When searching for your perfect pup pairing, it’s essential to do some research. And what better way to learn about your perspective pooch then to attend a meet-up with the breed? On Saturday, I attended a French bulldog meet-up in Pasadena’s Off-Leash Dog Park hosted by the Pasadena French Bulldog Club.
The Pasadena French Bulldog Club is a group of fun-loving and friendly French bulldogs and French bulldog owners. They welcome all French bulldogs and their families to every meet-up. Gathering monthly at the Pasadena Off-Leash Dog Park, they believe that these meet-ups are a great way to socialize their dogs and have fun with their “snorting bundles of love.”
Kiley Campbell of Diamond Bar took ownership of the Pasadena French Bulldog Club this year, a club originally founded back in 2012.
“Attendance was starting to dwindle. I really wanted to bring back the spirit of the club I initially fell in love with when I joined,” Campbell says.
Campbell’s mother Jennifer is her biggest support. “When Kiley expressed interest in getting a French bulldog, we really had to do a lot of research,” J. Campbell says. “The breed has a lot of health issues, and I wanted to make sure we were both prepared to take on the challenge.”
The Campbell’s adopted a golden fawn French bulldog that they named Koda one year ago from a backyard breeder in San Dimas. Since adopting Koda, he has had many health issues including a non-descended testicle and nasal airway congestion; these were expenses that the Campbell’s did not immediately foresee.
“Within weeks of adopting him, we basically had him in and out of the vet,” J. Campbell says. The Campbell’s opted to perform a nasal passage opening surgery that is typical with French bulldogs not from reputable breeders.
The Campbell’s purchased Koda for $1,700, a price considered to be “cheap” in the market for French bulldogs.
French bulldogs from reputable breeders can range from $2,500 to $10,000 depending on the lineage and the traits that they are bred in. Reputable breeders have a higher dedication to producing quality dogs compared to the backyard breeders whose motive for breeding is to make money. Their knowledge is so sufficient that they can explain how planned breeding is used to emphasize or minimize specific qualities through line breeding, or outcrossing.
Retired couple Paul and Stephanie Reed of Glendora adopted their brindle French bulldog Lily from a reputable breeder in Pasadena. The Reed’s adopted Lily when she was just less than a year old from the breeder who was trying to get rid of her because her size was not ideal for breeding.
“Lily sort of just found us,” said Paul. “We were looking for a Frenchie, but we didn’t really have any preference. We found Lily after a few online searches, and that was basically it.”
Lily cost the retired couple a mere $1,200, a steal for a French bulldog. She is seven months old, and so far the couple has not experienced a single problem with her.
The members of the Pasadena French Bulldog club all agreed on one thing: the club is like a second family to them, and they continue to make time to attend events each month. They are able to share their challenges and training methods with one another and claim that it really helps when raising their French bulldogs.