Why French Bulldogs cost so much???

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The million dollar question lol.... 

Well... in a nutshell the reason why.... "FRENCHIE PUPPIES ARE EXTREMELY HARD TO BREED ***And*** RAISE"... period.
French Bulldogs have to be Artificially Inseminated, which means Progesterone testing to wait for ovulation, blood tests, etc... For the safety of the mother, just like millions of human mothers, they need c-sections... Which means lots of temperature taking daily and worrying about the "right time" to take the babies out of the oven. Take them out too early, the lungs are not developed and the puppies will die, too soon also means many times momma's milk won't drop, which mean bottle feeding around the clock. Take them out late and the puppies will die in the birth canal or detach from the placenta, they suffocate and die. Late night emergency c-sections, complications, mother can die in surgery or after, etc. etc...  If you are a human mother and you have given birth you know all the complications involved with a delivery... whether natural or a c-section, many complications can arise.  Does it mean humans are no longer going to have children because of possible complications? Of course not... so this breed is worth every bit of trouble if you are a dedicated breeder.  Another issue is if the "mothering instincts" don't kick in due to the c-section, that means round the clock bottle feeding and stimulating puppies to use the bathroom (they cannot do this on their own)...  And after all this, you get an average of 3 puppies per litter... It can be 1 puppy or can be 5 or 6... but those are rare, it's usually 2-4, which is why I say the average is 3.  A breeder of  larger dogs like  Golden Retrievers have 10-12 puppies per litter,  it could take 5-7 French Bulldog litters to get that many puppies... think about it..... that reason alone makes them more expensive, they have very few pups...  but there are other reasons as well.... If interested in more details  Read On....

Although healthier then their English Bulldog cousin, French Bulldogs are prone to health problems: breathing difficulties, back problems etc... The best way to try to avoid these issues is by finding a reputable breeder that not just SHOWS their dogs in conformation, but cares about the health of the parents which is more important than taking your dog to a show, after all judges have different opinions and there is a lot of politics involved in the dog show world.  You can't ever guarantee any puppy will be 100% healthy it's entire life, no breeder can guarantee nothing will ever happen to that puppy. Remember there is no crystal ball, if a breeder gives you all these false promises RUN...run the other way. A dog is a like a human, sure genetics play a role in how they turn out,  but anything can happen regardless and breeders should not make it all sound like rainbows and roses. Ever heard of 2 healthy parents who have a toddler or young child diagnosed with cancer... it's life, things happen so it's best to be safer and go with a breeder who does things the right way and raised the parents the right way.

French Bulldogs are hard to breed and as mentioned have small litters. As I said Frenchies usually "average" 3 puppies per litter. Most times when you see that a French Bulldog had 7-8 puppies in one litter, that is NOT the norm for American Bred Frenchies, although it can happen it is "extremely rare". Usually when you see Frenchies with litters that big, it's usually from Imported Dogs. Imported bitches are bigger, usually over 30 pounds and almost 40 pounds (though the breeders won't tell you this) but this is why they have larger litters. French Bulldog litters are for the most part very small.

Expect to pay approx 3000-4000 for your AKC Registered *Born In the USA* French Bulldog Puppy companion from a reputable breeder. If you'd like an AKC Show Puppy to show yourself from Champion lines for show/breeding purposes expect to pay anywhere between 3500-5000, females are priced higher by many breeders. I paid good money for my foundation dogs and I can tell you it was money well spent many years ago. I maybe got a handful of photos from the breeders before I brought them home and why I provide so many photos and details when our puppies are Adopted. I know the feeling of waiting for your puppy. I keep in touch via email every 7-10 days with updates, stories, details, photos and will be there for the life of the puppy. It's important to build a good relationship with the breeder of your puppy. I will not ever ship a puppy... We must meet you face to face if you want one of our babies. Shipping puppies alone as Cargo is NOT possible. Look on our [Shipping Info] page to see how simple the process is.

Make sure the father is an AKC Champion or at least the Grandparents are Champions. We understand not every show quality dog will finish their AKC Championship, we've had AKC Pointed AKC Champion Sired Studs who did not do well on the road with handlers and therefore had to retire, but they're AKC Champion Sired and AKC Pointed at least. So in my opinion if you are going to spend your hard earned money on a puppy, at least make sure the Champions are up close in their pedigree, WHICH DOES MATTER even if you want just a pet.  I have seen some french bulldog puppies out there for 4000-6000 and neither the parents or grandparents are AKC Champions, which doesn't justify the price... IN MY OPINION, and we are ALL entitled to one. And this is not even talking about the ridiculous amount the breeders of so called "rare (fad) colors" are charging which is anywhere from 6000-20,000 thousand, yes 20 grand.... I saw a frenchie puppy for sale on a website for 20 thousand dollars because it was "rare".... lol a rare color... it was a black and tan.... Sorry no puppy is worth 20 grand .

