It’s no surprise that the majority of future Frenchie parents dream of welcoming a young, tiny fur baby into their lives. However, many don’t know that there’s a whole world of rewards that come with adopting a slightly older pup. In this article, we’ll explore five reasons why choosing one of our junior Frenchies could be a surprisingly fulfilling experience. From maturity and training advantages, we’ll uncover the benefits of adopting a junior Frenchie that you may not have thought of.
What Is a “Junior Frenchie”?
At TomKings Puppies, we’ve been connecting families with lovable French Bulldogs for over 13 years. During that time, we’ve seen that life often takes unexpected turns and many puppies’ reservations unfortunately have to be canceled. Finding a home for them at an older age can be a bit more challenging, as most people naturally prefer to meet their new Frenchie as young as possible.
They are our Junior Frenchies — French Bulldog puppies who are between 4 to 8 months old, a stage when they’re no longer tiny pups but not quite adults either. At this stage, they’re like the teenagers of the dog world: full of life and energy, yet more mature and adaptable compared to their younger counterparts.
A distinctive feature of junior Frenchies is their size and appearance. During their teenage months, you’ll notice that their limbs may seem disproportionately long compared to the rest of their body, much like the growth spurts teenagers go through. This is a normal part of their development, and it can be both amusing and endearing to witness.
However, as they continue to grow and develop, these charming junior Frenchies gradually regain their proportional appearance. Their bodies balance out, and they achieve that classic Frenchie look with a sturdy, compact frame, a trademark square head, and that irresistible squished face.
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5+1 Reasons to Adopt a Junior Frenchie
Now that you know what junior Frenchies are, it’s time to explore why choosing one of these slightly older pups can be a fantastic decision. Here are five solid reasons why you should consider giving a loving home to a junior Frenchie, plus a bonus reason that sweetens the deal.
1. Junior Puppies Are More Mature and Trainable
One significant advantage of adopting a Junior Frenchie is their level of maturity. By the time they reach 4 months of age, they’ve grown past the early puppy stage. Unlike younger puppies, these juniors are more focused and capable of understanding basic commands.
Their increased maturity means they’re ready to learn and eager to please, making the training process smoother and more efficient. Since we’re with them all day long, they quickly grasp the concept of rules and expectations, ensuring a harmonious transition into your home.
2. Potty Training Is Much Easier for Junior Frenchies
Potty training a puppy can be a demanding task, but junior Frenchies simplify the process to a great deal. The main reason is that these puppies can hold their bladder for longer periods compared to younger pups. They also eat less frequently during the day, which naturally means they’ll have fewer potty breaks. Say goodbye to sleepless nights and frequent trips to the backyard!
Moreover, we’ve already laid a strong foundation for potty training during their time on our farms, making your job much more manageable. You’ll find that your junior Frenchie quickly adapts to your home and routine, reducing the stress and effort typically associated with housebreaking.
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3. Junior Puppies Have a Stronger Immune System
Health is a top concern for any pet owner, and junior Frenchies have an edge in this department. Spending more time with their littermates allows them to develop stronger immune systems, making them more resistant to illnesses. They engage in plenty of playtimeand physical activities with their peers, which also contributes to healthier and more robust muscles. When you adopt a junior Frenchie, you’re bringing home a pup with a strong foundation for a healthy life.
4. Junior Puppies Chew Much Less
Chewing is a common behavior in puppies, and it can sometimes lead to a fair share of chewed shoes and furniture. The good news is that by the time a Frenchie reaches the junior age, they’ve typically outgrown the worst of their chewing habits. This means fewer worries about your belongings and less stress for you. It’s a win-win situation for both you and your furniture.
5. Junior Frenchies Can Travel to You Sooner
One of the fantastic benefits of adopting a junior Frenchie is that they’re ready to join your family soon after selection. Typically, within just two weeks from reservation, these puppies can embark on their journey to your loving home! This means you can look forward to holding your new furry baby in your arms much sooner than if you were to choose a younger puppy. Read how our puppies travel to their parents.
+1 A Junior Frenchie Can Be Yours at a Lower Price
At TomKings Puppies, our primary goal is to find the most loving homes for our puppies as swiftly as possible. That’s why we often offer our slightly older Frenchies at a reduced price. By getting a junior puppy, you not only get to welcome a mature, well-trained companion into your life, but you can do so with a cost-saving benefit. The exact price of course depends on a number of factors, for more info read our Ultimate French Bulldog Price List.
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By now we hope you can see why junior Frenchies hold a special place in our hearts. They not only spend more time with us, but their maturity and ease of training make them a fantastic choice for anyone seeking a loving companion. And let’s not forget that they can be in your arms within a matter of weeks, allowing you to start making beautiful memories together sooner.
As you consider opening your heart and home to a junior Frenchie, remember that you’re embarking on a journey filled with companionship, laughter, and unconditional love. To provide a glimpse of this beautiful experience, here’s a testimonial from one of our own TomKings Family members, Amber, who adopted a junior Frenchie:
“I want to say that it has been the most beautiful experience getting an older pup. Beauregard (Kellan) came to us a few days before he turned 7 months old, and I may never get another dog at 3 months ever again. Beau has the absolute best personality, and he is just so joyful. He has had accidents in the house, but not a lot, and he is so intelligent. He understands where to go potty and even scratches at the door, and it’s only been a week. Our vet also told us that older puppies are the BEST! No crying at night and taking them out all through the night to go potty.”
So, whether you’re already considering a junior Frenchie or are inspired by Amber’s story, remember that a junior puppy can be an incredible addition to your life.
If you have any questions or are ready to take the next step, we’re here to assist you in welcoming your new junior Frenchie into your home. Contact us or join our Facebook group called TomKings Frenchie Family to read our Frenchie parents’ experiences.
The article is based on the expert knowledge of the TomKings Puppies team who have been breeding French Bulldogs for 10 years on their farm. All the pictures in the post belong to them and their customers, and show puppies from their breed. Check their available French Bulldog puppies, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.