French Boodle: French Bulldog Poodle Mix

French Boodle Puppies: French Bulldog Poodle Mix

In this article I will cover a mixed breed that is the French Bulldog mixed with Poodle (known as a French Boodle).  The hybrid or designer dog breeds are adorable dogs derived from the cross-breeding of two pure breeds. The two-parent dogs are often from different breeds entirely and often have distinctive traits. Breeders often go for breed mixes to balance the excesses or lack in both parent breeds.

French Boodle Dog Breed Health, Temperament, Training
French Boodle Dog Breed Health, Temperament, Training

What is a French Boodle?

The fun-loving little French Boodle is a great fit for families with kids and other pets. He brings the intelligent, playful personality of the Poodle together with the affectionate, friendly characteristics of the French Bulldog for an entertaining yet willful dog that loves to be the center of his family’s attention.

The fun-loving French Boodle brings the playful Poodle together with the friendly French Bulldog.

French Boodle Dog Breed: French Bulldog Poodle Mix
French Boodle Dog Breed: French Bulldog Poodle Mix


The French Boodle is classed as a Designer Dog and likely dates back only 30 or 40 years to when breeders first began mixing and matching purebred DNA to produce a dog that was ideally free of the health issues that often plagued the parent breeds. In addition to a healthier animal, breeders also began to develop dogs that met the demand for smaller, hypoallergenic and gentler forms of popular breeds.


The French Boodle is not a pure-bred dog meaning that he does not qualify to be a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) however his parents have been members for well over a century. The French Bulldog joined the “non-sporting” group in 1898 while the Poodle joined the same group back in 1887.

French Bulldog Cross Poodle: The French Boodle
French Bulldog Cross Poodle: The French Boodle

Diet and Nutrition

The French Boodle is not an overly active dog and his small size and potential for joint issues later in life mean that its important he receive a nutrient-rich food that is specifically designed for his age, size and activity level. Avoid fillers that will cause him to want to over-eat to feel full and result in weight gain – a big problem when joints are involved – and plan to feed him 2 to 3 times a day versus allowing him to free-feed. Because of the digestive issues brought by the Poodle, always opt for a low-fat food.

The affectionate, sociable French Boodle is a great family pet who loves kids and other animals.

How easy are French Boodle to train?

The French Boodle will be a handful when it comes to training. He brings the smarts of the Poodle together with the stubborn streak of the French Bulldog for a dog that will require plenty of patience to get the results you’re looking for. Because socialization and obedience training are important to bringing out the best in any dog, consider using a professional trainer if all else fails. A consistent, firm approach is ideal for this pooch and because this breed is heavily motivated by food, praise and treats will go a long way in achieving success.


Depending on whether your French Boodle leans towards the Miniature Poodle or the French Bulldog, he will weigh between 16 and 25 pounds when he reaches adulthood. A small to medium size breed, the French Boodle will do well in a variety of environments. They will adapt to any size apartments and homes, small or large.

How would you describe the temperament of French Boodle?

The affectionate, sociable French Boodle is a great family pet who loves kids and other animals. This boy loves to be involved in all family activities and considers himself to be an integral part of his human pack which means he doesn’t do well when left on his own for long periods of time – often suffering from separation anxiety. He can present a stubborn streak that requires his owner establish himself as the pack leader. His super friendly nature means this pooch isn’t watchdog material.

How healthy are French Boodle?

There is a possibility that the French Boodle will suffer from the same health problems as both the parents. Because of the hybridization process, these health problems are much less severe compared to how they would manifest themselves in the offspring of purebred parents.

The following is a list of the potential health problems that might arise from breeding a French Bulldog with a Poodle.

How long will French Boodle live?

French Boodles can be expected to live between 11 and 13 years. This is, generally speaking, the most common lifespan for most dog breeds. Even though it falls just a tad bit shorter than the average maximum life expectancy of 15 years, it is nonetheless a solid lifespan. It ensures that your French Boodle friend stays by your side for a great number of years. Of course, this number can be exceeded – it all depends on your pet’s genetics, their health, and the love and care that they are given.

To that end, you need to remember that your pet cannot reach that maximum end of the lifespan spectrum without your love and care. Take them to the vet regularly, ensure that they are fed properly, and give them all the love and affection you have. This will guarantee that your little French Boodle lives a full, joyous life with you by their side.

How active are French Boodle?

The French Boodle is a playful pooch who requires minimal exercise to keep him physically fit and mentally stimulated. A couple of short daily walks and interactive playtime – throwing a ball or Frisbee in the yard or including some fun indoor games – should be sufficient to meet his activity needs. But it is important not to overlook their need for regular exercise: if your pupper grows lazy, they can become a bit overweight. And that’s never good. Still, with Poodles and French Bulldogs having minimal predispositions for obesity, the French Boodle will be roughly the same. A bit of running and some light exercise per day will satisfy their needs and keep them fit.

The affectionate French Boodle considers himself to be an integral part of the family.

Recognized Clubs

The French Boodle’s designer dog status means he isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) however he is a member of the Designer Breed Registry (DBR and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR). Of course, there are always the specialized clubs and organizations that are focused on this very unique designer breed. These are usually composed of long-time owners and breed enthusiasts. That makes them the ideal place to get answers to all the burning questions you have about the French Boodle – whether you are a new or future owner is not important. After all, the best answers come from experienced and seasoned long time owners.


