Why Are French Bulldogs So Expensive

Why Are French Bulldogs So Expensive?

Bringing a funny little Frenchie puppy home is an experience filled with excitement and one that you will never forget. Their quirky nature and undivided affection make Frenchies everyone’s best friend.

However, before you start figuring out where your pet Frenchie’s bed will go, there is one thing you must consider and that is their price.

Their sudden rise in popularity has meant that French bulldogs are now fetching astronomical price tags. With a string of inherent health issues, over the course of their life, you can also expect your VET bills to stack up.

In this article, we will take a deep dive into exactly why French Bulldogs are so expensive. This will hopefully help you make an informed decision on whether owning one is the right move for you. 

How Much Should You Expect To Pay For A French Bulldog?

As you are well aware, French Bulldogs aren’t cheap. In fact, the most expensive Frenchie was recently priced at $100,000 which is an outrageous price tag for any prospective buyer.

Thankfully, the going rate for French Bulldogs in America is significantly less than this.

Things like their gender, coat color, pedigree, and the state they are sold in all have an influence on the final price of a Frenchie. In general, expect to pay in the range of $1,500 and $3,000 for a Frenchie in the US.

In Australia where the French Bulldog market has exploded, the average price for a Frenchie is around $10,000 Australian dollars (ouch).

Why Are French Bulldogs So Expensive?

Why Are French Bulldogs So Expensive

There are a few key reasons why French Bulldogs fetch the high prices listed above. Learning these reasons is a great way of understanding the dog breed from a prospective buyer’s point of view.

This will help you to make an informed assessment on whether investing in a Frenchie is worth the hit to the bank account. We so very hope it is, because aren’t the French Bulldogs just the cutest!

They Are Expensive To Breed

The number one reason why French Bulldogs carry high price tags is that they are expensive to breed. This is down to the fact that they have been selectively bred and, as a result, are prone to complications at birth.

Female French Bulldogs have narrow pelvises and puppy Frenchies have large heads. These two unfortunate points mean that C-sections are the industry standard for French Bulldog births. Rarely will a mother Frenchie be able to give birth naturally.

What’s more, Frenchies often struggle to conceive naturally. To combat this, many breeders call on veterinarians to artificially inseminate female Frenchies who have been chosen to breed.

C-sections and artificial insemination courtesy of veterinarians on top of all the regular dog breeding costs like food and shelter equal unusually high breeding costs for French Bulldogs.

These costs plus a sizeable cut for the breeder’s efforts are then passed onto the buyer.

Frenchies Are Prone To Health Problems

For the duration of their life, Frenchies are plagued by health issues. Due to selective breeding and their unfortunate physique, French Bulldogs aren’t exactly the spitting image of health.

Because of their health issues, it is very important that you find a reputable breeder who has Frenchie puppies in their best interests.

Buying a Frenchie from a respected and reputable breeder will incur higher costs. But, it is the price you must pay to ensure you are bringing home a Frenchie puppy that is as healthy and as happy as it can possibly be.

Another big cost is pet insurance. Insurers are well aware of the breed’s long list of associated health issues. This is why they don’t insure them cheap.

Getting a quote on pet insurance before you bring a puppy home is essential in understanding every cost involved in owning a Frenchie. 

Their Popularity Has Soared

In recent years, the popularity of the French Bulldog has skyrocketed. Without sounding insensitive, they have become the new “it” breed among the high-earning inner-city demographic right across the US as well as the UK and Australia.

One reason for this is that Frenchies don’t require the same level of exercise as other popular dog breeds like Border Collies and Labradors. They are also a whole lot smaller than these breeds which makes them perfect dogs for people who live in apartments.

On a more soft note, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of owning or getting to know a French Bulldog, their sweet and unassuming personalities are rather infectious.

Owners gush over their Frenchies because they are such goofballs. Their goofiness makes them very funny and friendly pets to own.

Frenchies also love nothing more than cuddling up on the couch next to you for a snooze. So not only are they non-commital from an exercise standpoint, but their affection makes them oh-so loveable too. 

Make Sure You Buy A Well-Bred Frenchie

As is the case with most things in life, in the French Bulldog puppy market, you get what you pay for. Well-bred Frenchies are never cheap. If you see a really good deal on a Frenchie then this is a clear indication that it has been bred by a questionable breeder.

As a result of their rapid rise in popularity and price, Frenchies have become a super lucrative breed of dog for breeders.

This has meant that greedy and irresponsible people have taken up breeding Frenchies. People who don’t have their best interests at heart and prioritize profits over puppy health.

For this reason, one of the best things you can do is buy a Frenchie from a reputable breeder with a proven track record.

If every buyer did this, the dodgy breeders who are in the game to make a quick buck will be weeded out of the industry, hopefully never to breed dogs again.


So there you have it. You now know why French Bulldogs are so expensive. If you can get around the fact that you are going to pay more for them, their love, affection, and quirks sure are worth it.

We hope this article has helped you understand the costly world of the adorable French Bulldog.

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