Health testing includes:

WARNING!

A Health Certificate is not Health Testing

  • X-rays of pups to determine if puppy has a stable spine or if it could possibly become paralyzed as it ages. www.offa.org/
  • Hip Xrays to determine dysplasia.www.offa.org/
  • DVM Cardiologist Heart Exam to determine defects in the puppy's heart that could cause your puppy to drop dead at 8 or 9 months old. www.offa.org/cardiac_about.html
  •  Blood test to determine Thyroid levels, Liver and Kidney function.
  •  Fecal test to determine worms, Coccidia or Giardia which can cause death if untreated in a young puppy.
  • Eye and hearing exams.http://www.offa.org/eyes.html
  • Patella certification testing.www.offa.org/

Health Certificate-

Vet examines your pet briefly by listening to heart, taking temp and makes sure the pet can stand on its own. All Health Certificate shows is pet appeared to be free of disease at the time of exam.

Average Prices here in Texas:

Quality Breeders offer both Pet and Show Quality-

Pet-$2500  to $4500

Show-$4000 to $10,000

Show breeders health test their pups for certain defects they feel likely to run in their pedigrees, but seldom perform all types of testing. Therefore ask what kind of health testing they do and take that into consideration when comparing to other quality breeders.

All Maxime pups are health tested for spines, heart, thyroid, fecal and blood before going to their new homes with a 5 year health guarantee. Breeder Susan Caton is available 24Hrs./7 for health advice for her puppies. As well as providing training assistance throughout the life of a Maxime French Bulldog.

WARNING: ALL these sources advertise Puppies for sale on the Internet.  DO NOT BUY A PUPPY FROM the INTERNET! There are many scams where breeders take money to get on their wait list. Don't fall victim to this scam

Craigs List & Newspaper sellers-$1000-$1800   These are either  Backyard Breeders, local puppy mills or scammers who suck you in with unbelievable price to get you to send them money and you never get a frenchie.

Puppy Mills- $1200-$2800.                      What is a Puppy Mill? 

Puppy Brokers- $1200- $3200                 What is a Puppy Broker?

Pet Shops- $4500- $6500- Supplied by Puppy Mills & Brokers

Breeders selling Liver (Chocolate) & Mouse (Blue) which are not bred by reputable breeders because they carry health problems - $6000-$10k. To see health issues associated with these designer colors that are not allowed by the AKC go to the Colors page of my website. Here

No health testing is done on any pups from these other sellers, warranties are vague and short. If pup has problems they do not return calls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Puppy mill FB produced from an imported sire and dam-HUGE weighs 40lbs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WARNING: This breed is prone to serious health problems that are life threatening and require EXPENSIVE care.

If you can't afford the price from a quality breeder who health tests, you can NOT afford the cost of health care for a low cost FB with no health testing and therefore undetermined health.

If all you are comparing is purchase price you need to also factor the cost of long term medical care for a puppy with hidden congenital health issues because the breeder does not health test nor breed healthy dogs.

Why do French Bulldogs Cost so much?

 American BRED French Bulldog's from Quality breeders that fit the breed standard require artificial insemination to reproduce. Since the dogs are not able to tell us when the time is right to be bred, costly progesterone tests must be done at a vet's office throughout the female's heat cycle to pinpoint the time of ovulation for insemination. Costs of 5 Progesterone tests and artificial insemination at a vet approx. $750.

Because the heads are big the pups cannot fit through the birth canal and require a cesarean delivery by a DVM. Costs-$750-$2000 depending on after hours delivery and vet's fee schedule.

Average size litter- 3 pups with mortality rate of 30%. Not uncommon for one of the pups to have died in vitro and absorbed by the mother, born with cleft and be put down or die shortly after birth with no determined cause.

Stud Fees- Run from $800 - $3500 for AKC Champion male dogs.

Bargain priced FB pups are bred from large, long backed, small headed, out at the nose French Bulldogs imported from Western Europe who can breed naturally because of their longer backs and larger size. Puppy mills prefer them like this because the small headed pups they produce can Free whelp without need of a costly cesarean making them more profit. The main problem with these French Bulldogs is they have more of a Terrier temperament than quality French Bulldogs. These larger puppy mill French Bulldogs bark more, need more exercise and can have an aggressive personality which is the opposite of what folks wanting a French Bulldog are looking for.

Besides breeding naturally the larger FBs produce larger litters because the dogs are larger.  MOST IMPORTANT draw back besides no health testing is they do NOT look or have the same temperament as Frenchies from quality breeders who breed for health and conformation.

Other Breeders

Large-40lbs, long back, no bone or muscle.

Out at the nose, small head, narrow muzzle.

Quality Breeders

Short cobby back, big bone with lots of muscle. Weighs 25lbs.

