Owning a Frenchie is absolutely priceless but how much should you put aside to take home one of these precious dogs? In this ultimate guide we’ll cover questions like the average French Bulldog price, why Frenchies are more expensive compared to other dog breeds, and we’ll also share detailed information about our puppies’ prices and the services included in them.
The average price of French Bulldogs
The price of a French Bulldog largely depends on various factors like the color, gender and age of a puppy, but you can expect it to be anywhere between 3,500 and 12,000 USD. We’ll explore these factors in more detail later on in the article, but to give you an idea, the price of unique colored, female and younger puppies is usually in a higher range than standard colored, male and older pups. Normally, the average price of a quality Frenchie from a reputable breeder is around 5,300 USD.
When you begin your research on French Bulldog breeders, you’ll inevitably come across some considerably cheaper offers, starting from a couple of hundred dollars up to couple of thousands. You might be tempted by these lower prices but there’s two important things that you should consider. Firstly, there are lots of scammers out there who use these amazing deals to trick people into buying a puppy that doesn’t even exist. Sad right? Read this article to learn how to recognize and avoid them.
Another, maybe even bigger problem is the issue of unethical breeders who breed and sell puppies merely for the profit. Due to the low selling prices they can’t afford the best quality food, vet, shots and vitamins for the puppies who are kept in tiny places where they are not even able to learn how to run. They don’t do health checks on their dogs before starting to breed them either, resulting in some serious health issues. So, you might save money at first by choosing a cheap puppy, but later on you will leave a fortune at the vet, not to mention the stress both of you will go through.
What makes French Bulldogs so expensive?
Breeding difficulties and costs
We’ve already implied that breeding French Bulldogs is definitely no walk in the park: it requires special methods and practices from breeders. Because of their short legs and narrow hips, Frenchies are a bit clumsy when it comes to mating so the females need to be artificially inseminated, which can be a costly procedure. The breeder also needs to find parents with an impeccable structure and health history who would produce perfect Frenchie puppies. For someone who doesn’t belong to an inner circle of reputable breeders this might pose a challenge.
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Because of the Frenchie moms’ narrow hips and the pups’ big heads, the puppies need to be delivered through a C-section. That is by far the safest way for both the mom and the pups, but of course it is another costly procedure. After the surgery, the mother needs some time to heal so it is the breeder’s sole responsibility to care for the pups in their first few weeks. They need to be fed every three hours and supervised constantly; they cannot be left alone with their mom as she might accidentally roll over and smother them. As you can imagine, this kind of full-time care is time-consuming and expensive.
As the puppies get bigger and stronger, they need to be regularly checked by a vet to make sure they are developing well and to administer the necessary shots, dewormers, anti-parasite treatment and microchipping. Health screenings like echocardiograms also need to be performed to ensure the pups are as healthy as possible when they join their new owners. Needless to say, these examinations also come at a considerable cost.
Popularity & High Demand
During recent years, French Bulldogs have become one of the most popular dog breeds in the US and worldwide, AKC currently ranking them 2nd on their list. This steep rise of popularity and the increasing demand resulted in higher prices, and lots of people saw this as an opportunity to start breeding Frenchies as a way of getting rich. Irresponsible breeders usually have no regard for the dogs’ health so you should think twice before purchasing a Frenchie from them at a low price.
Factors that affect the price of Frenchies
We’ve already explained above in great detail how much time, effort, care and money goes into breeding Frenchies. So, it probably comes as no surprise that a key factor in how much you’ll pay for a Frenchie is the very breeder you get your puppy from. Those who are dedicated to only breeding high-quality and healthy French Bulldog puppies will ask a larger sum starting from 4,000 USD. Their puppies are from excellent bloodlines, they come with a health guarantee and can be registered with the Kennel Clubs as well. Check out our blog about French Bulldog Lifespan.
On the other hand, backyard breeders who don’t spend as much time and money on their Frenchies charge considerably less, from a couple of hundreds to 3,000 USD. We hope you’ll agree that buying your Frenchie puppy from a reputable breeder is a no-brainer when looking for a healthy family member for at least a decade. Read our ultimate checklist to choose the right French Bulldog breeder.
Another significant factor determining a French Bulldog’s price is coat color. If you’re familiar with Frenchies, you know that this amazing breed comes in a variety of different colors and patterns, check out our extensive guide to learn all about them. What you should know is that there’s a distinction between standard French Bulldog colors like black, fawn, cream, and rare colors like blue, lilac and chocolate, as well as standard patterns like pied and brindle as opposed to more unique ones like tan and merle.
As you might expect, colors that are considered common for the breed have the lowest prices ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 USD, while colors which are more unique and harder to produce come at a higher price as well. For example, a solid lilac Frenchie puppy would be around 7,000 USD while a lilac merle can go up to 8000 USD. The rarest and most expensive colors like platinum and fluffy are highly valuable for breeders, therefore cost a lot more: you can expect their prices from 6000 USD up to 12,000 USD.
Color of Eyes
All puppies are born with blue eyes but very few of them retain this color. Frenchies with certain coat colors like cream, lilac and merle have a higher tendency for forever blue eyes, otherwise they usually darken over time and turn brown. Sometimes only one of the eyes will remain blue, which is a phenomenon called heterochromia. Being a rare trait, forever blue eyes also affect a Frenchie’s price, increasing it by 500 USD per eye.
Boys or Girls
The gender of a French Bulldog puppy is another deciding factor when it comes to their price. Female Frenchies usually cost a couple of hundreds more than males due to their ability to produce pups for their owners. If you’re thinking about adopting and are not sure whether a boy or a girl Frenchie would be a better fit for you, you can read this article for more insight.
