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BUYING A FRENCH BULLDOG PUPPY

The first and most important step in buying a French bulldog puppy is choosing “the right” reputable French bulldog breeder who is breeding for the right reasons. By selecting a reputable French bulldog breeder from the start, you can save yourself a great deal of trouble, and money in the long run (thousands on vet bills and or often times heartbreak). Also sadly you could very likely end up with a mix bred Frenchie or a dog that very poorly represents the French bulldog breed and isn’t what you wanted in a Frenchie for in the first place.

Sadly many people impulse-buy a puppy from a local pet store or from a backyard/puppy mill breeder because the puppy simply looked cute and was to hard to say “no” to. I’m sure you have heard this advice before and may wondered why it maters so much. The answer is simple: Pet stores such as Pet Land buy French bulldog puppies from puppy brokers and puppy mills. Many pet stores use the sales tactic that they work with special approved French bulldog breeders or that the puppies are from a “local breeder”. But the fact is no truly concerned and ethical French bulldog breeder would sell their beloved puppies to a pet store because ethical breeders want to be the ones to screen the homes to which the puppies they worked so hard for go. French Bulldog breeders who breed the right way spend years of research planning each breeding, or the parents for each breeding, and then hand raise their Frenchie puppies every two hours after birth. With all that work, time, love and expense a reputable breeder could not let a puppy go without knowing what that pups future will likely be!

Any truly responsible French bulldog breeder is going to ask you questions about yourself and your family. The breeder will be eager to know whether or not you will make a loving, safe home for one of their puppies. Most reputable French bulldog breeders will ask you to fill out a application or questionnaire and provide references or photos of your home as to where the puppy will live his life. Reputable Frenchie breeders are usually small-scale breeders. They normally breed only one or two different dog breeds and are extremely knowledgeable about their breed/breeds. The smaller scale breeding ensures that the French bulldogs are kept in the home and family raised, not kept outside in kennels run with little human interaction.

NEVER buy from a breeder that has 30 or so puppies listed for sale at one time or within a shortFrench Bulldog puppy time period. French bulldog puppies take a LOT of love, time, work and expense to raise the correct way. A breeders goal should be to improve the breed and produce the best puppies/dogs possible in the next generation, NOT to simply sell puppies for profit! When French bulldog breeding is done the correct way it is more often not a profitable because a good breeder will normally put more into their French bulldogs than they will ever gain in a financial way.

When a breeder’s main goal is to produce quality they will take no shortcuts in breeding the best quality, healthiest French bulldogs and raising them the right way. On the other hand, breeders who are breeding as a “business” (only for profit) will breed lower quality French bulldogs and take whatever shortcuts they feel will best maximize profit :(! So in the long run you will likely end up getting a lesser quality Frenchie that will be more likely to have health issues by not choosing a reputable breeder in the beginning. Be vary wary of French bulldog puppies that are priced to low as these are often scams or much lower quality French bulldogs.

Once you select your French bulldog breeder (this again should be your first step), the next step is to pick your French bulldog puppy. Your breeder may have puppies available, but often times you will have to wait for the right puppy. The best way to pick the right puppy for you is to pick a breeder that evaluates each French bulldog pup’s individual personality as well as its physical features and makes an effort to convey this to you. For example one puppy might be the most dominant puppy in the litter or one puppy might be the most laid back Frenchie in the litter. The best way to know this is by asking the breeder how each Frenchie puppy interacts with the other puppies and his human family. For example if you have younger children, you probably won’t want the most dominant puppy in the litter but you may not want the most shy Frenchie in the litter either.

Also to be considered are the physical features. Some French bulldog puppies will be higher or lower maintenance depending on their physical makeup. For example if a French bulldog puppy has a tight or inverted tail or overdone wrinkles, that puppy will take more time to clean and take care of on a daily basis. This might be less concerning for someone who is retired and has more free time, but for a busy working family, a puppy with a cleaner tail and cleaner wrinkles will be lower maintenance and might be a much better fit. These are more reasons why you need to pick a French bulldog breeder who is very hands on and knowledgeable about the dogs they breed as this will save you in the long run.

 

Once you pick out your French bulldog puppy, you will need to place a deposit on your puppy and start gathering puppy supplies together to take care of him/her. I put a list of the French bulldog puppy supplies we recommend below:

1. Supplements are very important for your developing puppy. See bulldog supplements.

2. Pick an organic or very natural food brand. If your breeder is not feeding a super premium food then you should slowly transition your puppy onto a new diet once you get your puppy home. This is very important as cancer is the leading cause for death in canines. We are currently feeding Fromm Gold adult dog food (http://www.frommfamily.com/dealers.php). It’s important to remember that dog food brands often change ingredients without notice. Also, many of the top selling brands (Iams, Eukanuba, Purina and the like) have massive ad campaigns and pretty pictures on the front but they are filled with preservatives and low quality ingredients. Your finer dog foods are typically found at mom-and-pop or boutique pet shops and not the larger chain stores, although they may be able to special order it for you.

3. THE BULLDOG BIBLE (http://www.detour-records.co.uk/thebulldogbible.htm)

4. You need a puppy crate. For a puppy we recommend the life stages crate as it works best with house training. (http://www.petedge.com/product/MidWest-Life-Stages-Folding-Wire-Crates/44315.uts)

5. Food, water bowls

6. Nail clippers or dremmel tool / Kwik Stop blood coagulant

7. Spray bottle

8. Toys (remove any small buttons, eyes, noses). Only leave very very safe toys with your puppy when you are not home, such as Kongs, nylabones or big balls made from the Kong material see: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/dog_toys.html

9. Leash, collar (not a choke collar or harness)

10. Pooper scooper (for your yard)

11. Puppy bed for your house

These things should get you started…

 

Next, locate a FRENCH BULLDOG VET! Vets that are not very familiar with and understanding of the bulldogs unique anatomy are constantly misdiagnosing French bulldogs because they use the same approach as any other breed when in fact French bulldogs are very different.

 

Your French bulldog puppy breeder should be able to provide records of your pup’s vaccination and worming history for you to give your vet. Your bulldog puppy should not leave its breeder/litter until he or she is about 8 wks old and has had 1 -2 sets of vaccinations.

 

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