HEALTH TESTING AND BREEDING
The amount of French Bulldogs being bred has risen hugely over the last few years, you only need to look at the Kennel Clubs breed records supplement to see those figures. Or even go on some of the selling sites and look up French bulldogs, and there are pages upon pages of pups and older dogs for sale.
What hasn't increased is the number of those dogs that are being carefully and thoroughly health tested. Therefore the overall health of the breed is not good and they are deteriorating at an alarming rate.
French Bulldogs are not here for people to earn a living from. If the sole purpose of having the dog is to breed and make money, then please...… Find something else to do. Leave French Bulldogs alone!! NO dog has to have 'just one litter', it doesn't benefit the dog in any way. Dogs do not 'want' puppies. If you really want another dog, buy one. There's a lot more time, effort and money that goes into creating the litter than it costs to find a good breeder and buy a new pup. Or for anyone that can.... why not just rescue, there are plenty of French bulldogs that need loving homes. And just because you have other dog/s and or children it doesn't mean you cant adopt.
They make great pets don't get me wrong, but they really aren't suitable for everyone. Just because they are a small breed, it doesn't mean they will be happy lounging on a sofa.
As it happens they are quite an active breed, they need a firm hand as they are very stubborn, but they are very intelligent dogs, so also need to be mentally stimulated. Otherwise they will destroy your home, and potentially it can cause massive issues with the temperament of the dogs.
French Bulldogs are very people orientated, they absolutely LOVE affection, they do not much care for your personal space bubble. if they want in, they are coming like it or not. BUT.... don't mistake that with, the dog has to be with you at every second of the day. YOU WILL CREATE AN AWFUL BEHAVIOURAL ISSUE.... separation anxiety. This behavioural problem once there takes time to overcome, and is distressing for all involved... including the dog. Separation anxiety can also cause physical issues to manifest... like weight loss, fur loss, licking of feet, destruction, and pulling out their own fur. Those are all a physical health concern caused by stress. All of which could have been avoided in the dog had been treated like a dog!!
That's not to say don't love your dog or show affection etc, it just means do not humanise your dog, they don't understand and it's certainly of no benefit to the dog. Now to the serious part..... DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING??
That's a really important question to ask yourself. And there are a couple of meanings to that question:
* Are you experienced enough in the breed? - Do you know what is normal and what is not normal for the breed. Do you understand the dogs and how they think and what their temperament should really be like?
* Do you understand and know what the health concerns are for the breed? Do you know what the tests are for. Do you know the wide range of tests that you should ideally be doing. Do you understand what the structural layout of the dog should be.
* Will your pups have a purpose? Are you aiming to breed dogs that could be shown, take part in agility or even become a service dog. Are your pups just aimed at being peoples pet dogs - and if that's the case, how will you ensure they are ready to be just that?
* Can you provide a healthy balanced diet to the dogs? Do you understand what a healthy weight dog looks like compared to a dog that is overweight. Can you understand the basics of a good diet and feed your dog responsibly - whether that's Raw or kibble?
* Can you cope physically and financially? This is very important. Would you be able to afford treatment to a bitch and or her pups in an emergency. Can you afford the extra food, registration fees, equipment , vaccinations, microchips, worming treatments, flea treatments etc that the pups and bitch will need regularly from birth?
SO...... WHAT DO WE TEST FOR WITH OUR DOGS?
We have a very extensive set of tests we do for our French Bulldogs and a strict criteria that helps us decide which dogs, if any of our dogs, will be used in our breeding programme. We aim to produce healthy, well rounded, breed standard puppies.
All testing is done at the appropriate ages; and all health, genetic and x-ray test results can be viewed in the subcategories.
GENETIC TESTING INCLUDES:
* BVA HIPS
* BVA ELBOWS
* TEETH PLACEMENT
* JAW ALIGNMENT
* BVA EYE EXAM
* BAER HEARING TEST
FRENCH BULLDOG CLUB OF ENGLAND - HEALTH SCHEME (BRONZE-SILVER-GOLD)
BOAS AND REPEAT BOAS - ASSESSMENT & REPORT
PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE TO SHOW NO ISSUES WITH SOFT PALATE AND TO SHOW TEETH ALIGNMENT (NO OVERCROWDING AND CORRECT PLACEMENT OF TEETH)
WE ALSO DO GENERAL BLOOD WORK UP ONCE A YEAR TO CHECK LIVER AND KIDNEY FUNCTION, AS WELL AS GENERAL LEVELS
WE DNA PROFILE ALL OF OUR DOGS
WE TEST FOR MERLE AS A GENETIC DEFECT - HEALTH CONDITION
WE COLOUR DNA OUR DOGS TO ENSURE WE KEEP OUR LINES CLEAR. WE ALSO KEEP TRACK OF THE DOGS COLOUR FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE A DETAILED EXPLANATION OF THIS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US DIRECTLY.
GUIDELINES THAT WE ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT FOR BREEDING IS THE COEFFICIENT OF THE POSSIBLE SIRE TO DAM = OFFSPRING.
WE DO A DETAILED TEMPERAMENT TEST AND REPORT SO AS TOO ENSURE THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME OF TEMPERAMENT FOR THE PUPS.
WE CHECK LONGEVITY ON BOTH SIDES = AVERAGE LIFE SPAN OF DOGS BACK THROUGH THE PEDIGREE.
ALL CONFORMATIONAL FAULTS FROM BOTH SIRE AND DAM ARE NOTED AND WHERE POSSIBLE, EACH WILL BE MATCHED SO AS TO CORRECT BOTH DOGS FAULTS.
BREEDING IS ALMOST A SCIENCE, BUT ITS ALSO DOWN TO NATURE. WE CAN DO ALL THE TESTING AND PLANNING AVAILABLE, BUT SOMETIMES EVEN DOING ALL OF THAT DOESNT ENSURE 100% FAULTLESS PUPS.
WE DO HOWEVER DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MINIMISE ANY ISSUES THAT COULD ARISE, WE ALSO HAVE ALL DOGS CHECKED REGULARLY WITH THE VET, AND ANY PUPS WE HAVE ARE CHECKED FROM BIRTH EVERY TWO WEEKS UP UNTIL THE DATE THEY LEAVE US.
ALL OF OUR DOGS ARE FED A VERY WELL BALANCED NATURAL RAW DIET, THEY ARE REGULARLY EXERCISED BY MEANS OF:
* ROAD WALKING
* FREE RUNNING
ALL OF OUR DOGS LIVE IN OUR HOME AS FAMILY PETS FIRST AND FOREMOST. ANY PUPS WE HAVE ARE BORN IN OUR HOME AND RAISED IN A VERY POSITIVE, WELL SOCIALISED ENVIRONMENT, WITH A VERY DETAILED PUPPY PLAN.
PLEASE SEE THE PUPPIES SUBCATEGORY FOR MORE INFORMATION.