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Buying A French Bulldog!

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Tips for buying A French Bulldog Puppy

Posted by BlueCoat, Feb 3th, 2018

When inquiring about a French bulldog puppy, ask about their parents. Make sure the parents are certified by dog breeding standard organizations, such as the American Kennel Club (AKC). If the parents are AKC registered, their pedigree will show their bloodlines and lineage. We recommend avoiding puppies that have inbreeding in their lineage. High levels of inbreeding can increase the chances of a dog being at risk for both known and unknown inherited disorders. Responsible breeders avoid close inbreeding.

Review the breeders' social media accounts such as Instagram, Facebook, Pintrest. Pay attention to the living conditions of the puppy's parents. Look for pictures that show the demeanor and personality of the parents. Frenchies are loving, playful, and sociable dogs. They love attention and human interaction, quality breeders socialize and play with their Frenchies to ensure family friendly pets.  When viewing the parent's photos look for breed standards such a bat ears, size and proportions. Similar to people, puppies will have the same genealogical characteristics of the parents.  

Interview the breeder you are considering buying your French Bulldog puppy. They should be familiar with the health, care and behavior of the breed.  Ask about the puppy's and parents' diet. Quality breeds typically feed their dogs high quality meat based food as well as health supplements and vitamins. Quality breeder also typically screen and informally interview potential clients to ensure that their puppy's will be cared for and placed in loving homes.

Know what you are purchasing. French Bulldogs are an investment and should be treated as such.  Responsible breeders always follow well-documented breeding processes and should be able to  provide certification for each litter.   The certification should show at least 3 generations of bloodlines, so that you will know your puppy's pedigree. Your puppy should also have a veterinarian health statement to ensure the puppy has no health issues and is free from any genetic health problems.

A Healthy French Bulldog!   

General Appearance: The French Bulldog has the appearance of an active, intelligent, muscular dog of heavy bone, smooth coat, compactly built, and of medium or small structure.

Size, Proportion, Substance: Ideal weight is 28 pounds.

Proportion - Distance from withers to ground in good relation to distance from withers to onset of tail, so that animal appears compact, well balanced and in good proportion. Substance - Muscular, heavy bone.

Head: Head large and square. Eyes clear and healthy, wide apart, set low down in the skull, as far from the ears as possible, round in form, of moderate size, neither sunken nor bulging. No haw and no white of the eye showing when looking forward.

Ears: Known as the bat ear, broad at the base, elongated, with round top, set high on the head but not too close together, and carried erect with the orifice to the front. The leather of the ear fine and soft. The top of the skull flat between the ears; the forehead is not flat but slightly rounded. The muzzle broad, deep and well laid back; the muscles of the cheeks well developed. The stop well defined, causing a hollow groove between the eyes with heavy wrinkles forming a soft roll over the extremely short nose; nostrils broad with a well-defined line between them.

Flews black, thick and broad, hanging over the lower jaw at the sides, meeting the underlip in front and covering the teeth, which are not seen when the mouth is closed. The underjaw is deep, square, broad, undershot and well turned up.

Neck, Topline, Body: The neck is thick and well arched with loose skin at the throat. The back is a roach back with a slight fall close behind the shoulders; strong and short, broad at the shoulders and narrowing at the loins. The body is short and well rounded. The chest is broad, deep, and full; well ribbed with the belly tucked up. The tail is either straight or screwed (but not curly), short, hung low, thick root and fine tip; carried low in repose.

Forequarters: Forelegs are short, stout, straight, muscular and set wide apart. Dewclaws may be removed. Feet are moderate in size, compact and firmly set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails. Hindquarters: Hind legs are strong and muscular, longer than the forelegs, so as to elevate the loins above the shoulders. Hocks well let down. Feet are moderate in size, compact and firmly set. Toes compact, well split up, with high knuckles and short stubby nails; hind feet slightly longer than forefeet.

Coat: Coat is moderately fine, brilliant, short and smooth. Skin is soft and loose, especially at the head and shoulders, forming wrinkles.

Color: Brindle, fawn, white, and white, solid black, mouse, liver, black and tan, black and white, and white with black. 

Gait: Correct gait is double tracking with reach and drive; the action is unrestrained, free and vigorous.

Temperament: Well behaved, adaptable, and comfortable companions with an affectionate nature and even disposition; generally active, alert, and playful, but not unduly boisterous.

Why Healthy French Bulldogs Cost So Much? 

An average price for a well-bred French Bulldogs can range from $3,500 & Up. French Bulldog is just not an easy dog to breed, mainly due to their high-price breeding procedures. French Bulldogs have narrow hips which makes breeding difficult, females are artificially inseminated. A reputable breeder have several visits to the veterinarian to ensure breeding is successful during conception. This is a fairly costly and time consuming process. Most French Bulldogs tend to have larger than average heads, which can cause a difficult delivery through the birth canal. Therefore, Frenchies are delivered by C-section, which is a very costly procedure. When these things are taken into consideration, along with the normal vet bills, medicines, food, toys, play areas, shelters, and attention that must be devoted to these dogs, breeding Frenchies gets to be an expensive and time consuming.

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