WHY ARE FRENCH BULLDOGS SO EXPENSIVE ?
"GBKS RED ROSES" WHELPING HER LAST LITTER OF PUPS SIRED BY LI JIES DIAMOND BOY. DIAMONDBOY NOW RESIDES IN CHINA !
WELL HERES THE ANSWER...
THEY ARE HARD TO BREED!
French Bulldogs normally do not breed on their own, they have to be Artificially Inseminated, which means Progesterone Testing, etc... They do not give birth on their own, they need c-section...Which means lots of temperature taking and worrying about the "right time" to take the babies out the oven. Taking them out to early, their lungs are not developed and the puppies will die. Too soon also means many times momma's milk won't drop, which means bottle feeding round the clock. Taking them out too late the puppies will die in the birth canal or detach from the placenta. Late night emergency c-sections (900.00 +), complications, mother can die in surgery, etc. If the mothering instincts don't kick in due to the c-section, that means round the clock bottle feeding and butt cleaning... And after all this, you get normally 2-3 puppies per litter. A breeder of say American Bully has 7-10 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, but there are other reasons as well.... If interested in reading more, please.....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, Health Testing is 100x more important then taking your dog to a show, after all judges have different opinions and there are a lot of POLITICS involved in the show world. Even with all the Health Testing in the world you cannot be 100% sure nothing will ever happen, so it's best to go with someone who at least makes an attempt to BREED THE HEALTHIEST PARENTS POSSIBLE!
French Bulldogs are hard to breed and have small litters. Frenchies usually "average" 3 puppies per litter. Most times when you hear or see that a French Bulldog had 7-8 puppies in a litter, that is NOT the norm. Frenchies usually have very small litters, average size is 2-4 puppies, with many having just 1.
Expect to pay an average of $2800-$3500 (girls are on the higher end) for your AKC Registered *Born on the USA * French bulldog Puppy and MORE if you'd like an AKC Show Puppy to show, females are prices higher! I have paid good money for my foundation dogs and have not spent a penny less than this for any of my original dogs and I can tell you it was money well spent and I maybe got a handful of photos from the breeders before i brought them home and why I provide so much photos and details when our puppies are sold. I know the feeling of waiting for you puppy, especially if it's a 1st time dog owner so I am in constant touch via email 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.
BYB's "Back Yard Breeders" are people who own dogs "with our without papers" and they want puppies or decide it's a money making thing 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. HEALTH clearances against Genetic diseases, they do NOT offer LIFETIME mentoring, and the a 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 $$$ and are far more likely to produce pups that will have health problems in the future. You may save $1000 or MORE going through BYB, but you will probably end up paying more Vet Bills in the long run!! BYB's do not care about their puppies for the most part.Many have tons of litters so who cares is 1 or 2 or 5 babies die, there are more on the way. BYBs lack the knowledge of adequate dog health care. Many can love their dogs, and are breeding because they think they are FLUFFY and so cute, and their neighbors 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 info for the heck of it, or for monetary reasons.
A reputable breeder doesn't do it for money TRUST ME.... they do it for the love of that breed. A plethora of money is put into these dogs . I can calculate all my yearly expenses and all my time and I would be lucky to break even with my litter. When you do the appropriate screenings, vet care and nutrition, toys, handling fees, the 5 hour drive to the airport meeting parents flying in, the 5 hour drive to the vet since you live very rural, hours emailing people who have questions, helping those who have gotten burnt, etc,... the cost of the puppies is often just enough to break even for all the money and TIME I put in to my dogs and puppies. I can make money HOURLY working at MCDonalds if you multiply all my HOURS of care and work that I put into my dogs not to mention my Newborn Babies and puppies.
Just some of the costs of breeding alone, this does not include raising or showing or testing or advertising or time or anything else...
Then after all this...your bitch does not get pregnant or you have a 1 puppy litter...or the bitch drops early and all the puppies die. or..the puppies ketch a cold from a draft, now you need antibiotics. puppy fading syndrome, etc..... Our last litter we had 4 puppies,2 were born dead, only 2 babies for all the trouble to get them here.What about french bulldog mothers that die during their c-sections, after all it is a MAJOR SURGERY! I can go on .............
YOU DO IT, THEN TELL ME ITS EASY OR CHEAP !