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Choosing a French Bulldog Breeder

Choosing a French Bulldog breeder is the most pivotal step you should take before you purchase a French Bulldog puppy. A good breeder will serve as your mentor, veterinary referral source, resource guide, and confidant when the puppy has chewed off your new shoes.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to find a French Bulldog breeder, but these tips will make sure you’ve done your homework and screened your prospects properly:

> Ask to meet the breeder personally. A good breeder would love to meet with you as much as you’d want to meet with them. This first meeting will sometimes be at a dog show or any related event, but when picking up your puppy, you WANT to actually go and see your breeder’s house personally. If a breeder won’t allow you, be very suspicious.

> Meet the puppy’s mom. If a breeder doesn’t want you to meet the puppy’s dam or mom, he’s probably not even a breeder. Beware of “puppy brokers” – these people simply import puppies from Europe and re-sell at marked-up prices. This practice usually results in frail and unhealthy puppies, or adults with bad temperaments. Why mom instead of dad? Because most probably, your pup’s sire, or father, does not live with the mom. A good breeder uses the healthiest – not the closest – dog.

> Healthy puppies are possible with tested parents! Ask your potential breeder what health tests their Frenchies have. Such tests are generally done on a dog’s patella, hips, eyes and spine; recently, DNA tests have been done to detect the presence of juvenile cataracts, which may lead to blindness.

> Showing or competing in a sport with their Frenchies is a sign that a breeder really cares for the dogs, and not only for producing puppies that can bring them money. A breeder who has a “show dog” is someone who has put in an investment in terms of money and time, making sure that the puppies are born of parents who are great examples of the breed.

> Be prepared to be asked questions. A good breeder will want to know a LOT about you – where you live, the number of pets you have, how many hours you spend away from home, and so on. This is because they want the puppies to have the best home possible.

> Ask if the breeder is affiliated with any dog clubs. A good French Bulldog breeder will usually belong to at least one French Bulldog club, and maybe a few general dog clubs too.

> Don’t choose cheap. Good French Bulldog breeding is costly and time-consuming. Health tests, quality vet care, showing, stud services – these are just some of the things breeders spend on. If you find a puppy that is a bit too cheap, the breeder most probably cut corners when raising it.
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