6 Figure Frenchie - Why are French Bulldogs so Expensive?

Did you know the avg. price of a Frenchie is $3000? Check out our Frenchie Price Chart, why they cost so much, & the most expensive Frenchie in the world!

Frenchies can be Expensive!

Would you be surprised if I told you that the average cost of a purebred French Bulldog is anywhere from $3,500 to $6,000?

Yes, that’s right… and some Frenchies can cost as much as $100,000.

“That’s crazy!”

you might be saying– I promise we can explain everything

But the cost of a French Bulldog puppy is just half the story– their health problems can end up costing you even more in the long run!

French Bulldog Price

The average cost of a French Bulldog is $3,000… but some colors.) are more expensive than others.

With the cost of vet bills, toys, food, and other puppy supplies, you should expect to spend at least a couple hundred on top of the cost of your puppy.

French Bulldog Price Chart

Some colors of French Bulldogs are more expensive than others… this is because the genes responsible for these colors can be quite rare & difficult to reproduce.

ColorPrice
Brindle$4,000
Fawn brindle$4,500
Black$4,500
Fawn$5,000
Cream$5,000
White$5,000
Lilac$6,500
Chocolate$6,500
Blue & Blue fawn$6,500
Merle$6,500
Isabella$8,000+
Platinum$8,000+
Fluffy Frenchie$12,000+

3 Reasons Why French Bulldogs are So Expensive

The main reason why French Bulldogs are so expensive is that the breeding costs are extremely high.

For Frenchies to reproduce, they require artificial insemination & c-sections, which will cost the breeder anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. And that’s on top of all the other breeding expenses!

The 3 main reasons why Frenchies have such a steep price tag are:

  1. Their health problems
  2. It costs a lot to breed them
  3. They’re high in demand

Reason #1: Health Problems

Unfortunately, French Bulldogs are notorious for their health issues.

In fact, many people are turned off from the breed when they find out just how many possible health problems they could have.

While it’s true that these health problems can be extremely expensive, finding a healthy Frenchie puppy and investing in pet insurance can definitely ease your worries & save you money.

Expensive French Bulldog Health Problems

French Bulldog Health Problems

An in-depth guide on nearly every health problem affecting Frenchies. Learn about the most common health problems & what you can do to manage them.

Consider Investing in Pet Insurance to save money

If you are worried about the possibility of serious health issues, pet insurance is a great investment!

Pet insurance is a great investment for anybody worried about unexpected health issues

There are generally 4 different types of policies available to fit your specific needs.

Policy TypeDetails
Accident-Only PoliciesCovers emergency illnesses and accidents.
Time-Limited PoliciesPays out a maximum amount per condition (usually resets every year).
Maximum Benefit PoliciesCovers you up to a maximum amount.
No time limit.
May not provide complete coverage.
Lifetime PoliciesMost comprehensive policy.
Covered for life with a fixed amount of annual coverage.

Still not sure whether or not pet insurance is right for you?

French Bulldog Pet Insurance Guide

Pet insurance is the best way to protect your and your Frenchie from unexpected vet bills. Learn why and where you should get your Frenchie pet insurance.

Reason #2: French Bulldog Breeding Difficulties

Breeding a French Bulldog is no walk in the park… Did you know the average cost to breed a French Bulldog is roughly $7000?

Their very slim hips makes it very difficult, if not nearly impossible for them to reproduce naturally.

Not to mention, they have a few specific unique needs to be met unlike other breeds. This is because their hips are too narrow to give birth naturally.

  • C-sections
  • Artificial insemination

Not to mention, vet bills, high-quality foods for the puppies, and housing just adds to the cost of breeding Frenchies.

It requires a lot of time, effort, and money to breed happy and healthy Frenchies– there’s no other way to put it: breeding French Bulldogs is a full-time job.

French Bulldog Puppies
French Bulldog Puppies

The Premium of a Well-Bred Frenchie

Frenchies are quickly becoming one of the most popular dog breeds, and in many major cities across the world it seems like you can’t go anywhere without spotting a Frenchie or two.

Unfortunately with this sharp rise in popularity comes with it many greedy, irresponsible breeders and puppy mills.

Many inexperienced breeders are often careless, mixing breeds and inbreeding to maximize their profits at the expense of the puppies’ health.

It’s so sad that they have such little regard for the quality-of-life of these Frenchies and will commonly breed dogs that have genetic predispositions to many diseases.

These breeders are what give French Bulldogs a bad rep.

You get what you pay for

You know that saying, “you get what you pay for”?

That certainly holds true when looking for a French Bulldog puppy; a high-quality, reputable breeder will conduct many tests to ensure your puppy is free of any preventable genetic health problems.

Getting your French Bulldog from a reputable breeder can minimize the risk of your Frenchie having health issues such as deafness, hip dysplasia, respiratory problems, and more.

With that being said, just because you are paying a lot for your Frenchie doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting your money’s worth.

Do your homework on the breeder, take a visit and see where they breed their dogs, and get a feeling for yourself on whether it’s the right decision or not for you.