If you do things the right way it takes A LOT of money, time, blood, sweat and tears (when you lose one) to raise a litter of Frenchies properly AND TO MAINTAIN YOUR ADULT FRENCHIES THE RIGHT WAY... It's not just the expense of raising puppies, but it take a lot of money to raise the parents the right way.  Do your research on what has happened to those who have bought cheap French Bulldogs from whatever background. Look on our  [IMPORT INFO] page and [PURCHASE TIPS]  page to help you. Male or Female, Show or Pet, Limited or Full Registration, Certain Circumstances, Restrictions or clauses ALL play a factor on the price!!!! AKC Champion bred French Bulldogs are worth their cost when you get them from a breeder who does things the right way of course...  You should expect the breeder to be there for you with help when needed. As the saying goes... You get what you pay for!!!  Love this saying.... "The ramifications of poor quality lingers long after the thrill of a bargain is forgotten"........ A Well Bred Frenchie is NOT Expensive, it's PRICELESS!!! I don't feel I need to say these things, but this is for those who question the cost of the breed or want to get a well bred /non-imported USA AKC Frenchie for 1000 and sorry but maybe a French bulldog should not be the dog you choose. If finances are an issue visit the French Bulldog Rescue websites and consider a rescue before you resort to buying a cheap Frenchie online.

BYB's "Back Yard Breeders" are people who own dogs "with or without papers" and they decide they want puppies for fun or because they think it's easy money so they breed whatever dog "with or without papers" and sell these pups to the general public. They sell them for less money than REPUTABLE BREEDERS and people buy them because they do not know any better and they do NOT offer Health Guarantees against Genetic diseases. They do NOT offer LIFETIME mentoring , and they WILL NOT take a dog back for any reason. Good Luck trying to reach them if you ever have a problem with your puppy. They typically just care about the $$$. You may save money going through a BYB, but you will probably end up paying more in Vet Bills in the long run. BYB's do not care about their puppies for the most part. Many have tons and tons of puppies year round so who cares if 1 or 2 or 5 babies die, there are more on the way. BYB's lack the knowledge of adequate dog health care... just ask them questions and see if they can answer them. Many of these BYB's  do love their dogs and are breeding because they think their "FLUFFY" is so cute, and their neighbor's dog "MAX" is so handsome and wouldn't they make some cute puppies... Believe me French Bulldogs are VERY hard to breed THE RIGHT WAY and it is a very difficult breed to just get into for the heck of it or solely for monetary reasons or because someone wants to experience what its like to raise a litter or they want their children to experience having a litter. Take your child to the zoo and let them enjoy their pet and do not risk their pets life by breeding it if you do not know what you are doing... Just spay/neuter them and leave the breeding to those who do it the right way. 

A reputable breeder doesn't dedicate their life to their dogs solely for money TRUST ME... they do it for the love of that breed FIRST and most money made usually goes to paying for Vet bills, raising the puppies and to pay what it cost to keep multiple adult dogs in adequate conditions.  They are your life, your life revolves around them. If you are a breeder who truly cares and does things the right way, your life will be your dogs. We have not been on a vacation as a couple in 17 years.  It's all about the dogs. A plethora of money is put into these dogs. Yearly expenses are astronomical and all the "time" invested in raising dogs is time one CANNOT  spend with friends and especially loved ones. When you are a breeder who does things the right way, your life is the dogs, period.... Vacations and holidays are pretty much nonexistent. When you provide adequate vet care, quality nutrition AND real food, toys, treats, handling fees, the 5 hour drive and time spent going to the Airport, the 5 hour drive to the Vet for c-sections because you live very rural.... the hours and hours AND HOURS spent online creating a huge website with very slow internet speed, hours AND HOURS emailing people who have question after questions...., hours taking hundreds of photos, cropping, loading, emailing to the new owners... loading videos...  believe me....  the cost of my puppies is often just enough to break even for all the money and TIME put into the dogs, puppies and everything that has to do with caring for them.  A reputable breeder can surely make more money HOURLY working at a McDonalds or Burger King if you multiply all the HOURS of care and work that goes into everything having to do with raising the dogs and puppies the right way. 

If you buy a Frenchie puppy that has a TATTOO
it's 99.9% of the time an IMPORT.

Imports are a whole other story...  To read about Imports. This page is worth reading. There are many websites out there breeding and selling these puppies. To the novice or someone looking for a PET, they would not know any better. This is something everyone should be leery of.