The French Boodle comes from two breeds that shed minimally so you can expect your pooch to be a low- to non-shedding dog. Brushing 1 to 2 times per week will help keep his coat clean and shiny while occasional visits to the groomers to help maintain his coat shape will be sufficient. Because he is a floppy-eared dog, plan to check and clean them weekly to avoid a build-up of dirt and possible infection.


Your French Boodle puppy may be prone to deafness and prior to bringing him into your family, you may want to have the breeder conduct a Baer test to confirm your pooch has his hearing. If he does not, this in no way diminishes his ability to become a wonderful family pet – he will simply require specialized training to aid your ability to communicate with one another.

French Boodle puppies can be quite small and fragile in those early days. Due to this, you want to exercise great care when handling them. Don’t expose them to large crowds immediately as this can cause stress and injury to the tiny pup. If you have children in the household, make sure to let them know that the puppy is fragile and needs to be handled with gentleness and care.

Of course, when those early, sensitive days have passed, you will quickly notice your French Boodle’s eagerness to play and goof off. And that is your sign to begin implementing that all-important early socialization. Without it, you risk your pet developing some nasty behavioral issues. These include aggression, aloofness, fear, timidity, and anxiety. For small breeds, this can become a big issue: they will tend to lash out at strangers, be overprotective of their food, bark, and snarl too. Thankfully, socialization does wonders to prevent this. Surround your pet with caring faces and loving people. Introduce them to strangers, kids, and other friendly dogs. That way you will be certain that you are raising a healthy, energetic, and above all – friendly dog.

Related Questions

Are French Doodles Considered To Be A Designer Breed?

The French Doodle dog is, in fact, a type of designer canine that combines intelligent characteristics with the endearing qualities of a clown. Although the Poodle Frenchie Mix does not currently have an exceptionally high position on the list of popular Poodle mixes, he is steadily gaining popularity as more and more people learn about his kind and caring nature.

Should Families Consider Getting A French Bulldog Or Poodle Mix?

Mixes of French Bulldogs and Poodles are wonderful companions for families. The dog enjoys socializing with people of all ages and getting along well with both children and other animals. This dog has a pleasant demeanor, and the fact that it gets along well with others makes it an excellent option for households with children.

Do French Boodles Shed?

  • While Poodles are hypoallergenic and non-shedding, French Bulldogs are not hypoallergenic and shed quite a bit.  Whether a French Bulldog Poodle mix sheds depends on which parent they inherited that trait from.  Do not bank on a French Boodle puppy being non-shedding or hypoallergenic.
  • While crossing the French Bulldog with a Poodle may produce less shedding French Boodle puppies, you should still make sure you have a good vacuum handy and are prepared to clean up after your dog if they are a shedder.
  • Remember, the higher percentage of Poodle the puppy is will increase the likelihood of them being hypoallergenic.  For example, an F1B French Boodle (25% French Bulldog / 75% Poodle) is more likely to be hypoallergenic than an F1 French Boodle (50% French Bulldog / 50% Poodle.)

How Big Do French Boodles Get?

  • As with any doodle breed, the size of the French Boodle comes from two main factors—what size of Poodle was bred and the relative sizes of the parents.  Poodles can come in toy, miniature, and standard sizes.
  • French Boodles are never bred from Standard Poodles, only Miniature Poodles and Toy Poodles.  This is due to the size difference of the breeds.  French Boodles typically range in weight from 15-25 pounds and stand roughly 12-15 inches tall.

French Boodle Puppy Cost

Depending on where you live (sorry California, it is expensive where you are!), you can expect to pay between $1,500 and $4,500 for a French bulldog puppy from a reputable breeder.

Outside of the shelter and rescue system, if you encounter a French bulldog puppy that is much cheaper than $1,500, take it as a red flag.

This could indicate the dog is coming from a puppy mill. You can read why you should avoid buying dogs from puppy mills here.

If you are looking to adopt a French bulldog, you can check out the French Bulldog Rescue Network. But the popularity of the dog means there can be a lot of competition for the Frenchies that do need a home.

While the average cost of a French bulldog puppy is around $3,000, you can find puppies that cost up to $10,000. There are a lot of factors that can influence price, and if you are looking for a show dog or a dog for breeding, you should expect to pay a lot more.

Certain colors, which are desirable but genetically quite rare, can also push up the price. A brindle or black puppy will usually be at the lower end of the scale, but a breeder might ask a lot more for a platinum or blue fawn puppy.

Incredibly, the most expensive French bulldog in the world is valued at $100,000. This is Micro, a perfect body specimen for a Frenchie.

He also has a blue coat and orange eyes, which are quite rare in dogs. Micro is very valuable as a proven breeder, and his puppies can sell for $10,000.

Final Thoughts

The French Boodle / French Bulldog Doodle Mix is one playful and lively designer dog that makes a fantastic and affectionate family companion. The combination of the two unique parent breeds turns out well in this fantastic Mix. Although their outlook is not easily determined as puppies, you sure will not be disappointed with what they become as adults. This article highlights some interesting facts about the adorable and charming French Bulldog Doodle Mix.

Edward Hollon is an avid dog lover and writer, knowing all there is to know about our furry friends. Edward has been writing for petdii for three years now, wanting to use her knowledge for good and share everything she can with new dog owners. Edward has two dogs herself - a German shepherd called Banjo and a chocolate labrador called Buttons. Edward knows more than anyone how adjusting to new life with a puppy can turn your life upside down, and she wants to ease some of the burdens through her articles.