In the last more than 10 years, we have been in touch with thousands of French Bulldog parents who wanted to adopt a puppy or have already done so. We receive several questions and hear their stories with other breeders. As our mission is to fight for ethical breeding, to properly inform Frenchie parents and give lifelong help to our clients, we share with you the most common mistakes we have seen.
What are the five mistakes Frenchie parents make?
1. Check the source of information
When you think of adopting a puppy, you usually start your search online and ask people who might have more experience. There’s an incredible wealth of information on the net, and everybody has their word on the subject. The question is how reliable these are. Many of the blogs are not written by breeders or parents, but companies who use content from other sites.
Make sure you check reliable sources, like the page of the American Kennel Club, and information coming from real breeders. We at TomKings spend every day and night with several puppies from their first moment until they leave for their forever loving family. All our posts come from real experience. We also have feedback and tips from parents all over the world, who share their learnings with their pups in our closed Facebook group. So you get the knowledge of several parents.
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2. Nobody is like you – always look at your own circumstances
It’s always good to ask around and hear what your friends and other parents say about their experience with Frenchies. While it can give you an overview and can be good as a starting point, remember that nobody is in exactly the same situation as you are. Always look at your own circumstances, needs, personality, family and find a puppy who is a good fit for you.
3. Frenchie puppies have their own personalities
The same applies to the puppies: just because you have heard that a friend had some problems with their pup, it might not be the case for all the pups of the breed. Get to know as much as you can about the breed (here is an article we wrote), but always keep in mind that like we humans are all different, it’s the same with Frenchies. A good breeder can help you with choosing the pup whose personality is the best match.
4. Listen to your heart when choosing a Frenchie puppy
As a new puppy is a new member of the family, adoption involves a lot of emotion. Apart from checking specific rational points, don’t be afraid of listening to your heart. If you feel something is not right with the breeder, walk away even if all their testimonials and reviews are good. It’s a trust issue, as they are the ones who spend the first weeks or months with your pup.
The same applies to choosing the pup: you might find a Frenchie who is cute and everything seems to be perfect, if you don’t feel the chemistry, look at other pups before making a decision. Breeders should let you have multiple visits – or skype talks in case of online breeders, – make use of these, and listen to what your heart says.
5. Don’t be fooled by good offers and low prices
This is a crucial point as you might see incredibly low prices for apparently the same pup from a breeder and a much higher from an other. Don’t forget that if something is too good to be true, it always is. Sourcing the pet parents with the best genes, taking care of the mum during the pregnancy and then raising the pups in their first few weeks take a lot of time, money and energy.
This is reflected in the price, which guarantees you get a healthy and happy Frenchie who brings a lot of joy to your family. Offering a much lower price is only possible by saving on the vets, vitamins, food, which results in a pup with weaker health, and this is exactly what we fight against. Here you can find the costs of adopting a pup.
The article was written based on the experience of the TomKings Puppies Team. TomKings Puppies have been breeding French Bulldogs for 10 years on their farm. All the pictures in the post belong to them and show a puppy from their breed. Check their available puppies here, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.