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  • French Bulldog Puppy Buying Tips

    How to Avoid Scams and Find A Healthy French Bulldog Puppy





    First and foremost, NEVER buy a French Bulldog from a pet store. I know many of us, including myself, have made this mistake in their life. Some of us were very lucky with a pretty healthy puppy, but many of us did not get so lucky.

    I bet you are wondering WHY? One of the reasons is because no ethical breeder would sell their litter to a pet store. They want to know where their puppies are, and make sure they are in great homes. A good breeder likes to keep a relationship with their clients, after all, these are their "grandchildren".

    Also, many dogs in pet stores come from puppy mills. A puppy mill is a breeding facility that houses too many dogs, they are kept in cages all day, bred too young and over-bred, and usually pass down numerous genetic problems and diseases. It is always better to get your puppy from a breeder who will keep contact with you and help you throughout your and your puppy's life.

    Puppy scams: Watch out!!!

    French Bulldogs are at one of the highest risk of puppy scamming. If you see a French Bulldog puppy for sale for $1500 or less, it is probably scam. These scammers are not dumb, they know just what to say to you to steal your money. Most scammers are from Nigeria and surrounding areas, so they will only talk to you over emails so you do not hear their broken language of English and their accents.

    The next low man on the totem pole: Brokers.

    A broker is a website that offers numerous puppies for sale. They are similar to pet stores, because they heavily advertise bulldogs for sale on the internet. Backyard breeders and puppy mills pay the broker to list their puppy for sale, and when the dog sells the broker gets a commission. Same reasons as above, no ethical breeder would sell their puppies in this fashion.

    Let us not forget the puppy importers who claim to be "breeders". There are breeders out there that do not even breed, they import litters from overseas puppy mills. They tout on their web sites how they have "fabulous Euorpean bloodlines". I have personally fell victim to this scam, and ended up with a very unhealthy bulldog.

    The "backyard breeder"

    This is someone who will selfishly breed a French Bulldog just to try to make money, and do not do their homework prior to breeding. They breed unhealthy bulldogs who may have genetic problems and can be papered or non-papered dogs. The puppies end up being unhealthy from lack of knowledge on caring for a litter of French Bulldogs, no testing or health of the parents involved. They usually sell these puppies for far less than an experienced breeder, but more than your typical scammer. It's more like "Hey I got a male, you got a female, let's breed" kind of a thing.

    The "Rare" Breeder

    Anyone trying to sell "RARE" qualities in any breed, I don't care what breed it is, are only doing it to line their pockets and don't put health as their first and foremost quality. Stay away from "Rare" breeders, they are not trying to breed to standards and charge outrageous prices for their puppies.


    All of the bad people (oh yeah, I said BAD PEOPLE!) I have listed above is what fills our rescues with French Bulldogs. The puppy ends up with problems and health issues so the owners get rid of it.

    Speaking of Rescue, have you considered rescuing a bulldog? If there is a rescue in your area, this is a wonderful and heartwarming way to have a bulldog. Rescues need your help, and most have a very successful matching process to ensure these dogs will be in their permanent home. Many rescues also need foster homes!

    Please consider Adoption as an Option!
    Click Here to find French Bulldogs for Adoption.





    If you are definitely wanting a puppy, it is important to investigate the breeder you are thinking about buying from. It is also best that you choose your breeder within driving distance. Some puppies can be flown to your location, but the time of year and weather must be PERFECT, so this really only allows a few months a year without endangering the puppy. It is the best and only safe choice if you can fly to get your puppy and bring them on the plane with you. If you drive to get your puppy, not only do you get to meet the breeder and the dam, but you also get peace of mind knowing that you are not purchasing from a puppy mill, (if you are allowed to see their facility). Keep in mind that even puppy mills will have a nice place to "sell" their animals. They may keep the animals in a place separate from their residence. Make sure you do a FULL INVESTIGATION on the internet before purchasing from a breeder.





    DON'T HESITATE TO ASK QUESTIONS!


