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Owning a Frenchie is a very important decision and it’s likely you have some questions. Below are some common questions we are frequently asked:

Why buy a French Bulldog?

Frenchies are the clowns of the dog world. They are loyal and fun loving companions. They do well in spall spaces. They are active and agile and love to play, but caution in overdoing it. They crave attention and love to cuddle – hence beware of those ‘French kisses’. They like other animals and children.

How much do French Bulldogs cost?

The average cost of a French Bulldog from a good breeder is anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 and should be a quality dog with good bloodlines, a good genetic and health background, and whether you purchase a show prospect or a pet/companion French Bulldog.

Why do French Bulldogs cost so much?

Breeding French Bulldogs is an expensive and time consuming hobby. Raising a healthy litter requires a great deal of experience. Health testing, stud service fees, quality vet care, showing expenses to prove a dog/bitch is worthy of being bred, small litter sizes, c-sections being standard for the breed can add up to costs in excess of $3,000 or more. If you find a ‘bargain’ puppy, beware of the shortcuts that have been taken. The cheap puppy may not even resemble a French Bulldog and often supports the puppy mill trade that can’t wait to start breeding a popular dog. There are health problems in any breed, but the pet store or cheap Frenchie may be riddled with problems and lack proper breed type.

How do I find a good breeder?

Visit the following article from the AKC on tips to finding a responsible breeder:

http://www.akc.org/press_center/facts_stats.cfm?page=responsible_breeder

Why should I buy from a show breeder?

We are AKC Breeders of Merit. Showing a dog/bitch is a sport that requires a great deal of time and commitment. It shows the breeder cares more than just producing puppies for money. A ‘show dog’ is not just a fancier kind of dog – it is a sign that the breeder cares about producing sound dogs that conform to the breed standard and have great temperaments.

What are the breeds health concerns?

First of all, French Bulldogs are a Brachycephalic breed. This fancy word means that they have a short face and condensed breathing systems. This accounts for their adorable snorting and snuffling sounds, but can be a serious matter for their health. Anesthetics should be administered by an experienced vet and only for critical procedures. They also can be prone to overheating in hot weather and need to be kept quiet and cool. Other health issues include back problems, elongated soft palate, flat nostrils, and allergies. It is essential to have a vet who understand Brachycephalic breeds, care for your French Bulldog.

What are the most common problems with bulldogs?

The Bulldog is a man-made breed and is beset with a bevy of health issues.  This needs to be remembered when purchasing a puppy.  Some of the more common health issues are:  hip dysplasia, back problems,  elongated soft palate, breathing, snoring, weather, lick granuloma (licking of the feet causing cysts), and breeding.  The life expectancy of the average Bulldog ranges from 8 to 10 years; some live longer, some leave us sooner.  No matter what time they have here with us, they greatly enhance the lives of all they meet.

How much grooming is required for a French Bulldog?

French Bulldogs are a short coated breed and they do shed. They are a wash and wear dog. Regular nail traimming, brushing with a soft brush, and ear cleaning and anal gland expression on a regular basis is a must. Have your vet show you how to safely clean the ears and the vet can safely express anal glands. Their ears and noses tend to get dry and vitamin E oil so it’s recommended that you use a nose cream such as Bert’s Bees and nose and paw lotion.

What are acceptable colors for Frenchies?

All Brindle, Fawn, white, brindle and white, fawn and white (honey pied) are acceptable. Avoid websites that advertise rare colors or Foreign bloodlines. These are puppy millers who are not benefitting the breed. Unacceptable colors are solid black, blue our mouse, liver, black and tan, solid black and white, white with solid black, and lilac.

What kind of health care and feeding is required?

Check with your vet for vaccination schedules, heart worm medication and flea and tick control. Feed a quality dry small breed and small kibble dog food. Quality table scraps (protein only) and canned food show not be more than 10% of the diet. Stay away from dog foods with wheat or high in other grains such as corn, since they trigger allergies or more flatulence. Meat or chicken, meat and fish by-products should be the number one food ingredient in your dog’s food. Short back breeds are prone to gas. Price does not mean that the food is better. Read all food ingredient labels and French Bulldogs require a small breed formulation. Adding a small amount of salmon oil in the liquid form, can help condition the coat and we add water to food to help them swallow better, Feeding twice a day is best, and free feeding is not desirable, as it leads to obesity or picky eating.

Why crate train my Bulldog?

Crate training is one of the best things you will ever do for your puppy/dog.  The idea is for the puppy/dog to feel his crate is his own special place where he is safe and happy. Remember, dogs were originally cave dwellers. The main objective in crate training is to make sure the crate is the proper size; large enough to sleep in comfortably but not so large as to use one end as a bathroom.  Always potty your puppy/dog anytime he wakes up (from a good night’s sleep or a nice nap) and after meals.  Puppies/dogs should sleep in their crates at night and when they nap. This keeps them safe and out of harms way. Reward your puppy/dog each time you crate him, either with a small treat or your praise.  The puppy/dog should be crated when left alone, when you are not at home or if you cannot give him the required attention. Crating him keeps him safe and out of trouble. This does not mean he should spend the majority of his time in a crate – the majority of his time should be spent by your side – the crate is his safe haven when you aren’t around.  It will take a little time to get the puppy/dog accustomed to not being with you but in his special place (his crate).  If used properly the crate should keep your puppy/dog safe and secure and should help keep your home from puppy/dog destruction. Remember, the crate is your puppy/dog’s safe haven, his sanctuary when he just wants to get away from it all. Be sure to keep his crate clean, padded with soft bedding and water available at all times.

What kind & how much exercise do Bulldogs require?

You may be surprised at just how active and agile a Bulldog can really be.  He can run and play with the best of them, but not for as long a time period. Bulldogs and French Bulldogs love to play with their humans. They also love attention and cuddling before and after their exercise. Schedule exercise in the morning and the afternoon and watch closely that the dog does not get overheated.

Why spay/neuter contract on pet/companion bulldogs?

The only reason not to spay/neuter a dog is if you plan on breeding.  A pet/companion dog should be just that – a loving pet and companion to its human counterpart.  Some people believe a dog will gain weight after being spayed or neutered, this is not the case – this is a myth.  Although, some dogs may become less active after spaying or neutering the process itself will not cause weight gain.  If you notice your dog is putting on weight you should monitor the food and treat intake, cut back where needed, and increase exercise.  It is suggested that Bulldogs be spayed/neutered around six months of age.

Un-spayed bitches/females run the risk of mammary and ovarian cancer.  Un-neutered dogs/males run the risk of testicular cancer, perianal adenoma tumors, and perineal fistulas.  To help extend your Bulldog’s life and keep them healthy – SPAY/NEUTER.

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