Can you imagine a French bulldog with
long hair? They are not frequently seen but really exist even though they are
not common at all. They are like all other Frenchies but with very long hair
for the breed. They are the result of a rare genetic cross of the hair genes of
the parents. It is a gene that has been carried through from past generations as the breed was being developed in the 1800's
The Long Hair Gene in the French Bulldog is a gene that produces a layer with higher capillary length. It is present in numerous breeds. It poses no threat to health, however in some breeds it is considered absent or a genetic alteration of the breed and many criticize them but the dogs are healthy and they do not have to have any problems. It also has four different types of the gene, L1 L2 L3 & L4, varying degrees of coat length and thickness.
The long hair gene is an autosomal recessive gene, meaning, no genetic dominance phenomenon but for this heritable trait to be transmitted it is necessary that the offspring receives the gene from both parents.