Did you know the average cost of a Purebred French Bulldog is between $2,000 – $5,000?!
And the cost of owning a French Bulldog goes beyond the price of the puppy —
But if you’re considering buying a French Bulldog, it’s important to know that you’re getting your money’s worth. While it’s true to an extent that “you get what you pay for”, just because a French Bulldog has a high price tag doesn’t always mean it’s justified.
In this article, we’re going to cover…
- Price and Expenses — How much you should expect to pay for a French Bulldog
- Why French Bulldogs cost SO MUCH — What makes them so expensive
- Colors & Patterns — Why some French Bulldog colors are more expensive than others
- Finding a French Bulldog for Less — Where/how you can find a French Bulldog for cheap
- Are French Bulldogs worth it? — And most importantly… are Frenchies WORTH it?
French Bulldog Puppy Expenses
Here’s a rough overview of the expenses you can expect when bringing home a French Bulldog puppy.
|Expense Category||Price Range|
|Purchase or Adoption||Average: $3,500|
Range: $200 (adoption) – $6,500+
|Spaying or Neutering||Average: $300|
Range: $200 – $500
|Initial Medical Exam and/or Vaccinations||Average: $175|
Range: $70 – $300
Range: $25 – $50
Range: $25 – $125
|Collars, Leashes, & ID tags||Average: $40|
Range: $20 – $50
|Training Classes or Books||Average: $250|
Range: $25 – $300
|Total||Average: $4,400 |
Range: $565 – $7,825
French Bulldog Cost of Ownership
Taking home your puppy is one (expensive) thing… but there’s a whole lot more that goes into the price of a French Bulldog than these one-time expenses.
You’ve got typical ongoing dog ownership costs that are pretty much the same as you’d expect with any other breed.
The real kicker is the possibility of super expensive vet bills popping up if your French Bulldog were to develop a health condition such as hip dysplasia or another condition that requires lots of appointments and/or surgery.
French Bulldog Yearly Expenses
|Expense Category||Price Range|
|Food||$300 – $600|
|Toys/Treats||$100 – $300|
|Yearly Vet Exams/Vaccinations||$50 – $300|
|Flea/Tick/Heartworm Prevention||$120 – $200|
|Pet Insurance (optional but can save you lots)||$200 – $600|
|Grooming (few times a year)||$120 – $360|
|Total||$890 – $2,360 per year|
$10,000 – $23,600 over 10 years
French Bulldog Price Factors
Okay, now that you know roughly what it’ll cost to bring home and own a French Bulldog, let’s look at the factors that weigh into the price of a puppy.
The average price is around $3,500, but you can expect this to vary a bit based on a few factors.
These price factors include…
- Is it a boy or girl? — Typically female Frenchies will cost more than males due to their ability to breed
- The breeder — A breeder that has a good reputation will usually charge more for their puppies compared to a smaller, less-known breeder. Also, highly reputable breeders will usually have a longer wait list for their puppies as well
- Where you live — Depending on where you live, you might find the typical price of a Frenchie puppy is more or less than the average. In major metropolitan areas such as LA, NYC, and Miami, the price is likely to be higher compared to what you’d find in smaller cities or rural towns.
- Color and pattern — Some colors & patterns have genetics that are quite rare and breeders will typically charge more for these
So the price really depends on where you live, the breeder you’re buying from, the color & pattern of the puppy, and whether they’re a boy or a girl.
Some French Bulldog Colors are More Expensive
Of the 4 factors we mentioned above, the color & pattern of the puppy is the biggest factor for the price.
French Bulldog Price Chart by Color
|Blue & Blue Fawn||$6,500+|
So Why Are French Bulldogs So Expensive?!
So now that you know how much French Bulldogs cost, the question is… WHY and HOW are they so expensive?!
There are 3 main reasons Frenchies cost so much…
- They have lots of expensive health problems
- They’re expensive to breed
- Everybody wants a French Bulldog nowadays
1. French Bulldogs’ health problems can cost you a TON
Unfortunately, French Bulldogs are known for having a ton of health issues.
In fact, many people are turned off from getting a French Bulldog when they find out how much some health issues could cost them.
Not every French Bulldog has health issues
While there is a long list of French Bulldog health issues, that does not mean that your future Frenchie is doomed to suffer from half of the conditions on the list.
A well-bred Frenchie is the best way to lower your chances of having to deal with heartbreaking (and sometimes wallet-breaking) health issues… and pet insurance is another way to ease your worries & save you money when facing unexpected vet bills.
2. Breeding French Bulldogs is super expensive!
Breeding French Bulldogs is no walk in the park… and it’s far from cheap. Did you know the average cost to breed a French Bulldog is roughly $7000?
Not only do their hips make breeding difficult & expensive… but the breeder still has to deal with tons of vet appointments, feeding them
French Bulldog Breeding Expenses Chart
|Supplies & ||$1,000|
|Vaccinations & deworming||$500|
|Progesterone testing & shots||$150|
|Kennel club registration||$60|
Breeding Frenchies is a lot of work!
It requires a lot of time, effort, and money to breed happy and healthy Frenchies. A reputable & responsible French Bulldog breeder can lower the risk of genetic health issues such as deafness, hip dysplasia, respiratory issues, and more!
