Are French Bulldogs Smart?

Are French Bulldogs Smart?

French bulldogs are a very smart breed of dogs. Frenchies display their smartness at home and in other activities. There is good number of things that make the French bulldog indeed an awesome smart dog, such as his level of intelligence, the natural companionship the French bulldog exhibits, among other attributes. Instances, of French bulldog’s smartness, can be seen from movie roles he plays, ability to alert the owner in times of danger, communication skills, friendliness and affectionate temperament. On the other hand, French bulldogs can be very stubborn, and difficult to train.

In this article, I am going to answer the question; are French bulldogs smart? You will be able to learn from the standpoint of intelligence, interaction and personality of the French bulldog how smart he is or can be depending on the training and treatment you give your Frenchie. I hope you know the best foods for French bulldogs?

What can be smarter than French bulldogs featuring in Hollywood blockbusters?

Hollywood seems to be catching on to the irresistible appeal of French bulldogs. The breed can be found in lots of movies and TV shows from the past decade or so.

The list includes “From Hell” (2001), “Bringing Down the House” (2003), “Secondhand Lions” (2003) and “Due Date” (2010).

A French bulldog even portrayed Gamin de Pycombe in James Cameron’s mega-popular “Titanic” film.


French Bulldogs are the most Intelligent of the Bulldog Breeds:

From an intelligence standpoint, French Bulldogs do quite well compared with the non-sporting breeds and they are the most intelligent among the bulldog breeds.  According to the charts, they are about mid-range on the list which includes all breeds.The bottom line is that these are quite intelligent little dogs who want to please, so if you do your part with your Frenchie, he or she will respond and learn well.

French bulldogs are very smart home guards and great companions:

Despite the name, Bulldogs are one of the most gentle and affectionate breed of dog that you will ever come into contact with. The Bulldog is a very courageous dog that sometimes seems to have a mind of its own. Don’t let the name fool you. Yes a Bulldog can guard, control, and bait a bull, but it takes time and patience in order to train a Bulldog to do so. These dogs are very dependable, but it’s getting past the training part that becomes a hassle. Bulldogs are extremely great dogs when it comes to guarding the home. If you’ve ever seen a Bulldog, you’ve probably noticed that its face isn’t the prettiest one around. Who would want to mess with a dog with such a mean face?

French bulldogs might not bark much, but they do like to “talk.” Using a complex system of yawns, yips, and gargles, the dogs can convey the illusion of their own language, and communicate with the owner in times of danger.French bulldogs are eager to please and incredibly smart. This breed is excellent at alerting you of danger, which is why they serve as great watchdogs. This is a loyal and intelligent breed that typically gets along well with children and other animals.

If you are looking for a babysitter, look for a French bulldog

There is a story of how the bulldog took very good care of an orphaned baby orangutan. When a baby orangutan named Malone was abandoned by his mother, the Twycross Zoo in England didn’t know if he would make it. Luckily, a 9-year-old French bulldog named Bugsy stepped in and took care of the little guy. The pair became fast friends and would even fall asleep together. When Malone was big enough, he joined the other orangutans at the zoo.

French Bulldogs are said to be stubborn and difficult to train

French Bulldogs can be stubborn and require a little more patience during training, which is why we recommend having their favorite treat nearby. Stubborn Frenchies can be difficult to train. Most Frenchies do have a strong stubborn streak, and if your dog displays this behavior, you will need to be more focused and patient with him or her. Frenchies are generally very smart, but because they can be stubborn, they may need 80 to 100 command repetitions before they can actually get an instruction.

Because French Bulldogs are so people oriented and want so much to please, we have found that they are fairly easy to train.  They can be a little stubborn, but so can just about every other breed.  If you make training into games for your Frenchie, he or she will want to play all the time.

What do you think? Are French bulldogs smarter than we know?

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My Frenchie does not like being alone he had spots where he lost his hair. I changed food several times. With the stay at home with this virus all hair is back

Peggy Shehane

After growing up with a great dane, I found myself drawn to a Frenchie. I am SO VERY GLAD I got mine!!! He is the most affectionate, protective, intelligent, and yes, stubborn (at times) little fella. What I found really surprising was just how strong and fast his little body is. For anyone considering a Frenchie, have a vet check their nostrils, hips and palate. Then, prepare for a new best friend. They will steal your heart and keep you laughing!


Frenchies are very stubborn, which is easy to confuse with lack of intelligence. They are almost catlike in certain respects. Often they pretend not to know their names when you call. But they quickly learn the word “treat” when you reward desired behaviors positively. And from that experience you can infer it’s not that they can’t understand verbal commands; they just prefer not to respond when disinclined. They are very affectionate on their own terms, but they aren’t too motivated to earn affection by pleasing anyone if they’re not inclined already

Ramon Viada

Frenchies are very smart and treat driven so training isn’t too bad. My Frenchie helps me for I am disabled. Also as to Mark Gonzales comment I also have a true French Bulldog from Europe which are bigger n stockier. Where the female is more terrier looking and hyper. I have met other French bulldog owners and hear the same thing. I believe it is because Americans are breeding too much terrier in them than the Bulldog gene.

Suzy Somewhere

Do some French bulldogs resemble tierrier trades, ares has long legs and more pointy ears, we got him from a good breeder, but he’s is also very hyper, we have to others and their more stocky built with shorter les ,could,you tell me if some have sent traits, l appreciated. Thanks mark gonzales

Mark Gonzales

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