Just some of the costs/time of breeding alone, this does not include raising or showing and care for adults:
Progesterone Testing to determine Ovulation, sometimes daily.
Vaginal Smears/Cytologies
Artificial Insemination
Stud Fees (If Needed)
Natural Holistic Feed, Meat, Supplements, Vitamins, Homecooking
C-Sections which can cost up to $2500 on Emergency
24 hour care of Newborns which can include bottle feeding, tube feeding, cleaning to stimulate to pee and poop, etc...
Mom's after care and staple removal
NO SLEEP FOR DAYS-WEEKS with newborns
Cleaning, laundry and more cleaning and laundry
Milk for Momma's or bottle fed babies
Hours and Hours of Picture/Video taking and emailing as mentioned above
Gas and Time spent at the Vet for puppy exams
Gas and Time spent driving to the Airport
A reputable breeder should pay all expenses for the Vet Visit for the Puppy Wellness Exams/Shots/Dewormings and not charge the new owner
Puppy Gift Bags with toys and treats,etc...
Hours printing information and hours making the informational and detailed Folders the new owners take home.
AKC Registration fees, Pedigrees, etc...
 

Foxy 8 weeks Preg
Then after all this... Your girl does not get pregnant or she has a  ONE (1) Puppy Litter... or the momma goes early and all the puppies die. Or... the puppies catch a cold from a draft, now you need antibiotics and possible Vet intervention, IV Fluids, Nebulizer treatments, etc... You also have. Puppy fading syndrome which means the puppies just fade away even after all the time and money spent to save them...  Like with human mothers, French Bulldog mothers can die during their c-section, after all it is a surgery.... I can go on............... You do it THE RIGHT WAY, then tell me it's easy or cheap.  Being a pet owner of one or two dogs is a responsibility as it is... now multiply that times 100 and maybe, just maybe the average person might understand what it takes to be a responsible and dedicated French Bulldog Breeder. Far from easy, trust me.
 

Breeding the French Bulldog:
It looks like fun huh? For those that don't know the majority of French Bulldog cannot breed naturally and they cannot have puppies naturally.

Why can't French Bulldogs breed naturally? 
While some French Bulldog males can mate naturally, for the most part they are too stocky, legs not long enough and short backed to be able to adequately "reach" to breed the bitch. While all attempts are there, they simply cannot "REACH"... it defies physics.  SO... beware of those claiming to have "natural breeders", take a look at the conformation, "most times" these are long legged, not conformationally correct males, too long in the body probably. Don't get me wrong some of these boys are adamant, but for ONE that can get it done, there are 100 others than cannot and why have them run out of breath or exert themselves when it can be done artificially QUICKER and EASIER.  For those who ask the question then "why breed these dogs"...... Well WHY NOT I say....  There is HUMAN INTERVENTION for many human couples who cannot have children on their own.  There are many women who are artificially inseminated and if it wasn't for HUMAN INTERVENTION there would be many devastated women in this world who cannot have children on their own or "naturally" if you will.  Some may think it's silly to compare dogs to humans... but I am just giving an example that humans help bring human babies into this world, it doesn't happen naturally for the most part even if the parents conceived naturally most women have epidurals which is NOT natural and is human intervention to make things QUICKER and EASIER on mom.. so is it wrong for humans to intervene with dogs, absolutely NOT.  It's not wrong, its simply helping what can't be done naturally in all animals ... and after all humans are species of animals.... JUST MY OPINION :)

Why can't the mother have puppies naturally? 
For those that don't know the majority of French Bulldog females cannot whelp (have puppies) on their own, they need c-sections.  Why? Because in a cobby, well proportioned, well put together, French Bulldog, their Pelvis is simply not wide enough to be able to pass the Big Headed Bulldog Babies.  Again like many human mothers who cannot have babies naturally because their body just can't pass a baby or doesn't dilate, etc...  The French Bulldogs PEAR shape body we all love, is what makes it almost impossible for the female to have puppies naturally. When you hear of French Bulldog mothers who "free whelp" please know that it is VERY RARE. Sure, it can happen BUT IT IS VERY RARE I stress. And why take the risk? Most times also those breeders who attempt to let the mothers have puppies naturally, if for some miracle she is able to pass them, she will have 1 or 2 on her own, then she stops pushing cause she's tired and ends up needing a c-section anyway. Now the puppy or puppies in there are stressed and in danger of dying. It's also a HUGE risk to your bitch to be put under anesthesia while tired and stressed out. It's just not worth it.  We have NEVER free whelped a French Bulldog litter and do not plan to. 


