French Bulldogs FAQ

Yes – Your reservation of a puppy will only be valid once proof of payment of a 50% deposit is acknowledged by us.

  • The remaining is payable on collection or before the flight depart.
  • Please email us (contact us) for queries and the price of your new family member.
  • Puppies can join the new family from 8 weeks old.
  • We can also arrange air freight (domestic & international) at ADDITIONAL cost for your puppy if not possible to collect personaly.
  • Domestic: The cost will include air freight (Bid-Air Cargo) and a wooden transport crate. 
  • International: The cost all depends on the weight of the puppy as well as the destination and includes airfright, customs, wooden transport crate, inter-territorial movement permit for dogs and cats / health certificate (State-vet), health examination (vet) as well as additional vaccinations (vet) if required. 
  • We will deliver your puppy in a perfect healthy condition to OR Tambo Cargo Airport (Johannesburg), not earlier than 8 weeks. We do not take responsibility as from there.
  • You will receive upon collection a vet-book with the vaccination and deworm record and microchip document of your new family member.
  • The KUSA certificate will be posted within 6 months after collection.

KUSA = Kennel Union of Southern Africa

The aim of the KUSA Accredited Breeder scheme is to provide a framework to encourage the breeding of healthy, well-adjusted puppies. People who buy puppies from Accredited Breeders will gain the assurance that the breeder has undertaken to follow basic good practice as laid out by the scheme.

All our puppies are KUSA (Kennel Union of Southern Africa) registered. 

  • When a puppy is reserved, please provide us with the following information to complete the registration:  
  • Your full name and surname
  • ID number
  • Postal address
  • Residential address
  • E-mail address
  • Contact numbers
  • Two names for your new family member, as KUSA will decide on one name to appear on the certificate
  • The KUSA certificate will be posted +- sixmonth after collection. The registered puppy name, KUSA number, Microchip number as well as the registered family pedigree will appear on the KUSA certificate. 
  • If the puppy is not sold to a registered KUSA breeder, the puppy will be registered with a KUSA breeding restriction.
  • Puppies must be micro-chipped before registration may take place – as required by KUSA.
  • You will receive the veterinary record book and Identipet micro-chip papers with collection of your puppy.

A microchip is the size of a rice grain that is injected by the veterinarian beneath the surface of the skin. This is a permanent pet ID. It is read by passing a microchip scanner over the pets shoulder blades to transmit the unique ID code to positively identify your dog. If your dog gets lost and is taken to a shelter or vet they will scan the microchip to read the unique ID code to identify the dog and retrieve your contact information, which is used to contact you and reunite you with your dog.

