Standard For the French Bulldog Breed: Height:11 inches to 1 foot tall at the shoulder Weight:16 to 28 pounds Life Span:11 to 14 years
Do French Bulldogs have a lot of health problems? French Bulldogs, like any purebred dog have their own issues that can arise within the breed. Frenchies are brachycephalic (flat faced, like pugs, English bulldogs etc.) they cannot tolerate the heat well. They are predisposed to have issues with elongated soft pallet, narrowed trachea, or stenotic (pinched) nares that make breathing in the best conditions harder, than for a non-brachycephalic breed of dog. Even though they are predisposed to these health concerns, frenchies are considered the healthiest among other bulldog breeds.
Why are French Bulldogs so expensive? This is one of my most frequent questions, but I would like to start off by saying that if this is your first question, a bulldog may not be the breed for you. Besides the initial cost of purchasing a puppy, you must realize the upkeep that is required for this breed of dog. Frenchies are a man-made breed, meaning they do not breed naturally, they are bred by a veterinarian by artificial, or surgical insemination. The insemination only takes place after tests determining ovulation and fertility of the female. After the insemination takes place, mothers are given supplements daily to help them maintain a healthy pregnancy. The day the puppies are born, they are not able to be delivered naturally due to body shape and size of female frenchies so they are delivered by cesarean with our veterinarian. We and the staff at our veterinarian’s office are on hand to help revive and care for each newborn. After the puppies are born, for the next 3-4 weeks they will need around the clock care. The average litter size of a French Bulldog is 4 puppies and females only have 3-4 litters in a lifetime. Now including the next 4 weeks spent making sure your puppy is a happy, healthy, well socialized puppy is the task at hand until the puppies are 8 weeks old. This doesn't include the cost of the puppy’s parents, their upbringing, vet visits, health testing and proper diet. All these things factor into the price of a French Bulldog puppy from an ethical and caring breeder. Exact prices of puppies are determined by color, markings, pedigree, and structure of each individual puppy.
Are French Bulldogs high maintenance? French Bulldogs are considered a high maintenance breed, as they need their face wrinkles cleaned, their paw pads and noses hydrated, nails clipped, and regular grooming.
Do French Bulldogs bark a lot? French Bulldogs are not big barkers, but you may get an occasional alien noise, snort or fart.
Are French Bulldogs good watch dogs? French Bulldogs can make good watch dogs, just be careful they don't become too territorial!
Are French Bulldogs good companion dogs? They are fantastic companion dogs. They are fun, entertaining and loving. The French Bulldog is delightful, and easy to groom. They have great personalities and each has their own individual quirks and they are usually great with children!
How do Frenchies take to apartment living? Frenchies do well in apartment living because they are "low maintenance" dogs. They cannot be outside for long periods of time so they do not need room to run and be free, Frenchies are relatively small weighing between 18-28 pounds, and they love to cuddle whether on the sofa or in your bed.
Are French Bulldogs sociable? Frenchies are very sociable and need to be socialized starting at a young age. Puppies purchased from us will be socialized to other dogs, large and small, children, loud noises etc. All our puppies are raised in our home and each puppy gets the love and attention it needs and desires. After your puppy has received its final set of shots at the age of 14-16 weeks, you will want to allow your puppy to be social with other animals, and other people, bring your puppy in the car and on adventures, this helps your puppy grow into a socialized dog that will not be afraid of the unknown, and creates a better quality of life for both the Frenchie and their owner. Your Frenchie should NEVER be penned up for long stretches of time. He or she needs to be a part of your life.
Are French Bulldogs good with children? French Bulldogs typically do well with children as long as they socialized at an early age. All children need to be supervised with puppies, as this is for the child's and puppy's safety.
Are French Bulldogs good with cats? That very much depends on the individual dog and whether the dog or the cat was introduced first to the household. If you already have a cat be prepared for possible failure.
Are French Bulldogs good with other dogs? This is very much a matter of personality combined with experience. For any individual dog, it is a question that must be tested to find the answer. Be sure that the test is supervised at all times. Try using the pen to introduce your new Frenchie to other dogs. While they are protected, get your other dog’s reaction and the Frenchie’s response. Sooner or later, a puppy may attempt to establish dominance in some cases with smaller or more submissive dogs.
Are French Bulldogs easy to train? They can be very willing. They can also be very stubborn and hardheaded too. If you make it a game they’ll want to play all the time. Frenchies are often considered people pleasers and love to be the center of attention.
Do Frenchies snore? Yes, Frenchies can snore and some are rather loud at it. Snoring is also aggravated by breathing deficiencies.
What are some breathing problems? Sometimes you may find a Frenchie that is noisy or has labored breathing. They may have a longer tongue or an excessive soft palate that is obstructing their airway. Smaller nose openings can exaggerate their already noisy breathing characteristics. Note: Other symptoms of elongated soft palate are spitting up or regurgitating food or foam frequently. Consult your veterinarian for corrective alternatives. These corrective alternatives should not be performed unless necessary.
What about feeding? Be aware of artificial preservatives and excessive protein and fillers. Some dogs may have allergic reactions to certain commercial foods. Read the label and know what suits your dog’s needs best. Consult your veterinarian if your dog experiences food allergies. Food allergies are not uncommon in Frenchies. A small bag of the food your puppy is currently eating will be a part of the package you receive; this way you can continue that food or slowly transition to a food you feel is better suited.
Potty training? We train all puppies on dog litter. This starts for them at 2 weeks old. From my experience this makes for an easier transition to outdoor potty. The litter gets the pups used to a different texture under their feet making the transition to grass easy. We do not take pups outside until their second set of vaccinations is given. Some dogs are harder than others. Crate training is very helpful in house breaking. A dog perceives it as their “den” and will not soil it. Develop a routine after they eat, before bed and first thing in the morning, and be consistent. A minimum of three potty breaks a day are necessary. For puppies, potty breaks should be every two hours. Remember a puppy’s little bladders may not be under control as quickly as we’d like, so be positive.
