Steps to Prepare Your French Bulldog Male Stud for Breeding

Steps to Prepare Your French Bulldog Male Stud for Breeding

So you want to use your French Bulldog stud for breeding? Before you get started you will want to follow these steps in order to make sure you male is breeding quality and healthy. You will want to consider the financial and time commitment required to pursue studding your Frenchie male. It’s not as easy as it seems but nothing that worth it is easy. Please keep in mind our stud program. Your stud may be featured in our program if approved and we will work to match him to appropriate females.

#1 Have him assessed by the vet and approved for breeding. 

Your vet will check and see if he has two testicles, both testicles are down, and that the prepuce and penis are normal. The vet will also assess knees, hips, heart, bite, and general health. Please keep in mind, not every stud will be perfect but if you decide to move forward you will know his weaknesses. 

# 2 Order your genetic health and color testing. 

There are several things you can be doing while you are waiting for your Frenchie to grow to age where he can begin breeding. Having him genetic tested for health and color is one of them. I like to use Orivet or Animal Genetics currently. 

For the health panel they test for recessive genes that are more common in Frenchies. Recessive means they need two copies of the gene in order to get the disease. If they have one copy, they are considered carriers. It is best that you male is four panel clear meaning he isn’t a carrier for any of the genes tested. If he is not 4 panel clear, it doesn’t mean you can’t breed him but it will limit your pool of potential matches. Your stud may also be passed up for a male who is 4 panel clear and the stud fee will likely be lower. 

The color panel will give you the information needed to predict what colors your male and breeding female will potentially produce. It will also be an indicator of how much you will be able to charge per stud fee. The rarer colors tend to have higher stud fees than the more standard colors. 

#3 Have his semen tested.

You will need to have your males semen tested. It’s best to do this via a vets office that specializes in breeding. You can also use this test at home to ensure your male has healthy semen. Please keep in mind it is best to record the whole process of collecting semen and testing if doing the test yourslef. https://caninep4.com/collections/sperm-analysis/products/petcount-sperm-quality-test

#4 Place her on a good quality food. 

Being on a good quality food is essential for breeding and producing high quality pups. The fresher the better. In my program I feed a balanced raw diet. I’ll be writing about food more at www.frenchiesnaturally.com. Here’s a basic order from what I consider best to the less desirable. I realize this can be intense and filled with lots of debate. We will deep dive in this in the Frenchie breeder program. Realize you can create any combination of these as well. Such as feed kibble in the am and raw in the evening. Or place some raw on kibble. Or cook for them and combine it with kibble. Or cooked and raw and kibble. Do what works for you and your dogs. 

  • Fresh prepared raw rotating diet to prevent allergies. 
  • Freeze dried raw like Wolf brand-choose 3 different animal sources and rotate feeding them to prevent allergies. 
  • Fresh prepared cooked diet-preferred 3 different animal sources
  • Prepared diet ordered from companies like Ollie-preferred 3 different animal sources rotating. 
  • Canned dogfood–get 3 different animal sources and rotate 
  • Organic kibble-get 3 different animal sources and rotate 
  • Kibble–get 3 different animal sources and rotate 

#5 Current on vaccinations & de-wormings.

It is important to not over-vaccinate your male but he should be kept up to date on his vaccinations to keep him healthy. I am adimant about not over-vaccinating which can be easily prevented via using titers. But I also am a believer in vaccinations in preventing disease. If your male isn’t healthy he won’t be able to breed. Keep your male on a proper deworming schedule as well. More details in the breeding program. 

#6 Negative test for brucellosis. 

Brucellosis is a sexually transmitted disease in dogs and causes abortion in females at 45-55 days of gestation. Before studding your Frenchie male he will need a negative brucellosis test. We recommend testing every 6 months as you are breeding your male to outside females. This helps place the female owners mind at ease. Merck Veterinary manual recommends testing once yearly. To be a part of our program you will be required to test twice yearly. You can get the test and perform it at home. Or you can test at your vets office. Please keep in mind if testing from home you will need to record the entire process and email us the video. 

#7 Wait until your male is 1 year old to breed in the stud program. 

Males become fertile after six months of age and reach full sexual maturity by 12 to 15 months. With AKC you can register your pups normally if the male is greater 8months old and less than 12 years old. For your male to be a pat of our stud program, he must be at least 12 months old. You may decide to breed to one of your females after 8 months old in order to stud him as a proven male. Proven males collect a larger stud fee. 

#8 Register your stud with AKC & order pedigree.

This is an easy step. Check your registration papers to ensure you have full AKC rights to breed. Then go on and register your male and order a pedigree. If you already have the papers but no pedigree, you can order one online to be sent to you or just get the online version. The important part is we ensure the male and female we are breeding are not related for at least 3 generations to prevent inbreeding.  

#9 Assess his temperament before using as a stud.

There is evidence that temperament is passed down from mom and dad. Assess your males personality. Is he aggressive or anxious? If so, you may want to reconsider breeding him. 