Bottle Feeding Pups 3 weeks old. This doesn't happen like this though, I set them up for the photo....
I wish it was this easy.... the bottle falls over, you have to hold it and do one by one....

 

Caring for French Bulldog Newborns:
Frenchie Puppies are so cute, how hard can it be???? Oh believe me... it's a lot of fun and they are PRECIOUS indeed, but easy is not a word that goes hand in hand with raising French Bulldogs the right way. There is more work in it than working a 9-5 job. The day is not over at 5pm, it's round the clock care for the dogs, but especially with newborns.  Checking weights multiple times a day to make sure they are thriving adequately, keeping mom well fed, keeping whelp area warm and clean, loads of laundry, etc... I can go on and on because the work NEVER ENDS!!!!!!!!

Because French Bulldog Females do not give birth naturally their "MOTHERING INSTINCTS" pretty much are nonexistent at first. While you can have a 1st time Frenchie Mommy take care of her babies right away, for the most part THEY DO NOT until a few days later, which means ROUND the clock care at the most critical time of a newborn puppy, which means NO SLEEP.  Breeders that say otherwise are sometimes trying to paint a pretty picture to impress.... Or... they think if they say the truth someone will not want to purchase their puppy. Well... a bad mother has nothing to do with the dog itself or the temperament of the dog... a momma dog who just had puppies is not in the right state of mind. Some girls get very anxious, some girls get nervous, some girls just have no clue... It's all part of the process. When other dogs naturally WHELP their litter and help with the birthing process they are more inclined to have the mothering instinct kick in faster. And with that said... some mothers who whelp NATURALLY can also be horrible mothers, it's not just French Bulldogs or English Bulldogs or any flat face breed who need c-sections, it happens, they are animals after all. Like human mothers who do not bond to their babies right away...  


Nursing puppies in car on the way home from the csection vet that is almost 3 hours away 

With this said...
What goes into raising these tiny beautiful, smooshed face dogs? A lot of TIME AND MONEY, SWEAT and TEARS when you lose one. The first 7 days of a Newborns life is the most critical, especially the first 24 hours. You get little to NO SLEEP at all.  Reputable breeders will sleep right next to the whelp area.  I have a camera on them at all times so I am always watching mom and babies. I check on the puppies all day and all night. If the puppies came early and mom has no milk, guess what? You have to bottle feed babies every 2 hours the first week of life or until mom's milk drops. If she runs out of milk early, breeder has to bottle feed until babies start to eat at 4 weeks old or so. 

Do you know that puppies up until 2 weeks of age cannot poop or pee on their own? Yes, you read that right. That means if mom does not stimulate (lick) the puppies to make them urinate or defecate, guess who is doing that??? Yes, me.  Remember what I said about Frenchie moms and their mothering instincts? Lots of baby wipes, cotton balls and laundry go into raising a Frenchie litter not to mention poop on hands and places you don't even want to know lol.... hey... it goes with the territory. 


Another momma nursing in the car on the way home from C-Section

We don't have many puppies because it's a lot of work. The puppies we do have are raised in by us. They are not sent or raised by a CARE TAKER or a PUPPY NANNY, they are 24/7 with us from the moment they are born, well... after we get back from the Vet that is. We help dry the puppies once they are delivered from mom's belly via c-section and from that moment on, they are under my supervision at all times. I know my puppies inside and out before they leave to their new homes. My puppies do not step one paw outdoors until AFTER 8 weeks of age AFTER they are vaccinated. I can't understand when I see newborns babies on these websites who have not even opened their eyes and are laying on a grass outside somewhere in a photo. Or puppies under 6 weeks of age that are outside clearly ... crazy and risky.  After everything put into getting these babies in this world, there is no way I am going to risk their lives.


This homemade towel bottle holders only work for about 3 minutes lol... wish it was that easy, but anyone who has ever seen puppies nursing know they don't stay on the same nipple and they move around a lot and search for a new nipple... but at least I can take a photo quickly like this... it is very cute after all  :)

 
Pet Quality Pup vs. Show Quality Pup
This is another question and misunderstanding.....

