In recent years, owning a French bulldog has become a popular craze around the world. Many influencers and prominent celebrities flaunt their French bulldogs on social media such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga. The Kennel Club has recently revealed that there has been an increase of registration from 14,607 to 21,470 last year.
However, it is a poor choice to choose a breed for fashionable reasons over the suitability of the owner’s lifestyle. In general, choosing a puppy, whether it is a French bulldog puppy or any other breed, requires careful consideration.
Considerations When Buying a French Bulldog Puppy
Pet care costs largely depend on your canine’s size. However, it is a misconception to say that the smaller the size, the lesser its maintenance. It is not always the case.
Small Dogs Large Dogs Small dogs and small children do not always have a good relationship. Large dogs may have surprisingly great self-control and can be comfortable around children. Small dogs are easy to carry when you go out. Large dogs eat a lot more than smaller ones. Small dogs do not demand big spaces to play in. Most large dogs, such as the Great Dane, were bred to be guard dogs. Therefore, it enjoys sitting around observing rather than playing carelessly.
- Grooming Needs
Remember that all dogs need grooming. Basic grooming includes nail trimming, ear cleaning, baths, and teeth brushing. However, long-haired dog breeds need more regular coat trimming to avoid matted hair. With that, you should include grooming in your budget.
Puppies are naturally full of energy and curiosity. However, some puppies are more energetic than others. They require more playtime and activities that will give them mental and physical stimulation.
- You must include these activities in your daily routine if you want an energetic dog. Dogs that don’t get enough exercise can become bored and release pent-up energy in destructive ways.
Temperament refers to the dog’s general attitude and manner towards humans and other animals. It is shaped by inherited factors and learned behaviours. It’s essentially how a dog reacts to his environment including people, animals, noises, distractions, and other sources of stimuli. Temperament is a huge factor in determining the kind of dog that will best fit your lifestyle and personality.
The French bulldog is a small compact-sized canine that is suitable for urban living. It has an average lifespan of over 14 years. Knowing the temperament of a French bulldog will help you determine if it is compatible with you, your family, and your living situation.
- Read the French bulldog breed standard to learn about the ideal appearance, characteristics, and temperament of the breed.
- Ask the breeder about the history of the puppy’s parents. Make sure that they had their health tested and have been cleared of genetic problems. Frenchies are susceptible to hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. Dogs diagnosed with these conditions should not be bred.
- Ask the breeder about the history of the puppy’s parents. Make sure that they have been cleared of genetic problems. Frenchies are susceptible to hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. Dogs diagnosed with these conditions should not be bred.
- When presented with a litter of French bulldog puppies, quietly observe their social skills. Take note of how they interact with each other. The breeder will most likely explain which puppy is the perfect match for you based on your requirements.
- Sit down with the puppies and let them interact with you. Observe how they respond to human contact. Evaluate their behaviour and get acquainted with their energy level.
Choosing a Reputable Breeder
To acquire a purebred French bulldog puppy, you should get referrals from veterinarians, The Kennel Club for a KC registered breeder or local breed club. A professional breeder will answer any questions you may have. Make sure to ask important questions that are helpful in rearing your pup:
- The puppy’s ancestry (parents’ and grandparents’ temperament and behaviour)
- The energy level of the chosen French bulldog puppy
- The puppy’s socialisation process and some basic tips that include its training capability
- The puppy’s food requirements and feeding schedule
- Basic instructions that include healthcare advice (deworming, vaccination, and breed-specific hereditary ailments)
- Registration papers of the French bulldog puppy
Once everything is settled, ensure that your French bulldog puppy gets a thorough examination by a veterinarian.
A good breeder will have you sign a contract with details about proper care, potential health concerns, and return policies. Visit several breeders before making a decision. Don’t be disheartened when you don’t click with any of the puppy presented to you. Sometimes, it takes visits to a few more breeders to find the right French bulldog puppy for you.