30-35 lbs
United States
French Bulldog
Chinese Shar-Pei

The independent Frenchie-Pei is a stoic and loyal companion dog. It is medium-sized, but does not require much exercise. Frenchie-Peis have an average lifespan of 8 to 11 years, weight of 30 to 45 pounds, and height of 15 to 17 inches. They have a short, smooth, and dense coat that comes in variations of apricot, blue, black, brown, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, white, and fawn with possible sable and brindle patterns, as well as various markings on the face and body. This hybrid likely originated in the late 1900s and is growing quickly in popularity in the United States due to its calm demeanor. Still, it is not stabilized and can vary widely in adult size. appearance and personality, even within the same litter.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
French Bulldog, Chinese Shar-Pei

Frenchie-Pei Health

Average Size
Male Frenchie-Pei size stats
Height: 16-17 inches Weight: 40-45 lbs
Female Frenchie-Pei size stats
Height: 15-16 inches Weight: 30-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Chinese Shar-Pei Fever
  • Mast Cell Tumors
  • Skeletal/Joint Conditions
Minor Concerns
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Skeletal/Joint Conditions
  • Eye conditions
  • Skin Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Demodicosis
Occasional Tests
  • Biopsy
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood and Urine Tests
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Hormone Analysis
  • Cardiac Test
  • Clinical Exam

Frenchie-Pei Breed History

The Frenchie-Pei gets its name from its parent breeds: the French Bulldog and the Chinese Shar-Pei. The French Bulldog has a colorful history and a long one; a descendent of the molossers, the breed started out in sport and bull-baiting which were both, fortunately, outlawed allowing the French Bulldog to move on to a more pleasant life. Known in the history books of France and North America, the Frenchie was a favorite companion among society, whether rich or poor. From the lace makers in England to the farmers in France, the French Bulldog then moved on to the show ring where they were a popular addition. The French Bulldog was added to the American Kennel Club's list of breeds in 1989. The Chinese Shar-Pei – as its name suggests – originated in China. The exact origin is difficult to pinpoint because of obscure breeding records. Many believe it is a relative of the Chow Chow, while others think it is closely related to the Thai Ridgeback. Regardless, it is commonly accepted that the Chinese Shar-Pei was around as early as the Han Dynasty in 200 B.C. Chinese Shar-Peis were employed as farm and guard dogs, as well as hunters and fighters. Many died off during the Communist Revolution in China, but the few Chinese Shar-Peis that remained were bred in British Hong Kong and Taiwan. In the 1970s, Matgo Law, a business man from Hong Kong, authored an article that urged Americans to rescue the Chinese Shar-Pei from extinction. Since then, the population has grown significantly in North America and was recognized by the AKC in 1992. The Frenchie-Pei is a relatively new hybrid, but is gaining popularity quickly. It is likely to have originated in the late 1900s around the time the Chinese Shar-Pei’s population was rebounding in North America.

Frenchie-Pei Breed Appearance

Frenchie-Peis look like large French Bulldogs with a muscular build and lots of folds on their faces and bodies. When they are puppies, some say they look like baby hippos because of the shape of their broad and flat muzzle. Full grown, Frenchie-Peis are medium-sized and weigh between 30 and 45 pounds. They typically grow to be between 15 and 17 inches tall. Their coats are short and smooth and come in combinations of apricot, blue, black, brown, chocolate, lilac, red, cream, white, and fawn with possible sable or brindle patterns and various markings on the face and body. They usually have the signature Frenchie “bat” ears and big, dark, and friendly eyes. Their muzzle is relatively short and their face and body are covered in excess skin and wrinkles – a remnant of the Frenchie-Pei’s Chinese Shar-Pei lineage.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Frenchie-Pei eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Frenchie-Pei nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Frenchie-Pei coat
sable Frenchie-Pei coat
fawn Frenchie-Pei coat
white Frenchie-Pei coat
cream Frenchie-Pei coat
brown Frenchie-Pei coat
black Frenchie-Pei coat
blue Frenchie-Pei coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Frenchie-Pei straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Frenchie-Pei Breed Maintenance

Frenchie-Peis are not hypoallergenic and are not suitable for owners with allergies. Due to their short coats and minimal shedding, they do not require much grooming at all! Frenchie-Peis should be bathed occasionally with special attention paid to keeping their ears clean of wax build up and debris to avoid infection. Owners should also be cognizant of cleaning between their pets’ face and body folds to prevent irritation and the progression of skin diseases. Beyond this, owners should brush their Frenchie-Pei’s teeth every day, as well as clip their nails once a month.

Brushes for Frenchie-Pei
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Frenchie-Pei requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Frenchie-Pei Temperament

Frenchie-Peis are relaxed and observant companion pups. They like to sit back and enjoy the company of others, especially their owners. In fact, this breed is known to be extremely loyal – much like its Chinese Shar-Pei parent. Still, Frenchie-Peis can be a little standoffish around strangers and other dogs – but aren’t typically aggressive. At the same time, Frenchie-Peis are occasionally playful and always extremely affectionate to family members. They enjoy lounging around the house and “guarding” their belongings, like chew toys and crates. Frenchie-Peis rarely bark, but may snort and sniffle because of their short snouts and well documented respiratory issues. They are extremely smart and tend to be quite easy to train. Because of their relatively low energy and independent personalities, this breed can easily live in apartment and urban environments. Busy households may appreciate the fact that these dogs do not need constant attention. Nonetheless, a great Frenchie-Pei household will attend to its need for occasional affirmation.

Frenchie-Pei Activity Requirements

Frenchie-Peis are relatively calm animals that do not need a lot of exercise. On average, they only need about 15 to 30 minutes of daily activity. They may enjoy a short walk or a romp inside, but mostly prefer to relax around the house. They do show a little spunk when they are excited by a newcomer or meal time, however. This breed also enjoys playing with chew toys and will engage with other friendly and furry friends. Frenchie-Peis are extremely sensitive to heat, so it’s important for owners to monitor their pets’ temperature, especially if it’s a particularly hot day. Accordingly, Frenchie-Peis do best in temperate to cool climates. Even though this breed is independent and chill, it won’t ever rebuff affection and snuggles from the humans it loves best.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Frenchie-Pei Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Frenchie-Pei Owner Experiences

1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Play with him on the floor
Trying to teach him tricks
watching him chew on his chew toys
He is very happy, and although we have never brushed his teeth, his teeth are shiny and white because he chews on his chew bone. he is very healthy because he picks on his sister, a German Shepard - Labrador mix. Playfully, of course. Sometimes he gets on random kicks of wanting to play, and starts to play bite your feet until you play with him. Overall he is a great dog. Highly Recommended
6 years, 4 months ago
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