs in the study had upper respiratory tract disorders, caused by their brachycephalic facial structure (flat-faced).
In general, we do not recommend adopting flat-faced breeds, because of the high likelihood of breathing problems. Because of their flat faces, many French Bulldogs have trouble breathing, and some suffer from sleep apnea, snoring, etc.
Most dangerously, Frenchies are unable to maintain a safe body temperature during exercise or hot weather. That’s because dogs rely on evaporation from the mouth and palate to cool down, but flat-faced breeds don’t have enough surface area to achieve that.
Too many French Bulldogs die suddenly from overheating during hot weather or exercise.
Choosing A Healthy Puppy
Two of the most common health tests for French Bulldogs are eye tests and hip tests. Eye tests should be conducted on the breeding stock, including tests for hereditary cataracts and other eye health concerns. Hip scoring is also available to test for the likelihood of hip dysplasia and related issues. Reputable breeders should provide these scores to potential puppy parents.
Unfortunately, many of the most serious health concerns cannot be tested for. And some factors like having a flatter face are even deliberately selected for by breeders that don’t realise the implications to their animals.
A good rule of thumb for the breed is the longer your puppy’s muzzle, the greater chance at a good life they will have.
Once you have your pup, there are some things you can do to keep it healthy. Ensuring a healthy diet – and keeping an eye out for food allergies, which are common – can help significantly.
Regular visits to the vet will help ensure that your pet stays healthy and that any health concerns are addressed as soon as possible.
Helping your dog get plenty of safe exercise will help, too. French Bulldogs are not super energetic, but they still enjoy frequent walks.
Keeping up with routine health maintenance, such as trimming nails and brushing teeth, will also help improve your dog’s health. Lastly, you should treat your dog with love and kindness, and try to minimize its stress.
Longest Living French Bulldog
Anecdotal reports suggest that some French Bulldogs have lived up to 15 years. However, we were unable to find a trustworthy source to prove this. A survey conducted by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Scientific Committee listed the oldest French Bulldog as 14 years and 8 months. However, this was an informal survey.
As for documented long-living Frenchies, we can look to the news. Hank, a famous Frenchie owned by actor Denise Richards, lived to the ripe old age of 13 before passing away.
I think the AKC intentionally artificially inflates the average lifespans that they report for various breeds of dog to promote those breeds. What the AKC does is pretty much report the maximum lifespan of a breed as the average life span. The reality is that French Bulldogs live much shorter lifespans on average than reported by the AKC. And in the process the AKC is fooling people into buying into this breed. It is really shameful. And I appreciate the writer of this post for reporting studies on much shorter lifespans.
Lisa W says
My Dutchie is 15 and amazing! He does have slight dementia but has always been super mellow, so there isn’t much of a change! I also have a 9 1/2 year old Frenchie and a 2 1/2 year old Frenchie. Love them all so!
Devorah Malek says
My friend’s Frenchie passed away yesterday at only 4yrs young. He was at his kennel and she’s devastated. Little chocolate Babka. My heart is heavy for my beloved friend. I know she was treating him for a manageable condition…but to lose him..😭
How very sad and distressing for her. What do you mean at his kennel?
Belinda Tilley says
I have a sweet girl named Chloee Grace. She just turned 10 back in May. She has multiple food allergies and is over weight but she is my side kick. We lost her brother Diesel in 2018 at the age of 3 due to spinal injury. I hope Chloee makes it as far as she can.
Our Frenchie is 15 years and 4 months today! I wish better records existed to see where she’s at on the “all-time” list. This is the only place I’ve seen it discussed! I attribute her longevity to love, low stress, constant access to outdoors, clean water every day and premium nutrition.
My girl , Freya, is 12 years old. She was quite well one month ago but lately she was heavily and fast breathing. We visited doctor asap and she is diagnosed with megalocardia (bigger heart than usual) and her lungs are kinda exhausted from all these years plus her heart is pressing her lungs a bit and make her harder to breath. Two days now we started medication treatment like pills etc and she is doing better but I got the feeling that the clock is counting in reverse for her . I’m so sad but still hoping that she will make it for another year. My baby Freja 🙁
Similar circumstances with Violet, our 12 year old Brindle and white Frenchie. She’s lived through allergy shots and special diets and overall very strong girl. She passed Sunday after I noticed a strange cough, and took her to the Vet ER. Hiatal hernia, heart and lungs kinda smashed together and she couldn’t come off oxygen. I wasn’t going to have a 12 year old dog placed on a ventilator with a tracheostomy.
Violet was my partner in crime, I had her before I had the husband and the kids, and she was the perfect dog. Rest easy, love, 2010-2023.
