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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