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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