The coat of the French Bulldog is short, smooth, shiny and fine. The skin is loose and wrinkled, especially on the head and shoulders, and has a soft texture.
French Bulldogs come in a variety of colors, including fawn, cream, various shades of brindle – a coat patterned with spots and streaks of light and dark markings – such as black brindle and striking tiger brindle, and brindle and white, known as piebald brindle. French Bulldogs can be any color except solid black, liver (a solid reddish brown with brown pigmentation on the lips and nose), mouse (a light steel gray), and black with white or fire.
Run away from any breeder who tells you that a particular color is rare and therefore worth more money. Conversely, remember that you cannot just order a puppy of a particular color and sex. Having your sights set on a fawn female is a recipe for disappointment when the litter contains only cream and brindle males.
French Bulldogs are fairly easy to groom and only need occasional brushing to keep their coat healthy. They are average shedders. Start grooming your Frenchie at a young age and teach your pup to stand on a table or the floor to make this experience easier for both of you. When grooming your Frenchie at any stage of its life, take the time to check for scabs, broken skin, bare spots, rough, scaly skin, or signs of infection. You should also check the ears, eyes, and teeth for any discharge or bad smell. Both are signs that your Frenchie may need to see the vet.
Regularly clean the ears with a warm, damp cloth and run a cotton swab around the edge of the canal. Never stick the cotton swab in the ear canal itself. If the edges of the ears are dry, apply mineral or baby oil sparingly. The oil can also be used on a dry nose.
French Bulldogs don’t naturally wear down their nails and will need to trim them regularly. This prevents cracks and tears, which can be painful for the dog.
Keep facial wrinkles clean and dry to prevent bacterial infections. Each time you bathe your dog, take the time to thoroughly dry the skin between the folds. Bathe your French Bulldog monthly or as needed and use a high quality dog shampoo to retain the natural oils in his skin and coat.
French Bulldogs should be easy to groom, and with proper training and positive experiences while young, grooming can be a wonderful bonding time for you and your Frenchie. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of grooming, such as nail trimming, take your dog to a professional groomer who understands the needs of French Bulldogs.