The French Bulldog Pomeranian mix combines the playful and social nature of these two popular companion breeds. The resulting designer breed is an intelligent – yet sometimes stubborn – lapdog that thrives on human company.
The French Bulldog Pomeranian Guide
The product of crossing the French Bulldog and the Pomeranian breeds, the French Bulldog Pomeranian hybrid embodies the sociability and intelligence of these two small lap dogs. Content to be the center of their human world, this hybrid pup is easy to groom and relatively easy to train.
The French Bulldog has a somewhat complicated history that begins in the 1890s in the Montmartre neighborhood in Paris. Among other luxuries of the time, the neighborhood boasted brothels galore, and many of the working girls carried around French bulldogs as conversation starters! Since this time, the French Bulldog has become a symbol of true companionship.
The Pomeranian is a small spitz breed that descends from Icelandic Spitz dogs and as of the late nineteenth century, has long been recognized as a royal dog breed. This miniature-sized pup is bred for their companionship but is also exceedingly intelligent, but without proper training, it can become a noisy nuisance!
The French Bulldog Pomeranian mix is a relatively new designer breed whose appearance can vary, but some of the dominant traits of this hybrid include:
- A smaller body size (topping out at around 28lbs)
- A maximum height of approximately thirteen inches.
- French bulldog “bat ears.”
- Medium-length fur.
- Tufted fur on the ears.
- A wide French Bulldog-like muzzle.
- Boxier French Bulldog-like body build.
Early French Bulldog Pomeranian mixes can vary considerably in size and weight and can stand between 6 and 13 inches tall and weigh between 3 and 48 pounds. This size range gets smaller in later-generation hybrids. Since both the French Bulldog and Pomeranian are seasonal shedders, the hybrid French Bulldog Pomeranian is also a seasonal shedder.
Some of the more frequently seen coat colors in French Bulldog Pomeranian puppies include:
- Black and white.
- Black and tan.
Black and tan French Bulldog Pomeranian mixes tend to have black mask markings.
The personality of the French bulldog and Pomeranian are similar, which makes a well-balanced hybrid breed. Dominant personality traits include:
- Relatively easy to train.
- Human and family-oriented.
The French Bulldog Pomeranian is eager to learn, and training is relatively easy with positive reinforcement and shorter training sessions. When this pup has had enough, though, they will let you know and respond with typical Frenchie stubbornness. This pup may be a lap dog, but moderate daily exercise is still necessary to keep this pup happy.
Socialization is particularly important when raising a French Bulldog Pomeranian mix as their people-centric nature can often lead to undesirable overprotective behavior. During early socialization, you must introduce your puppy to as many different stimuli as possible, including men, women, children, the elderly, infants, and other animals.
The French bulldog Pomeranian mix is an affectionate dog, but it can be suspicious of strangers. This suspicion is another reason why early socialization is crucial.
When it comes to barking, the Pomeranian tends toward problem barking, where the French bulldog tends to fall in the middle of the problem barking scale. Fortunately, problem barking can be discouraged through frequent exercise and plenty of mental stimulation.
This mixed breed needs a family that is at least moderately active because – as a high-energy hybrid – they can cause quite a bit of mischief if boredom takes hold.
Doggy daycare throughout the week, a workplace that allows for dogs at work, or even a regular dog walker can help meet exercise needs when you are unable. Interactive dog toys are also an effective way to keep your dog engaged – even when you are not home.
The French Bulldog Pomeranian is a good hybrid breed for a novice dog owner, as they are very people-centric and take well to positive training techniques. Shorter training sessions are also important for this little hybrid because longer sessions can tax their short attention span and turn training into a chore.
As a very people-centric dog, the French Bulldog Pomeranian is eager to please their “person,” and motivation can be as simple as plenty of praise! If simple praise does not do the trick, though, this little hybrid pup is always responsive to treats and toys, too!
Providing that this pup receives regular early socialization and exposure to other animals, this dog can tolerate other dogs and even cats in the same household.
The French Bulldog Pomeranian does have a higher prey drive, though, so it is not ideal to have smaller pets like ferrets and guinea pigs in the same home as they may be seen as prey.
The offspring of the French Bulldog and Pomeranian may be at risk for a number of inherited health conditions since both parent breeds are susceptible to various health concerns, including
- Ear infections
- Skinfold dermatitis
- Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome
- Elongated soft palate
- Cherry eye
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Thyroid conditions
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Stenotic Nares
- Tracheal collapse
- Luxating patella
- Hip dysplasia
Adopting a dog or purchasing a dog from a breeder who has researched the genetic lines of the dogs they are breeding will help to avoid many of these health conditions. With a genetic history and by performing genetic testing, more serious and preventable health conditions are avoidable simply by refusing to breed parents who are carriers of faulty genes.
Conclusion / Summary
The French Bulldog Pomeranian is a hybrid breed still under development, so many physical and mental characteristics have yet to be solidified. However, early French Bulldog Pomeranian generations have taken on the physical appearance of the French bulldog with feathered ears and a slightly longer coat.
Regardless of which breed this hybrid most resembles once fully developed, the fact is that this cute pup will be one of the most loyal dogs you have ever had!