I have done allot of research throughout the internet and now the comments on the post support my findings. It is great to know that there are responsible guardians to Frenchies. I have a 1 year old boy and so far he is healthy.
I believe diet is extremely important. So I cook for him rather than feeding kibble. This is a simple thing to do on a weekend day and store meals in ziplocks in the fridge. Another thing I continue to read is this “indoor exercise routine” and wonder why some are not taking the time to go out. Find an activity your dog likes and use it for his/her conditioning.
I have a theory that the reason for the french bulldog’s recorded short lifespan is related to two factors. Poor breeding conditions from irresponsible breeders and poor guardianship due to irresponsible guardians that adopt/buy frenchies as a fad. Any dog regardless of breed needs the right diet, exercise, love and attention.
I had to limit outdoor time for mine because she doesn’t do well in heat, and her seasonal allergies were severe. She got plenty of socialization whenever we possibly could and exercise in the backyard and at dog parks when possible.
Happy puppy site? This article was depressing as hell. Frenchies are the best no matter their health issues or life span!
My girl was born April 2006 still going strong missing 1 eye and short sight in her remaining eye is deaf and skin condition now but plays and jumps around happy her name is Sharn and she lives in Sydney Australia
Hi! My frenchie Bobby is 14 years and 8 months now. I really thought he is the oldest frenchie in the world now. But here in the comments I could read, that there are some older one, and still living! That makes me happy, hoping to have more time with my frenchie!
Denise P says
Hi my Frenchie Manny is going to be 10 years in September 2020 . He was just diagnosed with iVDD a disc disease . I was told he is not a candidate for surgery due to his age from a neurologist and my vet said you will know when it’s time . I said what do you mean put him down . He said yes . No way I will not give up on him . He going to physical therapy and now i made an appointment for acupuncture . I bought diapers ,back and foot bracers and now a wheelchair . I was told there life expectancy was 8-10 years .Manny is such a good dog cute , quite , meek he is the best dog ever . I have another one Niko who is the love of my life also and he is 5 yrs old . Almost lost him to Encephalitis 1 1/2 years ago . He’s doing ok now . I’m so happy to hear of all these ages of all the dogs . I might have had the surgery for Manny if I read about all these stories first . Has anyone experienced this IVDD in their dogs and maybe could give me some hope or treatment you may have had without undergoing surgery . Or if anyone could tell me acupuncture worked on their dog . I am sick to my stomach over this . Thank you Denise 😥
I am sorry about your dog’s situation Denise. What’s the update?
My boy Erik is 10yrs 4 months he also has an IVDD. We have been coping with it for 11 months now. He is also old for surgery. His back legs collapse sometimes and his back legs go every which way but he is in no pain thank goodness we would now if he was as he is such a baby . He sometimes manages his toilet outside but we cope with it . . I love 💗 him so we carry on. We have been lucky so far as he has had no other problems. He has physiotherapist every two weeks and vitamin daily. Good luck Denise
Our Frenchie Vito is 15 1/2. He is winding down though. Arthritis and dementia. He’s also a cancer survivor.
My Frenchie Spanky who’s 13 1/2 years old was recently diagnosed with cancer. We were devastated. The vet removed his spleen and announced that there was no more cancer in his system. I’m giving him a high dose of Turkey tail mushroom and praying for the best. He eats home cooked meals. Before his operation he walked 2 miles everyday. He’s been and still is my companion and best friend. Spanky’s gotten me through many tough times and now it’s my time to try and get him through his. He was still extremely active, wicked smart and very playful until the operation which was only a week 1/2 ago. I expect Spanky to recover and to continue to live a good happy quality of life. He’s a blessing.
Mine is 16 as well, still going strong.
Sue Todd says
WOW! My boy just turned 15 a week ago! champion bloodline. I thought for sure he was the oldest! Frankie is still going strong too. No health issues at all, his back end is failing, but he is of sound mind. We also have a 12 year old. Amazing
Sul Allyn says
Hi Sue Todd
I have great story to share……my name is Sul and my girls and absolutely adore our Bella and I want you and all who read this know Bella turned 17 this past July. But what is so awesome is her acupuncture treatments she receives every month. Started 3 months ago this little girl is still running, going up and down the stairs. Her appetite hasn’t changed nor has her bathroom habits. Her last visit at the vet completely astonished the staff. I believe acupuncture and controlling her diet has much to do with her longevity.
