French Bulldogs – The Ultimate Guide and Facts

French Bulldogs – The Ultimate Guide and Facts

Temperament: 

French bulldogs are gifted with a charming mild temperament. They make fantastic family pets and are a pleasure in any dog lover’s home. French bulldogs are a companion breed; this means they have been bred to be a companion to their owner and family.

Getting ready for your French bulldog puppy

Preparing for the arrival of your new puppy can be somewhat similar to the arrival of a new baby. With endless list of what to get and what to do, it can be overwhelming to say the list. 

Here we have provided you with an essentials list to help with the process:

  1. Puppy pads
  2. 2 x Bowls
  3. Toys 
  4. Bed/blanket 
  5. Crate (if planning to crate train)
  6. Baby gate/s (great for stopping your puppy from wondering upstairs or into the out-of-bounds areas in your home)
  7. Quality dog food
  8. Poo bags 

This list provides you with everything you will need in the beginning stages of bringing home your new puppy. 

 

What to look for in a French bulldog breeder

First, we must look at what makes a good Frenchie breeder.

Every breeder should be rife with knowledge of their chosen breed and the entire breeding process from start to finish. You should be able to ask the breeder any questions or concerns you may have and get a confident and correct reply. If the breeder doesn’t know the answer off the top of their head, they should show a willingness to help and find the right solution for you. 

A reputable breeder should have a good knowledge of their puppy’s bloodline and genetics and give a good reason for choosing to mate the two dogs and the benefits it should bring to the litter. 

Communication should be easy and pleasant with the breeder from start to finish. When visiting the puppies, at least the Dam (Mother) to the puppies should be present, and you should be able to meet her. 

Choosing your puppy is a huge decision and one that requires a lot of thought and consideration; the breeder should be respectful of this and not try to push you into buying from them. 

Most breeders will be vetting you as much as you are vetting them; this is a good sign that the breeder cares about the well-being of their dogs and should be noted as ethical. 

If possible, ask to see the puppies in their whelping area. This will give you a better understanding of how they have been raised and give you a feel for the breeder and how they operate. Some breeders may refuse this due to the security of their facility, which is also understandable. 

One of the best tools is our gut instinct; if something doesn’t feel right about the breeder or the puppies, walk away and find another breeder. Never buy a dog if you have any doubts about the breeder. 

Questions examples to ask the breeder?

  1. How old is the Dam
  2. Who bred the Dam
  3. Who owns the Sire
  4. What is the puppies bloodline
  5. What diet are they on
  6. When was the last time they were treated for worms
  7. Has the Sire or dam ever had any health issues
  8. How long have they been breeding dogs
  9. Does the puppy come with correct paperwork and registry documents 
  10. Have any endorsements been put onto the paperwork

How much should I pay for a French bulldog puppy?

When you are searching for French bulldog puppies for sale, you will notice that the prices may vary considerably from breeder to breeder. In order to know what you should be paying for a Frenchie pup, you need to understand the different factors that contribute to the overall price. 

So, what determines the price of a puppy?

  1. Bloodlines – if you are looking to buy a frenchie puppy with a good linage, expect to pay more depending on how in exclusive that particular bloodline is. 
  2. Colour – as controversial as this subject may be, colour plays a huge role in pricing a puppy, the more in demand or rare a colour is, the higher the price tag will be.
  3. Breeders reputation – if you are buy from a reputable breeder, you might expect to pay a little more for your puppy than if you was to go to someone who’s new in the breeding scene. 
  4. Health testing – health test aren’t cheap to carry out, if you are buying a dog from health tested parents then you can expect to pay a more than you would from dogs that haven’t been health tested. However, this could be substantially cheaper in vet fees further down the line. 
  5. DNA – this can make a big difference to the price of a puppy, the more in demand the DNA is the more valuable the puppy will be. 
  6. Stud fee – buying a puppy from a breeder who has used an exclusive or popular stud dog may reflect in the price of the puppies for sale. 

 

The average cost of a French bulldog puppy is between 1.5k – 3k. 

