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Old 07-05-2011, 09:47 PM
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Anyone know of/can find good French Bulldog breeders in the Northeast? My brother has decided that when he gets a dog it's going to be a Frenchie. He thinks they are awesome and cute. Since they're so lazy I'm not concerned about him owning one. But I want him to go to a good breeder (or rescue one). It won't be for a while but I'd like to be ready when he asks me to help him find a breeder. I have had no luck so far. Any help?
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:53 PM
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Is Ontario (Canada) too far? I know two Frenchies both do agility and both are lovely dogs. Minds on them like steel traps, especially the one that trains with me. Very biddable dog. I can ask their owners if they recommend a breeder if you want me too.

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Old 07-05-2011, 09:58 PM
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From the ones i met, the lazy thing doesn't kick in until they're closer to 4-5 or so. They're pretty energetic little bulldozers!

Check out these guys if he's considering rescue: FBRN Available Dogs
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Nuck's Am Staffs & French Bulldogs is in PA. If Jaime doesn't have anything, she can probably give your brother the name of someone who does.
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I don't know how far he'd be willing to go. Is it complicated to bring a dog into the States from Canada?


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From the ones i met, the lazy thing doesn't kick in until they're closer to 4-5 or so. They're pretty energetic little bulldozers!
Well all young dogs have energy, but compared to other breeds they're pretty chill, no? Going off what I read they do fine on a walk and some playing everyday. It would be his first dog. His last girlfriend turned him on to them and every time he comes over and Tucker is being Tucker (chasing cat, jumping on someone, barking at someone) he says "Why didn't you guys get a French Bulldog?". Last time I told him I didn't like Frenchies, he asked why, I told him I like more energetic and athletic dogs, and he replied "but they're good for people in apartments right?" (which he is) and I said yes, "and they're usually friendly?" yup. So if he's gonna get a dog I do think it would be a good breed for him compared to all the other breeds.

But it likely won't be anytime soon. I just hope I can keep him from going to a pet store when the time comes. I suppose fear of terrible health conditions will be my best weapon.

Thanks for the link Mick'smom, they seem good, they show and health test for cardiac problems. That was my biggest problem, I couldn't find breeders who did any health tests.

Speaking of which, what should breeders test their Frenchies for?
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:25 AM
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Well all young dogs have energy, but compared to other breeds they're pretty chill, no? Going off what I read they do fine on a walk and some playing everyday. It would be his first dog. His last girlfriend turned him on to them and every time he comes over and Tucker is being Tucker (chasing cat, jumping on someone, barking at someone) he says "Why didn't you guys get a French Bulldog?". Last time I told him I didn't like Frenchies, he asked why, I told him I like more energetic and athletic dogs, and he replied "but they're good for people in apartments right?" (which he is) and I said yes, "and they're usually friendly?" yup. So if he's gonna get a dog I do think it would be a good breed for him compared to all the other breeds.
Compared to a border collie or jack russell, yeah they're more chill; but chill doesn't mean easy. They come with their own problems. A border collie or jack russell are going to be MUCH easier to train than a Frenchie, so if your brother doesn't know much about training since it's his first dog it may be terribly difficult to even house train the pup.

They are a Bull breed so that means they have a tendency to be stubborn. They tend to have a short attention span and aren't usually easy to motivate so training can be more difficult. Most Frenchies that people see are overweight, just like Pugs. The fitter the dog the more energetic and active they are. I do know many that chase cats, and a few that need to go to doggy daycare a few times a week to get to a tired enough state that their working families can handle them. I know several that have a tendency toward DA/DR, which tends to come in bull breeds.

I think if he really wants a frenchie, he should get an adult rescue first. A dog that is already house trained and has basic training started at least. So he can get to know the quirks of frenchies before he dives in and gets a $2500 pup that makes him want to pull his hair out from being so stubborn! lol.

ETA: And every one i have met enjoys jumping up and headbutting me in the back of the knees. I have no idea why they do that but every single one i've met has tried. And they have super hard heads on them!
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Yeah I've read they are stubborn and can be DA, I'll have to tell him that. But as far as training goes he'll just want housebreaking and manners, maybe the come command. He doesn't own any other pets and won't get cats but it'd be nice if it could play with Tucker. He does live with two or 3 other guys.

I too think an adult would be better so I will turn him to rescues first. But I don't think he'll change his mind about breed...What breeds would you consider a good first time dog for someone who lives in an apartment (smack dab int he middle of Boston)? Oh and Matt (brother) has a childish sense of humor. He'd hold my cat Neko up so that he'd make angry meow noises and then laugh his head off, or put poker chips on Neko's back so that his skin would ripple and the chip would fall off (again angering Neko). He likes to get "funny" reactions. He needs a tolerant animal.
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Pugs, Larger end of the breed standard Chihuahuas, Cavs, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Bichon Frise, Tibetan Spaniel, general adult mix breed from a rescue.

Really any dog CAN be a good apartment dog if the owners know what they're doing or if they don't know what they're doing they seek professional advice. If he's willing to seek help and advice from a professional if he has troubles then he would likely do fine with a Frenchie.

Another thing to tell him is to get pet insurance or have a decent amount of savings. Puppy from a good breeder or going through rescue doesn't matter, they come with a ton of health issues in the breed and it's best to have a good amount of savings or insurance just in case.
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I agree with trying to find an adult rescue (Frenchie or otherwise) - I don't have a ton of experience with the breed, but the ones I've met were fairly busy dogs. Like Mandy said, short attention span and they always seemed to be getting into something. Most of the ones I've seen play really rough with other dogs - may pose an issue if the dog's main form of exercise will be the dog park. Little Bulldozers - LOL, I like that, and so true!

Like I said, I don't have a lot of experience with them, maybe they're super quiet in the home but from what I've seen they're busy dogs when they get going.
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We met a whippet and frenchie breeder in NC with fantastic frenchies (well and whippets too). Her dogs were busy, lovey, not DA or DR. Were very all over people and wanted endless attention and play time.

I'd kind of like one in future. They were adorable comedians. We also met a family with one in a campground. Also just as adorable, good with our dogs except Dekka, they both swore at each other.
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