Many people believe a "Pet Quality Puppy" is in some way inferior to a "Show Quality Puppy" and that couldn't be further from the truth. There is no difference between a Pet or Show puppy besides "CONFORMATION". When people say "OH I ONLY WANT A PET", like if they want to settle for worst of the litter, it makes no sense. In all honesty that "PET Quality" puppy may be the "BEST" one in the litter as far as personality and looks, it may just have a  "cosmetic conformation flaw" that would prevent it from becoming a titled "Show Champion", but there is nothing inferior about the puppy. By "conformation flaws" it could be  something as minor as being a little longer in the body than what the judges like or not having enough "pigment" around the nose or eyes, etc..  Heck the dog could be perfect and just not like the lead and therefore not make a good show dog. So while Show pups are worth more, its not by much. It costs the same to raise a pet puppy as it does a show puppy. When you purchase one as a  "pet only" the same amount of time, sweat, money, hard work, dedication and love has been invested to get that "pet" puppy into this world, make sure it lives through that Newborn Critical Stage, fed and raised the same, etc...  The majority of  "Show Quality" pups are sold as "JUST PETS" anyway, so in actuality they are all "PETS", they just aren't all "Show Quality". So... whether pet or show, all our puppies and those from Reputable breeders are raised and treated equally... that is the point!!!!
 

Imports vs. American Champion Bred
Many people wonder the difference..... 

Well for the most part many of the Imports from UNETHICAL Breeders turn out huge, 40lbs is not unheard of and they certainly do not meet the Standards. They have a long nose or what some people refer to "out at the nose" instead of the beautiful smooshed in face they are supposed to have. The tails and bodies are usually longer. They have longer legs. And basically they just do not look like what a French Bulldog is supposed to look like. This is why many websites do not show the parents photos only the puppy photos. These Imports mostly have hyper and unsteady temperaments and just not what a French Bulldogs should be. If you think it doesn't matter where the puppy came from as long as you can afford it and you only "WANT A PET", then buy one of those cheap imports. The only way someone can sell a  French Bulldog Puppy for that price is because they Imported it for $200 or so.  You'll end up regretting it. I have heard it time and time again.

How does it work? 
Well... I am no expert, but from everything I have read and been told... 
Puppy Mills from outside the US, like in Hungary, Russia, etc,,, sell puppies in masses to people in the United States. We have received those emails ourselves from these BROKERS. They want you to buy 8-10 puppies say for $200 a piece.... Like package deals... These Importers will buy these puppies in groups and then have the puppies shipped here and re-sell them for $1500 -$2000... without having any idea who the parents are, how they are bred, etc.. They do not even know the puppy's real date of birth. They can be selling you a puppy they claim is 9 weeks old and it's really 6 weeks old, because they take them away from the mother early to ship overseas and sell it.  It's all about money. There is no time or effort spent raising dogs and puppies from so called breeders who buy these Imported Puppies, it's a business and they have NOTHING invested in the puppy. Look at the profit when they sell this $200 import for $1500.  When people think they are getting a bargain, trust me it will end up costing you more in Medical Bills down the road. Most French Bulldogs in rescues are Imports, you can see it in their looks... I believe so anyway. 

Imports are different when compared to American Frenchies.  Like I said, they are usually LARGER so when you see a website bragging how their French Bulldog females whelp naturally its probably because THEY ARE IMPORTS.  Make sure you see photos of the mother and even then you don't know if they are being honest. This is why we provide photos of the mother pregnant, photos of the mother nursing the babies, videos, etc... Besides... breeders can brag all they want, but is it the truth? A free whelping French Bulldog is not something that is supposed to be the norm anyway in this BREED, there is no shame in the dog needing a c-section.... I won't go into that again, just read my reasons above.

*****With ALL this said, please know there are Reputable Breeders abroad, just do your research and know you are not going to pay $1500 for a puppy from one of those Reputable kennels abroad. It's quite expensive to Import a Quality French Bulldog Puppy from a Reputable and LEGIT European Show Kennel. Also please know FCI Registration from Europe has nothing to do with the AKC, there is a difference. and APRI and CKC (Continental Kennel Club) are a joke to many people... just do your research.

Help break the cycle!
Please don't buy puppies from pet stores, 
import brokers or puppy mills. 

 

Some puppies are barely alive when they arrive in the USA, and many die shortly thereafter...
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In Conclusion....
Breeding French Bulldogs is not easy or cheap and no one can say they have done this for years with no problems. From infertile males, to bitches who don't take, to dead puppies, ruptured uterus, pyometra's, mastitis, early or late deliveries, middle of the night runs to Vets for emergency c-sections, as I mentioned.... round the clock care/bottle feeding and everything else like weaning, cleaning and most of all finding the right forever homes. There are MANY sleepless nights with these babies.... It's not an easy hobby and passion, but at the end of the day..... those Smooshy faces, puppy breath and happy new families are all worth it.
 
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Our Foxy and our AKC Champion "Spike" babies.... 
Mom was nursing her 2½ week old babies and daddy Spike decided to make himself comfy lol... such a sweet boy and mommy didn't mind....
All Our babies are Spoiled Rotten, believe that :-)


 
 



 

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