French Bull Tzu

15-25 lbs
French Bulldog
Shih Tzu

The French Bull Tzu is a hybrid breed where the feisty French Bulldog is crossed with the regal Shih Tzu. Small with medium to long haired coats and seen in a variety of colors, French Bull Tzu hybrids are cheerful and loving and will enjoy spending time with humans. Early socialization and obedience training will be helpful for your French Bull Tzu to ensure that he will be comfortable with children. The French Bull Tzu will not require much exercise, with a daily walk being sufficient. 

Date of Origin
French Bulldog and Shih Tzu

French Bull Tzu Health

Average Size
Male French Bull Tzu size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Female French Bull Tzu size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hemivertebrae
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Inverterbral Disc Degeneration
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Urolithiasis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cleft Lift or Palate
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Eyes
  • Spine
  • Heart
  • Blood and Urine Protein Screens

French Bull Tzu Breed History

Most experts believe that the parent breed, the Shih Tzu is a cross between the Lhasa Apso of Tibet and a small dog from China (a Pekingese for example). Often favored by Chinese royalty, they graced the royal courts of the Tang dynasty (618 to 907). The Shih Tzu became popular among commoners during the Ming dynasty; however, during the Chinese Revolution, the breed was nearly eradicated, with only seven dogs of each gender saved. It is from these dogs that the modern Shih Tzu is descended. In the early 20th century, Shih Tzu’s were brought to other countries like Norway, England and the United States. A standard to define the Shih Tzu was established in 1938. Many veterans from World War II returned to the United States with their adored companion the Shih Tzu, and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969. The French Bulldog, an irresistible canine from England (and then called the toy Bulldog), was first bred by lace makers as companions. When the loss of their craft forced a move to France, they took their little dogs with them. In France, the toy breed was further bred with the Terrier and the Pug, and the name changed to the French Bulldog. Today, this popular breed is a Hollywood star, living in the homes of celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Martha Stewart.

French Bull Tzu Breed Appearance

The endearing French Bull Tzu is a small dog weighing on average between 15 to 25 pounds. He can be seen in a variety of colors, often in red, white, black and brown mixes. With a face very likened to the French Bulldog parent, the coat is most often medium to long in length and is usually silky and fine. The body shape is a mix between the two parents; he can be slightly portly like the French Bulldog or long in form like the Shih Tzu. His tail is long and carried straight. Dark eyes are often framed with fur and sparkle with mischief. The muzzle is often short or flat.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown French Bull Tzu eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black French Bull Tzu nose
Coat Color Possibilities
red French Bull Tzu coat
white French Bull Tzu coat
black French Bull Tzu coat
brown French Bull Tzu coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
French Bull Tzu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

French Bull Tzu Breed Maintenance

Though a medium to long haired dog, the French Bull Tzu requires minimal maintenance. Brushing his coat three times per week will ensure that his coat is shiny and does not get tangled. A pin brush can be used and you may want to trim just a bit the fur around his eyes if it starts to hinder his vision. Some owners use the clippers if the coat is dense and thick. The nails should be trimmed every few weeks so they don’t curl under or break and the teeth need daily care as small dogs can be prone to dental decay.

Brushes for French Bull Tzu
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
French Bull Tzu requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

French Bull Tzu Temperament

The French Bull Tzu is a cheerful dog who will be very loving. He will love being with his humans and relish their affection, although he may be hesitant around noisy exuberant children. He can be stubborn but is typically not challenging to train as he really does love to learn and be involved in the action. He’ll have plenty of energy to enjoy obedience classes, so give him the opportunity to branch out and become comfortable with other dogs and people.

French Bull Tzu Activity Requirements

The French Bull Tzu has a lot of energy and will thrive with the opportunity for a promenade around the neighborhood twice a day. He’ll benefit from practising his social skills with the children next door and the dog down the street. In fact, trips to the dog park may be just what he needs to become an all around dog. Be sure to provide what he needs during all types of temperatures, whether it be a sweater in the cold or shade in the heat. The French Bull Tzu should not over exert himself in warm weather. He is suited to all living environments and is not known to bark excessively.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

French Bull Tzu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

French Bull Tzu Owner Experiences

6 Months
1 People
I got Izzy from my daughter as she kept bitting the children. I think it is just playing. She is so loveable and loves cuddles . She will cling to me wherever I go, and cries when I bathe or shower.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
8 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Very relaxed dog. We have 2 small kids, she loves to be around them. Always wags her tail around them. Very funny dog. Our French bull tzu looks like a French bulldog, but her ears aren’t up. Maybe that will change. She’s te sweetest and learns very fast.
2 months, 1 week ago
2 Years
1 People
I got he in a rehome situation one week before my husband passed away. She has been a god send.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
1 Year
3 People
Playing Ball
He loves to play has a ton of energy
1 year, 3 months ago
3 Months
4 People
We have a very loveable pup called Dexter. He loves being around people and playing. He is very inquisitive and is confident around other dogs. He does not like the heat and seeks out shade when it’s hot. We have a lot more training to do but in the few weeks since we have had him he has come on leaps and bounds and is now sleeping through the night.
2 years, 8 months ago
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