Labradors have been the most popular dog breed in the US for 30 years! But that might be about to change.
The French bulldog has been steadily climbing the ranks over the last few years. They’ve now claimed the number two spot nationwide, challenging Labrador’s long-standing title. In fact, in some cities such as LA, they’ve already kicked Labradors off the top spot!
Frenchies have become popular in recent years partly due to their care requirements. Their exercise needs are lower than many other dogs. They don’t need a big yard but can live a happy life in an apartment, as long as they still get their walks.
If you’re interested in adopting a Frenchie puppy for your family, how can you find the perfect puppy? There are three essential steps to the process.
First, decide what type of French bulldog would suit you best. Then, choose the right place from which to purchase it. And third, check that it’s a high-quality, healthy pup.
To make things a little simpler, we’ve composed this quick guide to each of these three steps. Follow the process and you can adopt the perfect Frenchie puppy for your family!
Decide What Type of French Bulldog Suits You Best
French Bulldogs are famously low-energy and easy to keep happy. But within that category, there are more and less energetic individuals.
The biggest factor in determining how active your French bulldog puppy will be is its gender. Males are typically found to be the more energetic of the two. So if a more docile dog suits you best, a female is likely the better choice.
Some comment, though, that this difference is minimal if your dog is neutered or spayed. So gender may be less important to you if you plan on having this done.
Otherwise, the main differences between males and females are physical appearance. As they grow, females stay more slender, while males develop stockier bodies.
Buy From the Right Place
Now that you know what sort of pup you’re looking for, you can begin searching for your puppy. But where should you start?
Our number one tip is to avoid pet stores. The place you buy your French bulldog puppy should be a Frenchie expert, not a general pet store. Pet stores can’t offer the same care, training, and health guarantees that a Frenchie breeder can.
That being said, not all breeders are good news. Some are sadly in the business to make as much money as possible, while not caring for the puppies as they should. Thankfully, there are a few ways to distinguish the trustworthy from the problematic.
How to Find a Good Frenchie Breeder
Start by researching your breeder’s reputation.
Do they have a long-standing online presence, which others have verified with reviews? That’s a good sign that they’ve got nothing to hide. And it gives you the opportunity to reach out to previous buyers to ask how their dogs are doing later down the line.
Secondly, what is the breeder’s adoption process like? Do they seem all too keen to sell off a puppy to you quickly, or do they also do their research?
A trustworthy breeder will care about their puppies enough to investigate potential buyers. They may have a strict application process, or screen homes to make sure it’s bulldog friendly. And they check that buyers have a thorough enough understanding of the breed to be good carers.
One last tip is to pay attention to how the breeder makes you feel. There’s no hard and fast way to measure this. But a warm and friendly breeder is more likely to be taking care of their animals than one who is rude or makes you feel uncomfortable.
Check For Quality and Health
Now you know what gender of puppy you want and you’ve found a breeder you can trust, it’s time to choose the puppy itself. Seeing so many adorable puppies at once can feel overwhelming you want to adopt one right away! But take the time to research an individual puppy’s health and history before you just pick the cutest one.
A good place to start is the puppy’s current medical situation. Check that he or she is up to date with all the shots they should have. That’s also a sign of a good breeder.
Even better, your breeder may offer a health guarantee. This is a promise that the puppy will have no health issues in a certain timeframe, such as within the first year. A guarantee like this suggests that the breeder is confident in the pup’s health, and they are a good choice.
Once you’ve established their current health, check your puppy’s family history. Your breeder should be able to offer you the medical history of both parents. This prepares you for any hereditary issues, or lack thereof, that may arise further down the line.
How to Find French Bulldog Puppies
Decide on a type of puppy, find a breeder, and check the puppy’s health. That sounds simple enough! But how do you find a breeder in the first place?
As we explained, choosing a good breeder is the most vital step in this process. You don’t have to look any further!
At Poetic French Bulldogs, the puppies’ health and well-being are most important to us. We focus on quality, not quantity.
To find a healthy, happy Frenchie pup, take a look at our available puppies today. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect puppy for your family.