Can French Bulldogs Give Birth Naturally?

Most French Bulldogs can’t breed naturally without human intervention. This includes both the actual mating and the birthing process. Frenchies are deliver by C-section and natural labor is very rare.

The French Bulldog’s head has been bred to become larger over the years. This makes it difficult for French Bulldogs to give birth naturally through the birth canal (dystocia). The Frenchie puppies are often too large for the birth canal. Usually, they require a correction and close medical supervision by a veterinary professional. 

Some French Bulldogs can get pregnant naturally, however, most of them do not get pregnant easily when using natural methods. They tend to need artificial insemination to mate. They usually are heavier in the front than they are in the back. For French Bulldogs, the chest, shoulders, and head are much larger than their hips. Because of their narrow hips it makes it difficult for the stud Frenchie to mount the female. Even if the stud is able to mount the female French Bulldog you have to be care to make sure the male does not overheat.

How long is a French Bulldog pregnant?

Like all breeds, French Bulldogs have a pregnancy gestation period of around 2 months or around 63 days. This is the pregnancy period measured from when the fertilized egg embeds itself into the lining of the uterine horn.

This may vary by a few days depending on several factors. A veterinary professional will be able to determine how far along the pregnancy is and when the French Bulldog dam will give birth.

Tips for French Bulldog breeding 

French Bulldog breeding is not only a joy but also a huge responsibility. You need to understand the responsibility and prepare yourself. Here are a few useful tips: 

  • Check the female French Bulldog over at the vet first. This will ensure that the female is healthy enough to deal with the breeding process.
  • Ensure you have enough money for all the veterinary treatments.
  • Put the welfare of the mother French Bulldog first. Make the right decisions for your dog’s short and long-term health.
  • Never breed an unhealthy Frenchie. The goal of responsible breeding is to produce a healthy puppy.
  • Artificial insemination is a simple procedure that can be used for French Bulldogs.
  • Get the Frenchie puppies registered from the kennel club and have the paperwork.
  • Provide a safe, warm, and dry place for Frenchie puppies. Also, provide high-quality food and water for the female French Bulldog.
  • Give the French Bulldog mother at least a year to recover after birth before the next pregnancy.
  • Always be alert for the signs of labor.

Final thoughts 

You should observe the mother carefully. French Bulldogs are prone to a lot of complications and risks while giving birth. Natural birth is often dangerous to both mommy and pups. 

Your job is to make sure that your French Bulldog gets the support she needs. Take your female French Bulldog to the vet for a check-up before and after mating and once you think it’s pregnant. Also, talk to your veterinarian for more details on diet and care during pregnancy.

There’s a lot to know about French Bulldogs giving birth, labor signs, and possible complications. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

June 9, 2021

Sade Amor

Sade Amor is the Marketing Director of Frenchie FAQ. She is a huge dog lover and owner of a French Bulldog herself. Sade has many years of writing experience and first hand experience raising & training French Bulldogs!

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