Do Frenchie's shed? Yes, but these dogs are single coated and shed less than most other breeds.
How do I find a vet familiar with French Bulldogs? Finding a vet that is familiar with bulldog breeds is very important if you are considering adding a frenchie to your family. If you are local to Central Illinois we will most certainly recommend some great vets, if not we can find a breeder in your area and hopefully make a connection to see what Veterinarian they use in your area. We do not recommend using Banfield Pet Hospitals. Just like any profession there is good and bad and this company seems to employee some very inexperienced veterinarians. Look at it this way there is always vets graduating at the top and some barely get through.
If I don't live in Illinois how can I get my puppy? We have many resources for flight nannies to your closest major airport. If time allows I may be able to personally fly your puppy to you. Puppies are flown in cabin with a nanny or myself this is a much less stressful option. This usually costs between $400-$550.
How can I pay for my puppy? We accept Venmo for deposits, For the rest of the payment we accept cash, or Venmo (up to $2500) or certified check, we do not accept personal checks.
How do I place a deposit? When we start accepting deposits for puppies, you will be able to place them via Cash App or Venmo. We require a signed contract before any deposit is placed. Any deposit placed is NON-REFUNDABLE for any reason, so please be sure before you send one. Deposit are nonrefundable since I am considering the puppy sold and turning away all other potential buyers. We guarantee the health and quality of our puppies. Once a deposit is placed and a contract is signed, the puppy will be reserved for you until he/she is ready to go to their new home. Deposits to hold the puppy are $1000. A deposit is not intended for you to have more time to think about getting the puppy or not. We do not hold puppies for people to "think about it", chances are another family is considering the same puppy, to ensure you get the puppy you want, then you must place a deposit. Puppies will need to be paid for by the time they reach 7 weeks of age, if they are traveling so we can make travel arrangements within the next week for when they are 8 weeks old.
How much do your puppies cost? Puppy prices start at $3,500.00 Puppies are priced based on conformation, pedigree, color, and registration.
Do you offer shots, de-worming or other initial services? Absolutely! The puppy will come with 1st set of shots, de-wormed, microchipped, and health examination by a licensed Veterinarian.
Do you provide care instructions or consultations after purchase? Yes, I make sure I am always available to answer any questions you may have, help you find a good veterinarian in your area, anything you may need we will help you the best we can! You will receive a puppy package after purchasing one of our puppies, it will come with informational material to help you and your Frenchie better understand each other. It also includes toys, a blanket from home with the scent of Mom and their litter mates, to help with their first few nights in their new home, a sample of food your Frenchie is currently eating, and treats. We are also always available to help you or answer any questions you have. We want to ensure you and your puppy have the best life together, and we like to form long lasting relationships with our puppy's new home, we love updates, photos and for you to keep in touch with us!
Can I purchase or reserve more than one puppy? Yes, you can reserve more than one puppy if we have more available.
How soon can I have the puppy? The puppy can leave our home after he/she turns 8-10 weeks this depends on the individual puppy.
Can I see the puppy or mother before I decide to purchase? Yes, pictures of mother and puppy will always be available. We do allow in home viewing after the puppies have received their first set of vaccinations at 6 weeks. We will do this at a scheduled time and you will be required to send a copy of your driver’s license before coming. We do not do this to hide how our puppies or Adults are kept, we do this for the safety of ourselves and of our dogs. We do offer videos and face-time with potential buyers. We do ask that you are respectful of our time.
Do you offer a refund on deposits or purchases? No, we don't offer a refund once we accept the non-refundable deposit. If something were to happen to your puppy before going home we will gladly transfer your deposit to another puppy.
I want a puppy for breeding - do you do this? Our puppies are sold with 'Limited Rights' with a Spay/Neuter Contract, puppies that are bred that were sold on Limited Rights are in breach of their contract, and legal action will be pursued unless we have made other arrangements with the buyer, puppies purchased for "Full Rights" are considered on a case by case basis, we do not sell to kennel breeders. We want to make sure that all our puppies are in loving homes.
Do you recommend pet insurance? Yes, this is something that we highly recommend. A couple carriers to consider are Nationwide or Trupanion.
I want to refer you - can I? Yes, we appreciate a good reference always.
What is the best way to get a hold of you if I have more questions? You can email (email@example.com) or call/text 309-231-5567. If interested in a puppy please fill out our puppy inquiry form.
Our Puppy Packs Include: Blanket with mom's and siblings scent Training treats Toy Week supply of puppy food. I recommend continuing our food as they do well on this. Vet records Paperwork for microchip
1. Metal folding puppy crate with a divider 24in 30 in works well 2. Puppy toys (never rawhide), chew toys 3. Bed/blanket 4. Collar, harness, and leash. We prefer a harness it’s less stress on their backs. 5. Stain remover spray - Puppy pads can be used, but they do tend to chew them. 6. Child gate/ and or play pen 7. Puppy Training treats
Some Items I highly recommend:
Food: All puppies are started on Purina Pro Plan Savor Puppy Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice. Adult Purina Pro Plan Sport. These foods can be purchased at Petsmart, Petco, Amazon, and Chewy. My favorite is Chewy they have great customer service.
Dry Noses: The dogs tend to get dry noses and a build up of dirt on their noses. I use Snout Soother you can order online direct from the company or Amazon.
Harnesses: Your first harness I would buy a very inexpensive one since the pup will grow very fast. Adult harness I love getting mine from Frenchie Bulldog. frenchiebulldog.com