Frequently Asked Questions
+ When will my puppy be ready to go home?
In general, 8 weeks is the accepted age for a puppy to be ready to go home with their new family. Depending on the puppy's development and how much time the new family can devote to their new pup, sometimes we let puppy's go home at 6 weeks.
+ What do you feed your dogs/puppies? How should I change their food?
We feed our dogs and puppies Kirkland brand dog food. It is 4.5/5 stars and can be found at Costco. If you would like to change the puppy's diet to another food, gradually add more of the food you choose to the sample provided in your puppy pack. Before switching dog food, please visit www.dogfoodadvisor.com to see how the food you want to use ranks among the leaders in the industry.
+ How big will my puppy get?
It is impossible to accurately determine the future height and weight of a puppy but we can give you our best estimate based on the heights and weights of the puppy's parents. The size of the puppies in comparison to one another does not always signify which will be the largest as an adult. For example, sometimes the runt of the litter ends up not being the smallest as an adult.
+ When will my puppy's ears stand up?
It is difficult to determine exactly when your puppy's ears will stand as it varies from pup to pup. French Bulldog ears typically stand between 5-12 weeks. We have seen ears begin to stand as early as 4 weeks and as late as 14. We have also seen ears stand up and then fall back down before they stand up for good.
+ Where are the puppies kept?
The puppies are kept in puppy playpens, layered with puppy training pads. We do not allow our puppies to go outside until they have had their second vaccination. This protects them from any viruses that may be contracted outdoors.
+ How do you potty train the puppies?
Because we keep our puppies in playpens layered with puppy training pads, they grow up being used to use the bathroom on the pads. When you bring your puppy home, you will want to continue puppy pad training by spreading out puppy pads around the area they will be kept and then slowly begin taking more and more away until you have just one remaining near the door you want them to go outside through. During this training, provided their shots are continually up to date, you will want to take your puppy outside often. This gives your puppy more opportunities to understand that they are supposed to use the bathroom outside.
Keep in mind that puppies about 6-8 weeks of age can only hold their bladder for 2-3 hours. Puppies around 9-12 weeks of age can hold their bladder for 4-6 hours. Once a puppy reaches 14-16 weeks of age, it can hold their bladder for about 8 hours which is usually enough to get you through the night, as long as you let them out first thing in the morning.
We find crate training is the best method for potty training a puppy. You want to make sure that the crate is just large enough for them to be comfortable in, but not large enough for them to potty in one corner and sleep in another. Most, but not all, crates come with dividers that you can adjust as the puppy grows. We recommend purchasing an 18" x 24" crate for your puppy.
+ What is provided in your puppy packs?
Our puppy packs include:
- Food & Water Bowls
- Puppy Blanket
- Puppy Pads For Travel Home
What is the difference between limited and full AKC registration?
The primary difference between limited and full AKC registration is breeding rights. With limited registration, any puppies you breed cannot be registered with AKC. Also, a dog registered with limited registration is not eligible to be entered in a breed competition in a licensed or member dog show. It is eligible, however, to be entered in any other licensed or member event. These events include: Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility and Earthdog.
Because breeding Frenchies is more difficult than most breeds, we sell our puppies with full registration at a higher price than limited.
+ What proof do I have of my puppy purchase?
In our health guarantee we explicity state that the health guarantee also serves as your receipt and proof of payment. We typically sign the guarantee and have you make the payment simultaneously, so there are no issues for either the buyer or the seller.
+ What methods of final payments do you accept?
Cash is our 100% most preferred method of final payment. This is the best way to ensure that both the buyer and the seller receive their "end" of the purchase. We do not accept any other form of final payment unless it is made before the puppy is picked up. This gives ample time to allow the payment to clear and be approved. This, however, means that you will have paid for your puppy in full before picking it up. If you do not feel comfortable paying in cash, we accept cashiers' checks or money orders but, again, the payment must clear before you will be allowed to pick up your puppy.
+ How much are your puppies?
Our French Bulldogs are typically sold for $3,400.
+ Why are your puppies more expensive than some other breeders?
First, the French Bulldog is simply an expensive dog breed. They are expensive to purchase, in part, because they are expensive to breed. Rarely will a French Bulldog breed naturally (on their own). Therefore, in addition to all of the vaccinations, dewormings, and micro-chipping of their puppies, they require artificial insemination and more often than not require c-sections.
In addition to these monetary costs that go into raising Frenchies, we put a value on the kind of care and home we provide our dogs and puppies. We do not have a kennel and our Frenchies do not live outside or in individual kennel runs where they get no interaction with each other. They have their own bedroom in our home where they stay at night and they have free use of the yard throughout the day. They receive plenty of our attention and are allowed to play with each other as well. We feel this kind of life is invaluable to the health and well-being of our dogs and their puppies.
Similarly, their puppies are always well socialized so that you do not have to worry about badly behaved or timid puppies. We want our pups to feel excited when you walk into the room to hold them and play with them, so we make sure they have human interaction every day and get used to human voices and the daily tasks of human life. Some of our pups are even intrigued by loud vacuum noises and we know this is because we allow them to continually experience the usual aspects of our lives. We have received numerous compliments as to how well our puppies adjust to their new homes and how easy they are to potty train.
Like we mentioned before, we feel this kind of experience is invaluable. We have purchased puppies from breeders that unfortunately do not provide the kind of attention that these animals should receive and have personally experienced the drawbacks to this kind of upbringing. The real value we feel our puppies have over other breeders is the way they were raised. Anyone can give a puppy a shot and have them microchipped. Being raised in a social environment and not left alone all the time cannot be faked.
In addition to all of this, when you purchase a puppy from us, you immediately become a part of our Frenchie family. While we don’t expect you to call us in lieu of your veterinarian, we do welcome phone calls, texts, or emails whenever you have any questions. We love staying updated on all of our puppies.
+ What about uniquely colored French Bulldogs?
A lot of people notice breeders selling Frenchies that are uniquely colored. We aim to breed for the American Kennel Club (AKC) true standard of the French Bulldog breed, which we have embedded onto a page on our site, straight from the AKC website. AKC only recognizes 16 colors of Frenchies, 9 of which are considered "standard colors."
Colors such as merle are not AKC recognized and in fact are only possible in Frenchies when another breed (most often chihuahuas) is bred into the line at some point in its past. Eventually, the line is bred with Frenchies enough to resemble a traditional French Bulldog but with the merle color. This is what we call "breeding for fad colors" and not breeding for the true quality of the breed. We do not breed these unusual or "unique/rare" colors.
Blue Frenchies are another color that has become extremely popular as of late. These puppies carry a recessive gene for blue dog alopecia. This condition is known to cause dry, flaky, itchy skin and hair thinning or loss in adult dogs.
While, obviously, this does not mean every blue Frenchie will have these issues, it is something we do not care to incorporate into our breeding program. There is a lot of controversy as to what true health detriments these colors can cause a dog and we prefer to error on the side of caution.