French bulldogs are amazing dogs. They are loyal, protective, and they are great with kids. If you are considering adopting a French bulldog and you want to be sure that you are working with a reputable breeder. Before settling on a breeder, there are a few questions that you should ask first.
1. Where Have the Bulldog Pups Been Living?
It is important to find out where the puppy has been living. The best answer to the question is in the house with the family. If the puppy was living in a garage, a basement, or in a bar, he likely wouldn’t have had much contact with humans. When this happens, the puppy could be shy or aggressive toward people. You don’t want to adopt a puppy with this type of personality.
2. How Often Are the Puppies Handled?
You want to adopt a puppy from a breeder who makes sure that the puppies are handled often. If the puppy gets a pat on the head at feeding time and he is left alone for the rest of the day, he won’t be attached to humans. When you get him home, he won’t know how to react to all of the attention. It is best to adopt a puppy is handled regularly from the time he is born until he goes to live with you. Many reputable breeders will have regular puppy parties where they invite guests to come over and interact with the puppies. The more human contact the puppies have, the better.
3. May I Meet The Parents?
Depending on the breeder, you may not be able to meet the parents, however, you should be able to meet the mother. Meeting the mother will give you an idea of what the puppy will be like in the future. If the parents are well behaved and friendly, chances are the puppy will be as well. This isn’t information that you could get on a French Bulldog website.
4. How Many Litters Do You Raise Each Year?
The best breeders are the ones who raise only one or two letters each year. This way, you can be sure that the puppies are getting the care and the handling that they need to be happy and healthy. It will also show that the breeder takes their time to find the best home for the puppies. If the breeder has only one female, the dog should never be bred more than once each year. She needs time to recover from the birth and being separated from her litter. Breeding her twice in one year won’t give her adequate time to do these things.
5. May I Have Copies of the Health Clearance?
There are certain dog breeds that are prone to developing certain health conditions. Some of the most common health conditions seen in French Bulldogs include:
- Cherry eye
- Respiratory problems
- Stenotic nares
- Tracheal stenosis
- Heat stress
- Elongated soft palate
- Laryngeal collapse
- Internal disc disease
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
Considering all of the possible conditions that French Bulldogs can suffer from it is a good idea to get copies of the health clearances for the parents. A reputable breeder will have the parents tested for the most common conditions. If the breeder had these tests performed and they are willing to give you copies of the results, they are definitely a breeder that you can trust.
6. How Old Are the Parents
It is important to find out how old the puppy’s parents are. Most genetic conditions don’t show up in French Bulldogs until they are two or three years old. If the parents are younger than 3 years old, you won’t really know what you are getting yourself into.
7. Can I Talk To A Former Customer?
If this wasn’t your breeder’s first litter, you should ask to speak to someone who has bought a puppy from the I the past. If their former customers were happy with the breeder and happy with the puppy that they adopted, chances are you will be as well.
There is more to adopting a French Bulldog than just finding an ad for puppies for sale and buying one. You need to do your research and ask the breeder the important questions so that you can be sure that you are working with a reputable breeder and that you are going to get a happy, well adjusted, healthy dog.