The Right Breeder for You

What I consider good breeder sense and what is important to know, what to look for in the right breeder for you.  Some people are not concerned and only for the chance to get a French Bulldog. Some breeders might be more interested for the income.  You may be the type that prefers a more reliable approach since you have little, to no recourse once you take that pup home. 

Good Breeders

  • Ask a lot of qualifying questions
  • Friendly, organized and helpful
  • Pups over 10 weeks of age - before letting them go
  • Pups vaccinated, wormed, fecal tested and vet checked
  • Parents are on site or at least one is
  • Keeps accurate breeding records
  • Not a breeder for income but for the betterment of the breed
  • Not an importer of pups for resale
  • Not regularly airing grievances on web, chat lines
  • Dogs in a clean, safe and loving environment, home clean and organized
  • Does not have kennels of new pups month after month
  • Pups are initially raised inside their home
  • Their dogs have good dispositions, seem happy and healthy
  • Is not a color breeder basing price on such specifics
  • Provides a contract for signature with a limited health guarantee
  • Will take back or rescue if you can't keep the pup or dog
  • Participates in the breed more than just producing pups
  • Educates others towards the best possible outcome
  • Parents are healthy and (best known to be) genetically sound
  • Parents are quality breed specimens based on the AKC standard
  • Specifically show prospects are worthy with competitive qualities
  • The right and loving pet home is the greatest priority
  • Co-ownerships and expectations are agreed to in the contract
  • Stud rights are not a mandatory expectation unless agreed
  • AKC registration papers or copy of the litter registration are provided
  • Legally binding expectation of receiving registration papers
  • Respected and in good standing with the French Bull Dog Club of America and the American Kennel Club.

If you personally know the breeder a lot might be taken for granted. If we don't know each other I'm hesitant to respond when phone calls or emails just say "do you have any puppies".  Who is this person asking?  I get a little speechless when some one says "I am looking for a white Frenchie, do you have any".   I Personally if I had an outstanding pup no matter the color or sex, I'd be keeping it.  For me, the object is to better what I have as a breeder that supports my own breeding program. If a pups pigment, hearing or coat conditions were compromised, often found in white dogs or was a pet quality, that would be different.  White is typically a pied dog without markings.  The pink pigment many breeders find incorrect and is unacceptable in Europe.  A genetically sound, gorgeous, black pigment, dark eyes, black shinny nose, beautifully correct, clear white French Bulldog, you may find very rarely.

A good breeder will be there for your Frenchie always as much as possible. So keep in mind the relationship you'll be starting with more than just your puppy. It's good to have a network of breeders and other friends, with Frenchies to compare experiences. Try not to share what breeders tell you with other breeders. You'll find out what works best.

For me it is much better when you tell me who you are and what you want.  Try not to let color or sex loose your chance of getting a great Frenchie. Often it is timing and have to take it when you find it. Building a relationship with a breeder is often the better way to go. Avoid pet stores and importers. Don't buy into breeders saying they are the best and why their pups are 3 to 4 thousand dollars. Don't buy into breeders asking for litters back, plus co-ownerships, having to show the dog, and the price is $3,500 or more. Some of the best show dogs and stud dogs started as the best pets.

I think breeders should disclose what they know about their dogs including potential health concerns. They should be able to recommend a potential fit if you're honest, with them. Male Frenchies are my favorite; mine are silly, loving, fun and sometimes obnoxious.  My first Frenchie was a male.  Some Frenchie females can be bitchy, standoffish, and hard to potty train.  If you're worried a male will lift his leg, in the house that's not always the case.  It depends on the male, how strong his masculinity and when he's neutered.  Keep in mind, females mark too.  I often would rather put up with a male then a female in season.  If you always spay and neuter your pets you shouldn't have to worry too much about it.

Another thing is a breeder will expect you to be agreeable. So make sure that works for you too. They will have the dogs best interest in mind and a working relationship with you too. There are other breeders less involved to work with and is up to you.






























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