Save yourself the heartache, not the money

A severe, chronic illness affecting your Frenchie will most likely cost you more money over their lifetime than it would to spend a little extra to get one from a reputable breeder, not to mention the heartache involved with dealing with a sick pup.

Sure, no tests can absolutely guarantee that your French Bulldog will be free of any health issues throughout its lifetime though, but they can surely ease your mind when looking for a new puppy.

All I know is that my worst nightmare is falling in love with my new Frenchie puppy only to come to find out he has a serious illness that the breeder failed to disclose to me. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody!

Reason #3: The Rise of the Frenchie

The third reason why Frenchies are so expensive is simple– who doesn’t want a Frenchie?!

French Bulldogs have been quickly rising in popularity– they recently ranked #2 on the American Kennel Club rankings in 2020.

Why does everybody want a Frenchie?!

They have the sweetest, funniest, and most unique personalities I’ve ever seen. I don’t know about you, but my Frenchie keeps me entertained all day.

3 Reasons to want a Frenchie

  • They’re freakin’ hilarious
  • Super friendly– love everybody
  • They’re more entertaining than most stuff you’ll find on TV/YouTube

Frenchies can lay on the couch all day with you or go out to explore the great outdoors!

They always want to be by your side and can’t stand being alone.

They’re also perfect if you live in an apartment as they don’t require that much exercise. This is why they’re so popular in urban cities such as New York City!

In my eyes, there’s no better companion than a Frenchie.

4 French Bulldogs Hanging Out
Frenchie Friends!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Most Expensive French Bulldog Color?

Frenchies come in a variety of different colors and patterns; as expected, the ”rarer” colors such as blue, lilac, and chocolate tend to cost more than your typical colors such as black, fawn, and white.

It’s important to note that these rarer colors are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, but this shouldn’t matter to you unless you plan on showing your dog in competitions.

Breeders often mark-up the prices on their “rare” colored Frenchies as an excuse to charge you more money.

Don’t buy into their hype!

Can I get a cheap French Bulldog?

It’s impossible to say whether or not you’ll have luck with a cheap French Bulldog.

If you are getting a good deal from a shady unreputable breeder, I think you’re possibly setting yourself up for lots of heartbreak in the future when your Frenchie develops some health problems that could’ve been prevented through proper breeding.

If you really want a Frenchie without breaking the bank, your best bet is to adopt a Frenchie– check for French Bulldog Rescue Shelters in your area.

How to Rescue a French Bulldog

Interested in adopting a rescue Frenchie? Learn about all the French Bulldog rescue organizations, what you should know, and what the process is like.

How much are Purebred French Bulldogs?

A purebred French Bulldog puppy can set you back anywhere from $1,500 to $8,000+ dollars.

Be wary of puppies that have a price that is “too good to be true” or one that seems too high.

Some breeders may be either trying to get rid of a puppy with health issues that they haven’t mentioned or are marking up the price for “rare” colors.

How much does it cost to own a French Bulldog?

On a yearly basis, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 (even higher if unexpected vet bills come up!).

If you’re worried about unexpected vet bills, I highly recommend pet insurance.

Frenchies can be high maintenance, but that doesn’t mean they have to have high expenses.

I don’t think Frenchies are necessarily more expensive than other breeds… but I treat my Frenchie like any other member of my family— she gets the best food, most fun toys, and flies first class.

The Most Expensive French Bulldog

The average household income in America is $56,516.

Your average Frenchie is $3,000.

Micro Machine is $100,000.

No, it’s not a fancy sports car or anything; he’s a French Bulldog.

That’s how much Brad’s Bullies’ Micro Machine costs.

Is that kind of a price-tag justified? You decide for yourself.

For a hundred thousand you’ve gotta be driving me somewhere!

2 Chainz

While $100,000 is much more than the average French Bulldog, they are by no means a cheap breed!

Frenchies aboard the Titanic

Only the wealthiest, most prominent members of society could afford the luxury of a first-class ticket aboard the Titanic.

One of these passengers, Robert Williams Daniel, a 27-year-old banker from Virginia brought his French Bulldog, Gamin de Pycombe, along for a taste of luxury.

While Gamin was no Micro Machine, he was far from your typical French Bulldog. Robert Daniel reportedly paid £150 for his Frenchie, which is worth around $17,000 today when inflation is taken into account.

When the ship sank on April 15th, 1912, a survivor reportedly saw a French Bulldog swimming in the ocean after the ship sank.

While Robert Williams Daniel survived this accident, sadly his Frenchie did not.

So are Frenchies it worth it?

You may be wondering how such a high price tag is justified for “just a dog”. If you’re looking for a new companion that will have you laughing and entertained all day, look no further!

You don’t need to pay $100,000 for a Micro Machine either; there are many French Bulldogs that need to be rescued all over the world! Just look around your area and I’m sure you’ll be able to find the Frenchie for you!

For us French Bulldog owners, it’s certainly worth it! Just make sure you do plenty research on the breed to make sure it’s the right choice for you and your family!

Frenchies aren’t for everyone, but for some of us, there’s no better breed.

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