#10 Assess your Frenchie studs confirmation to ensure he is proper quality for breeding. 

We have a full module on Frenchie confirmation in the Frenchie breeding program. Your Frenchie doesn’t have to be 100% perfect but he should have many of the qualities that better the breed. This is controversial as there are many opinions on this which we discuss in the program. 

There is so much to do in order to make sure your male is ready to stud out. Want more support? Make sure to join the Frenchie breeding program where we have a supportive group of breeders interacting in our private Facebook group and have monthly live calls bringing in experts and answering questions. There’s a series of videos just for you as well teaching you all you need to know about studding your male French Bulldog from collecting semen, shipping it, and more. 

Steps to Prepare your Female Frenchie for Breeding

Steps to Prepare your Female Frenchie for Breeding

So you want to breed your female Frenchie? This will be a challenging but rewarding process. In this article you will learn the steps to prepare your Female Frenchie for breeding. I will warn you, Frenchies are not a beginner level breed for breeding. It doesn’t mean it can’t be done. It just means you will have a lot to learn in the process. 

#1 Order your genetic health and color testing. 

In order to properly match a male with your female you will need the results to your females genetic testing. 

For the health panel they test for recessive genes that are more common in Frenchies. Recessive means they need two copies of the gene in order to get the disease. If they have one copy, they are considered carriers. You will want to make sure the male you use for your female does not carry the same gene or genes.  This is easily avoided by using a male that is 4 panel clear meaning he does not carry any copies of these genes. 

The color panel will help you in deciding which male to match to your female to produce the colors you would like. There are different color goals for breeding. You may want to produce a certain color. You may want to produce carriers of a certain colors/characteristics so you can keep back pups. These pups can then be matched to a male that produce the desired coloring. 

#2 Place her on a good quality food. 

Being on a good quality food is essential for breeding and producing high quality pups. The fresher the better. In my program I feed a balanced raw diet. I’ll be writing about food more at www.frenchiesnaturally.com. Here’s a basic order from what I consider best to the less desirable. I realize this can be intense and filled with lots of debate. We will deep dive in this in the Frenchie breeder program. Realize you can create any combination of these as well. Such as feed kibble in the am and raw in the evening. Place some raw on kibble. Or cook for them and combine it with kibble. Or cooked and raw and kibble. Do what works for you and your dogs. 

  • Fresh prepared raw rotating diet to prevent allergies. 
  • Freeze dried raw like Wolf brand-choose 3 different animal sources and rotate feeding them to prevent allergies. 
  • Fresh prepared cooked diet-preferred 3 different animal sources
  • Prepared diet ordered from companies like Ollie-preferred 3 different animal sources rotating. 
  • Canned dogfood–get 3 different animal sources and rotate 
  • Organic kibble-get 3 different animal sources and rotate 
  • Kibble–get 3 different animal sources and rotate 

#3 Place your female on proper supplements

The B complex vitamins provide the nutrients needed to promote healthy and regular heat cycles. They have been shown to help with disruptions with the cycle and silent or split heats. You can use this one*. 

#4 Make sure momma is dewormed. 

I like to use Panacur as a dewormer because it also gets giardia. This can help prevent passing it on to your pups. Remember giardia is common in places with multiple dogs. Puppies are more prone to is as their immune systems are building up. He can get by simply stepping in some poo and licking his paw. Panacur is also called safegard and is very safe to use. You can get the tablets for dogs* or liquid for goats*. Make sure you understand dosing which is provided in the breeder course. 

#5 Typically wait until the second heat cycle to breed your female Frenchie. 

Larger breeds typically need to wait longer but smaller ones are finished growing at a younger age. I have read from several vets specializing in breeding that’s it’s better to be young and done than it is to spread out breeding over time. Frenchies typically can have 2-4 litters depending on how their uterine horns look. Ask your vet at each c-section if your girl can have another litter. I do no more than 4 litters and my girls are retired before 5 years old.

#6 Once your have your genetic testing results back schedule a meeting with us to be matched to a male. 

We are growing and adding in quality studs around the country. This is important because we can have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd pick options for you in case there is an issue and there often can be. We will sit down with you to determine your goals for breeding and match you to the appropriate male. Right at this moment text me at 719-308-7444 to schedule a meeting.

There are additional recommendations on what to do to get your female prepared for breeding in the breeder program. We’d love for you to join us there. 

Not ready for the program yet? Join us in the FREE Facebook group. 

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The 4 Common Mistakes New French Bulldog Breeders Make

The 4 Common Mistakes New Breeders Make

I’ve place 100’s of Frenchies in new homes across the country. Several of which have wanted to set up a French Bulldog breeding program. I have seen new French Bulldog breeders make mistakes in their set up in the beginning. Let’s discuss some of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen made. 

