Frenchies and Teething
The teething stages of a French Bulldog puppy
Here are the various stages you can expect with a normal Frenchie puppy.
1. French Bulldog baby teeth start coming through around 2 to 3 weeks
Frenchie puppies aren’t actually born with teeth. Their milk or baby teeth won’t start growing through the gums until they are a couple of weeks old.
French Bulldog baby teeth start to grow through at the same time their eyes begin to open.
In terms of which baby teeth come first it’s usually in this order:
- Front teeth (incisors).
- Canine teeth (at which point they can start on solid foods).
- Pre-molars (stop coming through after about 6 weeks).
There will be 28 baby teeth in total and they should fully stop growing through at around 8 weeks of age.
2. French Bulldogs start teething and growing adult teeth at 12 weeks and onwards
French Bulldog puppies don’t hold on to their baby teeth for very long. They will start to fall out, being pushed out by the adult ones.
When do French Bulldogs lose their baby teeth?
When do French Bulldogs start teething? French Bulldog puppies will start to teeth at around 3 months of age. They then start to lose their baby and milk teeth which will start to fall out, being pushed out by the adult teeth. The 28 milk teeth will eventually be replaced by 42 adult teeth.
3. French Bulldog puppies stop teething – age 7 to 8 months
French Bulldog puppies will stop teething at about 7 to 8 months of age. It can sometimes be shorter or longer, but by this stage all their milk teeth should be replaced by adult teeth.
4. How long do French Bulldogs teethe for – between 20 and 24 weeks
The entire Frenchie teething process from start to finish will take longer than you might expect. In most cases, they will have stopped teething after 24 weeks, but it can end as early as 20 weeks from the start of the process.
To conclude, adult teeth do take longer to grow in than milk baby teeth. The molars are particularly prone to taking longer to push through.
However, by around 8 months of age, your French Bulldog puppy should have stopped teething completely and will now be the proud owner of 42 strong and health adult teeth. I have heard of some puppies finishing teething at 4 months, but this is very unusual.
Signs of teething in French Bulldog puppies
I probably don’t need to tell you the first one, but it’s the chewing frenzy:
- Excessive chewing: when puppies start teething, they will start trying to chew everything and anything. They chew because it helps them to relieve the pain in their teeth and gums.
- Small loose milk teeth: you might find cute little baby teeth stuck in toys or on the floor. These have now made way for the adult teeth to grow through. Perhaps you could be the tooth fairy, and leave a treat under their bed?
- Blood spots on toys: you might also see small spots of blood left on the toys or furniture they have chewed. Don’t panic, it’s entirely normal and is simply where the gums are bleeding and is not a cause for concern.
- Excessive drooling: many Frenchie puppies will also drool when they are teething.
- Floppy or droopy ears: this one can easily panic you, but please don’t. French Bulldogs teething ears is common. It happens because they are young so need the calcium in other areas of their developing body, including new teeth. This can make their ears behave very erratically, but they should stand up in the end.
- Red and inflamed gums: the gums can swell and look angry. This is particularly true once the milk teeth have gone, as the adult teeth will be fighting to push through. Once they do, expect the blood spots.
- Short attention spans: your Frenchie puppy will be distracted and possibly irritable. Try to soothe them, pay them lots of attention, and use toys to keep them active.
- Mild fever: just like human babies, puppies can also suffer from mild fevers when teething. Again, it’s nothing to worry about, and just requires you giving them care and attention.
- Look out for misaligned teeth: you might find that there’s a particularly stubborn baby tooth that refuses to come out. This can happen when the baby and adult teeth aren’t aligned together. The adult tooth will grow through next to the baby tooth and can actually cause an abscess. If it does, consult with your vet.