Flat nose, Huge head, wide muzzle.

Temperament-

More like a Terrier breed. Playful, Pavlovian, active, short tempered and barks a lot.

 

Temperament-

Quiet, deep thinker, SMART, laid back personality, loves to play and LOVES people.

 

This sweet little snoozing boy is five month old Oscar.  Oscar came off the plane in New York City from a Puppy Mill in horrible shape, a filthy, frightened, miserable little puppy, with giardia, hookworms, earmites, and congenital dry eye.

 His new owners didn't know what to do and no breeder to call for advice, but they did know they just weren't knowledgeable enough to care for a seriously ill puppy.  After just three days, angry and heartbroken, they turned their puppy over to FBRN Rescue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Daffy, a six month old Russian Puppy Mill Import is on her way to her Rescue foster home in New Jersey.  Daffy loves everybody, adults, kids, dogs, cats, she would probably even play with the squirrels if they would only let her.   There is not a bad bone in all of Daffy's cute little body.  She's even housebroken.  

Why would anyone dump Daffy?

 
Daffy itches.  Itch, itch, itch, itch, all day long. Her new owners wanted a cute little French Bulldog to play with, not an ambulatory veterinary bill.  With no one to counsel them and no understanding of the little dog's health issues, they opted to give her to FBRN rather than struggle with what they suspected might just be the beginning of her health problems.  

 

 

 

WARNING
Puppy Buyers Beware!!

 
This is little Bella. She died from parvovirus five days after purchase. Her owners were absolutely heartbroken and devastated...they didn't know that Bella was one of thousands of puppies that are imported into this country every year from Russian and Eastern European puppy mills by unscrupulous Import Brokers.

 
Before you buy, investigate! And help us break the cycle, for the sake of Bella and all the other little dogs just like her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUPPY MILL

The Urine and Poop drops down on to the dogs underneath........they cannot escape the filth.

Imagine living inside a box, surrounded by hundreds of barking crying dogs, for years and years, would you go insane?

The lightening was very poor but yet well enough for me to see the horrid conditions these cries were coming from. The smell was so bad that it brought your whole stomach up in your throat. And stung your eyes so bad that it blurred your vision to a degree.
There were dogs everywhere crammed into very small wooden box's that were no more then 5x3 in size.

 


 

In each one of these boxes there were anywhere up to 5 or more dogs in each,
Stepping on each other and trampling to get to the end for me to touch. There was one box full of Chihuahuas and one very tiny very pregnant girl that was being trampled to death. There were line after line of these makeshift boxes in a small building with no windows no ventilation.

 http://canine-world.com/mills.html     Do not show children.

 

 

Puppy mill females are bred over and over and over and over until they die.

No medical care because it is cheaper to let one die and replace it with her puppy.

 

 

PLEASE! Stop the cycle and tell everyone you know what you have learned so we can put a stop to this inhumane treatment. If you don't buy from them they will no longer be in business.
 

 

PUPPY MILL

The Urine and Poop drops down on to the dogs underneath........they cannot escape the filth.

Imagine living inside a box, surrounded by hundreds of barking crying dogs, for years and years, would you go insane?

The lightening was very poor but yet well enough for me to see the horrid conditions these cries were coming from. The smell was so bad that it brought your whole stomach up in your throat. And stung your eyes so bad that it blurred your vision to a degree.
There were dogs everywhere crammed into very small wooden box's that were no more then 5x3 in size.

 


 

In each one of these boxes there were anywhere up to 5 or more dogs in each,
Stepping on each other and trampling to get to the end for me to touch. There was one box full of Chihuahuas and one very tiny very pregnant girl that was being trampled to death. There were line after line of these makeshift boxes in a small building with no windows no ventilation.

 http://canine-world.com/mills.html     Do not show children.

 

 

 

Puppy mill females are bred over and over and over and over until they die.

No medical care because it is cheaper to let one die and replace it with her puppy.

 

 

PLEASE! Stop the cycle and tell everyone you know what you have learned so we can put a stop to this inhumane treatment. If you don't buy from them they will no longer be in business. 
 

 

PUPPY MILL

The Urine and Poop drops down on to the dogs underneath........they cannot escape the filth.

Imagine living inside a box, surrounded by hundreds of barking crying dogs, for years and years, would you go insane?

The lightening was very poor but yet well enough for me to see the horrid conditions these cries were coming from. The smell was so bad that it brought your whole stomach up in your throat. And stung your eyes so bad that it blurred your vision to a degree.
There were dogs everywhere crammed into very small wooden box's that were no more then 5x3 in size.

 


 

In each one of these boxes there were anywhere up to 5 or more dogs in each,
Stepping on each other and trampling to get to the end for me to touch. There was one box full of Chihuahuas and one very tiny very pregnant girl that was being trampled to death. There were line after line of these makeshift boxes in a small building with no windows no ventilation.

 http://canine-world.com/mills.html     Do not show children.

