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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Just in case any of you Frenchie fanciers might be interested:

On the way to looking up something else I landed on the ATS (Aargau) website. The Tierheim has two young Frenchies looking for homes:

An 11 month old male:
https://www.tierschutz-aargau.ch/node/3873


And a 16 month old male:
https://www.tierschutz-aargau.ch/node/3872
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Thanks very much for that information Meloncollie.

If they are open on Sunday I will go to have a look at the two beauties!

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Old 15.11.2017, 14:16
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Not on Sunday you won't. They're not open. Monday to Saturday only.
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Thanks for that and darn!

I work Monday to Saturday 10-7

I’ll see if I can get in on Saturday morning early
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Maybe if you call/e-mail them first since they don't open until 10am. They might be able to arrange for someone to come in earlier to meet you.

Tierheim des Aargauischen Tierschutzvereins ATs

Aargauischer Tierschutzverein ATs
Steinenbühlstrasse 36
CH-5417 Untersiggenthal
Tel. 0900 98 00 22 (Fr. 1.20/Min. ab Festnetz zugunsten Tierschutzarbeit ATs)
Fax 056 298 00 21
E-Mail tierheim(at)tierschutz-aargau.ch

>> Lageplan (anklicken)

Öffnungszeiten

Unser Team freut sich darauf, Sie persönlich bei uns zu begrüssen.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass Tiervermittlungen und Tierheimführungen nur nach telefonischer Voranmeldung möglich sind.

Öffnungs- und Telefonzeiten:

Montag bis Samstag 10.00 – 11.30 Uhr / 13.30 – 17.00 Uhr
An Sonn- und allgemeinen Feiertagen ist das Tierheim nur für unsere Feriengäste geöffnet.
Es erfolgt keine Tierabgabe beim ersten Besuch. Wir danken für Ihr Verständnis.

Für dringende Notfälle ausserhalb der regulären Öffnungszeiten sind wir unter der Nummer 0900 98 00 22 (Fr. 1.20/Min. zugunsten Tierschutzarbeit ATs) zu erreichen.
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Jooles, this Tierheim requires that you call first. You cannot just show up and see a dog. This is for the animal’s protection.

I do not have experience with this Tierheim, but if they work along the lines of others I know then the first step is often a telephone interview to determine if you fit the dog’s basic needs. If you do, then you would be invited to go on to the next step in the process.

Read each dog’s dossier carefully to see if you can provide what he needs, then think about how you would present yourself in the first contact.

If you work full time, before you call think long and hard about whether this is appropriate for these dogs, and if you still think you can provide what they need given your work schedule, think about how will you address the training and socialization needs of these young dogs. This is something that should come up, be prepared, have your plan laid out. Be guided by the Tierheim's assessment of what the dogs need, as they know these guys best, a rescue makes assessment decisions based on the welfare of their dogs.

Again, I don’t know this rescue, and again, every group works to it’s own guidelines and policies. My suggestions are based on my experiences as an adopter and how I approach assessment a rescue volunteer. YMMV.

There is a good thread about how to prepare for an adoption from a shelter, I can’t link it now as am on my phone, but you should search for it.

ETA:

Here is the thread where many of us have recounted our experiences adopting, both in Switzerland and abroad. You might find some useful insights:
https://www.englishforum.ch/pet-corn...ue-centre.html

Good luck!

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Re: Buying a french bulldog

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Thanks for that and darn!

I work Monday to Saturday 10-7

I’ll see if I can get in on Saturday morning early
I hope you have someone else who can look after the dog when you work. It would be unfair to any dog to work those hours otherwise .
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Jooles, in your profile you state you don't have any foreign language skills... if that is still the case, do you need a translation of these dogs' dossiers?

The dossiers very clearly state the dogs' need for people with lots of time, the need for training largely from scratch, the dogs' need for plenty of exercis, socialization, and mental stimulation.

Honestly, if you are not home during the day, a young dog of any breed is probably not the right choice for you.

This is not just a rescue issue, any decent breeder will not give a puppy to someone who is gone from the house and must leave the dog alone all day. A puppy needs 24/7 care and interaction during the first months/years.

Why not consider adopting an oldie? You'd still need a sitter or dog walker to provide exercise and mental stimulation and a break while you were gone, but a staid older dog, one who after his walks is happy to snooze, might be a better fit at this time.
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

There is a 5 year old uncastrated male Frenchie listed today on the Tierdatenbank.

He is described as calm, he cannot do strenuous sports with his people due to his brachycephalicism, but he likes gentle walks and variety (my note: often that's 'rescue-speak' for mental stimulation.) He can go to a home with older children, or adults.

