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  • September 18, 2021
  • Posted by Claude
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Author: Dylan Dove

They say that a dog is a man’s best friend, but who is your Frenchie’s best friend? Now, we all know that we’re our dog’s favorite people, but the reality is that dogs are just like humans and crave interaction with their own kind. Left to their own devices, when you go to work, go shopping, or are out with friends, dogs get lonely and bored. French Bulldogs are no exception to this scenario.

French Bulldogs are generally more reserved than most breeds and make excellent show dogs. However, while they are reserved, they are usually friendly and will prove more than welcoming to a new family member – if they get along, that is.

While it’s difficult to say with 100% certainty that any two dogs will get along – each dog has its own unique personality – we can say that certain breeds are more likely to become your French Bulldog’s new best canine friend. Here’s a list of the ten dog breeds best paired with French Bulldogs.

1. Boston Terrier

The “American Gentleman,” with its tuxedo-like body markings, nowadays, is a far cry from its origin as a fighting dog. Instead, they are incredibly affectionate and make great family dogs while getting along well with Frenchies too! Note: these pure-bred dogs do require a lot of free space and time to run around and exercise. 

2. Boxers

Think of a Boxer like a French Bulldog but bigger. The Boxer and French Bulldog share the same cute facial features and have many similarities in terms of nature too. Due to their stature, Boxers were originally guard dogs and are still highly energetic. This means you’ll need enough space for the dogs to play. This isn’t to say that Boxers aren’t sensitive or great with kids – they’re big softies!

3. Dachshund

Dynamite comes in small packages! Dachshunds, or as you may know them, ‘sausage dogs,’ are intelligent and lovable creatures that make fantastic companions and show dogs. Being more reserved like the French Bulldog, the Dachshund doesn’t require a large backyard, but they need a lot of love and attention! The practically non-existent size difference between Frenchies and Dachshunds also makes them a good fit.

4. English Springer Spaniel

This gorgeous shaggy dog was bred to be a hunting companion and displays hyper-intelligent and athletic traits. Springer Spaniels love the outdoors and have heaps of energy. Your French Bulldog will undoubtedly have bouts of energy which means that they will get along together, especially on a day out exploring. Both dogs share a gentle nature, making them pretty good companions.

5. Greyhounds

These infamously skinny and long canines are renowned for their running talents. They’re like the Usain Bolt’s of the dog world, reaching speeds of 40-45 miles per hour.  Many Greyhounds have impressive sporting careers before being surrendered to shelters. Older Greyhounds still love to run, so they’re a great companion to someone who loves being active!

Greyhounds are also known to have their lazy days, which is perfect for French Bulldogs, typically having bouts of energy followed by long periods of lazing around. Greyhounds’ gentle and lovable nature means they’ll get along well with ‘lazier’ French Bulldogs. Greyhounds become emotionally distressed when neglected or lonely, so most would be thrilled to be part of a family.

6. Labradors

Labradors are the ultimate family dogs! It’s almost guaranteed that a Labrador will get along with your French Bulldog as Labs are well-known for their friendly approach and eagerness to “make friends.” Labradors easily fit into most families as they learn quickly, are eager to please, and are generally low maintenance. If you’re looking for a good mentor for your French Bulldog, a Labrador may be the best fit.

7. Saluki

Salukis are the Cher of the canine world, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the long-haired, sharp-nosed singer. Despite their unique features, these dogs are easy to groom and love to run free. Salukis are better for people who have experience training dogs and can handle their wild, rebellious nature. If you happen to have a highly active French Bulldog, this may be a good pairing.

8. Beagles

These sharp-nosed detective canines are petite and adorable! They’re excellent for hunting and tracking scents. However, these dogs aren’t for the faint-hearted! They require lots of attention, patience, and training. Beagles make excellent companions to other dogs with their friendly and outgoing nature; your Frenchie will have the time of their life with a Beagle by their side.

9. English Sheepdogs

These hairy beasts are loyal, protective, and obedient. Their trademark shaggy coat may be a chore to groom, but these dogs are worth the effort! Sheepdogs are extremely helpful, intelligent, and often work as herders. They’re used to taking care (or at least that’s their built-in nature) and so should take exceptional care of a gentle-natured French Bulldog, providing fun and companionship.

10. Cockapoo

With a mildly hilarious name and comical nature, Cockapoos are a great addition to a  budding family. These bright dogs are a hybrid of Cocker Spaniels and Poodle breeds; they have the best of both breeds! They’re easy to train and learn tricks quickly. They’re great indoor dogs because they shed so little and are so well-behaved. Because of their friendly and easy-going nature, Cockapoos make for great French Bulldog companions.

Top Tips for Introducing Your Frenchie to the “New” Dog

When you finally settle on the right companion for your French Bulldog, you’re going to have to do the official introductions. Of course, you don’t want to ambush your French Bulldog with a new pet. Below are a few tips for easing the new family into the home without upsetting your resident Frenchie too much.

  • When you collect your new pet, don’t take your Frenchie along. The last thing you want is to have both dogs in a confined space when you aren’t too sure how they will react to each other.
  • When arriving at home, do a gentle introduction with the help of a family member. Each dog should have one person “managing” them.
  • Consider doing the introduction on neutral territory. For instance, head to the dog park or somewhere quiet so that they can meet. Then, bring the new dog home with you so that there’s already a sense of “knowing” between them.
  • Don’t force it. Some dogs ignore each other on first meeting. Don’t try to push them into interacting. Let them interact at their own pace.
  • Have a happy tone and disposition. If your French Bulldog senses tension in your voice, your pet may automatically feel tense or stressed too.
  • Don’t freak out if strange behaviors unfold. Bottom sniffing, urinating, rolling over, and nose bumping are all fairly normal. Don’t step in unless things become genuinely aggressive.

Final Thoughts

Take the time to consider the list of good companions for Frenchies above and give thought to your property size, time available, and whether or not the new dog’s nature will be a good fit for your family. All that’s left to do is choose the right companion for your Frenchie and start strategizing the introductions


  1. Barbara
    On November 2, 2021 at 9:08 pm, Barbara said:

    I got a “rehome” 11 month Frenchie not socialized & labeled aggressive. I have a 18 month old English Bulldog they basically get along well. But every French Bulldog I’ve encountered has a feisty attitude and wants to dominate. I’m not sure about this article since every dos regardless of breed has its own personality and their behavior is dependent on how well they are socialized and trained.

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