    Write a list of questions to ask the breeder. Listen to their voice, and you should be able to tell if they even like bulldogs! Possible questions you could ask are:


    • Can I have the name and number of your veterinarian? (Call the vet, find out if there has been any health issues- the breeder may have to give permission to disclose this information, but should have no reason not to)
      Find out a little about the vet too!
    • Do you show your dogs? (This would be important for proven bloodlines and if you are interested in a show quality dog)
    • Do you get your sires and dams genetically tested, and if you do, can you provide me with their AKC number so I can verify it?
    • How many litters do you sell a year?
    • Does the dog come with full AKC registration or with limited AKC registration? Limited registration means just that, you are limited on what you can do with regards to your dog. You cannot show a dog with limited registration nor can you register any pups you produce with that dog with AKC. Limited registration is to discourage breeding the dog. Usually reputable and responsible breeders will sell their pet quality pups with a limited AKC registration.
    • Do you have the papers in hand? (scammers will tell you they have papers but promise to send them in the mail for some excuse like they have not gotten them from AKC yet or some false story)
    • Do you carry a health guarantee? If so, what does it consist of?
    • Do you vaccinate and deworm your puppies? Which vaccinations have they received?
    • Are the puppies micro-chipped? If so, will you be able to scan them for me to match numbers before I leave?
    • Make sure the breeder has their name as the backup contact on the microchip. If for any reason your dog should eventually end up in rescue, then the rescue can contact the breeder.



    Those are just some questions you can ask. Most important is that you are getting a healthy, happy puppy to bring home. If you purchase from a puppy mill or get a non-papered dog, chances are you will be spending a lot of money on vet bills, which would negate the cost of buying a more expensive French Bulldog from a breeder who does genetic testing and gives a health guarantee. These puppy mill dogs usually end up in rescue, because the owners cannot afford or take the time to keep up with their health problems. Trust me, our Sarah (purchased from a broker) costs more in prescription diet, vet bills, allergy shots, ect. than if I would have gotten her from a quality breeder who takes pride in their puppies.




    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Alice Kable's Avatar
      Alice Kable -
      Excellent information! Spend time researching the breeder; buying from a good breeder is money well spent.
    1. davidh's Avatar
      davidh -
      Some great info.
    1. FindBehr's Avatar
      FindBehr -
      So, I was looking at a breeder that claimed they had "Rare" puppies– WARNING SIGN. I was curious how much a "rare" puppy cost and the price was between $2,000- 4,000. $4,000 seemed way too high for any kind of puppy. What kind of prices can I expect from a reputable breeder?
    1. 2bullymama's Avatar
      2bullymama -
      Quote Originally Posted by FindBehr View Post
      So, I was looking at a breeder that claimed they had "Rare" puppies– WARNING SIGN. I was curious how much a "rare" puppy cost and the price was between $2,000- 4,000. $4,000 seemed way too high for any kind of puppy. What kind of prices can I expect from a reputable breeder?
      $2,000 - $3,000 is about right
    1. Alice Kable's Avatar
      Alice Kable -
      I live in Oregon and the going rate for a Frenchie puppy is $3,000 to $3,500 from what I've seen in WA, OR, and ID.
    1. winginit66's Avatar
      winginit66 -
      How can breeders have AKC registered blue puppies if that is not a recognized color in the standard?
    1. mhuinker's Avatar
      mhuinker -
      I agree with winginit66 -- I don't understand that! I've seen the rare colors being offered by breeders and they state they are AKC registered!
    1. Debra's Avatar
      Debra -
      Good article!
    1. Kris Thomas LaBounty's Avatar
      Kris Thomas LaBounty -
      I just saw a video someone posted for Frenchies that were stolen in a home robbery. The young breeder said they were very rare, blue :-O She claimed the pups were worth $3K. Blue is not an AKC recognized color and why would it cost $3K without papers? I always look for a breeder who has occasional litters and owns dogs they show and finish. I'll pay $3K for that. I looked and looked for an older French Bulldog before purchasing our puppy. I couldn't even get anyone to return E-mails to me and we had an ideal situation being a retired husband and work from home wife, early 60s, homeowner with fenced yard. It wasn't until months later that I was able to find multiple rescue groups. I used FB and "friended" people who I saw raised FBDs and now have the resources I needed a year ago. In my research I found Frenchies from good reputable breeders to be priced $2500 to $3500. I've seen them priced higher but what is available at that price is certainly as quality as those priced higher. I have seen many fine rescues available that were surrendered for reasons that seem to be consistent with many French Bulldogs, aggression and allergies. My pup had both so it seems a rescue or older dog would be the right thing to do. I love my boy and he's turned out to be a real gentleman but not without work so I am all for the rescue or older dog. This was a great read for choosing a puppy but I hope more people will adopt.
    1. blushy's Avatar
      blushy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mhuinker View Post
      I agree with winginit66 -- I don't understand that! I've seen the rare colors being offered by breeders and they state they are AKC registered!
      We have a blue pied frenchie who is AKC.

