Pets are the only
family members we can choose, so do your research carefully!
So you have
decided to buy a French Bulldog and change your life? Good for
you, you will be a better person for it.
DO NOT purchase a French Bulldog from a retail pet store or
from the Internet! The Internet is a great place to do your
homework and research, but you will be very disappointed if you
purchase a puppy on-line.
1. How Do I Find My New French Bulldog?
2. How Much Do French Bulldogs Cost?
3. What Type of French Bulldogs Are There?
4. Please Describe the French Bulldog Market?
5. Are French Bulldogs Good Urban Dwellers?
6. Are French Bulldogs Good With Children?
7. Are French Bulldogs Good With Other Pets?
8. What Are Some French Bulldog Negatives?
10. Why Use a Responsible Breeder?
11. Steps to Consider When Purchasing Your 1st French Bulldog
12. French Bulldog Health
Keep reading to
find the answers to the must know questions
HOW DO I FIND MY NEW FRENCH BULLDOG?
FBDCA (French Bulldog Club of America)
FBDCA Breeder List
HOW MUCH DO FRENCH BULLDOGS COST?
Rescue dogs: a fee to cover vet bills incurred by the rescue and
lots of love and understanding.
QUALITY AKC breeder show quality dog: $3,500 to $5,000 or more.
QUALITY AKC breeder, pet quality dog: $2,000 to $3,500.
"Backyard" breeder", unknown quality dog: $1,000 to $2,000.
Puppy Mill, unknown quality dog: $800 to $1,800.
Rescue Dogs are a wonderful way to acquire a French
Bulldog. If your love for dogs and French Bulldogs is great, you
should definitely register yourself with the local French
Bulldog rescue. You may have to be very patient since there is
no schedule for French Bulldog rescues. And you may need to
invest extra love in your rescue if it has special needs. Please
beware if you have other pets at home or children, rescue
Frenchies may not be compatible with everyone in your family.
Show Quality Dogs are the best puppies in a breeder's
litter. The puppy exhibits great potential to achieve its AKC
championship if someone invests the time, money, and energy to
If you choose a Show Quality Dog and intend to show it to its
championship, you cannot spay or neuter the dog. Dogs in
competition must be in-tact. If you choose this option, a
responsible breeder is very likely to ask you to co-own the dog.
This is a good sign. This means the breeder is trying to
preserve its bloodlines and discourage sub-standard breeding.
Co-ownership means that one person cannot register the dog's
litters or offspring with the AKC, two people must sign and
register the litter, you and the breeder. If you have the dog
spayed or neutered, the co-ownership is usually immediately
Pet Quality Dogs are the other puppies in a breeder's
litter. Pet dogs are often missing one or more traits that
ensure its championship. Ask the breeder why the puppy is
considered a pet. Pet Quality Dogs almost always require
spay or neutering within the 1st year of ownership. This means
the breeder does not want to continue the traits of this dog in
its kennel and is happy to sell the puppy to you.
The price of Show Quality Dogs and Pet Quality Dogs is often
determined by the dog?s pedigree. If both of the dog?s parents
were champions, the puppies will be more expensive than if only
one parent were a champion. And four champion grandparents are
better than three.
Backyard Breeders often include AKC papers, but it is
difficult to find information on the kennel or the dogs
pedigree. These kennels often breed many varieties of dog
breeds, not just French Bulldogs. Since French Bulldog breeding
is really not a part-time job, the quality of the breedings will
suffer. No health testing and prospective owners should
scrutinize every inch of the transaction and take their new
puppy to a DVM for an immediate examination.
Puppy Mill Dogs are the most unfortunate French Bulldogs.
Bitches are bred back-to-back-to-back, often to death. Not many
human women want to conceive every time they are able, it is
neither healthy for the baby nor for the mother. And since the
French Bulldog breeding stock is low and limited, litter sizes
are small, and litter delivery is expensive, every Frenchie
bitch in a puppy mill is bred back-to-back-to-back.
More frequently, puppy mill dogs are imported to the US from
other countries. Though many great dogs come from outside the
US, the growth of puppy mills and exporters to the US continues
to grow and choke the French Bulldog rescue systems. In addition
to physical health problems from bad breeding and poor
environments, imported dogs appear to have a greater aggression
rate than US bred dogs. It is likely that this is because they
are not socialized with people and other dogs early in their
lives, they are crated on trucks and ships like cattle to
WHAT TYPE OF FRENCH BULLDOGS ARE THERE?
PLEASE DESCRIBE THE FRENCH BULLDOG MARKET?
In 2002, the AKC lists 975 registered litters and 2,938
registered offspring (puppies) for French Bulldogs in the ENTIRE
US! In the same year the AKC lists 1,316 French Bulldog
So about 75% of the registered breeders are having a litter with
about three puppies each year. Less than 3,000 French Bulldog
puppies entering the market each year is a small drop in the
bucket compared to most other popular US dog breeds.
French Bulldog litters are difficult and expensive for breeders.
Dogs and bitches are screened for their eyes, spine, and hips
before mating. Dogs are often tested for motility. Bitches are
often progesterone tested before they come into heat. Bitches
are often artificially inseminated, and often deliver with
Breeding French Bulldogs is not a money-making endeavor. Many
people that offer to sell you their puppy are barely breaking
even (unless they are a puppy mill). Even with sky-high puppy
prices and waiting lists, I do not know any French Bulldog
breeders driving Porsches these days.
BULLDOGS GOOD URBAN DWELLERS?