There’s no other way to put it: breeding French Bulldogs is a full-time job.
Beware of bad breeder red flags & French Bulldog scams! Sometimes it’s worth the little bit of extra money upfront to save yourself the heartache of falling in love with a Frenchie that has a ton of health issues from being bred improperly.
3. And who doesn’t want a French Bulldog nowadays…
Did you know that Frenchies were ranked the #1 Most Popular Dog Breed of 2022 by the AKC?
I wouldn’t bet against them for 2023 either! Frenchies just keep getting more and more popular.
And really… what’s not to LOVE about the Frenchie?!
They’re the cutest, funniest, and most entertaining dog in the universe. (try to prove us wrong)
4 Reasons to want a Frenchie
- Super friendly — Frenchies love everybody they meet… who doesn’t love Frenchies, too!?
- They’re so entertaining — more entertaining than most stuff you’ll find on TV/YouTube!
- They’re freakin’ hilarious — French Bulldogs are one of the goofiest dog breeds & their shenanigans will keep you entertained for hours on end.
- They can do it all — Want to lay on the couch all day? Go explore the outdoors? So does your Frenchie.
Can I Find a Cheap French Bulldog?
If you know a French Bulldog is right for you, but you can’t justify spending thousands on a puppy… Trust me, you aren’t alone.
While we don’t recommend anybody go out and spend $25,000 on an overpriced French Bulldog, you also don’t want to find one on Craigslist for $250. French Bulldog breeders have lots of expenses involved in breeding healthy & happy puppies… so you kinda get what you pay for.
Rescuing is a great way to find a French Bulldog for less than a breeder
Not only is adopting a French Bulldog much cheaper than buying one from a breeder, but you’re also giving a home to a French Bulldog in need.
So if you’re looking for a French Bulldog without breaking the bank, adopting is definitely your best bet. You might have to check your local rescue shelters often to find one, but when you do, it’ll be worth all your effort!
So Are French Bulldogs Worth It?
There’s no denying it… French Bulldogs are expensive.
But to a Frenchie lover, they’re worth every penny and more.
There’s nothing cheap about a French Bulldog
To put up with their noisy breathing & smelly farts is one thing… but Frenchies can be a HUGE expense… from buying your puppy to keeping them happy & healthy, there’s nothing “cheap” about owning a French Bulldog (or any dog for that matter).
So with all that taken into consideration, and seeing how crazy the world is for Frenchies…
But all Frenchie owners will agree…
I think it’s safe to say that nearly every French Bulldog owner would agree that “YES, YES, YES”, French Bulldogs are worth every dollar and more!
French Bulldogs aren’t for everybody…
We love Frenchies more than anything… but they’re definitely not for everybody.
You might want to think twice about getting a French Bulldog if…
- You don’t want to deal with their stinky farts
- You don’t want to worry about their health issues
- You want a cheap dog
- You want a super athletic dog (maybe a Boston Terrier would be more for you)
- You want a dog that doesn’t shed (Frenchies shed a lot… don’t be fooled by their short coat)
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the rare and expensive French Bulldog colors?
It’s important to note that not every “rare” color is recognized by the AKC and some such as Blue & Merle are associated with certain health issues… and some might have even been mixed with other breeds to get the rare color.
Rare & expensive French Bulldog colors include…
- Blue: This color comes from a rare dilute gene that turns a French Bulldog’s black fur into a grayish-blue hue. The shade can range from light silvery blue to a deep, almost steel-gray color.
- Lilac: Lilac French Bulldogs have a unique coat color that appears as a pale silvery gray, usually with a slight pinkish hue, giving them a ‘lilac’ or ‘lavender’ appearance. This color is produced by a combination of the chocolate and blue genes.
- Merle: The merle gene creates a mottled appearance in a French Bulldog’s coat, with patches of colors mixed in with the base coat. This gives the dog a distinct, multi-colored pattern. It can appear on any color and changes the base color or creates a different pattern.
- Isabella: An Isabella French Bulldog has a special dilute of the liver (chocolate) color. It is a very light, diluted color that appears as a silvery beige or pale fawn hue.
- Blue Fawn: A blue fawn French Bulldog has a light tan or fawn base coat with a blue mask and blue tipping on the hairs, which gives the coat a washed-blue appearance.
- Chocolate: This color results from a recessive gene that gives the French Bulldog a rich, deep brown coat that is often referred to as chocolate.
- Fawn Brindle: Fawn brindles have a light tan or fawn coat with dark brindle stripes. The intensity and distribution of the brindle pattern can vary widely.
- Grey & White: These French Bulldogs have a predominantly grey coat with distinct white patches. This pattern is often seen with piebald genetics, where the coat has a significant amount of white along with another color.
Be careful falling in love with one of these colors! Your wallet might not be happy… (but I’m sure you will be!)
What’s the most expensive French Bulldog in the world?
The most expensive French Bulldog in the world is Micro Machine from Brad’s Bullies. He was featured on an episode of GQ’s Most Expensivest with the rapper 2 Chainz.
Micro Machine was priced at a whopping $100,000. (Yes, that’s one hundred thousand US dollars)
What are the most expensive French Bulldog colors?
How much does a French Bulldog cost yearly?
On a yearly basis, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 on your French Bulldog… and maybe even higher if unexpected vet bills come up!