Ah, the French Bulldog, also also known as the Frenchie. With their bat-like ears, short snouts, and a physique that suggests they’ve been hitting the gym, it’s no wonder they’ve stolen the hearts of many.
But hold on to your wallets because these lovable chunks of canine charisma can come with a hefty price tag. Today, we’re diving deep to understand why there’s such a vast difference between a $400 and a $4000 French Bulldog. And whether the extra zeroes on the price tag are worth it. Fasten your seatbelts; it will be a bumpy yet hilarious ride.
French Bulldog Price Explained
Let's talk numbers because the digits can be as staggering as their ability to snore, especially for French Bulldogs. On one end, you have Frenchies that cost around $400, and on the other end, you’ve got the high-rollers priced at a whopping $4000 or even more.
The $400 Frenchie:
At $400, you’re likely looking at a dog bred and sold by someone who isn’t quite up to snuff on the breeding standards. Or perhaps it’s an older dog needing a loving home. It could also be a scam, so watch out and don't let the price tag blind you!
The $4000 Frenchie:
At $4000, this puppy is probably from the crème de la crème of French Bulldog lineage. We’re talking about a pup with more health checks than a hypochondriac and a pedigree longer than a CVS receipt.
Average French Bulldog Price
Now that we've dissected the price extremes let's bring it back to the center and discuss the average cost of a French Bulldog. For people who don't have $4000 but want a healthy and happy puppy, this is for you. So, what's the middle ground in the Frenchie financial spectrum?
The high price of a French Bulldog puppy does not necessarily mean high quality! You can find standard French Bulldogs, bred according to American Kennel Club standards, between $ 1,500 and $ 2,000.
Why are French Bulldogs so Expensive?
One of the most popular dog breeds, French Bulldogs, are like the designer handbags of the dog world. But why? Well, let’s break it down.
1. Breeding Costs:
Frenchies are not the most...how do we put this delicately...naturally reproductive breed. Many require artificial insemination and C-sections to safely bring their puppies into the world. And all that medical intervention doesn't come cheap.
2. Health Checks and Vaccinations:
Reputable breeders ensure their puppies are in tip-top shape, including regular vet visits, vaccinations, and health checks. That’s more $$ out of their pocket and into the price tag.
3. Living Conditions:
A $4000 French Bulldog likely had a puppyhood akin to living in the Ritz. We have fed them top-notch food, given them plenty of space to play, and showered them with love and attention.
4. Rarity and Demand:
Some rare coat colors and patterns in French Bulldogs are rarer than others, driving the price. And with their popularity skyrocketing, everyone wants a piece of the Frenchie pie, further inflating the price. Not to mention the rare color lilac merle long hair cost of a French bulldog!
If the puppy comes from a champion bloodline, meaning its ancestors have won dog shows, you can expect to pay a premium.
How To Find a Reputable Breeder
Now that you’re well-versed in why Frenchies can cost an arm and a leg let’s discuss finding a breeder that won’t take you for a ride.
Do Your Homework:
Research is key. Look for breeders who are transparent about their breeding practices and happy to answer all your questions. And trust us, you should have a lot of questions.
Visit in Person:
A reputable breeder will welcome you to visit and meet the French Bulldog puppies in person. If they’re making excuses and avoiding a meet-up, that’s a red flag bigger than a bull in a china shop.
A good breeder will provide a health guarantee for their puppies, ensuring they don't leave you in the lurch if health issues arise. You have all the rights to ask for pet insurance and parent health tests such as hip dysplasia.
Vet Bills and Diseases
Frenchies are as notorious for their health issues as they are for their charm. Here’s the lowdown:
Flat Face Syndrome:
Their squished faces are adorable, but they can lead to breathing issues. Ensure you have a good vet and are prepared for potential health concerns.
French Bulldogs’ skin folds are cute but can harbor bacteria and lead to infections if not properly cleaned. Add skincare to your Frenchie’s spa day routine. Take special care of short coats and consult the vet regarding the right dog food and diet.
Let’s be honest: owning a Frenchie can be like having a toddler that eats everything in sight. They’re prone to allergies, and you might find yourself on a first-name basis with your vet. French bulldog breeds are prone to a vast of health problems, for example, heat stroke.
French Bulldog Rescue and Adoption: Pros and Cons
If the price tag of a purebred Frenchie has you sweating, rescue and adoption are viable options.
- You’re giving a dog in need a loving home. Whoever reads this and saves a dog knows that special feeling of doing something right.
- The cost is significantly lower than buying from a breeder. Or, in the case of our non-profit Frenchie Rescue - the costs are none!
- Adopted dogs, especially Frenchies, may show the love and thankfulness you can't imagine or get with a puppy you bought.
- The dog’s medical and behavioral history might not be well-known. Actually, in most of the cases, we just keep on guessing.
- You might not get that “puppy experience” if you adopt an older dog.
- Consider that those Frenchies may come from a stressful environment or, even worse - someone may be harassing them. Ask people from the desired French Bulldog Rescue about the dog's character and behavior.
A Word of Caution
While the average price gives you a good starting point, it’s important to remember that a lower price isn’t always a bargain, and a higher price isn’t always a rip-off. It’s all about finding the right balance between cost and the health and well-being of the puppy.
Now allow me to share all the red flags I've personally noticed during 20 years of experience in cynology:
- It's worth mentioning that a reputable breeder never has more than one litter simultaneously.
- I've had nothing against advertising pups online however - selling them online is just wrong.
- I never even advertise puppies online! To those so-called breeders who do it, raise a question: Why are they doing that? As a third-generation French Bulldog breeder in my family, word of mouth is best and only advertising.
- As a breeder myself - I always ask questions. For example, I want to know where the puppy will live, whether there are stairs, background...and so on. So, breeders who ask questions might be a good sign.
- When buying a puppy, I expect a contract from the breeder. A typical breeder/puppy buyer contract contains vaccination history, pedigree, and sometimes even a castration or neutering clause. I'm even adding a divorce clause (if it's a couple). Yes, that happens!
- Ask your breeder to show you all the health tests of the litter parents. I am practicing so-called "6 panel" health tests, which include most genetically transmitted issues.
- If buying overseas, don't let puppy flying cargo! Instead, hire a puppy nanny or ask the seller to provide one.
- Finally, if the breeder has many puppies simultaneously, all colors and shapes - just don't buy!
Value for Money
When shopping mid-range, look for a breeder who provides a good balance of health checks, socialization, and support! And is transparent about their breeding practices. It’s not just about finding a puppy; it’s about finding a family member who will bring joy and friendship for years. Never forget, and spread the word that dogs are not toys or Christmas gifts!
French Bulldogs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you will get, especially the price. Whether you choose the $400 route or splurge on a $4000 Frenchie, do your homework and find a reputable breeder (or rescue).
Yes, you read that right. The range is still quite wide.
But let’s break it down a bit. And prepare yourself for a lifetime of snores, snorts, and absolute love. After all, can you put a price on that face?