Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why Blue?
A: We were immediately drawn to blues when we started looking at French Bulldogs. We knew that we wanted a Frenchie, and the beautiful deep gray coats really appealed to us. While doing our searches and research, we came across some negative opinions regarding blues. Most of the negative opinions and comments originate from the fact that the AKC does not recognize blues as a "standard" color, therefore, blues are disqualified from competing in some AKC shows. Some die-hards will argue that the blue color is a defect, and that blues are not healthy. This is NOT TRUE! The blue gene (dilute gene) naturally occurs in the French Bulldog gene pool. The blues being bred today are just as healthy as the standard colors! We did our research and encourage everyone interested in a blue French Bulldog to do the same. Take into consideration several expert opinions, and draw your own conclusion. If you desire to one day show your French Bulldog in a AKC show of breeds, then don't consider a blue. If you are looking for a beautiful Blue Frenchie that is healthy and full of personality, then you have come to the right place! Our Frenchies will certainly turn heads and you will get loads of compliments regarding your handsome pup! We love the large square heads, big ears and flat face of the Frenchie. No"snouty" French Bulldogs here at Carolina Blue!
Q: Why are French Bulldogs so expensive?
A: In order to breed high quality French Bulldogs it is not cheap. There is a great deal of time, research, effort and expense involved in raising a bulldog litter. It can cost many thousands of dollars to breed, deliver and raise a litter without consideration for the time invested. The average litter size is about 2-5 puppies, getting a female ready for breeding requires ovulation testing, many trips to the vet. Our females are artificially inseminated, so, more trips to the vet, not to mention the cost of the stud.
Then the hard part, waiting four weeks for ultrasound/x rays which add more expense, this is important to be sure that the female is pregnant. Special diets and constant monitoring for the next five weeks, plus getting the nursery ready with all the necessary tools, whelping box means more cost. We also need towels, bottles, heating pads, blankets medical supplies, milk replacement, puppy weight scale and the list goes on.
Then comes the C-SECTION which can cost way over a thousand dollars. We always C-SECTION our females as the puppies' heads are very large and can get stuck. Raising a litter is stressful, hard work that is so worth it when you are holding a healthy happy little frenchie pup. We watch them 24 hours a day 7 days a week until the puppies are about 5 weeks old. The first half of raising a littler is mostly stress the second half is mostly work (chasing them around feeding them and cleaning up after them). You have to constantly watch the mother and the puppies. Then there are shots, wormings and back to the vet for puppy checks before they go off to their new homes. Bottom line, they are expensive to breed and raise.
Q: Should I get pet insurance on my puppy?
A: We all have different situations when it comes to finances and our aversion to risk. If you are wealthy and can afford to put out several thousand dollars anytime to keep your baby healthy then you probably don't need insurance. I have been so glad we had insurance MANY times. Especially recently when Cornelius broke his leg running down the stairs. We ran him to the emergency vet hospital (after hours) and after examining him and several x-rays it was determined his break was a sheared bone right at the elbow and there was nothing the vet could do for him but prescribe pain meds and a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. After two full days with no sling, no cast, no nothing he got into the specialist and had his surgery the same day. I have to say they did a fantastic job and other than the screw and pin he will have forever he is as good as new. As thankful as I am to the surgeons, I am also grateful we had puppy insurance on him as the total care for that break was about $4,000. The insurance paid about $1,500 of it. He also had a cherry eye that had to be repaired twice and while he was under we had his nares opened up a bit and had his soft palate tweaked as well (both great procedures for your frenchies if they are under anesthesia already). Bottom line, between emergencies that may occur and day to day care and preventative procedures, owning any dog can be expensive. For us putting out the $50 a month was way better than paying all Cornelius medical bills out of pocket. On the other hand we have another dog that other than preventative maintenance she has never been to the vet for any emergency so we've been losing money on her. If you Opt not to get the insurance you might consider putting some money away every month into an emergency vet fund. You may never need it and you can use it for a vacation one day but if you have it you won't have to choose between cancelling your European vacation and keeping your frenchie happy, healthy, and alive.
Q: What are the health concerns that potential Frenchie owners should be aware of?
A: The French Bulldog, is a brachycephalic breed, meaning that it has its characteristically shortened face.This shortened face and its compacted airways can lead to breathing problems, especially when the dog is hot or excited. Care should be taken not to overexert the dog, and walkers should allow the dog to rest after exercise. As with many breeds, the French Bulldog can develop patellar luxation, or slippage of the knee, which is also treatable with surgery. The wrinkles on a French Bulldog’s face can be an opportune breeding place for yeasts and bacteria, and infections can occur. This skin should be regularly cleaned and kept dry. Cherry eye, the common term for a prolapse of the gland of the third eyelid of dogs, is also possible. The cause of cherry eye is not fully known, but thought to be a weakness in the eyelid tissue that normally holds the gland in place. Genetics also play a role. Some breeds, such as Cocker Spaniels, Shar Peis, French Bulldogs, Beagles and Boston Terriers, have a higher incidence of this condition.
Q: Can you register a Blue Frenchie with the AKC?
Q: What does "Limited AKC Registration" mean? Can I get full AKC registration?
A: Limited Registration helps breeders protect their breeding programs. If breeders do not want puppies used for breeding purposes, they can request the Limited Registration option for those puppies. We only allow limited registration because we prefer our puppies to go to loving homes as pets rather than being used as a breeding dog. There may be situations where we would allow a full registration to be granted.
Q: Are Frenchies good with children?
A: French Bulldogs do very well with children. French Bulldogs are companion dogs and thrive when they have human contact. Although Frenchies are great with children, it is important to always supervise young children and dogs when they are together.
Q: Do French Bulldogs bark a lot?
A: French Bulldogs are not typically excessive barkers.
Q: How do Frenchies take to apartment living?
A: Wonderfully. This is one reason the French Bulldog has been popular throughout the history of the breed. Frenchies like to be where you are and don’t take up too much space at all. It is always good to get in a walk for overall health and exercise. If your Frenchie only gets the occasional walk to the grass outside, it is at least something.
Q: Do Frenchies shed?
A: Yes, but they are single coated and shed less most other breeds.