How Much Do French Bulldogs Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

Fast becoming the city dweller’s dog of choice, the French Bulldog has risen in the ranks over the years.  He won’t need a lot of exercise nor will he need a large yard to play in, making him a perfect fit for a condo or apartment.

Originating from England, these dogs were originally used with local lace workers, keeping them company and chasing rats out of their rooms.  As the industrial revolution took its toll, these dogs found their way to France, where shopkeepers loved their company just as much.

Today, the French Bulldog is ranks as the 21st most popular breed being registered by the American Kennel Club.

Betty the French Bulldog by ChuckThePhotographer, on Flickr
Betty the French Bulldog” (CC BY 2.0) by  ChuckThePhotographer

How much does a french bulldog cost?

The cost of the French Bulldog depends on the age, gender, fur color, health condition, breeder, parent’s history, geographical location and inclusions with the adoption.  On average, the prices of a French bulldog can range anywhere from as little as $1,200 for a non-registered puppy from a backyard breeder to more than $5,500 for an AKC registered puppy from champion parents.  These costs, when compared to other breeds, tend to be quite high due to the cost to breed and the fact a c-section is always required at birth, a much pricier procedure when compared to a natural birth.

A cream, pied or black French Bulldog will be the three most common colors you will see on the market, and because of this, these dogs will tend to be the cheapest option.  The colors can often cost $2,500 to $5,500, while a rarer color could be double or even triple this, depending on the color combination and factors mentioned prior.  In fact, if the dog has a “rare” or “fad” color, such as lilac, for example, then the costs can be in the $15,000 to $30,000 range.  Other colors, aside from the primary three, can include fawn, blue fawn, blue brindle, chocolate and fawn.

On the official AKC Marketplace, breeders who listed their prices asked for anywhere between $3,000 for a 15-week old puppy to as much as $5,500 for an AKC registered puppy from champion parents.

At PuppyFind.com, a popular online dog classified website, there were close to 3,000 listings at the time of this writing, with prices ranging anywhere from as little as $1,200 to more than $12,000.  The costs, from what we researched, were due to the fur color and AKC registration paperwork.

A teacup French Bulldog, while not a true French Bulldog and is considered to be a designer dog, can cost closer to $3,500 to $5,000.  A teacup can’t and will not be recognized by the AKC if you were to adopt one.

The costs, however, could be much less if you were to rescue one from a local rescue.  If you were to go this route, an older French Bulldog could be adopted for as little as $250 to $550, depending on the rescue group you choose.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

At a minimum, a reputable breeder should include a written contract, registration papers, up-to-date vaccinations, health guarantee and a certified vet exam.  AKC breeders, aside from these inclusions, will also include the AKC registration paperwork, microchip, deworming, and in some cases, lifetime support.  they should also include a clearance from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation, hip evaluations from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, PennHIP or Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), and an OFA patella (knee) evaluation.  While optional, some may also include an OFA cardiac and thyroid exam.  To be certain, check out the official CHIC website to see if the parents were registered.

What are the extra costs?

Recurring costs, as with any pet dog, needs to be factored in.  This will include food, accessories, dog sitting and vet visits.  A healthy dog can cost more than $700, but since the French Bulldog is susceptible to certain health problems, the costs could be much greater than this.  According to VetStreet.com, a French Bulldog is prone to something known as brachycephalic airway syndrome, condition dogs with a flat face often face.  When the bones and tissues are compressed, it can obstruct their breathing, causing a myriad of problems, including an elongated soft palate, laryngeal collapse or a narrowed nasal cavity.  Other conditions include spinal malformations, eye problems and malabsorption disorders.

Shipping may be necessary, especially if you want an AKC registered puppy.  Depending on the method chosen, shipping can cost an additional $200 to $400.

Even though the dog can be house trained quite well, obedience classes are still highly recommended at a young age to teach it the basics of sit, stay and lay down.

Budget for grooming sessions if you won’t be doing the grooming on your own.  This will include the occasional brushing, nail trimming, ear cleaning and tooth brushing.

Tips to know

The average French Bulldog measures 11 to 12 inches at the shoulder and will weigh no more than 28 pounds.

When healthy, the average lifespan ranges from nine to 11 years.

The French Bulldog tends to be a couch potato, making it a great choice for those who don’t exercise much.

To find a reputable breeder, start your search at the French Bulldog Club of America.

These dogs won’t shed much, but twice a year, they will lose their undercoat, usually during the fall and spring seasons.

Today, the coat color is an enormous problem in the breed now as the breed standard allows only certain colors: brindle, fawn, and pied (or white which is an extreme form of pied). They are the only ones who may be shown. The others (blue — whether blue brindle or blue pied or blue fawn aka lilac), merle, etc are considered to be disqualifiers and may not be shown. Most were created by dishonest people breeding them into the lines by crosses with other breeds. The only people who breed and sell them for exorbitant prices are dishonest and not reputable. Reputable breeders breed to the breed standard and do not exploit gullible people.

How can I save money?

When adopting a dog, always consider a shelter or rescue group.  This option helps a dog in need, saves you a lot of money, and last but not least, it will help a caring organization in your area.  Even if you’re unable to find a French Bulldog, you may be able to find a breed that closely resembles it.

Don’t focus on the costs if you do decide to purchase from a breeder.  If you’re going to invest thousands, it’s best to buy an AKC registered dog only.  Backyard breeders who can’t produce paperwork often breed for fun and for profits, not knowing how the delicate breeding process works, even if they seem like they know what they are talking about.  A good breeder will always offer lifetime support, a lengthy health guarantee and will be very open about their adoption process.


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