  • All puppies are de-wormed at 3 and 6 weeks.
  • Vaccination at a registered veterinary will be complete at 6 weeks.
  • A follow up vaccination is required at 9/10 weeks and 12 weeks of age again.
  • A booster Rabies injection is recommended around 16 weeks.
  • Thereafter yearly vaccination is important to prevent illnesses.
  •  The French Bulldog is an intelligent, lively, playful, and affectionate dog that makes for a delightful companion or family pet. This mild-mannered breed loves people loves to get involved with family play and activities, and loves life. Sweet natured, humorous, and entertaining.
  • The French Bulldog is a very dependable, well balanced, amiable, and sociable breed. These dogs may be small, but they have big personalities. Puppies are very playful and energetic but will start to calm down as they grow older, although they will still enjoy playing and joining in with activities.
  •  The French Bulldog is a sensitive breed but can also be quite stubborn at times. However, his gentle disposition, intelligence, and obedience means that he is well suited to novice owners as well as the more experienced.
  • The French Bulldog gets along well with other children as well as with other animals, although he may try and hunt very small animals such as rodents. With strangers most will be friendly and welcoming, although some can be reserved.
  • The French Bulldog can make an effective watchdog as he will be vocal if he senses danger. These dogs are very active for their size, and this is something that should be watched, as it can mean danger – for instance, if your French Bulldog falls into a pool he is likely to drown, as most cannot swim.
  • The French Bulldog, in short, makes a wonderful family pet and will get along with practically anyone and anything. However, these are not dogs that will make good exercise companion for those that are very active, as their short muzzles mean that they can get worn out quickly and may be prone to respiratory problems if over exerted.
  • The French Bulldog breed was developed to be a comical and affectionate companion whether you wish to put affection before the humour is your decision! These are incredibly easy-going dogs and are very easy to live with, once the stubborn little darlings are fully house trained!
    hunds has an intelligent and alert facial expression.
  • Dachshunds are well known for their friendly, lively personality and courageousness.
  • They are very good watch dogs and will alert their owners of unusual behaviour or strangers.
  • Dachshunds have a strong jaw and powerfull bite and hold.
  • This adaptable and devoted dog, enjoys being part of a family.
  • The French Bulldog flat-faces and many wrinkles need a bit of extra attention at grooming time. Be sure to wipe any dirt out from each fold with a damp cloth or alcohol-free baby wipe at least once a week. For pups that spend a lot of time outdoors or with other pets, it’s good to give their face a wipe every other day. Don’t forget to dry their faces thoroughly after each cleaning, moisture left in those deep wrinkles could cause irritation and bacterial growth.
  • The French Bulldog do not require a lot of exercise, they are susceptible to overheating and low energy levels, so be aware of your pup’s weight.
    Help your French Bulldog stay fit with short walks, a good play session each day indoors, and plenty of opportunities to explore new areas outside home.
  • Don’t try to take your French Bulldog pup out in hot weather. This breed is sensitive to higher temperatures. Walks are best in the early morning or later in the evening. If it’s too hot out for a comfortable walk, stick to indoor games such as fetch or hide and seek with a toy.
    Many purebred dogs come with a handful of common health issues. The French Bulldog are prone to breathing problems due to their short, flat faces. Watch for labored breathing, especially after playtime or walks. Heat and extreme cold can make breathing issues worse.
  • The French Bulldog can also have back problems, too. If your pup is having trouble moving his or her back legs, it could be a sign of a degenerative myelopathy or a herniated disk. Only your veterinarian can diagnose these issues, so don’t hesitate to bring any concerns to the doctor. Early intervention can extend your French Bulldog’s life.
  • Eye problems aren’t uncommon in this breed either. Look for any unusual redness, swelling, discharge, or signs that your dog isn’t seeing very well.
  • The French Bulldog can develop allergies to fleas and other insects, fabric softeners used on their bedding, and even the cleaning products you use around the house. Watch for “hot spots” that your pup keeps licking or chewing on.
    All dog breeds will benefit from frequent, appropriate preventative care. In addition to regular bathing, skinfold care, and keeping an eye on your pup’s weight, you should stay up to date on your pup’s vaccinations.
  • This is especially important for French Bulldogs with active social lives and those who spend time away from home. Your vet will tell you how often your friend should visit. Be sure to ask about flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.
  • The French Bulldog is sure to appreciate tug toys, teethers and chewers, and small toys that can be used for hide and seek. If your dog likes to play fetch or chase, choose lightweight and soft throw toys that they can easily pick up.
    Even though French Bulldogs are prone to obesity, it does not mean you can’t give your friend a special treat now and then. Find low calorie, healthy options at the vet’s office.
  • The French Bulldog are playful, friendly, and sweet-natured dogs that can adapt to many lifestyles. It’s easy to see why this breed is so popular, especially with families that live in apartments or who don’t have large yards. With the right care, your Frenchie can be your best friend for many years to come.
  • Like other breeds, French Bulldog nutritional needs will change at the different stages of their lives which not only includes when they are puppies, young dogs and mature adults, but also as they reach their golden years.
  • As a French Bulldogs reaches their senior years, their food intake may need to be tweaked and you may find that their diet needs changing too.
  • The other thing to bear in mind is that a French Bulldog calorie intake must match the amount of daily exercise they are given. If you suspect your pet is putting on too much weight and they are losing their “waist lines”, you should consult your vet and ask their advice on how much food to feed your pet. It could be that your French Bulldog has a slower metabolism and therefore need to be fed less food. If you think your Frenchie is looking a little on the thin side, the same applies and a quick trip to the vet is needed to get some advice on how much food you should be feeding your Frenchie.
  • Another important thing about feeding French Bulldogs is that some of these charming little dogs can have a reaction to wheat which can lead to them suffering from digestive issues including excessive flatulence. Some commercially produced dog food also contains high levels of “filler” which can cause skin irritations in Frenchie’s too. If you suspect your Frenchie is suffering from any sort of rash, it’s important for a vet to check them over and to determine whether the problem is being triggered by a food allergy.
  •  French Bulldogs are known to like their food a little too much although most of them are not greedy by nature. However, they are prone to putting on too much weight if they are overfed or given too many treats which is why it’s important to keep an eye on their waistline. You should be able to just see a little rib and your Frenchie should have a nicely defined waistline, if they don’t, then it’s time to rethink how much you are feeding them and to cut down on the number of treats a pet is given. It’s far better to feed fewer high-quality treats on special occasions than to feed too many lower quality ones more often.
  • Just like humans, French Bulldogs body is made up of mostly water and as such they need to be kept well hydrated. French Bulldogs must have free access to fresh, clean water and more especially when the weather is warmer during the hotter summer months.
  •  Feed your French Bulldog Puppy as well as Adult French Bulldog high-quality dog food.

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
Sturdy, compact, solid, small dog with good bone, short, smooth coat. No point exaggerated; balance essential. Dogs showing respiratory distress highly undesirable.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Full of courage, yet with clown-like qualities. Bat ears and short tail characteristic features of the breed.

TEMPERAMENT:
Vivacious, deeply affectionate, intelligent.

HEAD & SKULL:
Head square in appearance and in proportion to dog’s size. Skull nearly flat between ears, domed forehead. The skin covering the skull and forehead should be supple enough to allow fine wrinkling when the dog is alert. Well defined muzzle, broad, deep and set back, muscles of cheeks well developed. Stop well defined. Lower jaw deep, square, broad, slightly undershot and turned up. Nose black and wide, relatively short, with open nostrils and line between well defined. Lips black, thick, meeting each other in centre, completely hiding teeth. Upper lip covers lower on each side with plenty of cushion, never so exaggerated as to hang too much below level of lower jaw.