 

Different types of Frenchies:

Although the Kennel Club sets the breed standard of the French Bulldog, this standard is a guideline for show breeders and exhibitors. 

However, show breeders make up a tiny proportion of the Frenchie community in today’s world, and a variety of Frenchies are available in today’s market. 

The Different types of French Bulldogs Available today:

Standard – standard French bulldogs are bred to meet the breed standard set by the kennel club. 

To find out more about the standard French bulldog check out what the French bulldog club have to say: https://frenchbulldogclub.org/breedstandard/

The only colours recognised by the Kennel Club are Brindle, Fawn and Pied. 

Fluffy Frenchies – Fluffies are still relatively new to the scene. They come in various colours, including – standard, blue, chocolate, lilac, isabella, and a variation of all colours in merle. 

Big Rope Frenchies: Big rope Frenchies are just as they sound. They look like any other Frenchy, except they have an exaggerated rope like the English Bulldog. 

Hairless Frenchies: Believe it or not, hairless Frenchies exist. They are still scarce, and it is unlikely you will be seeing any walking in your local parks any time soon. However, as breeders fall in love with Hairless French Bulldogs, they will become just as popular as the rest. 

Exotic Colour Frenchies: The phrase “Exotic Coloured” applies to all colours that the Kennel Clubs don’t recognise. These Frenchies used to be known as “Rare Coloured”, but given that they are more popular than standards, they have been re-named Exotic Coloured. 

Common behavioural issues and how to avoid them

 

“A calm, confident canine leader is key to raising canine companions”

 

We will look at the most common behavioural issues with the French bulldog and what we can do to avoid or correct these behaviours.

Excessive barking can arise from boredom, separation anxiety and lack of exercise.

Separation anxiety – Frenchies crave affection, love spending time with their human families, and separation pressure can occur if they feel they are being left out.

Destructive behaviour – this is often linked to boredom and, again, lack of exercise or being left on their own for too long throughout the day.

This doesn’t mean you can’t leave the house without your Frenchie having a complete meltdown, but you have to take a few simple steps during the puppy stages to prevent these issues from occurring.

Let’s take a look at what can be done: 

As contradicting as this may sound, to prevent your dog from becoming anxious when left alone, you must “leave your dog alone”. Letting your puppy spend time on their own can be immensely beneficial; being alone as a puppy will build confidence and allow them to realise that nothing wrong will happen whilst you go to work, and they soon learn that you always return.

Crate training is another excellent method to help your puppy feel safe and secure when you leave the house. When used correctly, crates are perfect for your dog to relax and learn valuable life skills. Try putting a nice soft blanket in the chest with a toy to keep your dog occupied if they get bored; you can also cover your box with a blanket to create the perfect den-like environment for your French bulldog. This naturally appeals to dogs, making them feel more secure and safe.

Dogs also like to keep their dens clean, so using a crate for house training can significantly speed up the process.

Letting your puppy nap in their crate and immediately putting them into the garden when they wake is like magic; your puppy will usually do their business within a few minutes, which can be rewarded with your appraisal. After a couple of weeks of consistent routine, your puppy will be well on their way to being fully house trained.

If you work long hours and cannot keep to your routine throughout your working day, several options are available. For example;

  1. Ask a family member or friend to call in throughout the day to let your puppy out for the toilette and ensure they have everything they need.
  2. Hire a dog sitter or dog walker to visit your house throughout the day; make sure you look for recommendations and read their online reviews to make sure they are suitable candidates for the job.
  3. Use a reputable doggy daycare facility where you can drop your dog or puppy off in the morning and collect them in the evening. This has become more popular recently, and many dog owners speak highly of this service.

Smothering with affection 

All puppies are adorable, cute and irresistible to their owners; however, smothering your puppy with constant affection can have a negative effect in the long run.

Puppies that receive too much attention, cuddles, kisses, and never leave their owner’s arms often develop unwanted traits. They can become overprotective and destructive when left alone and not welcome visitors and guests into your home.

As hard as it may be as an owner, you must balance cuddle time and dog time to ensure your puppy grows into a friendly, happy dog.

