Can French Bulldogs Mate Naturally? How To Breed Them.

French Bulldogs have become extremely popular over the past few years. They are known for their hilarious personalities, big ears, viral Frenchie yodel, and not-so-pleasant flatulence. They are also quite expensive and the prices from breeders has risen over the years due to the gain in popularity. Because of the rise in cost, many owners are looking to start breeding their own Frenchies but aren’t quite sure how to go about it.

Can French Bulldogs mate Naturally? French Bulldogs can mate and give birth naturally, but it’s not a very common practice due to the limitations that their physical traits present. With their features, it’s much more likely that this process will need to be assisted by human interaction.

We will be breaking this down further to understand the challenges of mating and giving birth naturally and what is recommended if you consider breeding French Bulldogs.

Mating French Bulldogs Naturally.

While it is technically possible that French Bulldogs can mate naturally, the more likely scenario would involve a process of artificial insemination. This is simply because French Bulldogs don’t have the ideal body structure for mating. They have very small hips and an oversized head, making it very difficult for mating.

To mate the French Bulldogs naturally, it will take some help and participation from the owner or person who is breeding them—there a few things you will need to do in order to facilitate this process.

How To Mate Frenchies Naturally

Suppose you’ve chosen to go the natural route. In that case, you will first need to determine the Frenchies you’re going to mate and ensure that you are doing your background check and health screenings on each Frenchie.

You’ll also want to start thinking about the physical traits that you want in your Frenchie. Think about the colors, size, temperament, etc.

You’ll also want to consider doing a four-panel DNA health Test. These test look for

  • Degenerative Myelopathy ( DM) which tests for a neurological disorder which is inherited from it’s parents. It’s causes gradual muscle waste and loss of coordination in the back limbs.
  • Hyperuricosuria ( HUU) This is described as higher levels of uric acid that is found in the urine that can increase the chanced of your dog developing bladder/kidney stones.
  • Juvenile Hereditary Cataract (JHC) Is a form of cataracts that can cause blindness in a dogs eye by clouding them and can affect both eyes equally.
  • Canine Multifocal Retinopathy 1 (CMR1) is an eye disease that is known as retinal detachment. It’s not usually known to cause any vision issues or blindness but is something that should be monitored.

It’s going to take time and a lot of care to breed a Frenchie so it’s important that you make sure you get as much information as possible before going forward.

Track Your Female Frenchies Ovulation.

In most cases, female Frenchies will start to ovulate around day five into her cycle. This is can be identified once you start to notice a bit of spotting of blood. It’s advised to take your Frenchie to the vet for confirmation before you try to begin the mating process.

Putting The Frenchies Together

This is where you will have to do a bit of participating when in comes to naturally mating your French Bulldog. Because they will have a hard time balancing, you will need to assist by holding your female Frenchie steady while the male begins to mount her.

You will also have to watch how the breeding proceeds. You want to make sure that the dogs don’t start to get aggressive with each other and it’s best to be able to have them on a leash or have a second person assist just incase they need to be pulled away from each other.

Signs Of Your Frenchie Going Into Labor

When your little girl is ready to go into labor, you should start to see some obvious signs that it’s time. Some signs to look out for are

  • Vomitting
  • Panting
  • Shivering
  • Whining
  • Restlessness

It won’t be long once you Frenchie starts to experience these symptoms that they will start to give birth. You’re looking at 12-24 once the symptoms start in most cases.

French Bulldogs Giving Birth

It is recommended to only interfere in the birth process if it seems that your Frenchie seems to be a bit confused on what to do. Instinctively the mother will usually start to bite of the umbilical cord and break open the placenta and start cleaning their pups.

If the Female is not doing this, then you will need to step in and assist by carefully opening up the placenta so that the puppy can get some oxygen and breathe. Remove all the fluids away from the mouth and nose area and help stimulate breathing by rubbing the puppy to increase blood and oxygen circulation.

As mentioned earlier in this article. Frenchies have small hips and large heads so the difficulty of them giving birth naturally is very high. In most cases, you will need to have a cesarean, which transitions to the recommended method for breeding Frenchies.

Artificial Insemination For Your French Bulldog

This is the most common method for breeding French Bulldogs. This method is easiest for both the Frenchie and the breeder. You can have a vet do the insemination to be completely hands-off during the process. The downside to this method is it’s more expensive and typically runs about $500 depending on where you take them.

When it’s time for your Frenchie to give birth a Vet can perform a c-section to deliver the puppies. C-sections are much easier of Female and safer for puppies. If you are considering artificial insemination and a C-section, make sure you plan this with your vet beforehand.


So while French Bulldogs can mate and give birth naturally, it’s much more common practice do artificial insemination and a c-section. If you’re willing to spend a little extra money for the vet cost, it’s bar far the best and safest method to go.

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