Buying a French Bulldog Puppy
Purchasing a puppy is a BIG commitment, and in the case of a French Bulldog, a 13 year commitment.
We recommend not rushing out to buy the first cute puppy you see, but take some time to look at WHERE you are purchasing your puppy.
By doing this you potentially save yourself money on vet bills and have a happy, healthy French Bulldog that will lead a long and loving life.
Who to Buy a French Bulldog Puppy From?
Like any animal, French Bulldogs have health concerns that are particular to this breed. Here, we have outlined the most important that can affect your French Bulldog and require monitoring or maintenance from their owner. For a more detailed list of health topics please see list available below.
Spine - French Bulldogs are basically "miniature mastiffs" caused by chondrodysplasia or dwarfism. Dwarfism may cause the vertibrae to miss-shapen, known as hemivertibrae or have faulty cushioning by the discs between the bones.
Breed surveys in the USA indicate that 95% of French Bulldogs have some kind of spinal abnormality. Responsible breeders are working towards minimising the degree of abnormality by screening breeding stock. Ask your breeder if both parents have been spinal x-rayed prior to mating.
Heat Stress- due to the flat face of the Frenchie ALL Frenchie are suseptable to over heating due to exercise and/or hot weather. This can lead to death in a very short amount of time. The degree to how much exercise and warm weather a Frenchie will tolerate will vary greatly from dog to dog, however, they ALL need careful monitoring during exercise, even in winter, and during warm weather.
Contributing factors include dogs with a long soft palette and narrow nostrils. Responsible breeders will be able to point out which puppies have long soft palettes and/or narrow nostrils as this should be part of the 6 week vet check. Ethical breeders look for breeding stock that has wide nostrils and clear airways.
Ears - Those big, lovable bat ears can act as a funnel for all sorts of dirt and debris. Regular cleaning of the ear canals reduces the likelihood of ear infections that some Frenchies seem to be suseptible to. Ask your breeder to show you how to clean your puppies ears.