Can French Bulldogs Mate on their Own?

Can French Bulldogs Mate on their Own?

A lot of people are confused about whether or not French Bulldogs can mate on their own. Indeed, some persons who may be interested in having a French bulldog are being discouraged because of the fact that French bulldogs cannot mate on their own. This is not entirely true as some French bulldogs can actually mate on their own and deliver their puppies. So, the answer to the question, can French bulldogs mate on their own is “yes and no”, and I will tell you why.

The French bulldog no doubt, is a very popular dog breed and highly in demand too despite their peculiar nature. The dog comes in various small dog breeds, they are petite, lively and quirky-looking with big personalities, and have a fun-loving nature and very affectionate temperament. On the other hand, French bulldogs have an increased occurrence rate of certain breed-specific health and conformation challenges, which can make mating and delivery really difficult. This is probably some of the reasons why breeders of French bulldogs claim that they have some impressive monetary value. I cannot contest that here, check out the cost of French bulldogs, that tiny thing is probably more expensive than your car.

If French bulldogs cannot mate on their own, how do they procreate and how come French bulldogs have not gone into extinction?

French Bulldogs: Mating and Delivery

When you consider the number of French bulldogs available for sale or in rescue networks, you will wonder how it could be possible given the fact that the mating and delivery of French bulldogs is very challenging, and it can hardly take place without human assistance.

French bulldogs mating on their own is very difficult because most female French bulldogs have very narrow hips. This makes it extremely difficult for the male French bulldog to mount the female for reproductive purposes, because their hips are simply too narrow to achieve this.


As a result of this, breeding French bulldogs usually require artificial insemination so as to be able to achieve mating and eventual conception. Without being told, this has its own attended cost as there are specialists in carrying out artificial insemination on French bulldogs and their charges can get super high. If you are considering acquiring a French bulldog and you intend to have a litter, make sure you bear this additional cost in mind.

If French bulldogs cannot mate on their own in most cases and most go through artificial insemination, can they deliver their puppies?

Just as is the case with mating, French bulldogs have both narrow hips and large heads, which means that female dogs of the breed rarely go through a straightforward, natural labour and delivery, as this combination of physical traits makes it highly likely that the pups will get stuck in the birth canal. In most cases, the majority of French bulldogs are usually delivered manually by means of caesarean section.

The Truth about whether French Bulldogs can Mate on their Own

Like I noted above, the answer to the question, can French Bulldogs mate on their own is both a “yes” and a “no”.

For starters, majority of French bulldogs cannot mate on their because of the reasons I have identified above. However, this not true for all French bulldogs. The main reason why French bulldogs cannot mate on their own is because most of them have large heads, and very narrow hips, some also say that French bulldogs have breeding problem due to the nature of their nose, thus the stress of mating and childbirth might be too much for them. While I accept these reasons are valid enough make it difficult for French bulldogs to mate on their own, it does not make it impossible.

Not all French bulldogs are born with those exact features. In other words, not all French bulldogs have very large heads, or very narrow waists. There are some French bulldogs with small or moderate heads and wide hips, these breed of French bulldogs can easily mate on their own and deliver their puppies without human assistance.

Selective breeding to produce French bulldogs with wider, more natural hips whilst remaining within the remit of the breed standard remains an ongoing process, which makes entire French bulldogs of the breed that have wide enough hips to be able to mate without assistance in high demand.

TIP: If you are making plans to acquire a French bulldog intending to have a litter, you have to make your enquiries right and ensure that the one you are getting is able to mate on their own and deliver their puppies or be prepared to undergo the process of artificial insemination with the attendant cost.

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Do not mate a Pug with a Frenchie please.


I have a question: I have a lg 2yr old male frenchie and small almost 2yr old female. She started her 2nd heat two weeks ago and I have had her in diapers. Two days ago they mated and were tied. It was stressful for them and me. Is it normal for the girl to bleed a bit after this? She had mostly stopped bleeding prior to them mating and now is bleeding for two days. She is also NOT interested in mating with him again at all…he of course is very interested. Also, is it likely that she will be pregnant form just mating once?

Deva of Putney

Im wondering if the french bulldog is able to mate on their own if that means she can also deliver on her own as well? Our frenchies mated 3 times, so im sure she is pregnant.

Elena Taff

Very informative. So basically the female is the one that needs the very specific trait of having wide hips to be able to breed on their own without veterinary assistance. May I assume that the male doesn’t have any problems breeding as long as it is with a female that has wide hips. Thank you

Laurie Mahoney

I have a blue pied boy with a medium to large head and a slender body (no matter how much he’s fed he doesn’t bulk up) and a fawn girl who has a smallish head and quite wide hips (actually she looks more bulkier than the boy). She came into heat just after Xmas and he caught her on the 27th and a few other times over the next few days, back to back every time and low and behold on the 28th of February she started whelping and between the hours of 3.45am and 9.15 she self whelped 5 beautiful girls. Examining her belly we thought we could feel another pup or maybe afterbirth. Through out the day she feed the pups and was having some discharge and then to our amazement at 4pm she whelped another beautiful girl. Surely this was it but again she surprised us by whelping another at 6pm. Again it was a girl but she was lifeless. I rubbed, let mum lick her and also gave her mouth to nose. She wriggled and burst into life. That was just over 4 weeks ago and all are doing amazingly. They are chunky, happy puppies who have just started weaning, being mischievous and playfully exploring our home.
So, self mating and self whelping are possible. I think you need to have a compatible pair to breed with and fortunately we have.

Jenny pita

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