So you have decided to get a French Bulldog puppy. Fantastic, they are a wonderful breed and you will surely fall in love with your pup quickly. Having said that, now is not the time to rush into things.
A puppy is a huge commitment and you need to get it right. Getting any puppy is a big deal since you will be committing 10 or more years of your life to caring for it. A French Bulldog pup is even more a big deal because you will be spending thousands of dollars on it. As you know, they are not cheap.
To help you out, here are some questions that you need to ask yourself and others.
Is A French Bulldog For Me?
You probably already think you know the answer to this, but make sure that you know it for sure.
A Frenchie is a great dog but they are not for everyone. If you want a dog to take long walks with or to protect your home, this is not going to be the one for you.
If, however, you simply want a low maintenance companion animal, they are a good choice. They require very little exercise and are very quiet. They also love their people but can be a bit stubborn. This makes them harder to house train than many breeds, so be prepared to do a little work.
Do I Want A Male Or Female?
Like with most breeds, and humans really, there is a big difference between male and female French Bulldogs.
Males will be a few pounds bigger and will have slightly larger heads. They will also be a bit more aggressive and ready to play. If you like a more active Frenchie, a male might be the way to go.
On the flip side, females are a bit smaller and generally a bit more reserved. Thay are often more shy than their male counterparts and more likely to be cuddlers.
Is This A Good Breeder?
Not all breeders are created equally and not all are even qualified to breed. Often times, people will get a French Bulldog and then see the money involved. Why not breed my pup and make a little money?
The problem is that it takes experience and knowledge to be a good breeder. Legit breeders will screen for potential genetic disorders and take the necessary steps to breed them out. They will also care for the puppies properly and keep them in a clean and safe shelter.
Be sure to visit any breeder that you are considering and check out their facility. Ask questions and meet the parents of your potential French Bulldog puppy.
In addition, look for reviews on the breeder. Reviews are not always easy to find when someone is happy with a breeder, but they sure are easy to see when people are mad at one.
Last but not least, if you are on the edge, ask to speak to some of their former clients. People love to talk about their pets and if they are happy with their puppy, they should not mind speaking to you.
Can You Afford Your Puppy?
Puppies are expensive and French Bulldogs are no exception. Beyond the initial purchase price of 3000 dollars or more, which we can help you get puppy financing for, there are other fees.
Consider the cost of good, quality food, bedding and above all else, vet care. Your puppy could easily cost you 1000 dollars or more in vet care in the first year alone. After that you have annual or even semi annual appointments that you will need to make in order to keep tabs on your pet’s health.
Last, but not least, you have the meds. At a minimum, you will need flea/tick meds and heart worm preventative. The cost of these can add up quickly.
Make sure that you have the money that you need to keep up with your pet before you make the commitment.