Pricing of French bulldogs?
Everything about French bulldogs is more expensive than the average dog. The small litter size, the complicated birthing arrangements, and the higher mortality rate associated with the breed and the production of a puppy all make for a very expensive dog. They aren’t a breed for mass production, and even the acquisition of a puppy is going to entail finding a dog within a given locale since puppies can’t be shipped by airplane in a cargo hold.
Add to the expense of breeding and maintaining the health of the dog, the economic impact of being an extremely popular breed of dog. The economic laws of supply and demand make it very understandable that the French bulldog is one of the most expensive breeds to acquire at the outset. At most a bitch will be able to have four litters by c-section in its average lifespan of 10 years. If three puppies are produced in each litter, then only twelve puppies will be available for sale in those 8 years. Other breeds have 8-puppy litters every year and a half or so; so yes, Frenchie puppies are scarce.
Also, the care of the newly whelped puppies is much more labor-intensive than in other breeds. In the vast majority of dogs, the dam whelps the pups, cleans up after, nurses and cares for the offspring pretty much without the need for human interference. In French bulldogs, the dams are asleep when they pups are whelped and are not by nature attentive mothers. Frequently, it is up to a human to take over for the dam and do everything from stimulating the pups to go to the bathroom and to bottle feed the pups. Obviously, it is going to greatly increase costs to go from the free work of a momma dog to employing human beings to take over for her.
Even the housing of French bulldogs will be more expensive than other breeds. These dogs can’t be left in extremes of hot or cold. An outdoor temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit could be dangerously warm for a dam and her pups. While ten labs could easily have their litters of pups in outdoor kennels, French bulldogs are going to need an air-conditioned indoor kennel in order to prevent heatstroke on an ordinary July day.
A French bulldog puppy should cost no less than $2000. There is no such thing as a bargain French bulldog puppy. In this situation, a puppy that costs significantly less than the obvious market value should be considered to be a red flag that this particular puppy is heartbreak in the making. A seller that knows that a particular puppy has inherited a significant health problem may be willing to deeply discount the cost of a puppy. It is especially important in dealing with a breed with complicated health problems like the French bulldog that people do a lot of research about the breed in general and only deals with reputable breeders who will disclose necessary health information and be willing to make some guarantees as to the genetic soundness of a puppy. Make sure you learn how to read a pedigreebefore agreeing to any sale.
In addition to the initial acquisition cost of a family pet (at around $3000), the first year’s expenses associated with the new puppy is likely to cost on average an additional $1000-$1500 in food, travel and medical (see our article on the real cost of dog breeding). The second-year cost should average another $1,000. Pet health insurance may have some utility in a breed like the French bulldog, but the exclusions on these policies need to be carefully read since oftentimes they render the policies practically useless in high-risk breeds like the French bulldog. Single emergency surgery for a tracheal collapse (necessary to save the life of the dog) will set an owner back an average of $4000.
Future of French Bulldog Breeding
French Bulldogs are a very loved breed, yet very expensive. This won’t change and even if more breeders get involved over the next years, only the Frenchie breeders putting a clear emphasis on health should end up with the most remarkable sales. Let’s face it, a person who spends $3,000 buying a very regular and average French Bulldog, can afford and would happily spend the extra $1,000+ to get a much healthier French bulldog pup.
Customers and prospect buying French bulldogs are getting way more educated and health in modern dog breeds is becoming a worry for all future dog owners, even the average Joe now searches health information about their breed, and quickly they’ll discover that Frenchies are amongst the most at-risk breeds. Therefore, I do not see a future without much healthier French bulldogs… The question is, are you going to breed these future gems, or not?