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The sweet-natured French Bulldog, unfortunately, is a grossly deformed breed. In fact, he's deformed in two ways – his short legs and long back are chondrodysplastic, and his short pushed-in face is brachycephalic. Both of these syndromes can cause orthopedic problems, respiratory problems, and eye problems.

The French Bulldog Club conducted a health survey in which 1 out of every 4 French Bulldogs had bone or joint problems, especially intervertebral disk disease and hemivertebrae.

Other orthopedic issues occurring regularly in French Bulldogs are luxating patella and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 350 French Bulldogs and found 32.5% dysplastic – the 14th worst rate of 142 breeds. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.

The most common eye diseases in Frenchies are corneal ulcers, retinal dysplasia, cherry eye, entropion, and eyelash abnormalities. At 6-24 months old, cataracts can appear and can progress to blindness.

Heart disease is a concern in French Bulldogs.

Skin diseases occur regularly in Frenchies, especially allergies (which cause itchy skin and often lead to pyoderma) and demodectic mange in French Bulldog puppies.

Blood-clotting diseases include von Willebrand's, factor II deficiency, hemophilia A, and the more serious hemophilia B.

Other health issues in French Bulldogs are epilepsy, colitis, and inherited deafness in puppies with a lot of white on their head.

Virtually all French Bulldog puppies are born by C-section, birth defects are common, and the puppy mortality rate is high.

The most common health problems in French Bulldogs:

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