A Reputable QUALITY breeder ...
HEALTH TESTS all breeding dogs and puppies. For a complete list of health testing done by reputable breeders go HERE:
1.Does not breed for pure profit, but for the betterment of the breed, and will have bred the litter for a goal to improve the breed. Those who make income from the breeding of multiple dogs and who rely on this income to pay their bills are known as a "puppy mill".
Here links that explain and define puppy mill operations
Videos about puppy mills-
Humane Society raid in Texas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF3KQ71qp3M&feature=PlayList&p=8FE3566724DD334D&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=50No matter who you get your Frenchie from you must get pet insurance. This is an expensive breed to own as well as purchase
The insurance I use and recommend is Healthy Paws
A Reputable Breeder ...
2. Does not breed multiple breeds. They breed because they are passionate about their chosen breed and want to improve it by breeding healthy puppies that will some day produce healthier dogs. The only reason to breed numerous breeds is to make income.
3. Always puts their full name, email, area of residence and phone number easy to find on the introductory page and/or contact page of their website. Breeders who don't are afraid you will google their name and phone number and find complaints about them, don't believe excuses as to why they don't disclose the name behind the kennel.
4. Will give the intended puppy buyers a full review of the breed, including drawbacks of the perspective breed first, such as potential health problems and exercise requirements. Will give historical information of how the breed was originally developed and especially indicating the breed temperamental "quirks" and if that temperament is suitable for the prospective family and their lifestyle. Responsible breeders do this so the puppy does not end up abandoned in a shelter because the buyer did not understand breed specific behavior and got the puppy because it was "cute" not knowing what its character would be like when grown.
4. Will have bred the litter and have at least one of the parents for you to look at. Good breeders allow new puppy owners into their home (where all the animals should live) to view living conditions of all their dogs.
Be leery of anyone wanting to meet you some where other than their home to hand over the pup. Also be cautious of breeders that have a "show room" set up where the puppies and the litter's parent(s) are viewed yet they have other buildings on the property you are not invited to view.
4. Reputable breeders never ship their puppies to new owners via cargo on an airliner.
Commercial breeders ship a LOT of dogs of all breeds however they do not have an emotional attachment to the dogs so they will not sue the airline if the puppy dies. Their business means big money to the airlines so they do allow these large scale operations otherwise known here as puppy mills who have commercial breeders license to ship flat face puppies. So if that cute little puppy you saw on nextdaypets.com website can be shipped to you by air in cargo from the breeder that is a BIG clue you are dealing with a broker for puppy mills or a large scale breeding operation who has a commercial breeders license and not a breeder that only breeds one or two litters a year they raise in their loving home like they stated on their website.
7. Never sells animals to a pet store.
8. Does not advertise puppies on a website where puppies are mass marketed with other breeds or breeders on one giant web sight like puppyfind.com, puppy4you, bestbreeders, Txfrenchbulldogbreeders etc.
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9. Breeds for sound temperament and health. Actually, does health testing on dogs bred and puppies whelped. In this breed at least spine x-rays of the pups should be done. Additional testing may be done on patellas, palate exam, heart exam, hearing, thyroid and more.
It is only a piece of paper the vet signs after taking the pup's temperature and looking for obvious signs of disease stating he examined the dog and it appears to be free of disease at the time of examination. This certificate has nothing to do with health testing DONE BY REPUTABLE BREEDERS to find a congenital condition that may show up months or years after you have your pet. TO SEE A COMPLETE LIST OF HEALTH TESTING DONE BY REPUTABLE BREEDERS GO HERE.
10. Screens the homes their puppies will go to live. Puts the puppy's well being as the number one goal. Will know breed and puppy's capabilities and match puppy to potential buyer. All puppies have different personalities just like people. A good breeder will ask you about your lifestyle and know if a puppy's personality and energy level is right for your lifestyle. The breeder will do you and the puppy a favor if they tell you that a certain puppy or this breed is not the best for you.
11. Will have a sales contract and written health guarantee of at least one year. This document will outline exactly what is expected of you as purchaser of the dog and what you can expect of the breeder as seller of the dog. This contract should protect you and the breeder of any hidden agendas.
