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Hobby breeder specializing in Color & Standard Quality French Bulldogs. Only the best companions for families and top of the line French Bulldog puppies! Established in 1991, our kennel is dedicated to breeding quality French Bulldogs. Since 2005 our kennel have name "From Burgess's House". We offer elite, happy, healthy, wrinkly and stocky puppies. We are proud to produce French Bulldog bitch-multi champion of several countries. Quality above Quantity!       
 
 
 

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When Things Go Wrong
 
 
If you think it can't happen, it will.
If you KNOW it can't happen, it will.
If it is absolutely impossible for it to happen,
it will most DEFINATELY."
 
Breeding French Bulldogs is not easy or cheap and no one can say they have done this for years with no problem. Infertile males and non-refundable stud fees, bitches who don't take, dead puppies, dead bitches, ruptured uterus, over bleeding and pyometra, mastitis, early or late deliveries, middle of the night runs to do emergency c-section, round the clock care...List can to be continued...
 
It's hard to deny the cuteness of  Frenchie puppy - or that of any other breed. Those soft coats, those limpid eyes and that puppy breath! One glance at a litter of healthy puppies is enough to make any owner of a pure bred dog consider breeding their own. After all, it looks like so much fun, and you might even make a little bit of extra money. However, before rushing into breeding there are some very specific things you need to consider. Cost, for one. Breeding, whelping and raising French Bulldogs is exorbitantly expensive - more so than you could probably imagine. The vast majority of them can neither breed, conceive or whelp naturally, and these costs can add up into the thousands in a very short period of time.

Quality French Bulldog Litter - the Caviar of Dog Breeding (In Expenses Alone!)

Here's an aproximate example work sheet of a one litter .
Unless otherwise indicated:
 
Procedure Cost
Timing Testing of Bitch - progesterone & LH testing to determine optimum breeding dates
Aprox. $500.00
Stud Fee (can vary from $1000 - $2500, sometimes with 2-nd pick from litter required in addition to or instead of fee)
$1500.00
Shipping Costs for Bitch to Stud Dog=delivery of semen, if AI
$200-250.00
Boarding Costs for Bitch while at Stud Dog
$100.00
Ultrasound to determine pregnancy
$200.00
Supplements, Vitamins, Premium Food
aprox. $200.00
Reverse Progesterone to determine whelp date
$150-200.00
C Section, if it's needed 
$700.00-$1500
Follow Up Visit for Mom and Pups
$150.00
Shots, Worming, Microchips (per pup)
$185.00
Litter and Puppy Registration
aprox $200.00
Total Cost
 
aprox.$4185.00

It was the calculation for three puppies, which were born in this (fortunately) problem free litter.
Bearing in mind that we have left out the costs of advertising, health testing, feeding and all other expenses associated with this bitch reaching a stage where she is suitable to be bred, we are still looking at net costs of $1395 per puppy produced. But not all litters are trouble free. Some end in stress for the breeder, the bitch and the puppies, and some end up much, much worse.
 

Puppies Always Come in the Middle of the Night, Holidays or Weekend...

Our true story of loosing mama dog and raising orphans January 11th 2016...

