About French Bulldogs
Despite their name, French Bulldogs were actually bred in England and acquired the ‘Frenchie’ moniker after accompanying their English lacemakers owners to France. French Bulldogs are intelligent, fun-loving pint-sized comedians who crave all the love and affection we humans have to offer.
Thinking of getting a French Bulldog?
See our French Bulldog breed guide for more information.
Breed Health Conditions
Due to their shape and structure, French Bulldogs often struggle with breathing difficulties that can require major surgery and specialist referral. French Bulldogs are also susceptible to chronic problems with their eyes and skin including ulcers and allergies which require regular trips to the vet for treatment.
Want to know what to expect with a French Bulldog?
Learn more about the breed’s common health problems.
Did you know?
Your Animal Friends policy helps animal charities like the Birmingham Dogs Home who helps find forever homes for dogs just like yours.
Insurance for French Bulldogs made simple
Our step-by-step online quote process can help you determine the level of cover you need for your four-legged best friend. With just some quick information about yourself and some details about your dog, we'll give you quotes that suit you, your dog and your budget.
Want to know a bit more about what policy cover or type is right for you and your dog first? Find out how our award-winning policies work below;
We have 5 types of pet insurance policies, including two options for Lifetime, each with different levels of cover for the cost of vet fees.
This aims to protect your dog if they have an accident. It doesn’t cover you for any illnesses or diseases they might have. If your dog has an accident, the policy offers £2,500 per year towards the cost of treating their injuries. The £2,500 limit applies to each accident your dog might have, and there’s no limit to the number of accidents you can claim for.
Each accident also has a lifetime limit of £15,000 – as long as you renew your policy. So, you can make claims over multiple years if your dog needs long-term treatment for their injuries – up to the £2,500 annual limit.
Time Limited products aim to protect your dog if they become ill or are injured in an accident. You can claim up to a set amount for vet fees for each condition your dog might have.
Each new condition is covered for 12 months – as long as you renew your policy. The 12 months starts from the date your dog first showed signs or symptoms of the condition. Once you reach your vet fee limit – or after 12 months, whichever comes first – we won’t cover that condition anymore, even after you renew.
The annual limit in your schedule is the most we’ll pay in total each year for all conditions.
Maximum Benefit policies aim to protect your dog if they become ill or are injured in an accident. You can claim up to a set amount for vet fees for each condition your dog might have. You can claim for as many conditions as you need to, as long as you stay within the vet fee limit for each condition. Once you reach the limit for a condition, you won't be able to make a claim for it again, even after you renew.
Lifetime Annual Limit
Lifetime Annual Limit policies aim to protect your dog if they become ill or are injured in an accident. This policy allows you to claim up to a set amount for vet fees each policy year. You can claim for as many conditions as you need to each policy year, as long as you stay within your vet fee limit. The limit resets when you renew, and we’ll cover your dog’s conditions for as long as you have a policy with us.
Lifetime Condition Limit
Lifetime Condition Limit policies aim to protect your dog if they become ill or are injured in an accident. This policy allows you to claim up to a set amount for vet fees per policy year for each condition your dog might have. You can claim for as many conditions as you need to each policy year. This limit resets when you renew, and we’ll cover your dog’s conditions for as long as you have a policy with us.
Pet insurance premiums increase as your pet gets older, as the chance of your pet becoming ill increases. Excesses apply to all our policies and a co-payment is currently payable on claims if you renew your policy after your dog turns 8 years old.
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You can speak to the veterinary experts at Joii Pet Care from the comfort of your own home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Puppy insurance with PupStart
Our policies cover puppies from 4 weeks old, if your dog is under one year old you will also get additional exclusive benefits with PupStart, our uniquely tailored puppy programme.
You'll have access to:
- Puppy clinics and training with our vet experts at Joii Pet Care
- One month free flea and tick treatment
- Online introductory puppy first aid training
- The chance to win a puppy prize bundle worth £200*
Puppies are covered under our dog insurance policies. *Giveaway terms and conditions apply.
Why choose Animal Friends?
With over 25 years' experience, more than £7.8 million donated to support animal welfare, and over one million pets covered, customers choose Animal Friends for:
- Affordable, award-winning cover to suit you and your pet
- Free vet video calls 24/7/365 through the Joii app for dog and cat customers
- Every policy bought helps support animal charities and conservancies around the world
- Fuss-free claiming. Vets can claim on your behalf
- Expert advice and guides for you and your pet.
