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Buying a french bulldog

Hello guys, i'm searching for french bulldog pets, anyone could recommend me a kennel ? It can be in france or even better if it is in switzerland, thanks
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Be very very careful buying a Frenchie as there are so many that are being sold that are badly bred and from puppy farms. I know of 2 that are poorly and the owners paid well over the price and are now facing horrendous vet fees.

I am sure that someone will be along with details of swiss breeders - do your research, make sure that you see both parents and check the setup.

My daughter has one and they really are a super breed, she researched the breeder, did her homework and waited for a year.( her dog came from the UK and some of the litter do live all round Europe) Her dog is one of the most balanced lovely dogs I know - a real clown. I have always had English Bulldogs but my next 4 legged friend will be a frenchie!
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Be very very careful buying a Frenchie as there are so many that are being sold that are badly bred and from puppy farms. I know of 2 that are poorly and the owners paid well over the price and are now facing horrendous vet fees.

I am sure that someone will be along with details of swiss breeders - do your research, make sure that you see both parents and check the setup.

My daughter has one and they really are a super breed, she researched the breeder, did her homework and waited for a year.( her dog came from the UK and some of the litter do live all round Europe) Her dog is one of the most balanced lovely dogs I know - a real clown. I have always had English Bulldogs but my next 4 legged friend will be a frenchie!
ohhh yes sure i will do some research before buying, i just dont know any website to search and to google it its kind of lame because it appears so many websites that i dont even know which the enter, so its always better to have an opinion! thanks btw
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Steven, in your introduction you mention that you are a teenager, looking to become a student here.

Taking on a dog is a serious responsibility, one where you must commit to making the dog's welfare a priority for the next 15+ years - no matter what twists and turns your life takes. Whether you stay in Switzerland or move around the globe after your studies - you must make a commitment to your dog for his/her natural lifetime.

A student's life is typically 'temporary.' How many of us knew back then where we would be next semester, let alone next year, after graduation, in the early days of our careers? Can you make a solid commitment to your dog for the next 15 years?

Before you even start to search for breeders you will need to take the SKN theory course if you are a first time owner (I'm making an assumption given that you say you are a teenager.) Search for the term 'SKN' here in the pet corner, there are dozens of threads explaining what these mandatory (under the federal animal welfare law) courses are.

If you are a first time dog owner in Switzerland and have not taken the theory course no reputable Swiss breeder will even consider you. 'First time dog owner' generally is interpreted to mean registered in ANIS under your own name as the legal owner, a 'family dog' does not count. (Folks who owned dogs outside Switzerland need to contact the cantonal Veterinaramt for a ruling on your Theory class requirement. ) This theory course must be done before you acquire a dog.

So take the SKN theory course now - it is designed to help you think through the implications of getting a dog, to help you ask yourself if you are ready for this 15+ year commitment.

And please do as Smackerjack says research the many health issues surrounding the bracycephalic breeds. You need to consider this as you look ahead the next 15 years - the bracycephalics are at risk for flying, which might limit your opportunities as you begin your career.

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Steven, in your introduction you mention that you are a teenager, looking to become a student here.

Taking on a dog is a serious responsibility, one where you must commit to making the dog's welfare a priority for the next 15+ years - no matter what twists and turns your life takes. Whether you stay in Switzerland or move around the globe after your studies - you must make a commitment to your dog for his/her natural lifetime.

A student's life is typically 'temporary.' How many of us knew back then where we would be next semester, let alone next year, after graduation, in the early days of our careers. Can you make a solid commitment to your dog for the next 15 years?

Before you even start to search for breeders you will need to take the SKN courses. Search for the term here in the pet corner, there are dozens of threads explaining what these mandatory (under the federal animal welfare law) courses are.

No reputable Swiss breeder will even consider you if you have not taken the courses.

Do as Smackerjack says research the many health issues surrounding the bracycephalic breeds. You need to consider this as you look ahead the next 15 years - the bracycephalics are at risk for flying, which might limit your opportunities as you begin your career.

So take the SKN courses now - they are designed to help you think through the implications of getting a dog, to help you ask yourself if you are ready for this 15+ year commitment.

i understand your concern about the well-being of the dog, but actually i'm not living alone i have my mother, stepfather and little brother living here and they are all willing to buy a puppy! we will look forward about that skn course which we didnt know nothing about! thanks for letting us know
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

You may find these two links useful as well.

http://geneva.angloinfo.com/informat...dog-ownership/

https://www.eda.admin.ch/missions/mi...nual-pets.html

Also note that many public parks in Geneva are forbidden to dogs.

http://ge.ch/dares/service-consommat...-919-3192.html
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You may find these two links useful as well.

http://geneva.angloinfo.com/informat...dog-ownership/

https://www.eda.admin.ch/missions/mi...nual-pets.html

Also note that many public parks in Geneva are forbidden to dogs.

http://ge.ch/dares/service-consommat...-919-3192.html
Thank you very much Medea, i dont know how to "thank" here in the forum's website since i'm knew so i would appreciate it if you could tell me so I can thank your answer!
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Steven, you have to have 10 posts before you can thank anybody. After 10 posts, the Thanks and Groan buttons appear on the bottom right of the screen next to the Quote button.
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

I don't think you have enough posts yet steven. When you do (10 I think it is) then you'll see the "thanks" button on the bottom right of a post. You can click on that and it will register your thanks and your username will appear below that post.
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Ohhh sure, didn't knew about that!
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i understand your concern about the well-being of the dog, but actually i'm not living alone i have my mother, stepfather and little brother living here and they are all willing to buy a puppy! we will look forward about that skn course which we didnt know nothing about! thanks for letting us know
I just want to add my 3 cents: taking care of a puppy can become exhausting. Yes, you have another family members willing to help you, but after all, you will be the owner. You will be responsible for taking the dog out even during the worst rain, when everybody else prefers to stay at home. You will be responsible for all the legal paperwork and the damages your puppy may do (they chew things, oh boy, they chew everything). What will you do if the little one starts to play and bark in the middle of the night, waking up everybody?

