If you’ve been looking into purchasing a Frenchie, then you will have noticed incredible price ranges that are mainly based on colour. Expect to pay $3,500 to $4,500 for a standard colours from a reputable breeder and as much as $15,000 for an extremely rare colour like Lilac and Tan Merle. If you are wondering where these lofty price tags come from, it's supply and demand. The rarer the colour, the higher the costs.
Bulldogs are exceptionally difficult to breed and need human intervention every step of the way. Consider them man made.
Here are just a few of the cost incorporated into the price of your puppy:
Before a breeder can begin breeding, they need to purchase their foundation dogs. Additional breeding rights have to be paid at minimum $2,000 per dog in addition to the cost of the puppy. Then there are shipping fees or travel costs of flying or driving to pick up the new dog or pay a pet nanny to accompany it.
Male French Bulldogs have such wide chests and short legs they are not normally able to tie naturally with the female, and the female has to either be artificially inseminated or surgically inseminated. If you’re paying for stud service, these fees can range from $2,000 to $10,000 for a top male.
Because of the large square heads of the puppies , female French Bulldogs are usually unable to whelp naturally and need to be given caesarian sections. Emergency caesareans can be around $2,500 and if you schedule your cesarean you run the risk of taking the puppies out too soon or too late. Both have huge risks. Too soon, the lungs may not have fully developed, and you could lose the whole litter. Wait too long and they may detach from the placenta or die from being stuck in the birth canal. This is why most cesareans are an emergency. It is preferable to wait until the female goes into labour to know for sure that mother’s milk is in, and the puppies are ready to enter the world or to do reverse progesterone testing and once her numbers drop proceed with the procedure.
French Bulldogs tend to have small litters and the average size is three to four. An incubator should be purchased to keep the puppies at the correct temperature and humidity.
Fertility and progesterone testing, health screening, genetic testing, spinal x-rays, feeding the best possible food, show fees, club membership dues, registration fees, veterinarian exams are all costs incorporated into the price of your puppy as well. Not to mention the hundreds of hours it takes to raise them with love, handling, and socialization until they go to your home.