Nothing is cuter than a Frenchie puppy, those ears, those shiny brown eyes and that gremlin-like personality. All it takes is one meeting and most of us are smitten. Well, you are thinking about adding a totally dependent, living breathing creature to your life. This is a big decision and not one to be taken lightly! You might first want to ask yourself a few questions and ponder a few realities…
• Why a Frenchie? They are great companions, cuddlers and entertainers…the little clowns of the canine world.
• I want one NOW! Frenchies are a slightly more unusual breed and you may wait for some time if you have your heart set on a certain age/color/sex. Be prepared to be patient. Personally, I would be suspicious if a breeder had puppies available all the time and in any color.
• Can I choose mine? With a breed like Frenchies, litter sizes are small and the breeder you are working with will probably call/email and tell you a puppy is available. With Frenchies the personality should always be loving, warm and fun. The differences between the puppies personalities, in my experience, is relatively little. Trust your breeder to guide you to the puppy that will best fit your situation and lifestyle.
• I saw a Frenchie from Russia/the Ukraine/Poland in the paper, what about them? Of course, we cannot lump all dogs and breeders from one country together under one umbrella of shame, but the USA has been flooded with poor quality puppies from other countries and it is a very disturbing situation. As a rule, these puppies are shipped over here at a VERY young age, sorted out to the various “brokers” throughout the country and sold. They are marketed as “more healthy, natural, free breeders, papers available,” all kinds of sales oriented phrases. These poor little dogs are NOT the same Frenchies that we have here in the USA. Our American Frenchies are usually MUCH softer and sweeter in temperament, smaller in size and as a rule easier to live with. Rescue has been flooded with Russian Frenchies – almost always due to aggression and temperament issues. These unfortunate dogs are also often sold through pet stores (another deplorable situation) by commission greedy sales people. This situation is very, very upsetting to most of us breeders that have the best interest of the French Bulldog at heart. This is about the brokers importing and selling these puppies. This information is MY opinion from personal experience WITH these dogs and from what I have learned as one of the founders of FBRN – French Bulldog Rescue Network. Click here for more info on the FACTS about buying an import.
The ONLY way to stop puppy brokers and importers, puppy mills and pet stores from selling dogs is to NOT BUY FROM THEM – it seems so simple and it is!
• What can I expect to pay? Quality French Bulldogs can be expensive depending on the quality of the puppy, reputation of the breeder, and the availability. Yes, you will get what you pay for and this is a ten year plus commitment.
• What about newspaper and Internet classifieds ads? I would advise you look for a few “red flags.” Does the breeder have several breeds of dogs available? Does the breeder have all colors/ages/sexes available? Does the breeder seem too commercial? If the breeder does not belong to any French Bulldog clubs or organizations…red flag? Any reputable should be ready to invite you into their home and show you the conditions your new baby was raised in.
These are just a few tips, but in today’s information saturated world, there is no excuse for saying, “I didn’t know!” Take the time to find out and most importantly, BE PATIENT!!!
• I want a quality Frenchie from a GOOD breeder, tell me what to do! Call/email/contact breeders that have either been referred to you or that you like the looks of their dogs and/or their philosophy. Please, do NOT send a one line email. “How much are your puppies?” is NOT going to get a positive response from most breeders! Tell the breeder about yourself, your home, your situation (kids, other pets, etc.) and ask a few well thought out questions. Any reputable breeder will be happy to take the time to explain their policies and procedures for placing one of their quality puppies.