Victoria

Gorgeous, with very deep cherry-like eyes, which I always admired, with head full of wrinkle rolls and best dispositions I see, our Victoria was prepared to be a mama one last time before she'll be retired and enjoy her time sunbathing with our other retirees. All her pregnancy she did not had any complications and we were patiently waiting for day "X" when her temperature will drop and indicated the beginning of labor within 12-24h. But day "X" already come and went and a few other days as well and Vicky did not showed any signs being "ready". Previously done x-ray showed 5 babies. Finally on day 66 of her prego decision to do a c-section was made.  Surgery was performed, she came out of surgery fine, 4 healthy babies were delivered and 5th puppy was with abnormality birth defect and had Anasarca or he was so-called "Water Puppy".   Puppy was way too large to pass through a constriction in the uterus on its own and infract he stretched her uterus horn so much that she had to be spayed because the uterus was heavily bruised and "presenting abnormal". So she was spayed. After we were released home from hospital all was looking good and normal and Victoria was in stable condition. However already in a car I noticed that she is bleeding. At home I found out that she is not just a bleeding but squirting blood from surgery site. Immediately called our vets and they wanted us immediately back. After we came and several Dr's took a look decision to do second urgent surgery was made. During surgery they discovered that the stamp where uterus was removed had slipped stitch most likely caused either by arising blood pressure or simply was not tie tight at first place. After everything was fixed and Victoria had blood transfusion and was medicated with pain relievers we were released home again. At home she developed AGAIN! bleeding from the same site. Calling to our Dr and describe him everything that she is bleeding again, but much diluted blood, he said its mostly fluid they put to prevent dehydration during surgery coming out and I should not worry. Strict crate rest and lots of TLC. Vicky died hour later in my arms. Her little body lost too much blood and had two difficult surgeries in a row and gave up on her. To say that I was crushed-not to say anything. I was beyond understanding crushed...She left me little orphans whom I need to become mama for and take care with great responsibility, so when Vicky will look down from the sky at us she can be extremely proud of me and her little ones.

 

And another our true story.  Litter DOB 02.12.2012
Unicum Buldy Drothy
Our gorgeous diva, ¾ blue gene carrier was expecting her precious ones…Prior to labor we had an x-ray to evaluate size of the litter and size of the puppies heads compare to mothers pelvic. X-ray showed five beautiful babies crowd together in the mamas belly and their heads seemed to be just fine-not over sized, as usually bulldogs have. Our little mama-dog was having one-week late delivery with the fast labor started right at Sunday early morning. I woke up because of strange noise she made and saw that after she drank her water she is almost past out because of labor pain she started have. I saw a little feet hanging out of her birth canal and was ready to help, but puppy’s head was stuck exactly in a mother’s pelvic. More than 30 minutes I tried to pull out puppy while my husband was holding the mother dog. Puppy was very large very beautiful and dead. After it mother dog was taken to a After Hours Surgery Room where she delivered by c-section her other four babies. All of them were way to large for the new borns and she had no chance to do it on her own. Her c-section scar was stapled with stainless steel staples and it was 9 inches long. The staples get loose on second day after surgery and ¾ of them fell off. My worst nightmare was that her belly wound would open…
At age 10 days old two of the babies were taken at the late evening to an emergency after hours room because during feeding time they got milk wrong way and were placed into oxygen camera to recover and prevent pneumonia. The horror I lived through indescribable...
Needless to say that after hours emergency c-section and mother after care cost me more than 2K.

 

The other our true story happened August 17th 2011.

 Sophia
Sophie, our home bred female was pregnant and had on August 17th 2011 her labor before her due 10 days earlier, which is like 6.5 months old human babies or even earlier. She aborted/gave birth to one girl, tried to get rid of baby suck and chewed it’s head…Puppy of course was killed/ dead…I was not keeping my eye on her just for 2 hours!!!
I became so concerned about all of it, took her to the vet immediately-they never saw labor that early…She did not had any signs of up-coming labor-no nesting, no panting-very calm and confident…They sent us home. The following night, just after I fell asleep-between 3am and 5am she gave birth to second puppy-baby boy…Trying to chew it’s umbilical cord off she pulled all his intestines out-just the way you unravel your old sweater.... When I woke up a little bit after 5am, puppy was pretty much alive with size of walnut intestines hanged out of his belly. At this point I almost passed out…My hands become so numb and I could not feel my fingers…I had sort of hysteric.
After that she had 3 more babies on her own and than her labor quit. I waited until late afternoon and we ended up with emergency c-section, because she was still full of un-born, pre-matured babies and quit labor.
Sophie was carried 11 babies total! Nine of them are survived. All pre-mature. Very, very tiny…Half of them did not have a fur yet on their faces and front paws-just naked, very soft leather like skin…I was feeding them with a dropper…Sophie did not had enough milk and than no milk at all. All and each of those miracle babies were hourly monitored, separated from the mother so she will not accidentally lay down on them, kept in incubator and fed every 2.5 hours around the clock, at age of 2 weeks developed severe diarrhea which we were battled for two weeks with heavy treatment. I felt myself as a zombie with no sleep… Now they are 8 weeks old. All nine are survived…All healthy and happy little piglets. Yes…still little.
P.S. I don't even want to tell you how much this litter cost me...
 

