French Bulldogs are a popular breed of dogs because of their nice demeanor making them the perfect companion dogs. They are also known for their stocky built and rather small size. The size of French Bulldogs is comparable to those of Basenjis, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, and Pyrenean Shepherds. The average French Bulldog grows to a height of up to 11 to 12 inches at withers. In terms of weight, adult female Frenchies weigh between 16 and 24 pounds while the male ones are slightly heavier at 20 to 28 pounds. French Bulldogs reach their maximum height when they are between ages 9 and 15 months. After this, their increase in size is usually attributed to the development of their muscles. They stop growing when they reach 2 years of age when they are considered full grown.
Factors affecting their growth
Of course, each dog is unique and these are just averages in terms of their height and weight. Factors affecting the growth of each French Bulldog are genes, diet, and overall health and well-being. If your puppy’s parents are big, then chances are your Frenchie will also be big. Nutrition also plays a big role in their growth and development especially the nutrition they get during the first few weeks and months of their life. Their mother’s breast milk, as well as a balanced diet, contribute to healthier bodies and faster growth. Their overall health and well-being are also crucial. When the dog is sickly or under stress, he won’t eat properly and this will have an impact on his growth. That’s why furparents are advised to provide their French Bulldog puppies with a proper diet. Their diet should contain 8% of fat and 22% protein to aid in muscle and tissue development. Their diet should have low carb content so that their blood sugar level stays healthy. Have them checked regularly to ensure that they’re in the best of health and on their way to becoming healthy adult dogs. French Bulldogs have an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years and it would be great to give them the best life they can have by being in great shape and condition.
The breed’s growth chart can serve as your guide to determine if your French Bulldog is within the average height and weight for his age. If not, then you can take him to the vet or consult nutrition specialists to know what you can do to guide them to healthy development. This is what responsible dog parenting is all about.