I am not discouraging you, just giving some food for thought. Good luck!
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Hi Steven

We've just bought a frenchie puppy she's gorgeous and so happy and healthy, we got her from France, be careful when crossing the French/swiss borders if you do get one from France as you have to declare you're dog

Hope this helps

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Hi Steven

We've just bought a frenchie puppy she's gorgeous and so happy and healthy, we got her from France, be careful when crossing the French/swiss borders if you do get one from France as you have to declare you're dog

Hope this helps

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That's pretty nice Hayley, I actually searched for a few puppies in french kennels but unfortunately the ones that I found had all the puppies reserved/sold out, so If you could send me the name of the one that you bought your frenchie for me to take a look I would really appreciate it, and thanks for the tip about the border I will definitely see the procedures to declare the dog
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Hi there, did you ever find your frenchie? we found a great breeder from Wales.

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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Hi,
I’m looking to buy a franchise puppy... Can anyone help with advice on where to find a good breeder?
Thanks in advance!
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I’m looking to buy a franchise puppy... Can anyone help with advice on where to find a good breeder?
Thanks in advance!
I assume you mean a french bulldog
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I’m looking to buy a franchise puppy... Can anyone help with advice on where to find a good breeder?
Thanks in advance!
Jooles, to start off take a gander at this thread, conveniently made into a sticky, discussing how to go about finding a reputable breeder in Switzerland:

https://www.englishforum.ch/pet-corn...e-breeder.html

Be aware that it is not a case of simply showing up with cash and taking home a pup. No, a good breeder will interview you to assess your ability to provide a good home to the dog. It's all about establishing relationships - and be aware that many good breeders have waiting lists.

For more on the process, here/s a cautionary tale - one with ultimately a happy ending:
https://www.englishforum.ch/pet-corn...cts-puppy.html

As these threads points out, if after assessing how well the inate characteristics of a breed will fit into your lifestyle, the place to turn would be the SKG member club for the breed. For Frenchies, that club is the Schweizerischen Klub für französische Bulldoggen.
https://www.suisse-bully.ch

I'd especially point you towards the discussion of the trendy 'blue' fad, and why this is problematic. These colors are a genetic mutation that can be linked to health issues. Anyone breeding blues, lilacs, other dilute colors or merles is doing so outside of the breed regulations and SKG club, buyer beware.
https://www.suisse-bully.ch/bully/blaue-hunde/

I'll also point out that due to the popularity of the French it is one of the breeds that is often battery farmed. You really must do due diligence on any breeder, but most especially one from outside Switzerland who is not a member of a breed club within an FCI national club. That's a sign of a bad actor. You also need to verify that anyone claiming to be a member of an FCI/SKG club really is so, as many of the bad actors tell porkies.

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If you might consider a rescue Frenchie, do keep an eye on the Tierdatenbank, the listing of homeless dogs in Switzerland. There are no Frenchies listed today, but a few weeks ago there were four of them. Frenchies seem to be landing in rescue more often these days, likely because they are so popular that some (insert expletive here) buyers rush out to get a trendy 'toy' without having an understanding of the responsibility that dog ownership brings or without sufficient commitment to their dog. Here's the database, do check every once in a while:
https://www.tierdatenbank.ch/de/home.html

Hope you find the dog who is right for you, and you for him or her. And when you do, wishing you much happiness.
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Dear Meloncollie,
Thank you so much for the information and advice. We have always owned labradors or golden retrievers, but I feel it wouldn’t be fair to have such a dog in the city and this is why we have decided that a Frenchy would be a good choice for us.
I will check the links you have sent and get researching.
That was very kind of you!!
Warm wishes
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Jooles, something else to look for as you are assessing breeders:

Frenchies are bracycephalic dogs. Irresponsible breeders have pushed an extreme look rather than put concern for the health of the dogs a priority. These bad breeders have promoted ever flatter muzzles - creating problems with breathing, with teeth, with the structure of the eyes.

Look for a breeder who has said 'Enough - health comes first!' and is breeding the nose/muzzle back to normal proportions. There are good breeders who are doing this, so make healthy muzzles - and healthy breathing, dentition, eye structure - a priority as you assess breeders.

Also be aware that some airlines will not allow an extreme bracycephalic dog to fly cargo (because of the respiratory risk) and many Frenchies are too large to fly in cabin. (Generally 8kg including travel crate.) If you travel a lot and hope to bring your dog with you, something to think about.

Again, good luck with your search.
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Re: Buying a french bulldog

Thank you for the extra information Meloncollie,

I have fought with myself over whether to own this breed due to the exact problem you speak of. I am happy to hear that breeders are realising that shortening the muzzle through breeding is a cruel practice and I will endeavour to find breeders who observe this.

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