Biggest Mistakes of New French Bulldog Breeders

#1 They do not have a French Bulldog niche

I see new breeders get really excited and purchase several females but I can tell they don’t understand coat coloring genetics as they do not have a plan. When you’re starting out you are typically a small breeder. I consider a small breeder as anyone with 20 or less breeding females. When you have a smaller number of breeders you likely will not be successful at breeding all of the colors. I like to divide various programs into standard colors, rare colors, and fluffies. In my program I focus on rare lilac colors. They would include lilac fawn, lilac, platinum with there being merle, pied, and tan points variations of these colors. My platinum male carries testable chocolate and I am breeding towards Isabella’s and New Shade Isabella’s. My suggestion for you is start with your niche and expand your breeding program as you go. You don’t have to have it all at once. I look forward to consider adding in fluffies in the next few years. 

#2 They buy a French Bulldog male first.

I see so many people say they want to breed Frenchies and they buy a male first. This is backwards to me. I would always purchase a female first. A female will take 1-1 1/2 years to be mature for breeding. A male can be bred starting at 8 months old. You can buy a few female and then a few months later purchase a male pup. 

#3 They are not patient in building their program

The first one is, their eyeballs get really big when they see how much money certain rare colors sell for. They put all of their money into one or two dogs. I’m not saying this can’t be done and you end up being successful in breeding. I would suggest for a new breeder to find Frenchies that are carriers of those rare colors and then breed to another carrier you purchased or stud one that displays the desired color to produce those colors in pups. You then keep pups back and buy an unrelated male. This is called creating a breeding program. 

#4 They do not act professionally. 

No one would ever say they do not act professionally especially those who do not act professionally. It really saddens me as I look at the breeding world and see what puppy buyers have to go through in order to have a purebred pup as a family member. I believe we need to raise the bar as professional breeders which includes having a professional website, being properly licensed, using a credit card payment system, learning how to speak to people with kindness & respect, keeping you kennel space clean and clutter free, educating our new puppy owners, etc… I can’t tell you how many times I am shown a puppy via FaceTime and the place is a disaster with stuff strewn all over, the lighting isn’t appropriate to properly see the coloring, the breeder looks poorly put together, and they can’t properly communicate the process for me to adopt the pup. Let’s rise up people and be better than that. We’re here to help you be a professional breeder and show your best self to your future Frenchie parents. You’ve got this. Start setting yourself up from the very beginning of your program.

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4 Qualities You Must Possess in Order to Breed French Bulldogs

4 Qualities You Must Possess in Order to Breed French Bulldogs

So you’re thinking about breeding Frenchies? The first thing you must understand in order to breed French Bulldogs is the commitment to breeding them. They are not a beginner level breed. That doesn’t mean you can’t start with Frenchies but just expect there to be a steep learning curve. I’d say they are totally worth every extra bit I put into them. The amount of contentment and satisfaction I get from bringing joy into peoples lives because of my pups makes it all worth it. Below are a few characterstics you will need in your life to raise these little guys.

#1 Flexibility in schedule to breed French Bulldogs

You may think you’re the boss when raising Frenchies but you will soon find out that you arrange you life around their schedules not yours. Before planning a vacation you will need to think of your girls heat cycles and when pups are due. You will also need to consider how old pups will before you feel comfortable leaving them with someone else. If you are not around or didn’t make the arrangements with someone else to take care of it, your girl may miss a breeding as their cycles do not wait. Newborns need your time and attention. The first 3-5 days I am sleeping next to them and making sure they are fed every 3 hours at night. During the day I sit next to momma and babies ensuring they are all safe and eating well. It’s very difficult to do this if you have a typical 9-5 job.

#2 Be able to manage your mind when to breed French Bulldogs

This business requires that you are skilled at managing you own mind. At some point you will lose a puppy, puppies, or even whole litter. I can tell you it is difficult watching your little ones die while you hopelessly stand by. You will do everything possible but they still wither away. Frenchies require c-sections and there is a potential you could lose momma on the table as well. Everyone idealizes vets but they can be very frustrating when dealing with newborn pups as many do not have much experience with them when things go wrong. Also, you will learn quickly that you are there to not only manage your mind but the minds of your new puppy parents as well.

#3 Life long learner

If you want to breed Frenchies, you will instantly be a life long learner as they will always throw something new at you. First, you must learn how to breed Frenchies via artificial insemmination (AI), when to run progesterone tests for the best timing of the AI, when to allow the C-section to be done based off of progesterone numbers and symptoms. You will learn how to care for new born pups and what to do when things go wrong. Knowing what you can treat at home will be a life long learning experience. You’ll need to choose a shot schedule and either adminster them yourself or pay the vet to do so. Coccidia and giardia are both parasites that are often found where there are multiple dogs and you’ll need to learn how to treat it. On top of the breeding, you’ll need to learn how to do marketing, sales, puppy parent education, bookkeeping, social media, and website maintenance.

#4 Be astute in breeding laws

One of the most important things is understanding the laws where you live when it comes to raising any breed of dog. You will need to look into a minimum of county, state, and federal laws. Also, if your home is in a HOA it likely won’t allow for a growing kennel. How many can you have where you currently live? Are you willing to move to to make your dreams of breeding come true?

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