Jooles, this is perhaps the type of dog who might suit your situation better than a puppy or juvenile. Oviously you'd still need to think about a sitter or day care option if you are away from home for more than a few hours at a time. But (individual dependent, obviously) an older, calmer dog could work if you have the necessary arrangements in place to care for him while you are away.
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Old 17.11.2017, 10:59
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Good morning Meloncollie,
An older dog is certainly an option. I am in a very lucky position as I can take the dog to work with me. I think it’s cruel to keep a dog locked in the house whilst both owners are at work. I must admit that I have kind of set my heart on a younger dog because my family and I have always raised well balanced, easygoing kind dogs and I flatter myself that i will be able to achieve the same goal with my animal.
My partner and I have just accepted a new apartment which we move in to in early February. My plan is socialise my partner with some dogs (his background is horses), and this is why I am very happy to receive info about the rescue dogs as wherever possible I would like us to at the least visit them so my man (and myself) can get a feel for the breed. And perhaps we also fall in love whilst we are there.
I thank you very much for taking such an interest in this thread. I am really finding it extremely helpful.
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Did you check it's okay to have a dog at the new apartment? Please don't assume so, check and double check that it's okay. And be prepared to have to add some doggy damage cover to your personal liabilty insurance.
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Good morning! Yes we checked... it’s fine. Thanks for letting me know about the adjustment to the liability cover, that’s gold information.

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Old 25.01.2018, 18:41
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Bringing this thread back up, with an FYI for Frenchie fans:

As I have been looking at listings of homeless dogs in shelters near and far, I have to say I am surprised at how many French Bulldogs are currently in rescue.

The popularity of Frenchies has risen sharply in the last years. Unfortunatey when a breed suddenly becomes very popular, the bad actors tend to be not far behind, ready to jump on the bandwagon. Which too often ends up meaning homeless dogs down the road.

So... I've seen Frenchies in Swiss shelters, and lots of Frenchies in shelters abroad.

If you are looking for a Frenchie, why not consider a shelter dog?




(But as always, due diligence is a must! Some bad actors call themselves rescues. Eyes open, and make sure you are adopting from a legit rescue.)
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

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Bringing this thread back up, with an FYI for Frenchie fans:

As I have been looking at listings of homeless dogs in shelters near and far, I have to say I am surprised at how many French Bulldogs are currently in rescue.

The popularity of Frenchies has risen sharply in the last years. Unfortunatey when a breed suddenly becomes very popular, the bad actors tend to be not far behind, ready to jump on the bandwagon. Which too often ends up meaning homeless dogs down the road.

So... I've seen Frenchies in Swiss shelters, and lots of Frenchies in shelters abroad.

If you are looking for a Frenchie, why not consider a shelter dog?




(But as always, due diligence is a must! Some bad actors call themselves rescues. Eyes open, and make sure you are adopting from a legit rescue.)
Absolutely right - French Bulldog Saviours in the UK which is a fantastic rescue have up to today had 32 Frenchies in since December. They are looking for foster families.
The whole situation with French and English Bulldogs is very sad - so many greeders and the tragedy is that so many of these wonderful dogs have a lot of health issues which owners find they cannot afford to treat, thus handing the dogs over for rescue....
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Hi everyone,

I’d like you to know that I did indeed get a French bulldog. He arrives from Hungary on 14th February and I’m very excited. I did listen very carefully to what y’all had to say. The baby comes from a family of breeders, he’s the pick of the litter, from a champion bloodline and I’ve been assured by the company (i have done my homework, they are reputable) that there is no sign through the bloodline of illness. Should the pupper develop some congenital illness this company will deal with all medical costs incurred. I realise some of you were keen for me to get a rescue dog but we live in an apartment with other people living all around us and i couldn’t be sure that a rescue dog would behave as they often come with some problems which need to be cured with some love and attention. Further, i really wanted a puppy to train myself. So there it is guys! I thank you all so much for your advice, it was incredibly helpful 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🤣
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Here he is... he’ll be four months when he comes to me
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Jooles, may I ask what you mean when you say 'company'?
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Meloncollie come on now, don’t take that tone with me please...
They are their to act as a go between with the breeders in Europe who don’t speak English and therefore are unable to sell their dogs abroad.
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

I well understand your excitment at welcoming your new pup, but please see meloncollie's post as the genuine enquiry that it is. I don't detect a 'tone'.
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Ok, fair enough.. I apologise Meloncollie. That simply wasn’t the answer I expected from you. I am very excited, we’re in the process right now of moving house.. it’s quite stressful; and I felt that I have really done my homework and made the right choices. So, unwittingly I had expected a congratulations or two. Like I say perhaps I caught you wrong Meloncollie
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