What You Should Know Before Owning a French Bulldog
Affectionate, kindhearted, funny, and fascinating with great alertness – all represents the necessary qualities for the best most fantastic pet friend you could get. And all are specific traits that show in a French bulldog puppy. But there are many things that you should know before you consider buying or owning a new French bulldog puppy.
Things like are you really ready to look after one? should you really be getting one at this time? Have you thought long and hard about its diet? bathing? aggressive behaviour? What about raw feeding and whether or not they are in fact a dangerous puppy to actually buy in the first place. Other Factors that you need to consider before you own a French bulldog puppy are its ongoing cost and of course what is the main reason you actually want one, Why are you getting one?
How big does a French bulldog get?
Don’t worry your French bulldog will not grow to be the size of a bear or maybe something else that’s large! It will not over power the household, nor will it become difficult to look after. Frenchies will only grow to around 12 to 14 inches tall (around 30cm) which is about the size of a normal domestic cat I guess. Pretty solid little dogs though with males weighing in at around 26 pounds and females about 23 pounds on average.
How much does it cost to own a French bulldog?
First of all, beware of buying a Frenchie from classified sites. Only use reputable breeders. A typical French bulldog will cost you around the $2300 mark, even more for a rarer breed. But there is so much more expense involved with owning a French bulldog as one owner shared with me.
As she put it, “The cost of owning a French Bulldog is not for the faint of heart” Here’s why…
The owner of this particular Frenchie discovered that one of her dogs had a neck problem, and although she had purchased her French bulldog from as reputable breeder (she has 4 altogether so knows what she is doing) the diagnosis and surgery to rectify the issue set her back almost $10,000.
That’s obviously if there is a health issue with your Frenchie, which being a Brachycephalic breed is not uncommon. So let’s assume this doesn’t happen to you, here is a common breakdown of what it would cost you to own a French bulldog:
- Grain free food: $50-75/bag
- Yearly exam and shots: $150 minimum
- Fecal test: $25
- Heartworm test: $30
- Heartworm and flea prevention: $80/6months
- Routine vet visits for ear, eye skin issues: $100 min per visit
- Adoption fee if rescue: $400-700
- Purchase fee if from breeder: $1,500-3,000
- Major cost due to health issue just to name a few:
- CT or MRI imaging: $2,000 minimum
- Spinal surgery: $4,000-8,000
- ACL or knee surgery: $2,500 minimum
- Palate, nares or both: $500-1,500
- Cataract surgery: $3,000
- Allergy testing: $600 minimum
Pretty scary huh? So it doesn’t really matter where your Frenchie comes from you are going to have to be prepared to invest a lot more money in him or her than your normal everyday dog.
Here are a few more pointers to help you .
1) Sterilize your French Bulldog. Spaying a female bulldog prior to the initial “heat” helps prevent breast cancer and lessens the opportunity of any uterine infections. Sterilizing male French bulldogs prior to their four month helps to prevent testicular cancer and give ways to a healthy prostate. It also helps combat some of their more unwanted and aggressive habits that can creep in.
2) Make sure you take your French Bulldog puppy for routine medical examinations and stay fully up to date with all vaccinations. You should also ensure you do a month-to-month home evaluation of the skin, eyes, ears, nose, teeth and gums. Just make sure nothing looks untoward. If you’re unsure check with the vet.
3) Keep your Frenchies teeth clean. Brush them on a routine basis. Always use anesthesia-free cleaners. Anesthesia can be dangerous to a French Bulldog breeder, due to their respiratory sensitivity. However, due to the generally laid-back attitude, it’s normally quite easy to carry out this task!
Diet and Weight
4) Keep your young dog at a perfectly healthy and balanced weight. Overweight Frenchies are always likely to suffer from a puffy or bloated abdomen and breathing difficulty (because of their stature). Only feed them top quality, grain-free or organic dog food. You should check they include actual meat and/or veggies. A proper and natural diet will ensure your puppy is not as flatulent as he may be on less natural foodstuffs.
Also a raw food diet can work well for young French Bulldogs.
5) Take your Frenchie for a stroll every day. French Bulldog young puppies are suitable for apartment life because they do tire quickly and don’t like long periods of intense activity. Yes, they do need exercise, but not the long walks and throw and fetch sessions some breeds must have.
6) Brush your French Bulldog puppy weekly using a rubber brush or rubber grooming hand to make sure all of their loose and dead hair is effectively removed. They don’t shed an awful lot.
7) Keep your pup clean around the mouth, they do slaver quite a bit so need to be cleaned up regularly.
8) Bathe your French Bulldog whenever necessary. Typically every two months will be more than enough. Tidy the ears with aid a cotton ball and child oil or else through using ear maid for canines. Keep your Frenchie’s nails cut to a comfy length as well.
Well being of Your Frenchie Pup
9) French Bulldogs do have difficulty in regulating their body temperature. This is because of much shorter nose and how it is situated on the head. They can overheat quickly in hot environments. If this happens and they are nort cooled down fairly quickly your puppy can become ill very quickly.