Mayocean Gabarra says
Hi Sul Allyn,
Its nice to hear your words, we have a boy named bruno, this is the first adorable dog adopted by the family and the love and care given is profound, he is 8mos old. After a week when he arrived in our house he got sick and almost lost him, can you tell me in detail the care and diet you have given to your FB? I will cherish all the information you will be giveing to me in wish our bruno can stay long with us the same way on yours.
Thank you very much, god bless.
Sue Todd says
16?? akc french bulldog??.. please let me know. I have a champion frenchie akc at 15 and 2 weeks. trying to figure out the oldest living frenchie to date as it is important, my vet is on it as well to look into. have not heard of a 16 year old yet and if so. that is awesome… please share
So pleased to read this thread. I rescued my Frenchie at 9 years old. She’s 13 now, just had an eye removed from glaucoma. This post makes me hopeful for my little gal. Dog Bless!
Wow! That’s a long time for this type of breed of dog. My bfs dog is way too big, 42lbs, but he says he has papers saying he’s pure breed. The dog has breathing issues, snores an ungodly amount, walks with a curve. He doesn’t get over feed, just twice a day but yet he manages to throw up at least 3 times a week. My bf soon to be fiance, walks him everyday. Just wondering how long this dog has in our home. Poor thing. I wish people would stop breeding them.
Wow! Your bf’s Frenchie is severely overweight. We feed ours once a day. 25 and 28 pounds. Very muscular. They get a lot of exercise inside where it’s not so hot.
Did you bf propose? And did the dog make it?
Barbara sealy says
Ever try pepcid fir the vomiting? Our vet had our dog on it. World of difference. Get the genetic at the store. Good luck!
Have you ever tried Pepcid for the vomiting? Our vet allows it and it’s made a world of difference. It’s bought over the counter at our local food store or pharmacy. We just drop it in her food.
Slurp all gone! Good luck. Hope it helps.
I have two rescue Frenchies, one 14 yrs 11 mo, the other 13 yrs, 4 mo. Both are doing quite well.
Do you exercise your Frenchie with a walk?…and do you feed them meat and fruits? My Benny is my grand fur baby , ❤️❤️❤️
Mandy Westropp says
We have a 15 year old Frenchie. Born in October.
I wish to advise our french bulldog lived 17 years and 4 months. We unfortunately had to say goodbye to him 7 months ago. If you require proof of age and pedigree i am more than happy to email his pedigree papers kind regards julie
My boy Squiggy will be 14 on October 15 2019, I hope he makes it since he is having a few problems lately. This frenchie was probably the most vicious bad ass around. i would not recommend an alpha male to anyone because my boy was insanely hyper and athletic. hes mellow now but still snaps on occasion. Healthy eating and plenty of exercise is the secret to a long life.
My Frenchie Violet lived to be 14 years and 4 months. Jan 1, 2004-May 1, 2018. I loved her breeder. Violet was in great health until the last 24 hours of her life. If that breeder were still alive, I’d get another one. But I’m wary of how much overbreeding, and breeding for recessive traits there is these days.
My Frenchie was born December, 2003, so he’s 15 1/2 years young. Also AKC registered. I just love him so❤️ I think there are several of these old guys out there:)
This makes me very happy to read this! My frenchie is 5! So happy to know I have many more happy years with her 😊
Pat Manning says
Our Frenchie “Bogie” will be 16……..born 08/28/2003
Hi glad to hear Bogie has reached hus 16th year. A very grand age. Our frenchie hugo lived 17years 4 months. We had to say goodbye 7 months ago
Mine is 5 to and this is also making me very happy! I can’t imagine only having another 5 more years with my best friend!
MY frenchie will be 15 in August. Since he is AKC registered I have official proof of his age. Will that make him the oldest recorded franchise?
What’s your secret for his long life
Our Bogie will be 16…….born 08/28/2003 also AKC Registered. His big day is in 3 days……..every day is precious with Bogie!!
How did Bogie celebrate his big day?
So awesome to read that he will be 16. My two are only 3 so I’m happy to hear that I should have many, many more happy years with them.
Pat Manning says
Every day is a celebration with Bogie! Having him still with us…….
what more could one ask for? I celebrate when I buy him a bag of food, heartworm medication or eye ointment for his dry eye. as far as his 16th birthday on 8/28/2019…..he enjoyed his carrot cake with
yogurt icing. Here we are 1/31/2020, & we are looking forward to #17. Will care & keep him with us as long as time allows…………..
Remembering back when he was a little guy, I would look at that special little face & say, “You’re my forever puppy!”
Hi, what a lovely story. We have a 5 ye load he’s my world, can you give me any tips which you think may help to keep our Frenchie Toro around as long as possible? Thank you David