It’s a big decision to buy a French bulldog puppy and apart from local breeders, you have a range of opportunities to buy them online. It’s easy to get excited if you see a sweet baby but there are some serious precautions you have to follow to avoid scams and illegal breeders. The expert team at TomKings Puppies lists below the five most important steps to follow when buying a puppy online.
#1 Ask for references
Be cautious if the breeder is hesitant to give you references from previous clients. If you are shown some written testimonials ask if you can talk to the buyers. The best if you can see the puppies previously sold by the breeder on social media and ask the owners directly. Some owners might require privacy but most of them can’t resist the temptation of posting about their beautiful Frenchies. Take the time to contact a few ones to ask about their experience.
When you are about to grow your family with such a precious member, the breeder should be ready to inform you about the process, answer your questions and help you find the best match. Even if you buy online, ask the breeder to show you the puppy via Skype or Messenger. They should offer you to send you several pictures and videos of the pup. Ask them to show you the farm and check the conditions they keep the Frenchies in. To have a healthy and happy puppy it’s the best if they live free on a farm from the first moment of their life.
#3 See the papers
The breeder should show you the puppy’s pedigree, give you a health guarantee against genetic illnesses and register the dog. In Europe, French bulldogs are FCI registered which is accepted in 100 countries including the US. It can easily be transferred to AKC (American Kennel Club), and the best breeders help you with that.
#4 Avoid cheap puppies
Saving a few hundred or thousand dollars on a puppy can result in paying much more for the vet later. High-quality food and vitamins, vaccinations, and regular check-ups have their price but these are absolutely inevitable to breed healthy Frenchies with a strong immune system. Unethical breeders save on these costs and therefore can reduce their prices. Be suspicious if you see offers in the range of $1,000-1,500!
When it’s about your loving family member it’s not worth saving on the price.
#5 Look for a breeder who is not just a seller
The best breeders think of puppies as part of their family and would like to make sure the dog is joining a loving environment. They are expert in French bulldogs and are available for help even after you bought your Frenchie. Ask if they can advise you on feeding and training your pup and if you can turn to them even after the Frenchie is with you. If they say yes, it’s the best proof of their credibility and high standards.
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 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.