10) Being a flat-nosed breed, these dogs are not only in danger from heat, they don’t function well in extreme cold either. So, the rule is, keep them cool throughout the summer and make sure they don’t work themselves too much and overheat. And, in the winter, keep them warm and perhaps allow them to exercise a little more vigorously.
11) Finally – take extreme care around water. The majority French bulldogs are not able to swim.
What Is A Blue French Bulldog Puppy?
There are a number of various selections with regards to the color variations available in the coat of a French Bulldog. There are guidelines set out by the breeders association and you should check these out. The official requirements that most breeders acknowledge are set by the American Kennel Club in the U.S and The Kennel Club of Great Britain in the U.K.
The color of the Frenchie coat solely turns into necessary when considering the canine for skilled show purposes. A few of the coat colors and markings aren’t acceptable when wanting to make use of a French Bulldog for shows and competitors events. When a French Bulldog is presented in the present ring with unacceptable coat colors or markings, the dog can be disqualified from competitions. All dogs which are to be shown in competitions, should meet the breed standards.
Dogs that don’t meet the breed standards are often not bred within breed. This particular breed are normally bought as pet-high quality companions to folks not keen on showing the dog. As a result, pet quality Blue French Bulldogs are usually lower in price.
Frenchy pups are very definitely one of the most hefty boned, wildest, thickest, overdone puppies you could ever hope to meet! In terms of breeders, make sure you go to a registered breeder to buy your puppies. Make sure you get the certificate that signifies that the bloodline is true and that the dog(s) are strong and healthy. A good breeder will try to improve the bloodline through each generation and this is important for the future health of your Frenchy pup. A certified breeder really is the only place where you will find proper healthy French Bulldogs for sale.
I know it’s all too easy to just fall in love with the first frenchy you encounter that is for sale. Lets face it – they are adorable! But, and this is important, do make sure you go to a proper breeder and don;t get seduced by local or Internet ads. Such “brokers” will likely have imported the dogs and you will have no come back or guarantees to the health and bloodline.
Once you get your French Bulldog home expect a great pet. But also you must be ready to train your French bulldog properly and that will take time and effort.
They are fun, lively and a joy to be with. But, they can be demanding of your time and attention and do tend to run out of steam fairly quickly. You can buy online these days as well. Online dealers do tend to offer a “pick and mix” type service where you can choose color, features, price even etc. And of course, buying online is super easy.
But again, I say, beware. If an online deal looks too good to be true it probably is. A properly bred and certified French Bulldog Puppy can cost $2,000 and upwards. If you’re offered one for $300 it’s probably a scam. If you do buy online, make sure you complete rigorous checks as to the authenticity of the dealer.
Buying from a breeder is still (in my opinion) infinitely preferable. Indeed most Frenchy owners go on to establish long-term relationships with the breeder they buy from. This is because you can share breeding rights and income from subsequent litters. And of course it is just handy to be able to speak to the breeder for help and advice along the way. It all helps you get the most enjoyment from owning your dog.
There is no doubt caring for a puppy needs a bunch of time and attention. We will deal with training and providing a comfortable home for your dog in separate articles on the site. I hope you have found this “buyers guide” useful. Make sure you use this guide when looking for French Bulldogs for sale.
Your Breeder Is Vital
It’s worth discussing traits and features you want in your puppy with the breeder. Although do bear in mind, the more demanding you are on colour etc, the longer you may have to wait for the perfect dog. Once your puppy is born and has been identified, do go and visit during the first 8 weeks of bonding.
The way mother conducts herself will give you some insight into the likely behavior of your own puppy. Breeders will do everything they can to satisfy your needs. They are interested in building a long-term relationship with you. This could include future joint breeding rights for example.
They will also be able to help you pick a puppy that has the right character traits for your home as well. It pays to know what qualities you want from your Frenchy up front. It’s also worth noting that French Bulldog Puppies are notorious for building habits quickly. And, once a habit is established it is very difficult to break if it is undesirable! Finally, talk to other customers / partners of the breeder. This will give you a true insight into what he / she is like and how they deal with their customers on an ongoing basis.
Hopefully you will be having a long relationship with your breeder so it helps to know, up front, if that is going to work for the good of all – including your puppy!
Some general rules that would be helpful if you are thinking of getting a Frenchie Puppy
- Go to a trusted source / breeder
- See the puppy in the breeders enviornment
- Ask the breeder what inital training has been carried out
- Insist on seeing documentation
- Don’t buy online
- If you have children, take them with you to see your potential pup.
The price of your latest addition to the family is generally set by the breeder and current market conditions – beware they are not cheap. the purity of the bulldog puppies breeding line will also have a bearing on price. If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is!
Ensure your new french bulldog puppies have AKC, UKC or UK registration.It is possible to hold dual registration.