12. Will explain average yearly cost of care for that particular breed. Proper amount of exercise, reasonable confinement, amount of food to feed, etc. ... before you purchase the dog.
13. Always be willing to answer questions long after you have paid for the dog and have taken it home. They should welcome and expect updates on the progress of the puppy's life.
14. Will be your best Veterinarian. Veterinarians have a general knowledge of most pets, however, a breeder specializes in his/her own breed.
The breeder should be well read in medical problems of the breed they are producing, have extensive knowledge of health issues of their chosen breed, and may be able to guide you in areas where your veterinarian cannot.
Should have breed club and other breeders they can share experiences with that are tried and true for their breed. Breeder should be able to recommend a veterinarian in your area that is familiar with the breed you are getting from them.
15. Will have AKC litter registered pups and not FCI or APRI that can be converted to AKC.
16. Will provide at least a 3 generation pedigree to all puppy seekers before they purchase the puppy. Will have on the average of at least one champion in EACH generation.
17. Is well respected by other breeders in their breed and belongs to breed specific organizations that educate and protect the breed. The French Bulldog Club of America also has a list of French Bulldog Clubs across the country.
French Bulldog Club of America Breeder Links http://fbdca.org/breeders/
Beware of a breeder that tries to make it appear they belong to a breed club by having this logo only on their website
What is a Reputable Breeder?
Other Breeders :
Mass produced puppy mill FRENCH Bulldogs (both US and overseas-Russia and Western Europe) are not bred for health or temperament - many have diseases that may show up right away or months later costing their new owners lots of money in vet bills or tragic heartache in a long illness and early death. Puppy mills also breed multiple breeds to maximize their income and are experiencing a "boom" since the Internet now allows them direct access to buyers.
Red Flag *** Puppies found in PET SHOPS, Flea Markets, newspapers, magazines or on Internet sites like (puppyfind.com, puppy4you.com, puppydogweb.com etc.) that mass market multiple breeds of dogs are FROM puppy mills.
PUPPY MILLS are the only source large enough to supply the mass market demand of pups for the many uneducated people who buy on impulse or are not willing to wait and get one from a reputable breeder.
It is very unusual for a commercial breeder or puppy mill to allow you to see their facilitiy. Most who sell directly to the public will offer to bring the puppy to you, meet you somewhere on your way to their facility, ship the puppy to you, or, at the most, let you see a few puppies inside their house/showroom. You are kept away from the actual breeding facility where the dogs themselves are housed.
If you're going to buy a dog, MAKE SURE you visit where the puppies are bred and born and see the parents. A lot of people can't turn down a great "deal", but I can tell you from experience that it's MUCH more expensive to pay vet bills for an animal that hasn't been bred properly. PAY THE EXTRA MONEY AND ENCOURAGE RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS!!
Why avoid puppy mills?
http://canine-world.com/mills.html Do not show children.
Besides health problems puppy mill dogs will not be a good
representation of the breed in appearance or temperament. Often the
puppy mill "breeding stock French Bulldogs" are imported from overseas where
they are much larger and the dogs free whelp-saving cost of
vet bills for cesarean births compared to American FBs. These dogs will
have smaller heads and NOT have flat faces, ears will be
pointed and not round on top and they will be "nosey" like a Boston
terrier or Boxer and in many cases not resemble a French Bulldog in
any way including temperament.
youtube- search - puppy mill videos
Puppy brokers buy pups from puppy mills then market them for sale. They are middlemen who retail the puppies from their home, flea market stall or car by the side of the road. They advertise on the Internet, newspapers and magazines. Many of these dogs were imported to the US from out of the country puppy mills or collected from local puppy millers who have trouble selling directly to the public.
Brokers sell less than healthy dogs, which are called 'class B' dogs, who are often bought in bulk purchases by re-sellers. In the past, these dogs were sold at flea markets, or through seedier pet stores. Now, many of them are sold through on line puppy for sale web sites. After all, buyers can't see where the dogs are being kept, and they don't usually ask to see the parents. It's even rarer for the people using puppy classified sites to think to ask to visit the 'breeder', when shipping is so readily and eagerly offered. Sellers don't even have to keep the puppies on hand - they wait until the orders come in, and then pick up what's needed from the broker warehouse facilities. Lower over head equals greater profits, and when the complaints about sick puppies come in, along with the threats of lawsuits, they simply change 'kennel names' and ad sites, and move on to scamming a new set of victims.
