Try not to fall in love with this utterly adorable puppies… because they are really not cheap.The litter of six beautiful pure bred French bulldog puppies cost an eye-watering £2,700 each, and they are all about to make their way to their new homes. The expensive little dogs have been carefully raised by experienced French bulldog breeder, Caroline Brixton. With everyone looking for some cute companionship, the price of puppies has soared during lockdown, and Google searches for ‘buy a puppy’ shot up by 120% since March.
‘When a litter has been born, I don’t go to bed for five weeks,’ says Caroline, from Newlyn, Cornwall.
‘It’s a full-time job raising these puppies as I take it so seriously and I always clear out my work schedule for my other job for a good month whenever I know the litter is due.
‘I got into breeding French bulldogs after realising how poor the quality of the breed was locally and I just wanted to bring up healthy puppies.
‘I’m with them every day and night so that when the puppies leave me, they’re toilet trained, they know their names and they’re very well behaved and happy.
Pitter patter. A large breed dog’s resting heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute, and a small dog breed’s heart beats between 100-140. Comparatively, a resting human heart beats 60-100 times per minute.
‘I dedicate all my time to the puppies to make sure they are ready for independence.’Since falling in love with her first French bulldog back in 2014, childcare consultant Caroline has gone on to raise four beautiful French bulldog litters.She became the first kennel club assured breeder in her area, under the business name Kernowbullz Newlyn.
‘I have an interview process for the prospective owners of my dogs because I want to make sure they’re all going to safe and happy homes,’ she says.
‘I always stagger the puppies leaving and prepare them for a while on their own before they go – the first one of this litter was collected on Sunday [7 June].
‘It is sad when they go, I do get upset saying goodbye but I know they’re going to a good home and I keep in touch with all of their new owners as well.
‘It does a take a lot of time and dedication but it’s so worth it. I just love them.’
Caroline says her priority is always the health of the puppies – she wants to make sure they will be going to a safe and happy home with loving owners.
‘In the interest of safety, I endorse all my breeding bitches as they are complicated to breed and set a litter price as I want to sell affordable pets for families that love the breed,’ she adds.
The routine of caring for a pet can bring structure and purpose to daily life. Maybe you don’t always want to get out of bed, but your pet wants you to. Isn’t that a good thing?
‘My litter price this time was £2,700. I charge the same price for the boys and girls and I’ve not increased my prices at all and stick to my screening process.
‘I did get offered a “name your price” deal once but the person was not suitable so I declined and sold the pup cheaper to a family that was perfect and had a budget.
‘A secure forever home rules over money every time for me.’