Definitely! Their size is perfect for apartments and they do not
require wide open spaces. They are short-haired and
single-coated and do not shed as much as other dogs (or even
cats). Their energy level and exercise requirements are far less
than other breeds. Frenchies like being with their owners,
regardless of the space or circumstance.
Older Frenchies may have a difficult time going up and down
stairs due to arthritis.
ARE FRENCH BULLDOGS GOOD WITH CHILDREN?
Mostly, yes. No dog should be unsupervised around infants and
toddlers who poke and pull them, including Frenchies.
Generally, Frenchies like anyone who pets them or shows them
affection. Sometimes Frenchies will gravitate to adults because
they know that adults pet and scratch them better than children.
If the child is old enough to show them affection then the
Frenchie will become a close friend and guardian.
Frenchies will follow children dropping food all day long.
ARE FRENCH BULLDOGS GOOD WITH OTHER PETS?
Sometimes. Most Female Frenchies have type-A, leader-of-the-pack
attitudes with both humans and animals. They love this role and
always aspire to be the best.
Frenchies love chasing cats! but if your cat does not like being
chased by a snorting clown, your cat may never come out of the
closet. If your cat has its front claws, you should not get a
Most pet integrations are naturally minimized if the new dog is
a puppy. If it is not a puppy, carefully evaluate your home and
its members, and your ability to train and coach the entire
If you have other pets, try to arrange a meet-&-greet with the
new Frenchie and your family. Nose-to-nose. A responsible
breeder will not refuse to help you. A responsible breeder will
do everything they can to ensure their Frenchie finds the
Some responsible breeders may exclude you from buying one of
their Frenchies because of your family, children, and pets. Do
not be insulted. The breeder actually does know best.
WHAT ARE SOME FRENCH BULLDOG NEGATIVES?
sturdy but have delicate bone structure.
Frenchies sink in the water (and quickly drown).
Frenchies overheat VERY easily! THIS CANNOT BE OVERSTATED.
Frenchies sometimes have expensive medical needs.
Frenchies can be bossy with other dogs, especially in their
Frenchies can suffer from separation anxiety.
If you are looking for a dog to play for hours in the park, run
with, play and swim at the beach, and take everywhere you go, a
French Bulldog is NOT FOR YOU. Get a lab.
If you travel a lot or work long hours, get a plant not a French
Frenchies cute squashed faces actually make it very difficult
for them to regulate their body heat. In 70 degree weather they
must be carefully monitored while outdoors. In 80 degree weather
they may only be good for 15 minutes outdoors. In 90 degree
weather they may only be good for 10 minutes outdoors. Some
Frenchies living in warm locals benefit from throat and nares
surgery to increase their air flow and ability to cool down.
Frenchies should NEVER be left inside a car! Sure, everybody
says that about dogs in general, but Frenchies are especially
sensitive and intolerant of heat.
When Frenchies seriously overheat they can quickly die. They
have a soft palate which swells when they are suffering from
severe heat exhaustion. Their saliva turns very thick. If they
are not cooled down quickly they can asphyxiate (choke). In
addition to water they may need ice cubes, or ice cubes rubbed
on their belly, or quickly stuck into a cold shower.
WHY USE A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER?
Responsible breeders focus is on reproducing the positive health
and character traits of the breed and its bloodlines. Their
motivation is love of the breed.
Many responsible breeders offer a health guarantee of some sort
for their dogs. You should ALWAYS ask for a health guarantee.
Frenchies should come with a health guarantee in writing.
Would you buy a $2,000 kick-ass TV and not expect to receive a
product guarantee of some sort?
Many responsible breeders also encourage (or insist) that you
return your Frenchie to them for ANY reason if you cannot care
for your it. You may not get any money back unless it is a
puppy, but rest assured your Frenchie will have a loving home.
A good breeder will share plenty of info about their kennel and
breeding practices. A good breeder will share its puppies' Sire
and Dam pedigrees. If your Frenchies bloodlines had hip or eye
problems in the past, your breeder will know if your new puppy
is prone to similar traits.
STEPS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING YOUR 1ST FRENCH BULLDOG?
1. RESEARCH. The
FBDCA and AKC sites are good places to start.
2. Firmly decide that a French Bulldog is right for you and your
household. Evaluate your lifestyle, work habits, travel
schedule, and house-mates.
3. Go to a dog show near you. Meet breeders, handlers, and
lovers of Frenchies to gather inormation.
4. Register with the FB Rescue Network if you are committed to a
5. Speak with French Bulldog breeders by phone and in person.
Most responsible breeders will blow you off if they believe you
are not serious or committed to this decision. Be prepared.
Responsible French Bulldog breeders receive TONS of daily phone
call and email inquiries about litters and puppies. It may seem
snobbish, but their scrutiny often avoids unfortunate
circumstances with poorly prepared owners.
6. You may be required to pay a deposit for a future litter or
puppy, or to fill out an adoption questionnaire to get on a
waiting list. Reputable breeders will not ask for a deposit before a litter is
born, but will ask you to fill out an adoption application.
CAUTION with deposits! Never give a deposit before a litter is born.
7. Visit the breeder"s kennel. You are a fool to purchase a
Frenchie without witnessing how it is raised and socialized.
Do your best to choose a breeder and kennel within 4-5 hours
drive from your home. You should avoid shipping your Frenchie by
airplane if possible. Go to the kennel once to inspect the
litter and parents. Go to the kennel a second time to execute
the transaction and pick up the puppy. Do not do both in the
first trip because you will be blinded by extreme cuteness and
you will certainly cave and take a puppy home, good or bad.