You’ve seen the photos of adorable French Bulldogs on Instagram or Pinterest and you want one of your own. I don’t blame you, I met a couple of friends’ frenchies and fell in love!
Before you get caught up in the instant desire to add to your family, here are 5 things to consider when getting a French Bulldog.
French Bulldogs are in High Demand
In 2010, the French Bulldog won the non-sporting breed at Westminster for the first time. The popularity of the breed has increased since then and just like high demand for a product brings out low quality imitations, the same thing happens with dogs. Add in unscrupulous “sellers” who use the internet to prey on those emotionally invested in acquiring a French Bulldog and you can find many people who are without their dog or money.
French Bulldogs are expensive!
There is no inexpensive french bullodg. Due to their popularity along with costs to breed and deliver French Bulldog puppies, breeders will command a high price and rescues dealing with health care costs have no choice but to charge higher fees than other breeds to cover vet bills. You can find a variety of prices from breeders, but keep in mind that not all breeders are in for the health of the breed so much as earning money. Rescues often get frenchies when owners decide they can no longer handle their health care costs.
French Bulldogs Have Health Problems
From allergies to IVDD, if you’re planning to get a French Bulldog you would do well to read up on the health care issues that might arise in your frenchie and consider how you’ll fund them. Search Go Fund Me and You Caring for French Bulldog and you will get an eye-opening look at the health care issues and (shocking) costs. Insurance is a option to strongly consider in addition to having a well-funded savings account, especially if you rescue an older frenchie.
They are Stubborn
Training a French Bulldog requires just as much diligence if not more as training any puppy (and really dog training is about training the owner). They’re adorable, strong-willed, but strong-bodied so you’ll need approach to training with different tactics and tools like a front clip harness to help with walking on a leash and a crate to housebreak.
They Love Attention
They’re adorable and make great companions, but they also love a lot of attention. I sometimes refer to Vince as Velcro Vinny because he wants to be everywhere I am and/or he wants me to do what he wants to do. This isn’t a terrible thing for many owners, myself included, but a French Bulldog isn’t the kind of dog you get if you just want a dog around the house or leave in the backyard alone.
If you cannot find a breeder local to you and you decide to work with someone online, tips to consider when looking for a French Bulldog breeder:
* Get their full name and location
* DO NOT wire or send a money order
* Know how to do a Google reverse image search – make sure the images they provide cannot be found elsewhere online
* Ask for references from those who have had a dog placed by this breeder – not just their website or Facebook reviews
* Ask about the puppy’s mother and father
* Ask about the conditions they raise their puppies
* Ask how they handle visits from interested parties
* Ask how they handle transferring the dog to you – cargo ship is a NO!
* Ask about health guarantees – if offered, get it in a written contract
A breeder with nothing to hide and who isn’t trying to make a quick buck will be happy to assure you their breeding is solid and on the up and up. In short, do your research and pay attention to any red flags so you can do what’s best for the dog and you!
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