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?
You made it this far and want to continue moving forward in raising Frenchies? That’s great! Make sure to get The Ultimate Guide in Knowing if Raising French Bulldogs is Right for You!
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