Our true story, what happened in far away 1992...

Anita Blondie.

Anita-Blondie was white\pied French Bulldog bitch with an amazing future. She finished her show career with numerous group placements, culminating with a Best of Opposite Win at a Regional Breed Specialty. She was the top French Bulldog Bitch at that time. When the time came for us to breed Anita, we carefully chose a gorgeous male with qualities that matched and enhanced hers.
At 9.30Pm on a Saturday, several days before we expected her to start, Anita went into labor. She gave birth herself to 2 puppies, and third one stuck in her pelvic...We hardly tried ourselves to take him out, she was pushing hard...Finally, trying to pull out the puppy, we pull out his paw...But could not get him...Time went...She had contractions, but already dead pup stacked inside...We could not to do ANYTHING!!!!! Our regular vet, a canine reproduction specialist, was not open during weekend...And nights too...In the Sunday morning we called to everybody, who somehow could help us...Finally, we found a Vet, and, to our relief, she was indeed already in and willing to do Anita's c-section. But problem is, that she could not get to her surgical instruments, which were at work, and vet office was closed...She offered to do c-section at her home, on a kitchen table...We were lucky, that she does had some anesthesia...But no scalpels at all...To this time, Anita barely could breathe...Her belly was swollen, because dead puppy and intoxication, it blocked her urine channel and she could not pee...After anesthesia was done, and she fell asleep, vet, not having needed medical scalpel, shaved her belly and made a cut with regular dangerous double sided shaving razor...After belly was turn to her uterus. It was a fountain of stinky liquid, and after, one after another on a towel were layed 6 dead puppies...Luckily, we saved Anita's life - very luckily, and very barely. Unluckily, she developed a medical condition shortly after this, and was never bred from again. The litter we lost was her only chance at reproduction.
Mother nature works to ensure that the minute a dog breeder assumes that all is going well, something will go wrong. If you are prepared to make the choice to be a dog breeder, you need to be aware of the risks associated with, and the incredibly hard work and agonizing situations which it entails. Dead bitches, dead puppies, dead litters, sleepless nights, devastating vet bills, and round the clock work are all the prices we must be prepared to pay for the rewards of snuggling those cute little faces which survive. Until you have held in your hands a cold, dead puppy -- one you've
watched since birth, one you've waited for so eagerly -- you cannot know what loss is. Until your bitch has died from complications of a breeding that you decided and planned, you cannot know what regret is. Serious breeders are aware of all of this, and reluctantly accepting of the possible outcomes which can happen.
What you need to ask yourself is-
Are you prepared and willing to risk all of this?
 
Why do Bulldogs cost so much?
There is a great deal of time, effort and expense involved in raising a French Bulldog litter. Without going into too much detail, it can cost $1500-$3000 to breed, deliver and raise a litter, without consideration for the time invested. The average litter size is 4. Getting the female ready for breeding requires pre-breeding testing, ovulation testing, etc. - approximately 3 trips to the vet.
Then the female is usually artificially inseminated, another 3 trips to the vet, not to mention the expense for the semen/stud service which is $750 and up. Then you wait 4 weeks for an ultrasound and/or x-rays. (It is important to be sure the female is pregnant). Special diets and constant monitoring for the next 5 weeks, plus getting the nursery getting with heating pads, bottles, blankets, medical supplies, milk replacer, puppy scale, and the list goes on and on. Then comes the C-section which can cost upwards of $750+ assuming she went into labor DURING regular office hours and all went well. Females produce only 2 -3 litters. This is a special breed which requires the help of humans to bring a litter to 8 weeks of age. In spite of their appearance the Bulldog, as a newborn puppy is extremely fragile. It requires constant monitoring of the puppies (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). French Bulldogs don't make the best mothers because they may lay on a puppy on accident and not even realize it. The puppies are normally checked by the vet at least 4 times during their first 8 weeks, including dewormings and puppy shots. It is a breed that requires MAXIMUM effort on the part of the breeder to make sure that all the puppies turn out healthy. The whole procedure is VERY costly. You will find that most breeders range their pet bullys around the $1800 mark. Beware of "great deals" and "cheap puppies", they may cost you alot more in the end - not just money, but heartache too!
 