      We have her litters papers too.

      Her mom was blue brindle, AKC says she's white with brindle markings.

      Not sure how that works, we got her spayed and opted to not even worry about registering her, but her picture as a puppy and her litter are on the registration forms.

      My bigger question is those few sites who sell "rare" frenchies for $10,000-15,000+ That are no where close to breed or AKC standard. As they are extremely cute, but I consider $5,000 over priced most of the time.
    1. mhuinker's Avatar
      mhuinker -
      Quote Originally Posted by blushy View Post
      We have a blue pied frenchie who is AKC.

      We have her litters papers too.

      Her mom was blue brindle, AKC says she's white with brindle markings.

      Not sure how that works, we got her spayed and opted to not even worry about registering her, but her picture as a puppy and her litter are on the registration forms.

      My bigger question is those few sites who sell "rare" frenchies for $10,000-15,000+ That are no where close to breed or AKC standard. As they are extremely cute, but I consider $5,000 over priced most of the time.
      I don't doubt they ARE registered with AKC, my wonderment comes in as to "why" they are if they are not a "recognized" color. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful and I love them! I just hate that there are breeders out there breeding JUST for the rare color and for nothing more than money, and unfortunately, that is a majority of the rare color breeders, at least from what I've seen and looked at myself.

      I wonder if blues are registered with AKC because they are being submitted as "white with brindle markings" (aka Pied), which is an "allowed" color.... maybe that is how they (breeders) are getting around it..... I have not idea.
    1. blushy's Avatar
      blushy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mhuinker View Post
      I don't doubt they ARE registered with AKC, my wonderment comes in as to "why" they are if they are not a "recognized" color. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful and I love them! I just hate that there are breeders out there breeding JUST for the rare color and for nothing more than money, and unfortunately, that is a majority of the rare color breeders, at least from what I've seen and looked at myself.

      I wonder if blues are registered with AKC because they are being submitted as "white with brindle markings" (aka Pied), which is an "allowed" color.... maybe that is how they (breeders) are getting around it..... I have not idea.
      Since my pups mom is solid "blue brindle" that is probably exactly what they do...
    1. Mavis's Avatar
      Mavis -
      We are not in the market for a new frenchie yet but probably within the next 3-4 years we will have a second one. I have been doing some research and have found two breeders about 4-5 hours away that appear to be reputable. Neither will ship and both have a very extensive application and insist on a phone screening. My only problem is I would be afraid to ask some of the questions above for fear of offending a breeder. I am such a wimp and too trusting, however, for frenchies, the demand far outweighs the supply, and I am afraid someone is going to think we are too aggressive. Thoughts?
    1. Jakeyjake's Avatar
      Jakeyjake -
      I wouldn't think a reputable breeder would be offended by you asking questions. They would most likely be happy that you have done research and are taking the time to find out as much information as possible. You are simply being a responsible buyer.
    1. Squishy Walnuts's Avatar
      Squishy Walnuts -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jakeyjake View Post
      I wouldn't think a reputable breeder would be offended by you asking questions. They would most likely be happy that you have done research and are taking the time to find out as much information as possible. You are simply being a responsible buyer.
      I agree. Reputable breeders will expect a lot of questions. Before we decided on a Frenchie I went to a rotti breeder and ended up spending 2 hours visiting and asking questions. I was almost invited over for dinner. lol! Ask as many questions as you want. If a breeder does not want to answer then I would walk away.
    1. WeeDex's Avatar
      WeeDex -
      Quote Originally Posted by Squishy Walnuts View Post
      I agree. Reputable breeders will expect a lot of questions. Before we decided on a Frenchie I went to a rotti breeder and ended up spending 2 hours visiting and asking questions. I was almost invited over for dinner. lol! Ask as many questions as you want. If a breeder does not want to answer then I would walk away.
      Same! We were with the breeder for almost 2 hours, as well as emails and phone calls beforehand. I took a list of questions! And he said he would be worried when people don't ask questions. If they're decent, they won't mind one bit.
    1. Cbux99's Avatar
      Cbux99 -
      Great post,
      Can anyone recommend a reputable breeder in or near the Nj area?
      Happy holidays.