French Dog Breeds

French Dog Breeds

When most people think of French dog breeds certain images come to mind, particularly of French bulldogs and French poodles. There are actually over forty French dog breeds. Here are just a few of the most popular examples, and their typical characteristics.

Basset hound

Basset hounds are excellent sniffers and were popular with the French hunting aristocracy. Nowadays they make loyal, calm and lovable pets. They’re fairly low-energy so perfect if you want a less hyper dog.


Often argued to be the oldest French dog breeds in existence, Briard originated in Brie working on dairy farms. As pets, they need a lot of exercise as with any sheep or working dogs. They have a gentle temperament, however.

Dogue De Bordeaux

Also known as the French Mastiff, this ancient dog breed was first introduced the Romans. They were originally used as fighting dogs, then later guard dogs. Unsurprisingly, they’re very protective of their owners.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is a popular breed for pets at the moment. They actually originated from breeding toy bulldogs from the UK with other French dog breeds. French Bulldog’s have always been very fashionable.

Great Pyrenees

These majestic creatures used to originally guard livestock against wolves in the Pyrenees mountain range. They’re main characteristics include being incredibly calm, loyal and affectionate. Great Pyrenees are very gentle dogs with children.

There are many more French dog breeds that make wonderful pets.

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