HOW TO: Breeding a French Bulldog
Breeding a French Bulldog is not actually an easy task because this requires a whole lot of mental focus and ‘parental’ care.
If you are looking forward to breeding this amazing Frenchies, there are so many things you will need, chief among them is the ability to stay calm and have the required knowledge and skill to breed a French Bulldog – you will also need to have a reasonable amount of money to spend during their period of gestation and at birth.
Also, you will need an experienced breeder to put you through – in the absence of the teachings of an experienced breeder; this article will let you know everything about breeding French Bulldogs.
Information about French Bulldogs
French Bulldogs are commonly known as Frenchies. In the world today, Frenchies are known to be one of the best companion dogs; this is why they are very popular. They possess unparalleled appeal.
They are indisputably attractive and flashy, and they have a small body size which is also very sturdy.
Historical Background of a French Bulldog
Before you go on with breeding French Bulldogs, it is important you know the history of these dogs. The modern French Bulldog is identified to be the direct descendant of the dogs of the Molossians, an ancient Greek tribe.
It is popularly identified and referred to as ‘The Frenchie’.
The French Bulldog is as a result of the cross breeding of English Bulldogs. They were later taken to France, and the result, Toy Bulldogs were crossed with topical ratters in France in the 1800s.
The breed were liked by a very large number of people especially among the lace workers from the city of Nottingham who brought different dogs with them which then include the Toy Bulldogs to France where they began to live after the Industrial Revolution that happened in Nottingham.
The French Bulldog later gained recognition among the Americans in 1885 and particularly in 1896 where it was exhibited at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show.
Frenchies are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, they rank among the top 10 most popular breed since 1906 till date by the American Kennel Club.
Features of a French Bulldog
- A French Bulldog is a loving animal which makes them a good companion dog.
- They are known to be very friendly, playful and intelligent.
- French Bulldogs are one of the best domestic dogs for companionship, as they have a particular unique quality of having an unyielding love for their owners.
- Frenchies have a very unique characteristic of barking only to make visitors notice them – they tend to be very friendly to everyone.
- French Bulldogs can survive both in a cold and hot atmospheric condition. However, they need to be monitored.
- They have high sensitivity power and are very suitable for people who are not very experienced in breeding dogs, especially in breeding Frenchies.
- French Bulldogs can endure being alone but not for a very long period of time.
- They are very kind and friendly, especially with family, kids, other dogs, and even strangers
- Frenchies have small body frame, however, they have a strong body structure.
- Grooming a French Bulldog fur is simply a very simple task but they also need to be treated carefully, especially in the area of bathing because they can suffer some skin problems.
- If you own a Frenchie, then you should watch out for its weight, as they have a high tendency of getting overweight.
- A French Bulldog is known for the act of drooling, that is, they drool a lot when compared to other dog breeds.
- Training a French Bulldog can prove to be tricky, but, it is actrually not a difficult task – they are easy to train. They are easily motivated by food, so this can be used to make them train. French Bulldogs are very eager to please their owners and also very mentally agile to learn, this makes them trainable the more.
- Frenchies are known to be good and suitable pets for urban environments like cities, this is because they don’t bark always and they don’t require a whole lot of space.
- French Bulldogs are full of energy and they have high intensity. They are very playful and don’t require lot of exercise like other dogs.
- Frenchies are known as excellent ratter (used to hunt rats and mice), and they can be used as watchdogs. They can as well be restricted to a specific area.
How to Breed a French Bulldog
When trying to breed a French Bulldog, you are advised to choose males and females with no bad or discouraging health histories. Go for breeds that are not closely related and also supervise the breeding experience between them.
Try to get a mating dog partner from a good breeder. A breeder is required to become a member of the breed organizations which have good reputations; this is to help identify breeders with good and reliable reputations.
Below are some steps involved in breeding a French Bulldog:
Choose a French Bulldog with Good Health and Breeding History
When you want to breed a French Bulldog, it is important you go for dogs with good health conditions and breeding history. You should take these dogs to vets to test them and know whatever underlying health conditions they have.
It is advisable you avoid mating dogs that have genetic issues and those that have contagious diseases, as this will be passed down to their puppies.
Other factors to consider when choosing a French Bulldog to breed are:
- Adaptability of the dog
- Color of the dog
- Size of the dog
- Personality and temperament of the dog
You should know your Dog’s Ovulation Period
It is expected you know the ovulation period of your dog, during this period, the estrogen level will rise and it usually lasts between 2-22 days.
It is required of you as a breeder to take your female French Bulldog to the vet for confirmation that she has already started ovulating, so as to put her with the male for copulation.
Mating your Male and Female French Bulldogs
Having confirmed that your female French Bulldog is ovulating, you should put her together with a male French Bulldog in a room and also monitor the mating session, to be able to guide against attack on each other.
