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Popular French Dog Breeds

At A Glance

French dog breeds are quite popular. Intelligent and quick to pick up commands, these canines are also extremely adorable. Their easy-going nature and loving personalities are an added bonus.

Read on to get acquainted with the best French dog breeds.

Last Updated on: May 21, 2022

France boasts of the finest wines and fashion styles. But did you know that French dogs are also exceptionally exquisite? Take a look at the most popular French dog breeds.

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Basset Hound

Famous for its scent-tracking abilities, the Basset Hound is a well-known French breed. They are calm and quiet dogs that like to stay close to their human companions.

They have a stubborn streak and are difficult to train for first-time dog owners. This breed’s loud and baying type bark can travel long distances. They don’t shed much and the only high-maintenance feature of theirs is their long droopy ears.

Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux are gentle breeds. They have a muscular body that is very strong. This breed was used to hunt large animals in the past. These are affectionate, loyal dogs with strong protective instincts.

They might get too stubborn at times and a bit standoffish when meeting strangers. Also, it is important to note that Dogue de Bordeaux shed heavily.



Löwchen is a very small dog and weighs not more than 10-15 pounds. Originally bred as companion dogs, they also make good alarm dogs and adjust well in apartments.

The Löwchen is a calm and loving dog with a low shedding coat and low exercise needs. You can expect them to accompany you for a lazy afternoon nap and an outdoor walk with the same lively energy.

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Great Pyrenees

This French guardian dog has a calm and well-mannered presence. Since they were originally bred as guard dogs, Great Pyrenees are protective of their family.

However, they are very easy to get along with. They are also independent breeds and are best suited for experienced dog owners. The Great Pyrenees has a thick coat that sheds a lot.



Easily weighing 50-100 pounds, the Briard is not a dog for first-time owners. This breed is loving and playful yet intimidating at the same time.

This breed is not meant for homes that have toddlers. On the other hand, if you love outdoor activities, this breed is the perfect canine companion.


Brittany Spaniel

Brittany Spaniels are hunting dogs with a high requirement for regular exercise. This breed has very high energy levels.

They are otherwise calm, affectionate, and easy-going dogs. They like to listen to their owners so training to obey commands is very easy.

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Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

The Basset Griffon is the liveliest French dog breed you’ll find. This breed can also track scents and follow its target into any terrain. They are very vocally expressive.

Get ready to clean up a lot if you bring this breed home as it sheds heavily.


Berger Picard

The Berger Picard is a lively, intelligent, and obedient dog that was bred as a herding dog. This is why this breed is overly protective of its territory and family.

Their training must include early socialization if you don’t want your pet to go off at every stranger on the street. They do not bark much and need regular exercise to stay fit.



Don’t go on the shaggy looks of a Barbet. This canine boasts of high intelligence and is very playful by nature. Make sure you provide it with a good mix of mental stimulation, physical exercise, and attention. Barbets have dense wavy hair.

While this breed doesn’t shed, its coat tends to get matted easily. If you have kids at home, Barbets are ideal as they are gentle with children.



If you love taking a summer dip in the pool, then the Poodle is the ideal canine companion. These are clever and good-natured dogs known for their well-balanced temperament.

This breed tends to adjust very well in large families. Poodles love to exercise and it is essential that you keep them mentally stimulated. They are hypoallergenic so they are perfect for people with allergies.

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These French dog breeds will make a great addition to any home. All that’s needed is a comfortable space, food, exercise, and an abundance of love. Remember to bring home a dog that best suits your family’s temperament.

What do you love about these popular French dog breeds? Tell us in the comments below.

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Meet Paul, a devoted dog dad to the delightful French Bulldog, Cofi. With a flair for humor and a deep understanding of Frenchie quirks, Paul brings a lighthearted touch to his writings. His relatable stories and practical insights are a blend of laughter and valuable advice and resonate with fellow dog owners.

Through his words, Paul aims to celebrate the joys and challenges of being a dedicated pet parent, reminding you that life is simply better with a four-legged, snorting sidekick by your side.