American French Bull Terrier Dog Breed


Pronunciation: [ Amer·i·can french bu̇l ter·ri·er ]

The American French Bull Terrier is a hybrid dog. They come from crossbreeding an American Pit Bull Terrier with a French Bulldog. They are not very common. They may have first been known in the 1990s, although some people say they were first produced in the very early 21st century.

American French Bull Terrier Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid12-15 yrs.16-20 in.40-65 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

This dog may want to do tasks, but their small size will prevent them from doing much more than watchdog work. They are great for this as they are highly alert, tend to only bark when there is a possible threat (to you or them, it should be noted), and will be more courageous than their little bodies can handle. The American Bully x French Bulldog is a splendid companion dog.

Here are some details about these dogs:


  • Cute
  • Small
  • Loving
  • Devoted
  • Good with kids
  • Minimal shedding
  • Few grooming needs
  • Somewhat easy to train
  • Moderate exercise needs
  • Plays well with other dogs
  • Prone to a lot of serious health problems


  • May overeat
  • Can be overly protective
  • Tendency for stubbornness
  • May chase non-canine animals
  • Must be socialized when young
  • Can easily get separation anxiety

American French Bull Terrier Breed Description

The American French Bull Terrier comes from two dogs that are different in many ways: size, temperament, and history. How much they inherit from either parent tends to be unknown until each hybrid dog matures. Even within a single litter, there may be puppies that look and act more like the Frenchie and others that more closely resemble the Bully. Still, there are enough similarities that these dogs can be counted on to be devoted, loyal, and courageous.

Both parent breeds are very intelligent, even if one is overshadowed by the stigma of dogfighting and the other is saddled with being a too-cute lapdog. You'll find that your American French Bull Terrier will want to use their smarts for new tricks and other ways to please you. Both parents are independent-minded, however, so you should expect some stubbornness.

These dogs will want to be with you all the time. They may be aloof to strangers, but in time, they will warm up to new friends. Loyalty and courage are hallmarks of the American French Bull Terrier as well as their parent breeds. You should be sure to be equally protective of these small hybrid dogs so that their desire to protect you isn't more than they can bite off!

Moderate exercise will work for these dogs. They will explore their home frequently, but daily walks and a few dog park visits every week should be done for exercise and socialization.

American French Bull Terrier Health

There are very few American French Bull Terrier breeders, and apparently the waiting lists are hard to come by — and this may be why there is so little information about these hybrid dogs' health. You can, however, get a good idea of their profile from their parent breeds. If your French Bully Terrier has a pug nose, you can expect some issues with breathing. You will also need to take some precautions in cold and hot weather. These dogs can get heat stroke and alarmingly cold very easily and quickly, and you have to be careful to not over exercise them when it's hot or allow them to go outside without pet clothes when it's cold.

Here are some of the health concerns that may occur with American French Bull Terriers:
Skin allergies
Spinal problems
Cardiac diseases
Cerebellar Ataxia
Mild hip dysplasia

These dogs have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Heart Problems
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Pituitary Dwarfism
  • Skin Allergies
  • Spinal Disorders
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