Q: Can we have a voluntary Therapy Dog visit from you at our facility / organization?
A: If located in South West Florida, yes absolutely! Please fill out our form & we can connect to discuss.
Q: Is a Therapy Dog a Service Animal?
A: No. I am an AKC Certified Therapy Dog & not a Service Dog. Aqua & I have both qualified to visit various facilities & locations such as hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, assisted living centers, classrooms, shelters & courtrooms. Therapy Dogs are not there to assist their own human. We qualified together with our human to do this work with her as a team. We provide a service for other people, always guided by our human. Therapy dogs offer a valuable sense of reassurance for unwell, elderly, stressed, lonely or depressed people. We are trained to be very calm on visits, not to react to certain situations, medical machinery, sudden movement or noise & medical conditions like seizures.
The Therapy Dog certification does not allow us public access rights, meaning we do not qualify for free air travel or entry to any otherwise forbidden places like restaurants & theme parks because we are not providing this service to our own humans. Most facilities we visit do not allow us to post on social media but we are very lucky that a couple of them do.
In contrast to what we do, a Service Dog is highly trained, usually from birth, for at least 1 year to perform actual tasks for a human with physical disabilities & therefore has complete public access. A Service Dog is without exception an agile breed of dog who works 24/7 & is always on alert for their human. A Service Dog does not have contact with other dogs or humans & does not go to dog parks.
Exploitation of public access by presenting a pet dog as a Service Dog is a federal crime.
Lastly, another misunderstood title is the Emotional Support Animal. An ESA is also not a Service Dog. Any pet can be an ESA for their human in order to offer them comfort, if approved by a board certified physician or mental health professional. ESA’s do not have full public access but have 2 legal protections which are to fly with their owner because of an emotional or mental disability & to live in pet free housing.
More info to all of the above is on the AKC website.
Q: What do you & Aqua eat?
A: We are not advocates for any particular diet but in adulthood we eat raw. We have a very varied raw diet that our human prepares, following menus from vets & experts in the field. There is a lot of information on raw feeding available online. Raw feeding may not be for everyone but we love it.
Q: Do non-standard color French Bulldogs have a lot of allergies?
A: Blue French Bulldogs are not more pre-disposed to any of the possible allergies or health issues than standard colored French Bulldogs are. Any veterinarian with French Bulldog experience can clarify that. Aqua & me have absolutely no allergies at all. Many Frenchies can suffer from certain food intolerances or allergies in their first 2 years of life which then disappear. I was allergic to chicken for my first year or so & can now eat it again. Just like with humans, allergies can also develop later in life.
Q: Do French Bulldogs shed?
A: French Bulldogs do shed but we are single coated & it is minimal.
Q: What products do you use for your nose / paws / coat?
A: We use unrefined coconut oil for our noses. Our human applies a pea sized blob of unrefined coconut oil on our noses most days. Even though we lick some off it soaks right in.
We use Animal Matters Inc Paw Therapy Balm on our paws. We have the paw balm massaged into our paws only when they are dry, which is rare. It is done before we sleep & we wear socks afterwards, just for that night. It is extremely effective.
We bathe or shower using any shampoo containing Ketoseb (chlorhexidine 2%, ketoconazole 1%, and phytosphingosine), a soothing antiseptic shampoo in a synergistic base for deep-cleansing and deodorizing. It can also counteract particularly oily or dry skin & calm any irritations that any of us dogs can suffer from in an every day environment, like chemically treated lawns.
We are given a dose of fish oil daily which helps keep our coats shiny & full.
Q: What do you & Aqua weigh?
A: I weigh 26lbs & my daughter, Aqua weighs 20lbs. However I have a son who is much bigger than me & weighs 32lbs & a tiny daughter who weighs 16lbs so just like with humans, sizes cannot be promised!
Q: How can we get our very own Baloubie?
A: Please see our Puppy Application form for any serious enquiries. We video chat or meet all applicants, without exception. The Baloubie's are our precious family members & we consider it an honor for you to welcome one into yours.
Q: Do you sell puppies with full AKC breeding rights?
A: No. Our Baloubie puppies are pets for loving family homes, sold with limited AKC registration.
Q: How do you deliver Baloubie's to their new families?
A: Our Baloubie's can be picked up from SW Florida by their forever families or we offer that we fly with the puppy in cabin & deliver them personally by hand.
Q: Why are French Bulldogs so expensive?
