Are you wondering what is the best time to adopt a Frenchie? Well, this question is a bit like when to have children. There is no exact “right time” as it always depends on you. Can you adjust your daily routine, your whole lifestyle to your baby dog? Can you do it in the long term? We have collected a list of recommendations on what things to consider before adopting a French bulldog. If you can agree with these, you are ready to become a Tomkings Frenchie owner!
Consider your post-pandemic work-situation
The pandemic had an unexpected effect on pet adoption too. Many who stuck home to work in remote, felt lonely and adopted a dog or a cat to keep company. But what will happen to these pets once the owner has to return to the office? Most likely, they will be left home for 10-12 hours a day which is not ideal for any pet.
Therefore, the most important thing to consider before adopting a Frenchie is your post-pandemic work situation. Is your office pet-friendly? Can you take your dog to your office every day? The other post-pandemic option is to work remotely for good. Employers realized that work is done the same way, or even better when employees do their work at home. They decided to keep remote work as an option. If this is the case at your workplace, you could consider staying home and becoming a remote worker for the sake of your Frenchie.
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Consider your housing situation
No matter, if you live in the city, in a small apartment, or in the suburbs, even on a ranch, Frenchies will always be happy by your side. Therefore, there is no need to consider moving just because you want to adopt a French Bulldog. But some other factors need to be checked before adoption.
Frenchies are an ideal breed for big city life, but if you live in a rental place, you need to make sure that they allow you to have a pet at the apartment. It could give you a headache to move once you have a baby dog on your side. Therefore, always ask the permission of your landlord before making a down payment for any pet. Read more on why this breed is ideal for living in an apartment by clicking here.
If you live in a house or on a ranch, you don’t want your pet to get lost. Consider installing an actual or an invisible fence before your puppy arrives. This is not a cheap solution, and this is not the only expense a new pet would require. Therefore, we need to dedicate a few thoughts to your financial situation, too.
Consider your finances
Having a pet always means extra costs to your monthly budget. The list of pet-related expenses does not end when you complete your payment towards the breeder. A new dog will require some basic equipment: a dog bed, a leash, a food bowl, and some toys.
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Each pet has to visit the vet regularly to get the compulsory shots, which also costs money. Not to mention any sickness, which can easily happen at any age. It’s really like with children: no matter how prepared you are, no matter how consciously you are watching him all day long, they can get sick out of the blue. Getting a flue, eating something wrong, and a visit to the vet is a must. Vets are not cheap, but having pet insurance helps to lower medical costs.
The most common recurring cost is dog food. Although we recommend the B.A.R.F diet (read more on B.A.R.F diet here), good-quality dog food is not cheap. And we all want to provide the best for our four-legged friends, right? As you see, getting a new dog means a few extra hundred bucks on your monthly budget. Is your financial situation stable enough to cover all these every month?
As you see, many things can impact the timing of the adoption. You need to make a responsible decision, as a Frenchie can not be returned like an ordinary item on Amazon. Make sure you consider all the above-stated conditions and only adopt a Frenchie when it’s the right time in your life. We, at TomKings Puppies, always try to find out as much as we can about our future adopters by asking them questions in order to make a responsible decision when it comes to giving a puppy away.
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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 puppies from their breed and their farm. Check their available puppies here, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.