Buying a puppy

IMPORTANT
Please read this advice before buying a French Bulldog puppy
Before you purchase your puppy contact either the French Bulldog Club of England or the Midland & Northern Counties French Bulldog Club. They will advise you of reputable breeders who may have puppies for sale. You can also contact the Kennel Club for a list of their 'Accredited Breeders' who may have French Bulldog Puppies available. The worst possible way to purchase your puppy is through a pet shop, a puppy farm, the Internet or from one of the free newspapers. Most reputable breeders do not advertise, they strive to produce good health, good temperament, and good conformation. They usually have a waiting list for their puppies. This is the kind of breeder who has very likely put a great deal of time and effort into breeding and raising quality French Bulldogs and will want to give them the very best of homes. It's best to more interested in good temperament, healthy long-lived lines, and sound structure, rather than what colour your would like your puppy to be, however whichever colour you choose it must comply to the Breed Standard. There is no such thing as "rare" colours in the French Bulldog. If a Frenchies coat colour is anything other than the colours given in the Breed Standard then it has an undesirable coat colour which is not recognised as typical of this breed. There may be underlying health issues in these undesirable colours which we know nothing about, especially in all types of blue, mouse, chocolate, liver and black & tan colours.

Please follow this link "So called Rare Colours info"

A little about joint ownership:

This means you and the breeder would both own him or her. Joint-ownership's are good and bad. Make sure you have a contract and ask a lot of questions, put it in BLACK AND WHITE. Know your breeder and make sure you want to deal with this person for the life for your French Bulldog. You may be required to breed the dog, or let the breeder do it. You may have to breed her once or twice and give the breeder a puppy(ies), or you have to provide free stud service for the breeders bitches. Do not enter into a joint-ownership if you think you may change your mind about what you agreed to in the beginning, the breeder may not be understanding If you can't breed or show him or her you may have to send him or her to the breeder, do you want to lose the dog for weeks or months? What if he/she develops a problem or an unsuitable temperament for breeding? These questions should be addressed and put in the contract before the dog leaves for his or her new home. Think very carefully before joint-owning a dog, put it in black and white.



Loan Agreements

Some breeders will only sell you a bitch puppy if you agree to loan your Frenchie (when she is old enough) back to them in order that he/she (the breeder) can have a litter from her. However, this type of agreement is not common practice in our breed. The Kennel Club approved loan agreement is valid for no less than a six month period which means that the breeder can keep your Frenchie for that amount of time. It might seem a nice idea at the time to allow your Frenchie to have puppies but remember that pregnancy and whelping in the French Bulldog may be difficult and in some cases can result in complications, as many Frenchies do not give birth naturally and require a Caesarean operation. The anesthetic can pose a serious risk and may in the most extreme cases result in the death of your Frenchie and the pups.

Be very cautious about entering into this type of agreement, make sure you understand all the implications, consider the mental and physical stress your pet will suffer whilst she is away from you and do not forget that all of your Frenchies puppies will belong to the breeder, not you!

There are people who simply bred together any male and any female and produced puppies. They do no research, so they don't know the incidence of deformities, health problems or poor temperament in their lines. When you buy from these people, you are essentially buying generic little dogs with unknown genes. Their Kennel Club registration papers say French Bulldog only because the parents were registered with the Kennel Club as French Bulldogs, that is no guarantee about structure, health, or temperament. These people just take your money and do not want to know if you need help or anything goes wrong

Remember that your decision to acquire a French Bulldog from a particular breeder will affect you (and your French Bulldog) for the next 1 to 14 years.

If you keep in touch with the FBCE Hon Secretary on a regular basis she will be able to let you know of any puppies that may be available. If you should find a suitable puppy in the meantime, please let her know, and please do not hesitate to call or email if you need help or advice.

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