Is a frenchie the right dog for you?
Take your time and do your homework before buying a French Bulldog. Owning a frenchie is a very special experience and the reality is that you are adding a member to your family. A healthy dog can live for 10-12 years or more.
If you are seriously contemplating buying one:
- Don't buy on impulse and don't get a dog to be trendy. Trends come and go but your dog will be with you for a long time.
- Make sure you see a French Bulldog as an adult. All puppies are cute but you need to know what the puppy will grow up to be.
- Make a commitment. Having a dog creates responsibilities. Be sure that you will have quality time to spend with the dog.
Find an ethical, responsible breeder
- An ethical, responsible breeder breeds to improve the health of the French Bulldog, not just to create a product for sale. They know their dogs, they study pedigrees and they health test their dogs.
- An ethical, responsible breeder is not offended by your questions and in fact will have lots of questions for you. Responsible breeders want their dogs to be in good homes.
- An ethical, responsible breeder will have an active history in shows or other competition and should be involved in a club or rescue activities.
- You should visit in person the facilities where the puppy was raised, as this will play a role in the future health and personality of the dog. You should also try to see at least one of the parents and some of the littermates.
- An ethical, responsible breeder will provide a contract with health guarantees and will provide papers for you to register your dog. Remember, when you buy a dog from a breeder, you are also buying that breeder too. Someone who should be willing to be a valuable resource and a mentor for you for the life of the dog.
Buyer Beware - Fad Colours
Unfortunately some breeders are capitalising on the popularity of the breed and solely breeding for profit, with some exploiting this popularity further by breeding so-called "rare" colours. Breed clubs world-wide are united in their concern about the irresponsible and reckless exploitation of French Bulldogs, particularly by those breeders who aim to produce "rare" colours. Help us to help the breed and do not buy puppies unless you have thoroughly checked the credentials of the breeder. Popular internet pet sites are now the market place for the trade in pets. Ethical and responsible breeders prefer to work on a referral basis through breed clubs and via the frenchie network.
Maintaining the Standard
- Beware the breeder offering "rare" colours
- Blue, chocolate, black-and-tan colour patterns are not rare - they are highly undesirable
- Highly undesirable colours are uncommon because ethical breeders choose not to breed them
- Breeders of non-allowed colours may be doing nothing more than opening up a market for something "rare" equating rare with something special. In other words it's a marketing scam
- Highly undesirable colours cannot be registered by the ANKC on the main register and therefore if bred, their offspring cannot be registered
- Do not be duped into paying exhorbitant prices for a dog which is worthless to any ethical breeder
Maintaining correct French Bulldog breed type is of the utmost importance. As ethical breeders we are responsible for maintaining and/or improving the quality, health and temperament of our French Bulldogs. Breed type for the French Bulldog includes all the essential hallmarks which are unique to our breed such as the bat-ear, dark round eye and the short undocked tail. These traits together with many other important features make a French Bulldog a French Bulldog.
Breed type also includes specific coat and colour patterns. These historically accepted coat colour patterns are essential to maintaining correct breed type. Ethical and responsible breeders should only breed dogs conforming to the official Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) French Bulldog breed standard click here
Free on-line advertising sites are a useful tool for the scammers. It is fascinating to see how many advertisements are placed offering puppies at low prices. Joe Public continues to fall in their trap, have their hearts broken and lose their hard earned cash. If it seems too good to be true - it is !
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission SCAMwatch recommends:
You can report a scam to the ACCC via the report a scam page on SCAMwatch or by calling 1300 795 995.
- Don't trust the legitimacy of an ad just because it appears in a reputable newspaper or online classifieds website - scammers often use these.
- Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that asks for up-front payment via money order, wire transfer or moneygram.
- If you are in doubt contact a reputable breeders association for advice.
- Remember: it is impossible to import a dog from overseas into Australia in a few weeks as quarantine procedures need to be followed. For details check the requirements with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.
For more information about how you can protect yourself, check out SCAMwatch http://www.scamwatch.gov.au and go to the puppy scam alerts at http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/80065
D'Accord puppies are sometimes available to approved homes. We seldom breed more than two litters a year and therefore you may have to wait for the right puppy for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us for information about future litters. If we are unable to help we may be able to refer you to other responsible breeders.
D'Accord puppies undergo thorough health screening prior to leaving home. All puppies are vet checked, vaccinated and microchipped between 7 and 8 weeks of age. Puppies spines are x-rayed and screened between 8 & 10 weeks of age.
For more information about spines and general health of the French Bulldog click here
You should budget on $3,000 for a healthy pet puppy from health tested parents. Pet puppies are registered with Dogs NSW on the limit register. Dogs on the limit register cannot be shown and if bred the offspring cannot be registered. We provide a sales agreement with our puppies which is co-signed by the purchaser agreeing to desex the puppy at the appropriate time.
When it comes to show puppies, we seldom offer show puppies for sale unless we know the people personally or in a situation where the people are recommended by someone we trust. Show puppies are not available under 4 months of age. Having bred these wonderful dogs over many years, it is our experience that you need to reassess puppies at the 4 month age group for a potential show career.