To establish control over both dogs, you should put them on leash during the period of mating; this will assist you in controlling the situation. The mating session usually takes about 20 minutes.
Artificial Insemination is another Option
Another option of breeding a French Bulldog is through artificial insemination. Having established that your female Frenchie is in her ovulation period, you should seek a vet to assist with artificial insemination rather than mating the bitch and the stud.
Artificial insemination is seriously not advised to be done without the help of your vet except you are experienced and trained to do so.
As a breeder, you are required frequently to take your female dog to the vet during pregnancy for prenatal care. You can also seek the advice of your vet about birthing the puppies.
Preparing for the Birth of French Bulldog Puppies
You should seek the advice of your vet about birthing the puppies. However, there are some common known things you need to do when your female Frenchie is close to delivery.
The bitch always shows signs of restlessness, shivering, loss of appetite, vomiting, panting and whining when it is almost her labor period.
You are to supervise your Frenchie during the labor session for any required C-Section and if C-section is required, you are to quickly take her to your vet.
Ordinarily, French Bulldogs find it very difficult to give birth naturally without a C-section because they have large heads and small pelvises.
Caring for French Bulldog Puppies
Another important aspect in breeding a French Bulldog is caring for your newly born puppies. It is required of you to create space where the mother can recuperate and take care of her puppies.
The place should always be warm especially around the first week so as to keep the puppies at a fairly high-temperature.
The puppies (8-12 weeks) are to be fed high quality French Bulldog puppy food diet; they should be fed about 4 times daily. When they are about 3-6 months, you should bring down the feeding time to 3 times in a day, and 6-12 months should be only 2 times in a day.
It is important you supervise and train them on how to pee and poo.
Give the mother dog and the puppies required vaccine they need – you should take them to the vet to administer the right and proper dosage to them. This will not only help the health condition of your dog, it will also help build your reputation as a breeder.
Health Issues Related to French Bulldogs
The average lifespan of a French Bulldog is known to be around 12-14 years old as stated by the breed club.
Frenchies are prone to several health issues. Some of the most common health problems associated with French Bulldogs are:
This disease leads to BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome), which is basically caused by an extremely shortened skull, causing it to limit the area available for internal structures which eventually leads to difficult breathing and can also cause the larynx to suddenly break down.
The condition is an inheritable condition in which the femur doesn’t fit tightly into the pelvic socket of the hip joint.
Other health problems associated with French Bulldogs are:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Spinal malformations
- Cherry eye
- Patellar Luxation
- Pulmonic Stenosis
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
French Bulldog Colors
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), here are the approved colors of French Bulldogs:
- Brindle color
- Pied color
- Cream color
- Fawn color
- Black color
Essential Stats of Frenchies
- Height: 11-12 inches tall at the shoulder
- Weight: 16-28 pounds
- Lifespan: 12-14 years
Size of a French Bulldog
Usually, a French Bulldog is around 11 to 12 inches tall. The stud weighs about 20-28 pounds while the female Bulldog is about 16 to 24 pounds.
It is a mid-sized member of the non-sporting group. The Boston Terrier and the French Bulldog are often mistake for the other.
Character of a French Bulldog
The Frenchie is known to be affectionate. They are considered to be a very good family dog but they are likely to suffer from separation anxiety because of their unique congenial nature.
Lists of Popular French Breed Bulldog Crossbreeds are:
- French Boodle
- French Pomerdog
- French Bullweiler
- French Bullhuahua
- French Bull Jack
Caring for French Bulldogs
A French Bulldog does not require a lot of exercise, though they need to engage in daily physical activities like a short walk or playing in the yard.
When training a French Bulldog, try to make the training interesting; add prizes and enjoyment to the thrill.
It is advised to limit the physical activities in which a French Bulldog engage in to the morning when the weather is cool or evening when the heat has subsided, as they are likely to suffer heat exhaustion when exercised in hot atmospheric conditions.
Different French Bulldog Breeders Organizations
As a French Bulldog breeder, it is important you build your reputation. In order to become a reputable French Bulldog breeder, there are several French Bulldog organizations you can join, like the French Bulldog of America, the French Bulldog of England and any other reputable organizations in your area.
Being a member of such organization will boost the possibility of being officially sanctioned when you apply through the Kennel Club or any other reputable club to become a certified breeder.
Final Thoughts on Breeding a French Bulldog
French Bulldogs are amazing dog breeds to have; they are one of the most popular dog in the United States, the United Kingdom and many developed countries.
Due to its popularity and positive comments, many people are looking forward to go into the breeding business. If you want to do this, you should have good intention and try to develop a good reputation of breeding great dogs.
After spending money on all necessary and required things in breeding a French Bulldog, you will still make money from breeding Frenchies.