Everything about the French Bulltzu mixed breed

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When it comes to small mixed breeds, you can't get much better than the French Bull Tzu. Affectionate, playful, and with a loveable shaggy coat, this dog is a great addition to many households!

Quick overview of the French Bull Tzu


  • Very cheerful and loves to play!
  • Affectionate and likely to bond more with one person.
  • Fairly easy to train (although they can be a little stubborn)!
  • Gets on well with older children.
  • Friendly when socialized early on.


  • Small breed.
  • Can look like a longer-haired French Bulldog.
  • On average, this mixed breed dog weighs between 15 and 25 pounds (6.8 to 11.3 kg).
  • Comes in many different coat colors such as brown, black, white, and red.
  • They can be quite muscley like the French Bulldog or leaner like the Shih Tzu.


In general, the French Bull Tzu is a pretty healthy breed. They can, however, suffer from respiratory, eye, and skin conditions common in both parent breeds.

Temperament of the French Bull Tzu

It's hardly surprising that the French Bull Tzu is a popular breed – you just have to look at the parent breeds to know why! They're bubbly, cheerful, and love spending time with their humans. When socialized early, they should get on well with other dogs and people.

French Bull Tzus are not the best pups to be around young children who may overstep boundaries, but they're normally great with older kids and other pups of a similar size.

Even though they're friendly and love to play with all their family members, it's common for this designer dog breed to attach itself to one family member and to love to spend extra time with them. French Bull Tzus are generally fairly easy to train but they can be a little stubborn.

Plenty of fun training activities, positive reinforcement, and rewards from you should soon bring them around though!

Some owners may say these mixed breed dogs suffer from small dog syndrome, but that's usually only the case if they haven't been socialized early on or haven't been taught good behavior.

Because these dogs are so loving and adore spending time with their owners, they can suffer from separation anxiety when you leave. If you're out of the house for longer periods of time during the day, you should consider getting a different mixed breed that isn't so dependent on your affection!

French Bull Tzu Appearance

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These designer dogs are a small breed and their appearance really depends on their parents. Some look like a French Bulldog with longer hair, and many have more Shih Tzu-like features. It's common for them to have a flat face and a long, straight tail. If you're looking for an adorable, fluffy small breed, this may just be the one!


The French Bull Tzu is around 8 to 12 inches tall (20 to 30 cm).


They usually weigh between 15 and 25 pounds (6.8 to 11.3 kg).


This breed exists in different colors, including red, white, fawn, cream, black, brown, and a combination of these.


Depending on the genes they inherit, French Bull Tzus usually have long or medium-long coats that look (adorably) shaggy. They'll need regular brushing and a bath every so often to keep their silky coat looking fine!


These dogs often have flat faces with large, defined ears. Their eyes are usually large and brown. They can be more stocky and muscley like the French Bulldog or a little leaner like the Shih Tzu.

The French Bull Tzu doesn't have a standard appearance and so is not accepted by the American Kennel Club or any other international clubs.

Tips about the French Bull Tzu

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  • The French Bulldog and Shih Tzu mix can make a great apartment companion (because of their size and temperament). It's important that their brains and bodies are still well stimulated though. Make sure you take them out for plenty of short walks and have puzzle games and toys for them to play with.
  • They need plenty of early socialization. A dog park is a great place for them to meet new friends and learn important behavior. You could also try taking them to doggie daycare or training classes. Proper socialization is crucial if you want to have a well-rounded and well-behaved little pup!

Health of the French Bull Tzu

It's usually the case that mixed breeds suffer from fewer health conditions than their purebred parents. A responsible breeder should be able to tell you about any underlying health problems your pup's parents may have had.

Normally though, these designer dogs are fairly healthy. They can suffer from respiratory problems common to other brachycephalic dogs (pups with a short nose and flat face). They can also develop vision and hearing problems, skin conditions, and allergies.

Taking your French Bull Tzu for regular check-ups at the vet will help to catch any problems early on and find the correct treatment.

History of the French Bull Tzu

It's actually pretty difficult to know the exact origins of any hybrid breed as you never really know if they started off as intentional breeding or were just the result of nature. It's accepted by most experts, however, that the first French Bull Tzu was born in the United States around 30 years ago.

Much more, however, is known about the parent breeds. The Shih Tzu is thought to be a mix between the Lhasa Apso and another small Chinese breed. They were a favorite at court during the Ming Dynasty but were almost wiped out during the Chinese Revolution.

In the early 20th century, Shit Tzus were first brought to America and have been loved pets ever since!

The French Bulldog was first bred as a companion dog for lacemakers in England. When work dried up in England, the makers took their pups with them to France – hence their name!

The French Bull Tzu may not have been around as long as its parent breeds but it's certainly becoming a very popular family dog!

What do you think about the French Bull Tzu? Would you consider getting one?

And thanks @poppythefrenchiecross for these beautiful pictures ! Go follow her 🙂

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