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How much are French Bulldogs? Complete Buying Guide for 2022

French Bulldogs are a very distinctive dog breed. They are a small, loving breed with flattened faces. Frenchies are popular, not only for their cute appearance but also for how easy-going their demeanor is.

Are French Bulldogs Expensive?

What potential owners are often not aware of when considering getting a French Bulldog is the cost that is associated with it. When it comes to Frenchies, they not only have their initial cost, but their continued care can be expensive.

French Bulldog prices can range anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. There are a lot of determining factors that go into the French Bulldog price. 

After purchasing either a French Bulldog puppy or an adult French Bulldog, there are also additional costs that need to be taken into account.

So weather you’re thinking of getting a Frenchie puppy or a adult frenchie, here are some things that you should know.

5 reasons why people pay so much for this breed?

French bulldog owners can attest to the traits that make the French Bulldog one of the most desirable small dog breeds.

1. Distinctive look -

The French Bulldog is a  small to medium-sized dog. The most distinctive feature of the French Bulldog is its smashed nose and bat-like ears. Even though they are small dogs, they are muscular, similar to the English Bulldog, but with less body mass. The French Bulldog coat is short and smooth.

 It comes in a variety of colors including white, black, brindle, silver (or blue), fawn, and mixes of those colors. When it comes to coloring, people are willing to pay more for uniquely patterned Frenchies.

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2. Adaptative to various lifestyles

One main draw in making this such a desirable breed is that French Bulldogs are relatively easygoing.

They can live in many different styles of home.

While they are a breed that is always excited and willing to play, they do not need a huge amount of exercise, especially during the warmer months. 

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3. Origin

Named for their place of origin, the French Bulldog is a breed created in Paris. The French Bulldog was created by cross-breeding the toy English Bulldog, hence the similarities with the Parisian Ratter.

As a result, the distinctive breed started around the 1860s, then known as Bouledogue Francais.

They were wildly popular dogs in France and their popularity has continued with the breed making the American Kennel Club (AKC)’s most popular dog breeds list.

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4. The personality

The French Bulldog is a spunky and friendly dog. They are smart and easy to train. They make for great family dogs or are happy being the center of attention. 

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5. They are trendy

The French Bulldog is easily recognizable and have great personalities. They have become a popular breed.

The fact that they can adapt to any family-style and make for great dogs in apartments or large homes, makes them a very desirable breed. 

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Why are French Bulldogs expensive?

As with all dog breeds, it comes down to a few factors that make French Bulldogs an expensive breed to own. The origin and lineage of a particular French Bulldog will determine if it is on the high end of the price range when it comes to getting a Frenchie.

This also ties in when you look at the history of a reputable breeder. Purebred French bulldogs, especially Frenchie puppies are more expensive. 

French Bulldogs are also a very difficult type of dog to breed. Breeding French Bulldogs is a delicate process on both sides. The male dog is unable to regulate its body temperature, due to the way that its snout is shaped. Female dogs can also run into complications.

This is why finding reputable breeders is so important. The American Kennel Club has a list of reputable breeders on their website that they recommend. 

Because they have small bodies in comparison to their heads, giving birth is a risky process. The females will have small litters that will have to be delivered via c-section.

To breed a French Bulldog there is a great deal of knowledge, care, and training that goes into the process. 

The price of a French Bulldog is also determined by the color of its coat. The rarer the color, the more expensive the Frenchie will be. 

What is the cheapest French Bulldog breed?

The cheapest French Bulldogs that you can get are drawn French Bulldogs or Perl French Bulldogs. These types of French Bulldogs range between $1,500 and $2,000.

The reason why these types are so affordable is because of how commonplace their coat color is.

What is the most expensive French Bulldog breed?

The most expensive French Bulldog breed is the Isabella French Bulldog, also known as Lilac French Bulldogs. These typically cost around $10,000 and are sought after for their stunning appearance.

They have a silver coat and are very uncommon.

The second most expensive is the Merle French Bulldog. They are a blend of colors. They are blue and black or blue and chocolate. Merle French Bulldog costs around $8,000, also due to its rarity. 

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Why are some French bulldogs more expensive than others?

When it comes to the price of a French Bulldog, the reason why there is such a price difference comes down to rarity and lineage. French Bulldogs that have uncommon coat colors are not easy to find.

 If you look at the Isabella French Bulldog, it can only be bread if both the male  and the female have chocolate and blue genes. 

French Bulldogs that come from an impressive lineage line, which usually includes coming from a long line of show winners, will also be more expensive.

They are less likely to have health problems, due to careful breeding practices. They will also have the desired traits that one thinks of when picturing a French Bulldog. 

Other expenses you should be prepared for

  • Health cost

Because French Bulldogs are a flat-faced breed, they are prone to breathing issues. They can also become easily susceptible to heat stroke or face other congenital health issues depending on where the dog came from.

The average yearly cost for vet visits is between $330 to $800.

  • Exercises

When the weather is hot and humid, getting a French Bulldog enough exercise, while keeping them safe, can be difficult. Doggy daycare provides an air-conditioned environment.

They can cost about $12 to $38 per day or $6 to $18 for half days.

  • Special food

Because French Bulldogs are prone to allergic reactions that can cause skin issues and they need to be kept at the right weight, the best type of food is a limited ingredient dog food brand.

For a French Bulldog puppy, you also need to get dog food that is meant to provide all the vitimens and nutrients essential for growth.

The average cost for limited ingredient dog food is around $384 a year.

  • Dog license 

Dog licenses are required to not only locate a lost dog but also to let authorities know that the dog is up-to-date on their essential vaccines.

Dog licenses vary depending on the city, but they are on average around $15 to $25 a year.

  • Vaccines

There are yearly and one-time vaccines. When vaccinating a French Bulldog puppy, the price for vaccines is typically around $75 to $200 for the first year.

As the dog reaches adulthood, yearly vaccines will be anywhere between $50 to $100.

  • Neutering or spaying

Nurturing or spaying a French Bulldog puppy, it costs around $50 to $400.

Some rescue shelters offer discounter spaying/neutering services at a lower cost than a private vet would. 

Yearly cost of owning a French Bulldog

After the initial purchase of a French Bulldog, the average yearly cost of owning a French Bulldog is between $800 to $1,500.

The French Bulldog price will change with the age of the French Bulldog. A French Bulldog puppy is not only more expensive to purchase than an adult French Bulldog, it will also have higher medical costs.

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