Exercising your dog 

Exercise is essential for your dog’s overall health; it can prevent destructive behaviour in the house and improve their mental and physical health.

Let’s look at physical exercises we can do with our dogs and puppies.

Puppies

Remember not to over-exercise your puppy; too much exercise can harm your puppy’s growth, joints and health. A good rule of thumb is  5-minutes of physical activity per month of age: 4 months old – 20 mins exercise once or twice daily. Once your puppy reaches 30 minutes of exercise per day, keep this as a maximum until they are 12 months old.

Exercise ideas for 12 months +

  1. Going for a walk – walking your dog is an excellent exercise that stimulates them physically and mentally. Dogs love exploring and seeing new things; walking them in different environments is a perfect form of exercise.
  2. Fetch – playing fetch with your dog is another excellent form of exercise; playing fetch allows them to burn energy while engaging in a fun game with their owner. Adding obedience into this practice, like sit, heel, stay etc. This will tire them out mentally and physically, which is excellent for keeping your Frenchie calm.
  3. Flirt pole – a flirt pole is a great exercise tool, 5-minutes on the flirt pole will physically stimulate your French Bulldog and is excellent for building muscle and strength.
  4. Swimming – swimming is another fantastic way to exercise your dog; not only do they burn energy, build muscle and enjoy the water. This is also great therapy for repairing injuries and allowing your dog to exercise without putting strain on their joints.

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Socialising your French Bulldog

When should you start socialising your French Bulldog puppy?

Socialising your puppy should start immediately when bringing them home, the sooner you lay the foundations for socialising your dog the better.
Between eight and twelve weeks of age, your puppy’s psychological development is going through one of the most crucial stages. During this window, doing as much socialising with other pets and humans as physically possible will be worth every second. Use precaution if your puppy isn’t full vaccinated to make sure they do pick up any nasty illnesses or diseases. If you have family and friends with fully vaccinated friendly pets, ask if you can bring your puppy to visit and get the socialising them right away.

 

 

Breeding Frenchies

It’s no secret that breeding French bulldogs, is no simple task. Frenchies are one of the most challenging dogs to breed and require a lot of research and breeding experience. 

 

 

5 Tips For New Breeders

1 . Learn their genetics and understand how they will relate to your dog. Before breeding your french bulldog, both dogs should be DNA tested for health.
DNA testing your Frenchie is also beneficial if you plan to produce a particular look or colour; research the different genes and recessive genes to better understand what value your stud or dam brings to the mating.

2 . Over prepare – make a checklist of everything you’ll need throughout the process. Make sure you have everything in place beforehand to prepare for every eventuality.
The more research you do on breeding French bulldogs, the better the experience will be for you, your puppies and your dogs.

3 . Avoid the hype; many breeders claim to have the best stud in the world. This statement gets made by hundreds of breeders every day; avoid falling into this type of marketing and choose a stud that meets the requirements that you need.

4 . Finding your puppies’ new homes. One of the best ways of ensuring that your puppies find good homes is to advertise them sooner rather than later. You can list your puppies as soon as you have confirmation that your female is pregnant; this is a great way to generate early interest and build a waiting list. You will also give yourself more time to find the perfect candidates that you’re looking for as new owners for your puppies.

5 . Have a contract in place. Before selling your puppies to new owners, make sure you have a contract to state all terms and conditions with the sale clearly. The agreement should be beneficial to both parties and most importantly, the puppy.

 

 

Breeding Facts

    Female French Bulldogs should be at least 16 months old before considering breeding and have had at least one previous season. Breeding your Frenchie before this age could lead to multiple health issues, stunt growth and cause complications with the labour.
    Male French bulldogs will begin to produce semen as early as 6-months old; it is recommended to wait until your dog is at least one year old to allow him to fully mature before using him as a stud dog.
    The average size litter for a French Bulldog is 4-6 puppies. Since progesterone testing and artificial inseminations have been available, breeders have seen a significant increase in success and litter size.
    French Bulldogs can have a maximum of 4 litters in their lifespan. However, if a caesarean section is required, French bulldogs should have a maximum of 2 litters before retiring from breeding.
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