Bumps On The Head Of Frenchie Puppy

Skin problems are among the many substantial morbidity and mortality that your Frenchies may face. Itching, allergies, blisters and bumps, hot spots, loss of hair, and a poor dull hair are just a few of the skin conditions or disorders of a Frenchie that can vary in intensity from moderate discomfort to severe inflammation that necessitates veterinary attention.

One of the most common causes of bumps in your Frenchie’s head is the onset of an autoimmune disease. A Frenchie’s body will fight itself for a variety of causes in autoimmune disorders. Frenchies with autoimmune disorders can develop as a result of medicines, hereditary abnormalities, or an unknown reason at some time.


Head bumps in French bulldogs resemble tiny bulges underneath the skin. These Frenchie bumps can indeed be little or large. They commonly develop on the head, abdomen, groin pleats, underarm, and chest. Bumps are usually followed by severe acne and flaking in oily dogs. These bumps can also be described as a lumpy or rough texture, elevated wheals, and skin redness. They can range in size from 1 up to 20 cm in diameter and can develop in a central site or all over your Frenchie’s body.

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Bumps and lumps are common to a Frenchie, but there are some cases that it needs medical attention because it might be a harm to the health of your dog. Here are the possible causes why there is a cluster of bumps on the head of your Frenchie.

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⚕️ Papillomavirus

Viruses, like papillomavirus, are capable of causing the development of small spherical noncancerous tumors known as dog warts. These warts, called papillomas, can be flat, although they frequently resemble cauliflower. Warts usually appear mostly around your dog’s mouth and head, and they are more common in Frenchie puppies.

Your Frenchie gets infected with papilloma from other dogs and not from those other people or animals. Your French Bulldog may contract papillomavirus as a result of the virus’s weakening or breaking in the skin of other infected dogs or other Frenchies also. Because the papillomavirus may survive for weeks around the air, it is typical for an infected Frenchie to consider leaving the location where it gets infected to avoid complications.  The bumps from the virus Warts generally go away after several weeks as your Frenchie develops antibodies to the illness.

⚕️ Mast Cell Cancer

Cancerous bumps or tumors primarily develop when Frenchies get old. However, in some cases, your Frenchie can be diagnosed as early as the signs are observed. Mast cell tumors in French Bulldogs are either cancerous or benign masses of mast cells that might cause harm.

These tumors might start out as a pruritic rash and stay tiny and unsightly for months to years. Mast cell tumors in French bulldogs could have a wide range of appearances, including benign cysts from fats, skin tags and zits, and stings. Veterinarians are well aware of your Frenchie’s high risk of mast cell cancer. So when they notice a mass or bump, vets will remove a few samples to determine what the bump is composed of.

The majority of mast cell tumors are effectively removed and therefore do not require additional intervention; nevertheless, a Frenchie with a mast cell tumor may develop another, so owners must be alert and vigilant. Mast cell tumors can affect almost any part, although they are most commonly found on the abdomen, head, thighs, and groin area. Therefore, a regular checkup at the veterinarian’s clinic is advised. However, if you notice a growth or slight bump, arrange a meeting with the vet as soon as possible.

⚕️ Skin Allergic Reactions

Bumps are a typical sight in Frenchies, notably when dietary sensitivities cause them. These bumps may have lesions, skin discoloration and dry blisters that is obvious on the paws, limbs, head, and abdomen, as well as dry, flaky skin in regions on the body. If your Frenchie is constantly itching, gnawing, or nibbling these places, they are most likely allergic. Environmental sensitivities behave similarly to food allergies.

When your Frenchie comes into touch with a contaminant that just doesn’t interact with their system, their antibodies might become hypersensitive. The overly sensitive responses then produce an excessive quantity of histamine, causing an allergic reaction.

⚕️ Pimples and Acne

Pimples or acne in French Bulldogs can be a reason of having a variety of causes, including bad hygiene, nutritional deficits, skincare products, and infectious diseases. Spots on the Frenchie dog’s face sometimes seem like whiteheads, reddish lumps, and clogged pores, making them simple to identify. The sign of your Frenchie scratching their face and head on the ground might potentially be the cause.

If pimples are not treated promptly, they can be highly irritating when handled. Reddish bumps or inflamed pimples are common on the Frenchie’s skin, with moderate instances of acne. In more complicated cases, this might result in widespread inflammation of the mouth and snout, bleeding sores, or facial scabs.


Bumps are often hard in texture, but if you suddenly felt soft and sticky texture, your dog might have spots filled with pus or abscess. This type of bump is most likely to have a bacterial infection. Aside from the physical signs of the bump, you might observe that your dog starts to get weak, it doesn’t have an appetite, has hyperthermia, is bleeding, and produces an unusual odor.

Remember that external abscess or those that you can see on the surface of the skin is better to diagnose than an internal abscess. The type of abscess that comes from the inside needs several tests to determine the possible cause for it. Typically, bumps with abscesses are often treated by incision and drainage then putting some oral and topical antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection.

However, after the treatment, you still need to monitor the site of infection, for it may grow again if not maintained with proper hygiene.


Though some bumps are somewhat normal in a French Bulldog, it is still advisable to manage them, especially if you do not know the reason for the bump.

French Bulldog being examined for bumps by a vet. (Photo credits: Americal Kennel Club)

🐕 Proper Hygiene

Proper hygiene is the most basic thing that an owner must do to his dog. If an environmental allergy causes the bump, it will help if you clean your dog using hypoallergenic grooming things. There are also available anti-inflammatory gels that help reduce the irritation of the bumps. Also, clean the face of your dog after eating because left food particles may cause the itchiness forming bumps.

🐕 Diet Meal Plan

Having bumps on your puppy’s body may also occur if it doesn’t have enough nutritious treats. Provide clean, fresh water to stay hydrated and cleanse the body naturally. Be cautious on what are the things that have been inside your Frenchie’s mouth. If you don’t know what are the food allergies of your dog, better to visit the vet to have it checked before going to your home.

🐕 Clean Your Environment

French Bulldogs are susceptible to infections because they like to nibble and play on the ground. If your Frenchie has already bumps anywhere of its body, better to stay away first where you think your dog plays frequently. Its playground might be a home to many viruses and bacteria that cause its bumps. Like as mentioned earlier, papillomavirus can be acquired from the environment, especially if it plays with another dog.

🐕 Go To The Vet

Suppose you cannot distinguish what kind of bump is in the head of your Frenchie, better to consult with a vet. Expect your vet that he will get a sample by incision or tweezing some bumps and test it if it’s benign or malignant. After that, the vet will prescribe topical medications to reduce the inflammation and irritation.

🐕 Secure The Place

Keep an eye on her nutrition, make sure she is getting enough activity, and polish her coat on a regular basis. Be sure to check the screening and immunization plan that the vet proposes for your dog. Close your doors, tidy up your place, and lock-off rooms that are possible for danger as needed. Securing your home will prevent your Frenchie out of mischief and away from stuff it shouldn’t eat. Maintain a regular diet for your Frenchie and avoid feeding her meals. Any unusual signs and symptoms might indicate a dangerous illness or simply be a minor or transient issue. The critical point is to know how and when immediately to contact veterinarian assistance.


Your Frenchie may look innocent and bubbly, but it hides many details under its coat. The bump may look like just a simple small pimple, but it may bring harm to your Frenchie. Overall, health care is indeed essential because this is the principal root of the underlying condition. Check also the genes of your Frenchie, especially if it has a mixed breed.