EYES:
Preferably dark and matching. Moderate size, round, neither sunken nor prominent, showing no white when looking straight forward; set relatively wide apart and on same level as the stop.

EARS:
’Bat ears ‘ of medium size, wide at base, rounded at top; set high, carried upright and parallel, a sufficient width of skull preventing them being too close together; skin soft and fine, orifice as seen from the front, showing entirely. The opening to the ear canal should be wide and open.

MOUTH:
Slightly undershot. Teeth sound and regular, but not visible when the mouth is closed. Tongue must not protrude.

NECK:
Powerful, well arched and thick, of moderate length.

FOREQUARTERS:

Legs set wide apart, straight boned, strong, muscular and short.

BODY:
Cobby, muscular and well-rounded with deep wide brisket and ribs well sprung. Strong, gently roached back. Good ‘cut up’. The body while broader at the shoulders should narrow slightly beyond the ribs to give definition to the relatively short, thick, strong, muscular loin.

HINDQUARTERS:
Legs strong, muscular and relatively longer than forelegs with moderate angulation. Absolute soundness essential. Hocks well let down.

FEET:
Small, compact and placed in continuation of line of leg, with absolutely sound pasterns. Hind feet rather longer than the fore feet. Toes compact; well knuckled; nails short, thick and preferably black.

TAIL:
Undocked, short, set low, thick at root, tapering quickly towards tip, preferably straight, and long enough to cover anus. Never curling over back nor carried gaily.

GAIT / MOVEMENT:

Free and flowing. Soundness of movement of the utmost importance.

COAT:
Texture fine, smooth, lustrous, short and close.

COLOUR:
The only correct colours are: Brindle; Fawn; Pied;

Brindle – Colour pattern caused by a mixture of black hairs and fawn hairs. White markings permitted provided that brindle predominates. Eye rims, eyelashes and lips black.

Fawn – Clear, self-coloured fawn with or without a black mask. White markings permitted, provided that fawn predominates. Cream and red shades less desirable. Eye rims, eyelashes and lips black.

Pied – Brindle Pied: White predominates with brindle patches. (The brindle as defined above).

Pied – Fawn Pied: White predominates with fawn patches.
Whites are classified with Pied for show purposes.
In Pied, eye rims, eyelashes and lips should preferably be black.
Any white in the above colours should be clear with no ticking or spots.

All other colours highly undesirable, including solid black, black and white, black and tan, mouse, grey/blue, liver/chocolate and all patterns of these colours.

SIZE:
Ideal weight: dogs: 12.5 kgs (28 lbs); bitches: 11 kgs (24 lbs). Soundness not to be sacrificed to smallness.

FAULTS:
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

NOTE:
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

IMPORTANT:

All pre-requisites to your puppy namely vaccination and deworming have been performed as recommended by the Breeder’s (Crome Kennels) Veterinarian according to age. Every effort has been made by the breeder to ensure the puppy’s health. Puppy has been examined before departure by Breeder’s Veterinarian and appears healthy.

Puppy will be guaranteed for 6 months from date of delivery against genetic defects, ONLY if the following guidelines are followed exactly:

  1. Puppy must be examined by Buyers Veterinarian within 5 days of delivery/collection. The buyer must notify the Breeder of any genetic defects immediately by means of a written statement from his/her registered Veterinarian.
  2. A written second opinion from another Veterinarian must be provided to the Breeder from the Buyer.
  3.  If any genetic defect occur, puppy must be returned and will be spayed/neutered.
  4.  After these guidelines are followed, if there is a proven genetic defect present, the Breeder will provide a replacement puppy of the same value, colour and purchase price within 12 months.

This guarantee does not cover:

  • Cherry-eye, Umbilical Hernia, Loose Hips, Loose Knees, Infertility, Allergies, Bacterial Infection of any kind, Colitis, Irritable bowel syndrome, Fungus, Parasitic Infection, Hypoplastic Trachea, Respiratory Infections, Kennel Cough, Demodex, Tail Abnormalities, Stenotic Nares, Cosmetic Issues.
  • Buyer’s ignorance, neglect of incompetent Veterinarians or anything not included above.
  • Breeder will not cover any death for any death for any reason if puppy dies under or as a result of anesthesia.
  • Breeder will not be responsible for any medical expenses incurred. Buyer is aware that owning a puppy means trips your Veterinarian and understand that he/she will be responsible for all payments.
  • Any physical problem which is or could be the result of injury is not covered under this guarantee.
  • There are certain disorders that may be caused by environmental factors, for example: allergies, thyroid dysfunction, demodectic mange, and other auto immune disorders that are not covered by this guarantee.

Replacement Puppy:

    •  All items covered under this guarantee are by replacement only. NO refund in part or full will be given.
    •  Buyer will be responsible for all the needed paper and transporting cost, if any, on the replacement puppy from the Breeder.
    • This guarantee is null and void if Buyer does not maintain preventative health care of the puppy including vaccinations, deworm as well as internal and external parasites.