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How To Find That Special Frenchie For You!
Congratulations! You have decided to bring a French Bulldog into your life. Now you may be thinking the only thing to do is to find the right one for you and bring it home. Right? Well no, not just yet. Lets start by putting some structure around this process.
First, lets check off a couple of items to make sure that the French Bulldog is the right breed for you. Remember, we want to find the dog that was made for you (and the human who was made for him!).
Do you live in a small apartment in an urban area? If you do then that’s OK because Frenchies are homebodies. (Some say Frenchies could easily be the couch potatoes of the dog world) Are you able to give them lots of attention? They don’t like to be alone for long periods, so the more people at home the better; and they are great around kids. If you are looking for a jogging companion, then you’ve got the wrong breed. Gentle walks and a romp around the park is their speed.
Now that we have that out of the way, lets look at a few things you can do to find your perfect pooch.
Breed Rescue Clubs.
If you are happy to adopt an adult dog rather than a puppy, then you can always try a breed rescue club. Generally they are run by dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers and the dogs are fostered out until a new owner can be found. As always, you should find out as much as possible about the organisation you have in mind. If it’s a reputable club, then you can be sure that your new Frenchie has been well looked after.
If you do choose to adopt you will find it very rewarding to know that you have saved a life, and very likely made room for another dog to be kept at the rescue organisation. In effect, you’ve given that other dog a better chance of being adopted too. That’s a pretty special thing to do! When you open up your heart and home to an orphan, you have the makings of an extremely strong bond in that new relationship.
Some French Bulldog breeders and private individuals do place classified ads in newspapers or pet magazines. So, its definitely worth checking out the mags and online.
As in the adoption scenario, you need to do your due diligence and ask the owner a number of background questions. These may be; Why is the dog for sale? What about the background of the dog, especially if it’s a puppy. Is there any documentation on its bloodline? What about its health, vaccination and other basic care information?
If you are really set on a getting a purebred French Bulldog, then you are most likely going to be dealing with a breeder. Now you will need to do your research to find one in your state. Most states do have recognized, reputable and ethical breeders who really specialize in understanding the character, temperament and challenges of this breed.
So, where to start your research?
- In the park… Stop and enquire with other Frenchie owners in your area. Most people are happy to give some friendly advice.
- Check with your local veterinarian. They can be a wealth of knowledge.
- Scan for advertisements in newspapers and dog magazines.
- Search the Internet for Frenchie clubs or associations in your area. Most breeders will have a website presence.
What to Ask the Breeder?
How can you tell if the breeder you have found is a caring and responsible professional? Simple. While answering your questions, they will be screening you with questions too! Some may even present you with lengthy questionnaires to complete.
If possible, you should try to visit and tour their facility. What is your overall impression of the way they operate their business?
Once you feel comfortable doing business with the breeder, then these are some of the questions you may want to ask:
What would be the expected height and weight range at different stages as the puppy grows? What are the recommended exercise requirements through the different stages of growth? Have appropriate tests been undertaken to identify potential diseases?
Some puppy specific questions you can ask would be:
Have the puppies been socialised?
A good breeder would already be doing this process by spending time interacting with the pups, introducing them to toys and other animals.
Is the mother of the puppy there, and can you see her?
The benefit of this is to observe her and the other pups in the litter. This will give you a good idea about the overall physical and behavioral characteristics of the puppy you are considering.
When you have decided which puppy is for you, there are a few things to obtain or complete before taking him home:
A Bill of Sale document.
This should include the purchase price, date of purchase and any refund policies or terms and conditions.
A Basic Care Checklist.
Professional breeders will want to make sure that you have all the basic exercise, feeding and grooming information to begin caring for your puppy properly from the start.
Health and Vaccination Records.
The breeder should provide you with a health record, including information on parasite control, and a record of vaccinations. Make sure you have these records for the pup and the pups mother.
One final Tip.
Ask the breeder if you can take a piece of blanket or some material that has been in contact with the mother and / or the other puppies in the litter. It’s a good idea to line his new crate with that blanket so that there is a comforting familiar smell in his bed for the first couple of weeks while he gets accustomed to his new home and family.
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