French Bulldog FAQs
French Bulldogs grow increasingly popular by the day, and it’s not hard to see why!
They’re a cute size, have the sweetest features and display an irresistibly affectionate nature that makes it difficult to dislike them. So, naturally, these pint-sized pets are at the top of many pet owners’ wish lists.
If you’re considering getting a French Bulldog, you’ll need to think about how best to look after them - and with that comes pet insurance. Aside from petting your pooch, there’s a lot to consider.
Here at Animal Friends, we’re here to help cater to your pet insurance needs and assist you in getting a policy which suits you and your four-legged friend.
At Animal Friends, we are committed to making sure we provide a range of insurance policies to suit you, your French Bulldog and your budget.
Prices will differ depending on the level of cover you think is right for your pet. To determine a pet insurance quote, we take into account a number of factors.
The most common considerations are:
- Location - veterinary costs vary across the country, so insurance is likely to be more expensive in those areas with higher vet fees
- Age - the ageing process of your French Bulldog inevitably comes with more risk of illnesses, which will cause the cost of your insurance to increase
These are general insights into what can affect your French Bulldog insurance price. Get a quote to insure your French Bulldog with one of our dog insurance policies.
French Bulldogs are companion dogs, so human contact is very important to them. Like most breeds, French Bulldogs don’t like to be left alone, so consistent company and attention are required. However, you can rest assured that you’ll get a lot of love back in return - as they are an extremely affectionate breed.
Though they like to please their owners, they can also be stubborn if they’re refused the things they want, such as treats, walks and playtime. If you’re considering getting a French Bulldog, it’s important to set boundaries from the start.
French Bulldogs need no more than an hour of exercise each day. They prefer shorter walks, so taking them on numerous short strolls a day is usually the best routine for this breed.
Yes, the most important thing for French Bulldogs is being around people. They can get separation anxiety from being left alone, so living with a family is definitely a perfect living situation for them!
French Bulldogs are very affectionate, caring and playful. They will provide a lot of entertainment to anybody in the household, from grandparents to toddlers. Due to their size, shape and patient nature, they aren’t in the least intimidating - especially for young children.
They’re very loyal and can be quite protective of their owners. Be that by barking or standing guard at the door, these dogs are known to be defensive of their families.
All dogs bark, and French Bulldogs are no exception to this, but they aren’t renowned for barking excessively. For the most part, if they are barking continuously then there is usually a specific reason for that. It could be due to something making them really excited, agitated or alert.
Common causes for barking in French Bulldogs, aside from someone being at the door, is their anticipation of separation anxiety. When left alone for longer than they are used to, they can become agitated and constant barking can be a consequence of this.
Overall, if your French Bulldog is continuously barking, then there’s something you need to attend to. When all is well, barking is unlikely.
French Bulldogs are typically well behaved. However, this may be more difficult for them to display if they have been badly trained or not properly socialised, so it’s crucial that this is done from infancy.
It’s very important to know your dog and how to work towards helping them if they are showing behavioural issues.
Displays of bad behaviour can sometimes be unintentional, particularly if the dog has been owned by another person before you. For example, a dog may have been abused by a previous owner or may have health issues that cause certain patterns of behaviour.
French Bulldogs live, on average, between 10 and 12 years. This can be dependent on breeding and health. However, providing good care can maximise the possibility of a lengthy life.
Due to their small and compact shape and structure, French Bulldogs do often struggle with multiple health problems. A common one is Brachycephalic obstructive airway system (BOAS), which is accompanied by breathing problems and overheating in the heat or during exercise.
Some other possible health issues to be aware of are:
- Skin conditions (especially Skin Fold Dermatitis) - frictional trauma from the skin folds rubbing against each other
- Luxating patella - where the kneecap shifts out of place
- Eye problems (such as cherry eye) - where the tear gland of the third eyelid pops out of position
- Hip dysplasia - often degenerative, it occurs when the ball and socket joint of the hip is malformed
- Ear infections - their narrow ear canals, plus existing allergies, can make them prone to inflammation of the ear
Due to the breed's susceptibility to health issues, you should make sure you’re buying your French Bulldog from the right breeder. Purchasing from a reputable breeder should ensure that they are well cared for from birth and will have had multiple health checks and screenings prior to coming home with you.
Insuring your French Bulldog can provide security for you and your dog, helping towards the cost of vets fees.