 

 

Puppy mill females are bred over and over and over and over until they die.

No medical care because it is cheaper to let one die and replace it with her puppy.

 

 

PLEASE! Stop the cycle and tell everyone you know what you have learned so we can put a stop to this inhumane treatment. If you don't buy from them they will no longer be in business.
 

 

 

Puppy mill FB produced from an imported sire and dam-HUGE weighs 40lbs.

Puppy mill FB produced from an imported sire and dam-HUGE weighs 40lbs.

 

A Reputable QUALITY breeder ...

HEALTH TESTS all breeding dogs and puppies.

So they only breed dogs who will pass on healthy genes to their pups.

 

1. Does not breed for pure profit, but for the betterment of the breed, and will have bred the litter for a goal to improve the breed. Those who make income from the breeding of multiple dogs and who rely on this income to pay their bills  are known as a "puppy mill".

    Here is an article that explains and defines puppy mill operations  

        http://www.almosthomerescue.org/puppymill/puppymill.htm

Videos about puppy mills-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HM8UmHM8Uo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3P0HXRmfKg&NR=1

A Reputable Breeder ...

2.  Does not breed multiple breeds. They breed because they are passionate about their chosen breed and want to improve it

 

 by breeding healthy puppies that will some day produce healthier dogs. The only reason to breed numerous breeds is to make income.

3. Will give the intended puppy buyers a full review of the breed, including drawbacks of the perspective breed first, such as potential health problems and exercise requirements. Will give historical information of how the breed was originally developed and especially indicating the breed temperamental "quirks" and if that temperament is suitable for the prospective family and their lifestyle. Responsible breeders do this so the puppy does not end up abandoned in a shelter because the buyer did not understand breed specific behavior and got the puppy because it was "cute" not knowing what its character would be like when grown.

4.  Will have bred the litter and have at least one of the parents for you to look at.  Good breeders allow new puppy owners into their home (where all the animals should live) to view living conditions of all their dogs.

Be leery of anyone wanting to meet you some where other than their home to hand over the pup. Also be cautious of breeders that have a "show room" set up where the puppies and the litter's parent(s) are viewed yet they have other buildings on the property you are not invited to view.

5.  Does not ship brachicephalic (flat faced) puppies under 12 weeks old during hot months of the year. 

6.  Never sells animals to a pet store.

 7.   Does not advertise puppies on a website where puppies are mass marketed with other breeds and breeders on one giant web sight like puppyfind.com, puppy4you etc.     

A Reputable Breeder ...

8.   Breeds for sound temperament and health. Actually, does health testing on dogs bred and puppies whelped.   In this breed  at least spine x-rays of the pups should be done. Additional testing may be done on patellas, palate exam, heart exam, hearing, thyroid and more.

A "Health Certificate" from a veterinarian is NOT Health testing.

     It is only a piece of paper the vet signs after taking the pup's temperature and looking for obvious signs of disease stating he examined the dog and it appears to be free of disease at the time of examination. These health certificates are required by air lines before they will allow your pet on the plane, but some breeders try and represent this paper as proof your dog was health tested by a veterinarian. This certificate has nothing to do with health testing to find a congenital condition that may show up months after you have your pet.

9.   Screens the homes their puppies will go to live. Puts the puppy's well being as the number one goal. Will know breed and puppy's capabilities and match puppy to potential buyer. All puppies have different personalities just like people. A good breeder will ask you about your lifestyle and know if a puppy's personality and energy level is right for your lifestyle. The breeder will do you and the puppy a favor if they tell you that a certain puppy or this breed is not the best for you.

10. Will have a sales contract and written health guarantee of at least one year. This document will outline exactly what is  expected of you as purchaser of the dog and what you can expect of the breeder as seller of the dog. This contract should protect you and the breeder of any hidden agendas.

11. Will explain average yearly cost of care for that particular breed. Proper amount of exercise, reasonable confinement, amount of food to feed, etc. ... before you purchase the dog.

12. Always be willing to answer questions long after you have paid for the dog and have taken it home. They should welcome and expect updates on the progress of the puppy's life.

13. Will be your best Veterinarian. Veterinarians have a general knowledge of most pets, however, a breeder specializes in his/her own breed.

     The breeder should be well read in medical problems of the breed they are producing, have extensive knowledge of health issues of their chosen breed, and may be able to guide you in areas where your veterinarian cannot.

     Should have breed club and other breeders they can share experiences with  that are tried and true for their breed.  Breeder should be able to recommend a veterinarian in your area that is familiar with the breed you are getting from them.

14. Will have AKC litter registered pups and not FCI  or APRI that can be converted to AKC.  Papers come with the puppy and not after they ship you the puppy.