 
Here's a  partial list of breeds that OFTEN require medical and surgical assistance with whelping.  Always have close communication with your veterinarian long before and during the whelping process; veterinary assistance may very well be required!
Pugs
Bulldogs-Engish/French
Chihuahuas
Boston Terriers
Pekingese
 
 
 
Gestation Period

 

  • Day 1 - Artificially inseminate
  • Day 1 - The sperm migrate up through the cervix.
  • Day 1 - Sperm travel searching for a mature ripened eggs.
  • Day 2-3 - Sperm reach the eggs in the oviducts.
  • Day 2 -3 - Fertilization occurs in the oviducts which lead from the ovaries to the uterus.
  • Day 4-6 - Fertilized eggs migrate down the oviducts and into the uterine horns.
  • The migration continue to enable even spacing of the embryos.
  • During this migration the eggs will grow into a blastocysts.
  • Day 11-13 - The blastocysts implant in the wall of the uterus.
  • Day 18-25 - This is the best time to have an ultrasound to determine if the dam is pregnant. Anything beyond 28 days loses accuracy.
  • Day 20-22 - The blastocysts will grow into an embryos.
  • Day 20-22 - During the next two weeks the important organs will develop.
  • Day 14-20 - Dams nipples begin to pink and enlarge.
  • The fur on the dams belly and around the nipples may become thinner.
  • Day 21-27 - Morning sickness might occur due to hormonal changes or stretching and distension of the uterus. Dam may appear a bit apathetic. She may not eat as regular and may vomit from time to time.
  • Feeding the dam several meals spaced throughout the day might help.
  • Your veterinarian may want to prescribe a drug to relax the uterus.
  • Day 26 - 30 - An experienced person (a breeder or a veterinarian) can tell by careful palpation whether the dam is pregnant.
  • Now the best time to do this because the embryos are walnut-sized now and easy to count.
  • Day 28 - Start to increase the dams food intake.
  • Don't overfeed, excessive weight gain should be avoided.
  • The fetuses are now and are fully developed miniature dogs.
  • Day 34 - The Dams abdomen starts to get larger.
  • Day 44 - It's very easy now to feel the puppies, counting them might be a bit more difficult.
  • Dam begins to spend a lot more time in self-grooming.
  • Her breasts become even more swollen.
  • Day 47-55 - She may become a bit restlessness and begin to search for a suitable place to have her puppies.
  • Day 49 - You must wait until after 49 days to have x-ray to determine if dam is pregnant.
  • Day 50 - The dam might lose her appetite during this period. Her abdomen can be crowded with puppies.
  • Day 50-64 - Dam has difficulty grooming herself.
  • It is better to feed several smaller meals spaced throughout the day.
  • You can easily detect abdominal movement now.
  • Nipples and vulva should be gently cleaned with warm water, you might want to trim the hairs surrounding the nipples, to allow easier access for the puppies to suck.
  • Day 59-62 - Milky fluid may be expressed from the nipples.
  • Day 61 - You might want to start taking the dams rectal temperature each morning and evening.
  • Day 63 - Twelve to 24 hours before she is due to deliver, the dams rectal temperature may drop from 101 to 98 degrees.
  • Clear discharge from the vulva might occur.
  • Day 64 - Expected date of whelp. Of course this is just an average. Whelping may take place from the 59th to the 65th day. Puppies born before the 58th day will probably be too young to survive.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

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