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What is a Fluffy Frenchie?

Long haired French Bulldog standing in grass outdoors.

It is a rare dog. This Frenchie variation does exist but you may not find them at your pet store any time soon. They are said to be rare and their birth is due to a specific gene both the mother and father have.

If you want a fluffy Frenchie, then you better hope your french Bulldog sires one as when they are born, they are very expensive. The good news is that they are not a different breed but a purebred Frenchie with all the positive qualities this dog breed comes with.

Take a few minutes to learn all about this cute and unique dog that will be a great companion to you and your family.

What are Frenchie Dogs? Click here to learn more.

What makes a fluffy French Bulldog?

It is their coat. As you know, regular Frenchies have a short, rough, straight coat. But the Fluffy version of this dog breed comes with a longer and fluffier coat. Hence the name Fluffy. Another name for this rare dog is the long-haired French Bulldog but fluffy sounds so much cuter and friendlier.

The reason these rare dogs look like this and have longer hair is because of the Fibroblast Growth Factor 5 (FGF) (also known as the autosomal recessive gene).

This is the gene that seems to determine if your Frenchie will be a short-hair or a long-hair dog. it is the controller of the Sh and the LH genes. If both parents carry the LH gene, then you can expect a litter of long-hair fluffies.

If only one parent carries the LH gene, then you can expect to have only 1 puppy that would qualify as a Fluffy. Either way, both types of French Bulldogs look cute and will be your friend.

The drawback to having one or a litter of these puppies is that the American Kennel Club (AKC), Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), and United Kennel Club (UKC) do not recognize this variation.

They are not allowed in any competitions and they cannot be registered. But that is okay, it is just great having this rare dog around.

How much is a fluffy Frenchie worth?

scattered 100 dollar bills

Right now, this Frenchie variation is still quite rare. They are hard to find and you may not run into another Fluffy Frenchie in the town you live in. This rarity is one factor that drives the price.

You may be able to find a male for as low as $3500 or costing as much as $15,000. A female may set you back somewhere between $4500 and $16,000. That is probably the same cost as a good used car.

There is some good news on the horizon though. This version of the Frenchie is becoming popular. There are some breeders who are breeding the long hair version more often.

They are struggling to keep up with the demand. If they succeed and the demand remains high, it is possible that these prices may come down a little. If you think these prices are a bit on the high side, keep in mind that the French Bulldog is one of the more expensive dog breeds you can buy.

Even the recognized and registered Frenchies cost between $1500 and $10,000. If the Fluffy Frenchie is from championship stock, the price can be a lot higher than $16,000.

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How do you know if you have a fluffy French Bulldog?

Over head view of a Grey French Bulldog

It can be hard to tell since the Fluffy looks exactly like the regular French Bulldog. There is only one real difference between the two versions. The Fluffy will have longer hair.

One owner said when they saw a Fluffy for the first time, its fur looked like the mane of a lion. The hair won’t curl like the Poodle’s nor will it be long and silky like a Lhasa Apso. The Fluffy’s fur falls somewhere in between those two coat styles.

In addition to the similarities, the Fluffy grows to about the same height and weight the regular Frenchie grows to. Then just because they may be cuter, doesn’t mean they won’t be as stubborn as a regular Frenchie. They have their stubborn side as well.

If the hair is still short and you can’t tell the difference, you can also get a genetic test done to confirm the presence of those genes that produce a long-haired French Bulldog.

Some final words

Portrait of a black French Bulldog laying on a bed.

A Fluffy Frenchie is cute but they are still rare. When you want to own one, get ready to pay a lot of money for them. Fluffies are part of an expensive dog breed that commands a very high price.

But in the end, the expenditure may be worth it as these are great dogs who love their families and are very loyal to them. They live to be about 10 to 13 years old, so they will be around for a while.

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