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What is a Frenchel?

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You’ve no doubt heard of the many crossbreed mixes–from Doodles to Schnoodles, Bullkitas to Pug-A-Mos. But recently we ran across one new crossbreed that I haven’t heard of before: the Frenchel.

Royal Frenchel (PRNewsfoto/Royal Frenchel)
Royal Frenchel (PRNewsfoto/Royal Frenchel)

What is a Frenchel Dog?

A Frenchel–also known as the Royal Frenchel Bulldog–is a mix of the French Bulldog and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Royal Frenchel, located in Rainier, Washington, is original breeder of this crossbreed. The mix was developed by owner Anahata Graceland when her daughter became ill and needed a service dog–but she realized that French Bulldogs were too fragile to travel to medical centers. She developed the Royal Frenchel Bulldog.

The mix is celebrated in Seattle at Royal Frenchel Day, an event held at Victor Steinbrueck Park near the city’s iconic Pike’s Market which serves as an annual reunion for Royal Frenchel families.

How Large is a Frenchel?

Royal Frenchels come in three sizes:

  • Regular. The Regular Royal Frenchel has a height of 14-15 inches and a length of 16-20. This is the largest of the Frenchels.
  • Small. The Small has a height of 12-14 inches and a length 12-16 inches. This is the medium-sized member of the family.
  • Micro Mini. The micro mini Frenchel has a height of 7-13 inches and a length 11-13 inches. This is the smallest of the Frenchels (as well as the smallest in the Bulldog family).

The Micro Mini dogs are the most expensive of the Frenchel sizes with prices ranging from $8,495-$13,995+.

Regardless of size, Anahata Graceland notes that “these loving and loyal companions have become a favorite among dog owners for their sturdy, confident demeanor and their unparalleled ability to form deep bonds with their human counterparts.”

Learn More About Frenchels

As with any crossbreed, learn more about each breed that makes up this purposeful mix to get a peek into the personality of the offspring.

Both the French Bulldog and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are very popular breeds (with the Frenchie moving into the #1 position in this year’s AKC ranking.)

Frenchies are known for their “bat ears” and are a Brachycephalic (flat faced) dog. Due to the French Bulldog’s large head and shoulders, mothers generally require a C-section—which means added expense for delivery as well as recovery for the mother, making Frenchies an expensive dog.

Nonetheless, the French Bulldogs are now America’s top dog and are celebrated every year on National French Bulldog Day.

Not to be outdone, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day is celebrated on International Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Day.

Cavaliers come in many officially recognized colors including the most common chestnut and white known as Blenheim, a name derived from Blenheim Palace.

If you’d like more information–including health concerns–on each of the two breeds that make up the Frenchel, check with the French Bull Dog Club of America and the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club.

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What is a Frenchel?
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