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. Puppies are weaned around 4 weeks of age so rest assured they are not losing out on time with their mother's based on when you bring your puppy home.
+ 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 rated 4/5 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. We are big believers that what you feed your dog is one of, if not the most important factors in long-term health.
+ 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. Generally, a size and weight equal to or in between the mother and father is what we can estimate a puppy's size to be. The size of the puppies in comparison to one another does not always signify which will be the largest as an adult. For example, just because a puppy is the runt of the litter does not mean it will be 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 4-12 weeks. We have seen ears begin to stand as early as 3 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 or bed shavings, depending on the size and age of the litter. 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. Some viruses and bacteria can be transferred from other animals' feces, like birds or other dogs.
+ How do you potty train the puppies?
Potty training in limited, if we are able to do it at all, during the puppies' time with us. More often than not, puppies go home before we are able to begin any serious potty training (mainly because the puppies do not go outside until at least their second vaccination. Typically, if a puppy is at the age where we can begin potty/crate training, it is the last of its littermates to go home and we simply begin letting him out to potty numerous times throughout the day. 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 comfortably sleep in another. Most, but not all, crates come with dividers that you can adjust as the puppy grows.
Another tip we recommend is making sure you let your puppy out the first time they see you. If they see you on the way to make yourself a cup of coffee and then you disappear for a few minutes, their belief that they were about to be let out to relieve themselves quickly changes to a feeling of "I guess I'm staying here for a while longer." You can be sure you're going to return to a soiled crate.
+ What is provided in your puppy packs?
Our puppy packs include:
- Food & water bowls
- Multiple treats
- Bully sticks
- Multiple toys
- Puppy blanket
- Burt's Bees Puppy Tearless Shampoo
- Puppy pads for their trave home
- Sample amount of food
- Puppy relaxation music CD
A folder with their AKC/CKC registration and other information
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. We figure this additional investment is more likely to cause someone to do more research in breeding a French Bulldog.
+ What proof do I have of my puppy purchase?
In our health guarantee we state that the health guarantee also serves as your receipt and proof of payment. We typically sign the guarantee and have you make the final payment simultaneously, so there are no issues for neither 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, and Venmo but, again, the payment must clear before you will be allowed to pick up your puppy.
+ How much are your puppies?
Our prices sometimes fluctuate, but our French Bulldogs are typically sold for $3,800 with limited registration.
+ Why are your puppies more expensive than some other breeders?
We typically find our price to be in between the low priced French Bulldogs and the higher priced Frenchies. 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 (more than one to ensure pregnancy) and more often than not require c-sections. We can't begin to describe the amount of money spent on food, even when we buy in bulk. Not to mention the numerous vet visits throughout the year.
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 rec room in our home where they stay and they have 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 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. The room they are rasied is the room we primarily use to enter and exit our home. This means they are constantly seeing and hearing us on a daily basis.
We have received numerous compliments as to how well our puppies adjust to their new homes and how easy they are to potty train. Of course, you should always expect some apprehension when bringing a puppy home. It is often times just their second car ride and they are being brought into a new environment without their littermates. However, we do everything we can to make this transition as easy and natural as possible.
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 puppies 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 are 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 and will do our best to give you the best advice based on everything we have learned in our years of experience. We have had families call us years later with advice for certain things they have experienced. We do all we can to make sure you don't feel like once you have purchased a puppy from us, you are no longer welcome to contact us.
+ 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 have heard called "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. We find the standard colored Frenchies just as beautiful and have no reason to venture into these different colors.