Red Flag *** The IMPORT dogs are FCI or APRI registered or some other obscure canine registry that is not AKC, but the sellers claim they are AKC because they say they can be converted to AKC. They won't have the Dam of the litter for you to look at.
The imports are large (30-45lbs. when grown) and do not look like our domestic French Bulldogs. These imports tend to be "out at the nose", long legged and appear more like "skinny" boxers and frequently contract Demodex mange due to stress of transport. Have more of a terrier personality.
Western Europe imports-Huge, "out at the nose" with pointed ears and hyper temperament.
White one is not acceptable color because it lacks
pigment so more likely to go deaf and have severe skin allergies.
advertise in the NEWSPAPERs, magazines and on Internet sites
like puppyfind.com, puppy4you.com,
puppydogweb.com etc. that mass market all breeds of dogs.
This is Daffy, a six month old Russian Puppy Mill Import is on her way to her Rescue foster home in New Jersey. Daffy loves everybody, adults, kids, dogs, cats, she would probably even play with the squirrels if they would only let her. There is not a bad bone in all of Daffy's cute little body. She's even housebroken.
Why would anyone dump Daffy?
Daffy itches. Itch, itch, itch, itch, all day long. Her new owners wanted a cute little French Bulldog to play with, not an ambulatory veterinary bill. With no one to counsel them and no understanding of the little dog's health issues, they opted to give her to FBRN rather than struggle with what they suspected might just be the beginning of her health problems.
Purchased from a Puppy Broker off the Internet. New owner thought they were a breeder.
Don't think for a minute that this drop eared 30 pound nine month old puppy the size of a small pony is NOT a French Bulldog. He is, he is, he is, and he has his Russian papers to prove it.
Unfortunately for Tucker, he had only been in his new home for three weeks when he bit the family's four year old son. In his defense, it should be noted that the little boy bit Tucker first, but still, when one or the other has to go to preserve the safety and wellbeing of both, it's the dog that finds himself with his bowl and his bed beside him, waiting for his ride to his new foster home. His previous owner did not want him back, and there was no breeder standing in the wings looking out for his welfare.
Puppy Buyers Beware!!
This is little Bella. She died from parvovirus five days after purchase. Her owners were absolutely heartbroken and devastated...they didn't know that Bella was one of thousands of puppies that are imported into this country every year from Russian and Eastern European puppy mills by unscrupulous Import Brokers.
Before you buy, investigate! And help us break the cycle, for the sake of Bella and all the other little dogs just like her.
This sweet little snoozing boy is five month old Oscar. Oscar came off the plane in New York City from a Puppy Mill in horrible shape, a filthy, frightened, miserable little puppy, with giardia, hookworms, ear mites, and congenital dry eye.
His new owners didn't know what to do and no breeder to call for advice, but they did know they just weren't knowledgeable enough to care for a seriously ill puppy. After just three days, angry and heartbroken, they turned their puppy over to FBRN Rescue.
The Urine and Poop drops down on to the dogs underneath........they cannot escape the filth.
Imagine living inside a box, surrounded by hundreds of barking crying dogs, for years and years, would you go insane?
The lightening was very poor but yet well enough for me to see
the horrid conditions these cries were coming from. The smell
was so bad that it brought your whole stomach up in your throat.
And stung your eyes so bad that it blurred your vision to a
In each one of these boxes there were anywhere up to 5 or
dogs in each,
http://canine-world.com/mills.html Do not show children.
Puppy mill females are bred over and over and over and over until they die.
No medical care because it is cheaper to let one die and replace it with her puppy.
A mom and her pups, that are just about ready to sell, in a filthy whelping area.
Rows of small pens behind a dilapidated old barn are filled with small-breed dogs at this puppy mill.
Stop the cycle and tell everyone you know what you have learned so we can put a stop to this inhumane treatment.
If you don't buy from them they will no longer be in business.