Once you’ve made the (very conscious and deliberate) decision to bring a French Bulldog into your life, it’s critical to learn where to buy a French Bulldog and how to find a reputable french bulldog breeder. As I illustrated in this post about sham puppy mill breeders, you have to be incredibly careful about who you buy or rescue your French Bulldog from. Naturally, we always recommend you rescue a French Bulldog (or any dog, really) before you buy a puppy from a breeder. There are millions of homeless doggies and it should be your first inclination to save a dog from otherwise unfavorable conditions than to support further capitalistic breeding of animals. That said, we realize that buying a French Bulldog is sometimes irresistible. So, in this article, we’re going to tell where to buy a French Bulldog and what to look for when you’re setting out to bring home your new best friend.
In this post, I make it clear that we do not support the Continental Kennel Club (CKC). So, the very first decision you must commit to is this: If you’re going to buy a French Bulldog, you must buy an AKC-registered French Bulldog. If you cannot afford an AKC-registered French Bulldog, then we recommend you rescue a French Bulldog from one of these reputable French Bulldog rescue networks: French Bulldog Rescue Network, S.N.O.R.T, French Bulldog Village Rescue, or Chicago French Bulldog Rescue Network.
Where to Buy a French Bulldog
If it is your intention to buy a French Bulldog puppy from a breeder, you must remember to only ever agree to buy a puppy that is registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), any other registry should be considered fake and a scam, and you should report the person attempting to sell French Bulldogs through these registries to your local humane society or to the closest ASPCA branch. Breeders attempting to sell puppies through registries like the CKC are likely guilty of animal cruelty and potentially deadly living conditions. Please take action against these so-called “breeders”.
Your best bet to find a French Bulldog puppy is to use the Online Breeder Classifieds on the AKC website to find local breeders near you. Please understand that you may have to drive several hundred miles in order to find a reputable, safe, and dependable breeder to purchase your French Bulldog. Further, you can just call the AKC and they can help put you in contact with local breeders in your state or regional area: contact the AKC. Calling the AKC and asking for help is the easiest way to find out where to buy a french bulldog.
Click here to read more about what to look for in a reputable french bulldog breeder and what to expect when visiting breeders.
Once you’ve found where to buy your French Bulldog, you need to do the following:
It’s incredibly easy to over-excited about your potentially new companion and jump straight to asking questions about when you can pickup your French Bulldog from the breeder. This is an amateur mistake and you need to be very cautious of your own emotions. French Bulldogs require lots of maintenance and you need to be 110% committed to caring for your new companion before you purchase a French Bulldog from the breeder you’ve selected. You must loosely follow these steps below to protect yourself and your new friend:
1. Verify at least 3x times (or more), that the breeder you’re purchasing from has registered the parents of your puppy with the AKC.
2. Ask to see their pedigrees (any reputable breeder will have this filed neatly and easily accessible).
3. Go over the pedigrees and other paperwork your breeder may provide to you, scanning for inconsistencies or other signs of fraud.
4. Verify that the breeder has already notified the AKC of your puppy’s litter and he/she/they have already registered them. The AKC requires breeders who will sell puppies to register and pay a small registration fee for each puppy in a litter. This is customary and the breeder, if they’re legitimate, will provide all of this information to you.
5. Ask to see the registration paperwork for the litter.
6. Make smalltalk with your selected breeder. Test their knowledge on French Bulldogs (hopefully you’re reading the site and educating yourself!) and gauge their confidence in what they do.
7. Examine their “kennel”, are there large cages and crates stacked in a solitary room? Seemingly unsanitary or unacceptable living conditions? Sires and dams forced to live in small kennels? This is a sign of a puppy mill. Alert the ASPCA and local humane society. A real breeder will have a dedicated air-conditioned building on their property acting as a nursery with separate areas for small puppies, nursing mothers, and more. Birthing should take place in an inside room in the house, and the breeder should have a decently-sized piece of property to facilitate play for their sires and dams. Anything less is considered “backyard breeding”.
8. Ask for veterinary reports on both the sire and dam of the litter from which you’re buying.
9. Ask about the medical history of the other dogs in their kennel, if any. Ask about past issues with their French Bulldogs and how they responded.
10. Ask about a Breeder’s Warranty. A breeder’s warranty is essentially a guarantee that your puppy will not have medical issues or other genetic disabilities that the breeder could have prevented by not breeding a sick French Bulldog. A good breeder will gladly provide this sort of reassurance.
11. Google the Breeder you’ve chosen. Are there reviews to help inform your opinion? Good? Bad?
12. Ask the breeder to provide a few client references. If they’re reticent to provide this information, then we encourage to avoid purchasing a dog from that breeder until they’re willing to allow you to contact others who have purchased French Bulldogs from them. This is customary and a good breeder will gladly provide references.
Follow these simple guidelines and avoid becoming impatient. Get yourself put on a few waiting lists for different breeders and then wait for them to contact you. Ask to come by their kennel and see their puppies. Then follow the guidelines above, especially making sure that they’re not using the CKC as a registry. Always AKC. Always.
That’s all for now. Check in next week. We’re going to try to get a video up on how to clean your Frenchie’s ears.
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