15. Will provide at least a 3 generation pedigree to all puppy seekers before they purchase the puppy.  Will have on the average of at least one champion in EACH generation.

16. Is well respected by other breeders in their breed and belongs to breed specific organizations that educate and protect the breed. 

What makes a Breeder Bad? 

Other Breeders :

Since French Bulldogs are showing up in commercials and print ads they have become popular with the public and the demand has increased bringing this difficultly bred breed to the attention of breeders looking to turn a profit.  Therefore we are seeing an increased  number of French bulldogs in rescue with severe health problems coming from unhealthy and diseased dogs bred from unscrupulous puppy mill operations.  
 

Puppy Mills

Mass produced puppy mill FRENCH Bulldogs (both US and overseas-Russia and Western Europe) are not bred for health or temperament - many have diseases that may show up right away or months later costing their new owners lots of money in vet bills or tragic heartache in a long illness and early death. Puppy mills also breed multiple breeds to maximize their income.
 
Red Flag *** Puppies found in PET SHOPS, Flea Markets, newspapers, magazines or on Internet sites like (puppyfind.com, puppy4you.com, puppydogweb.com etc.) that mass market all breeds of dogs are FROM puppy mills. 
 

PUPPY MILLS are the only source large enough to supply the mass market demand of pups for the many uneducated people who buy on impulse or are not willing to wait and get one from a reputable breeder.

If you're going to buy a dog, MAKE SURE you visit where the puppies are bred and born. A lot of people can't turn down a great "deal", but I can tell you from experience that it's MUCH more expensive to pay vet bills for an animal that hasn't been bred properly. PAY THE EXTRA MONEY AND ENCOURAGE RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS!!

 

            http://canine-world.com/mills.html     Do not show children.


        
or click here  puppymill2

****Warning these pictures are graphic
and not for those who wish to remain in "ignorant bliss" and buy from an Internet site featuring many breeders posting pictues of cute puppies for sale they will ship to you so you can GET A PUPPY NOW that arrives at your local airport. I don't care what the website tells you-these are puppy mill operations and their pups were NOT raised in "a loving home environment".  I have even seen puppy mill websites showing a cute country cabin and representing the cabin as the "loving" home the dogs are raised in with their human family.

Besides health problems puppy mill dogs will not be a good representation of the breed in appearance or temperament. Often the puppy mill "breeding stock French Bulldogs" are imported from overseas where they are much larger and the dogs  free whelp-saving cost of vet bills for cesarean births compared to American FBs. These dogs will have smaller heads and NOT have flat faces, ears will be pointed and not round on top and they will be "nosey" like a Boston terrier or Boxer and in many cases not resemble a French Bulldog in any way including temperament.

For more information on puppy mills Google-Why are puppy mills bad?

Utube-search - puppy mill videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HM8UmHM8Uo&feature=related

Why do PetSmart and Petco not sell puppies in their retail stores?
-they do not support Puppy Mill operations and the only way they could have a constant supply of puppies is to buy from Puppy Millers.
 

PUPPY BROKERS-

 

Be careful of people on the Internet, newspapers and magazines selling pups that are not AKC registered. These dogs were imported to the US from out of the country puppy mills.  

Red Flag *** These IMPORT dogs are FCI or APRI registered or some other obscure canine registry that is not AKC, but the sellers claim they are AKC because they say they can be converted to AKC. 

These imports are also large (30-45lbs. when grown) and do not look like our domestic French Bulldogs.  These imports tend to be "out at the nose", long legged and appear more like "skinny" boxers and frequently contract Demodex mange due to stress of transport.

 

Western Euope imports-Huge, "out at the nose" with pointed ears snd hyper temperament.

White one is not acceptable color because it lacks pigment so more likely to go deaf and have severe skin allergies.

 

Puppy brokers advertise in the NEWSPAPERs, magazines and on Internet sites like puppyfind.com, puppy4you.com, puppydogweb.com etc. that mass market all breeds of dogs.

Red Flag *** Beware of any breeder that will not let you come to their home and look at the conditions their breeding dogs live in or who prefers to meet you somewhere away from their home with the puppy or ship you the puppy. You always want to examine the living conditions and the birth mother and make sure she is healthy and sound.

 

BACKYARD BREEDERS-

Small scale puppy mill operation with fewer breeds. Breeding stock receives better treatment than larger puppy mill, but quality of breeding suffers since no health testing and motive for breeding is profit. Many of these grow into larger Puppy Mill operations. These breeders primarily advertise in the NEWSPAPER and on Internet sites like puppyfind.com, puppy4you.com, puppydogweb.com etc. that mass market all breeds of dogs. No breed specific health testing and health of puppy is uncertain.

 

                                       

                                                        

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