A: To care for, maintain, breed French Bulldogs & raise their litters, a lot of time, research, energy & money must be invested. We want to be in optimal health at all times. Nothing less is acceptable. We require in most cases artificial insemination, which includes multiple visits to the vet for ovulation testing & semen collection. Females require a C Section due to our body shape & the size of Frenchie puppies' heads. A natural birth is an extreme risk for a Frenchie. The average litter size is 3-4 & each female has maximum 3 pregnancies in her life time. A French Bulldog Mama & her litter need to be monitored around the clock for the first 3-4 weeks (depending on the litter) & there are a lot of tools & vet visits ( health tests, shots & de-worming) needed when breeding ethically & responsibly. Our Baloubie's are raised in a loving human & Frenchie family & totally involved in our every day life. At 8 weeks they are confident & completely socialized among adult dogs & humans of all ages. Not to mention, of course, both us Frenchie parents are throughout our lives subject to regular health testing & eat a precisely planned diet. All these factors determine prices & in the French Bulldog world you most definitely get what you pay for.
The exact prices of our precious Baloubie's are discussed with all approved applicants at our first meeting or video chat. Prices can depend only on bloodline, color or markings.
Q: I want my first French Bulldog puppy. What do you think i need to know?
A: There are many misconceptions about the French Bulldog, our colorings, our registration, our potential health risks & what they mean. As a Frenchie owner you will hear them all. Only the healthiest of French Bulldogs should be bred & there are many issues to consider, other than the obvious classic aesthetic & correct confirmation.
A Blue Brindle French Bulldog (like me & Aqua), a Blue Fawn Frenchie (like, for example my son Meatball) a pure Blue French Bulldog (like, for example my son Oliver) are often described as "rare". We are not rare. We are just not what is known as a standard color & therefore cannot be shown in an AKC show. Blue is perhaps currently the most commonly bred color of all. A blue Frenchie puppy has blue eyes only for the first couple of months. They can be light or dark blue but they are not a deep indigo blue, as you often see them in photoshopped sales posts. At 2 to 3 months of age the Frenchie puppies' eyes turn to brown or hazel which does appear grey too, depending on the lighting.
There is officially no such thing as a "mini French Bulldog," or a "micro French Bulldog". Those are purely marketing terms used to describe very small Frenchies. Just like humans, French Bulldogs vary in size. The AKC standard is 18lbs to 28lbs but we have met adult Frenchies who weigh 13lbs & 50lbs. Health is the most important factor when breeding French Bulldogs. Secondary is confirmation (build & proportion). Choose a breeder who prioritizes the health & confirmation of the French Bulldog over the size & the color.
If you can adopt a French Bulldog from a shelter or rescue organization, do it! There are long waiting lists to rescue Frenchies. Often French Bulldogs who are up for a adoption have major health issues, due to previous unethical ownership such as puppy mill abuse or general abuse & neglect & might therefore require special or extra veterinary care.
French Bulldogs, like any pure breed of dog, have certain medical anomalies exclusive to the breed. French Bulldogs are brachycephalic (flat faced) & cannot tolerate excessive heat. Therefore we should not be left unsupervised in hot temperatures or be expected to walk in extreme temperatures as we can bodily overheat.
The activity levels of Frenchies vary. Aqua & me are extremely active, we run & walk a lot, we chase balls & play soccer, plus we walk around huge facilities visiting patients for a couple of hours some days. But during our very hot Floridian Summer months, Aqua & me mostly walk for shorter distances than we do in the Winter months. The heat can be very dangerous for French Bulldogs. We always have chilled drinking water with us & seek shade whenever possible. Some Frenchies wear cooling collars too. When walking streets or sidewalks with your Frenchie in hot temperatures always touch the ground with the tip of your finger. If it feels hot to you it will feel hot to your Frenchie too!
Most French Bulldogs cannot swim without a vest due to our body shape but a lot of us still love the water & must be supervised around water at all times.
We meet a lot of other French Bulldogs out & about & via social media & some French Bulldogs we meet have labored breathing or intermittently regurgitate. Such Frenchies can perhaps have an elongated soft palette & in such cases an experienced & recommended veterinarian can be consulted regarding surgical correction. Some French Bulldogs have the condition known as Megaesophagus which means the esophagus (the muscular tube connecting the throat to the stomach which is responsible for moving food and liquid down to the stomach ) can have a decreased to non existent motility. Again a recommended expert in the field can be consulted with a view to surgery.
No French Bulldog will have an absolute perfectly spaced looking spine in an X ray. We are a short compact breed with a big head & short legs. All that power is compressed into an 18-28 lbs (standard French Bulldog size) package. However no French Bulldog with a seriously deformed spine or rib cage should reproduce.