TomKings Kennel price list/chart
|3,990 USD – 5,490 USD||Black (Brindle, Pied, Tan), Red(Pied, Fawn), (Blue, Lilac) Fawn, (Red, Blue, Lilac) Sable|
|4,690 USD – 6,290 USD||Cream, Blue (Brindle, Tan, Pied), Lilac|
|5,790 USD – 7,490 USD|
(Blue eyes + 1,000 USD)
|(Black, Blue) Merle, (Choco, Lilac) Tan|
|6,490 USD – 7,990 USD (Blue eyes + 1,000 USD)||Merle Tan, Lilac Merle|
|6,990 USD – 12,000 USD||Isabella, Platinum, Fluffy|
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What is included in our prices?
Now that you’re familiar with the valuation of our French Bulldog puppies, you’re probably wondering what other services are included in our prices apart from the breeding costs and the pup itself. We’ll detail all of these below.
Flight ticket to major international airports
We can ship to the following US and Canadian airports: Atlanta, Boston (500 USD extra), Calgary, Chicago, Dallas (1000 USD extra), Denver (500 USD extra), Houston, New York-JFK, New York-Newark (500 USD extra), Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, San Francisco, Seattle (500 USD extra), Toronto, Vancouver or Washington DC. We provide nanny service to all major US airports for an extra fee. Shipping to other countries is also possible, contact us for more info!
Stripe / PayPal payment insurance fee (worth 100-200 USD)
We use PayPal and Stripe which are very safe payment methods. PayPal and Stripe have payment insurance which means that they keep your money pending until you get the puppy. We get your money just after you have confirmed that your puppy has arrived in your arms safe and sound!
Shots up-to-date (worth 200 USD)
Our pups receive all the necessary shots while they are with us:
1. shot *Nobivac Parvo C against Parvo at 5 weeks old
2. shot *Nobivac DHP/L: combined vaccinations against canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis at 7 weeks old
3. shot *Nobivac DHP/L: combined vaccinations against canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis at 9 weeks old
4. shot *Nobivac Rabies against rabies at 3 months + 1 day old.
*The manufacturer may vary but the active ingredients are always the same.
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Deworming (worth 50 USD)
Our puppies are dewormed every two weeks from the age of 4 weeks old and they also get Simparica Trio against ticks, fleas and heartworms right before they leave.
Anti-parasite treatment (worth 100 USD)
We give our puppies anti-parasite treatment against all parasites before they leave (except for heart worms).
Echocardiogram (heart examination, worth 1,000 USD)
We do echocardiogram on our Frenchies and when we find the slightest chance of heart murmur in one of them, we rather cancel the adoption and find a loving home for them locally. Most breeders don’t do these examinations as they cost a lot more in the US and elsewhere but for us it’s very important that our puppies arrive to their parents in perfect health.
3 times vet examinations (worth 250 USD)
Our puppies are checked by our vet three times before they leave.
Membership and right to post in the TomKings Frenchie Family closed Facebook group
We created a Facebook group for our adopters where we answer their questions and they share their experiences with each other. We are a Family because we are connected by the love towards Frenchies and we are always there to help and support each other, as well as share valuable experiences and advice! Only TomKings Frenchie parents are allowed to post and ask from us or any other member in the group.
Participation in TomKings Frenchie Meetups
We organize Frenchie Meetups in major cities throughout the States where you can talk with other TomKings Frenchie owners and exchange advice while your Frenchies are playing with each other.
Frenchie Love eBook (worth 14.95 USD)
How to raise a happy and healthy Frenchie? You’ll find the answer to this question in our book that is based on more than 10 years of experience with French Bulldogs.
Lifetime Health Guarantee
We give you a lifetime health guarantee on all genetic disorders which cause death, which means that we send you another puppy if your Frenchie dies. We have never had that so far since the parent dogs go through a rigorous selection process before the breeding program and our vet checks the puppies often.
Lifetime breeder’s help
We answer your questions in 24 hours even after receiving your puppy. We know that Frenchie owners have a bunch of questions about feeding, raising, training, etc. but most of the breeders don’t have time to answer them. Our goal is to have only happy and healthy puppies so we will always be there to answer your questions!
Lifetime vet assistance
Frenchie owners have a lot of questions about the health of their puppies and most of the time they run to their vet right away and leave a fortune there for nothing. The official vet of TomKings Puppies is ready to answer all of your questions in 24 hours, so you don’t have to worry about your puppy’s health. We even tell you whether you need to visit your vet at all!
TomKings Frenchies are examined strictly before they leave for their new homes and we give you a health certificate which can be used if you want to have insurance for your puppy (which we highly recommend).
We treat every puppy as a family member from the moment they are born. We believe that the secret of having socialized and healthy Frenchie puppies is spending time with them all day long and letting them run and play in the backyard.
It is crucial how puppies are trained at the beginning of their lives. At TomKings Puppies we are focusing not only on their health but their proper training as well. We start potty training for them so that you have a much easier job!
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We start socializing our Frenchies with other dogs and children as young as possible so that they become friendly and calm puppies.
The beauty and health of the puppies is not just about giving them the highest quality food, vitamins, shots, fresh air and huge farms to grow up. The health and look of their ancestors are just as important so we are extremely selective about the Frenchie parents knowing their bloodlines for generations.
The average price of a quality Frenchie from a reputable breeder is around 5,300 USD.
Breeding Frenchies requires special methods and practices from breeders, like artificial insemination and C-section. The steep rise of their popularity also made French bulldog prices to increase in recent years.
The most expensive Frenchies are the long-haired Fluffies whose prices can go up to 12,000 USD.
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.