French Bulldog Tail: Ultimate Guide

Are Frenchies Born with Tails?

Yes. They are born with short tails. French bulldogs are not born with long tails like most of the dog breeds. This is natural for Frenchie breed.

Are French bulldog Tails Docked (Cut OFF)?

No. French bulldog tails are not cut off or docked. Frenchies are born with short and stumpy tails. This is because they have been bred with other short-tailed dogs.

Same like pugs and terriers. The shape can vary, though. Some tail can be short or some can be crooked. All Frenchies are born with different tail lengths; some tails can be a little longer than others. There are three different types of French bulldog tail. They are straight and low, twisted and low and thick root with a slimmer end.

Newborn French bulldog puppies with short tails
Visual example of French bulldog short tails

History of French bulldog Tails

Many people do not even know there could a history behind this short and adorable tail in Frenchies. If we look at history, Frenchies used to have longer tails years before as compared to the ones that we see around today. Due to selective breeding, these Frenchies got shorter tails over time. History reveals that French bulldogs were used for dog fights and bull baiting. To prevent these lovable Frenchies from getting tail injuries, they were bred to get shorter tails over time. Today, French bulldogs are no more used to fighting. But because of the selective breeding, these breed of Frenchies have embraced their short tails as their natural look.

French Bulldog Tail Types

There are no such things as Frenchie tail types. Tails can be in different length, color or shape but not divided in types. There are Frenchies who have a bit longer tail than others, but it doesn’t mean they have a health issue.

Frenchie Tail – What Attention You Should Pay

When you bring home these French bulldogs, dog owners need to be aware of the health problems these short tails can bring. Frenchies usually experience different health problems with their tails and tail pockets.

A tail pocket is a wrinkle below the tail and above the rectum. All Frenchies may not have tail pockets. Because of this wrinkle, the tail pocket cannot be cleaned easily like other parts of the skin. Dirt and bacteria can accumulate in between the wrinkle folds, causing severe infections. Only a veterinarian can treat these infections. Once it is infected, symptoms can include swelling, pus formation, severe itchy skin, and foul smell. Such infections can be very painful and life-threatening for your Frenchie. So, they should be treated immediately by a veterinarian with an antibiotic course. In severe cases of infection, surgery may be suggested.

To avoid any infection, always keep the tail pocket of the French bulldog clean and dry. Use mild baby wipes to clean the tail pockets and dry them with a soft and clean cloth. Tail pockets need to be cleaned regularly to keep it infection-free.

Keep French Bulldogs Tail Pocket Clean

Tail pocket is place under Frenchie tail. Its a dark spot where any unwanted dirt gets. Dirt can lead to bad infections. Even after potty time there can be staff left. It is very important to time to time clean Frenchies tail pocket.

First tail pocket problem alert you might notice will be bad smell.

Second indicator might be driving / sliding on ass.

Tail pocket cleaning technique: We advise you to use a mix of mild water and baby soap. Put mixture on cotton ball or toilet paper. Gently lift up tail and clean tail pocket.

Here are simple video how to clean French bulldogs tail pocket:

Downside Of Short French Bulldog Tail

The French bulldog tail is also susceptible to sunburn and other genetic conditions. And if the tails are white, they are more prone to sunburn and other problems. Like other animals, these Frenchies love the outdoors and the sun and when they stay out too long under the sun, these short Frenchie tails can get sun damage. To prevent sun damage, keep your French bulldogs indoors and avoid letting them out in the sun especially during the noon hours. You can use a mild kid’s sunscreen containing zinc oxide on your bulldog before going out in the sun. Or you can consult the veterinarian for any skin queries regarding your Frenchie tail skin.

Small French bulldog in bed

No matter how gorgeous your bulldog may look with its short and cute tail, it is unfortunate that these lovable dogs with short tails can develop a genetic condition called Hemivertebra. French bulldogs with screw tails are especially prone to this condition that affects the dog’s spine. Hemivertebra cannot be prevented in the French bulldogs as it can be genetic condition. It can cause walking difficulties, limb paralysis, and urinary or fecal incontinence, especially in older dogs.

What is “Hemivertebra” and What it Affects?

‘Vertebrae’ means any of the bones or segments composing the spinal column. From neck to tail. Hemivertebrae – this condition usually develops when the Frenchie is around 9 months old. This is the time when the spinal cord of the bulldog is forming its actual shape. If only one or two vertebrae show deformity in the dog with no major symptoms, then it can be classified as a mild case of Hemivertebrae. In more severe cases, this condition can have a serious impact on the dog’s mobility. Plus side is that this spinal problem is rear.

How To Deal Hemivertebrae Spin Problem?

Only a veterinarian can treat this condition. This condition can be detected in French bulldogs by undergoing an X-ray and physical examination by a veterinarian. The vet could also perform a CT scan or an MRI to determine a hemi-vertebrae condition in the Frenchies. Painkillers may help in mild cases, but when it gets very serious, surgery may be the only option for the Frenchie. It is recommended not to breed dogs who may be suffering from this condition.

You should not be worried about. Fortunately only a few percent can suffer from this illness.

Final Thoughts About Frenchies Tail

Pay attention and keep clean frenchies tail pocket. Don’t let any infection develop.

Keep away from sunburns. Its not like your frenchie is banned from sun. No, just once a while check if tail not getting red (sunburn).

No worries, Frenchies have naturally short tails. They are born with short tails.

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