French Bulldog Breed Standard
Non-Sporting Group classification, 6th of the 7 group categories
The French Bulldog has the appearance of an active, intelligent, muscular
dog of heavy bone, smooth coat, compactly built, and of medium or small
structure. Expression alert, curious, and interested. Any alteration other
than removal of dewclaws is considered mutilation and is a disqualification.
Proportion and Symmetry--All points are well distributed
and bear good relation one to the other; no feature being in such prominence
from either excess or lack of quality that the animal appears poorly proportioned.
Influence of Sex--In comparing specimens of different sex,
due allowance is to be made in favor of bitches, which do not bear the characteristics
of the breed to the same marked degree as do the dogs.
Size, Proportion, Substance
Weight not to exceed 28 pounds;
over 28 pounds is a disqualification. Proportion--Distance
from withers to ground in good relation to distance from withers to onset
of tail, so that animal appears compact, well balanced and in good proportion.
Substance--Muscular, heavy bone.
Head large and square. Eyes dark in color, wide apart,
set low down in the skull, as far from the ears as possible, round in
form, of moderate size, neither sunken nor bulging. In lighter colored
dogs, lighter colored eyes are acceptable. No haw and no white of the
eye showing when looking forward. Ears Known as the bat
ear, broad at the base, elongated, with round top, set high on the head
but not too close together, and carried erect with the orifice to the
front. The leather of the ear fine and soft. Other than bat ears is a
The top of the skull flat between the ears; the forehead
is not flat but slightly rounded. The muzzle broad, deep
and well laid back; the muscles of the cheeks well developed. The
stop well defined, causing a hollow groove between the eyes with heavy
wrinkles forming a soft roll over the extremely short nose; nostrils broad
with a well defined line between them. Nose black. Nose
other than black is a disqualification, except in the case of the
lighter colored dogs, where a lighter colored nose is acceptable but not
desirable. Flews black, thick and broad, hanging over the lower
jaw at the sides, meeting the underlip in front and covering the teeth,
which are not seen when the mouth is closed. The underjaw is deep,
square, broad, undershot and well turned up.
Neck, Topline, Body
The neck is thick and well arched with loose skin at the
throat. The back is a roach back with a slight fall close
behind the shoulders; strong and short, broad at the shoulders and narrowing
at the loins. The body is short and well rounded. The chest
is broad, deep, and full; well ribbed with the belly tucked up. The tail
is either straight or screwed (but not curly), short, hung low, thick
root and fine tip; carried low in repose.
Forelegs are short, stout, straight, muscular and set wide apart.
Dewclaws may be removed. Feet are moderate in size, compact and
firmly set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short
Hind legs are strong and muscular, longer than the forelegs, so
as to elevate the loins above the shoulders. Hocks well let down.
Feet are moderate in size, compact and firmly set. Toes compact, well
split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails; hind feet slightly
longer than forefeet.
Coat is moderately fine, brilliant, short and smooth. Skin is soft and
loose, especially at the head and shoulders, forming wrinkles.
Acceptable colors - All brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white, and any
color except those which constitute disqualification. All colors are acceptable
with the exception of solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black
and white, and white with black, which are disqualifications.
Black means black without a trace of brindle.
Correct gait is double tracking with reach and drive; the action is unrestrained,
free and vigorous.
Well behaved, adaptable, and comfortable companions with an affectionate
nature and even disposition; generally active, alert, and playful, but
not unduly boisterous.
Any alteration other than removal of dewclaws.
Over 28 pounds in weight.
Other than bat ears.
Nose other than black, except in the case of lighter colored dogs, where
a lighter colored nose is acceptable.
Solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with
black. Black means black without a trace of brindle.
Approved June 10, 1991
Effective July 31, 1991