Recently we got to know a couple of French Bulldogs with the condition, Intervertebral Disk Disease. We learnt that IVDD affects the shock-absorbing discs between the vertebrates of the spine. Because of our top heavy build, French Bulldog's discs can be vulnerable if we do a lot of jumping on & off furniture. So please make sure your Frenchie doesn't do this! IVDD can also occur as a result of a traumatic or repetitive injury. Diagnosis of IVDD is most common between ages four and eight, but can be seen in dogs as young as two. X-rays are needed to locate the affected area. If the disease progresses, surgery may be required, along with physical therapy or alternative treatments like acupuncture.
Cherry Eye is common in all breeds of Bulldogs but particularly the young, mostly happening in the first year of life. The cause of Cherry Eye is not always known & can be due to weakness of the ligamentous attachments or is possibly heritable and very often due to environmental conditions which cause inflammation (swelling) of the lymphatic tissue. Cherry Eye in French Bulldog puppies can usually just be massaged back in to place & will not re-occur in adulthood. To massage you can take a clean, damp cloth or clean damp paper towel & gently press in a circular movement. Cherry eye in French Bulldog puppies in its usual mild form is a non-emergency. Nevertheless, seek veterinary advice for your Frenchie puppy if you are concerned as corrective surgery is available in the case of continual reuccurence.
After mentioning the common health risks for Frenchies we want to stress the importance for anyone with a French Bulldog in the family to have a primary care vet who is familiar with the Frenchie breed. A visit to a veterinarian who is does not deal with many of our breed can be frustrating. Many regular veterinarians are simply not experienced enough with the French Bulldog breed & therefore the stories about un-necessary surgeries exist. There are many risks in surgeries for any breed of dog but particularly the brachycephalic's like us Frenchies & there are countless aspects of a French Bulldog that aren't apparent to any vet who lacks a personal direct insight into the breed. We are special!
It is important to know that in spite of the aforementioned health conditions that can effect some French Bulldogs, we are still considered to be the healthiest of all the Bull Breeds.
Us Frenchies are quite high maintenance & require daily wrinkle wiping & regular ear cleaning & nail clipping. We also need our behinds wiped & some of us, depending on our build, need our tail pockets cleaned.
The most important factor to be considered when choosing which family of French Bulldogs is the one for you is the transparency of the Breeder & Stud Owner & the existing family general health & breathing. As with humans there is never a guarantee that healthy parents produce only puppies who enjoy a life time of good health but many conditions are genetic / hereditary & therefore should be tested for. Be sure to ask the breeder all about the parents of your puppy & to watch videos of them. Also ask to see videos of past puppies from the breeder. We get a lot of correspondence from people who are really disappointed with their French Bulldog breeder because they simply didn't do enough research beforehand. PLEASE DO NOT trust sites or pages with endless photos of "available puppies" with no parents in sight! Lots of pretty puppy photos in a nice surrounding still do not tell you that the parents are humanely cared for. Most French Bulldogs that are available for adoption at rescues have been dumped by an unethical breeder who no longer has any use for them. The puppy seller can also be a broker who has shipped the puppies in from another state or from overseas. Be cautious of French Bulldog breeders who use size or the rareness of color as a sales point.
When purchasing a French Bulldog be sure to take the time to read & understand all the terms of your puppy contract. It is laid out in black & white so take a few minutes away from your euphoria to ensure no surprises later!
Once you have your own French Bulldog puppy you should be prepared to perhaps if necessary (as previously explained) travel further from home to a vet who understands the breed. Also try to keep in touch with your breeder as a good relationship with them can be very valuable. No one knows Frenchie puppies & Frenchies in general better than a good & ethical family home breeder & in the first months a quick text or call with a question can save you a pointless visit to the vet. In the case of our Baloubie's we will always be available to share any experience we might have.
French Bulldogs are one of the most popular dogs in most countries around the world because we show almost human traits! We make the absolute best companions, we are constantly cheerful & quirky & we are hilariously unique. We love to be the center of attention during our sharp bursts of activity but most of us do love to sleep a lot too. We are also stubborn, which increases with age & therefore like to test you humans & keep you on your toes. To be owned by a Frenchie is an great honor & an immense pleasure for sure!
* Our human does not claim to have all the knowledge & experience in the world about French Bulldogs. She will never stop learning & this is maybe only the beginning. She does this with heart & soul & the knowledge gained is not all from personal experience. Much is learned from more seasoned Frenchie families, veterinarians who work a lot with or even specialize in the French Bulldog breed & most importantly ethical & caring French Bulldog family breeders, whose knowledge & experience is priceless. Thank you to those people for sharing their wisdom with us.