What’s the Real Cost of Owning a French Bulldog?

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French puppies are cute, like Leia here, but they grow up fast!


Are you considering owning a French Bulldog?

There are many considerations when it comes to owning a French Bulldog, and money needs to be high on the list.

The popularity of this breed means that owning a French Bulldog is never going to come cheap. They may well be known for their playful demeanour, cute faces and big ears, but over the past few years, they have become a global phenomenon in the canine world. According to Forbes, French Bulldogs come in second on the ‘The Most Popular Dogs List 2024′, and therefore because they have become so coveted, this puts an immediate premium on these adorable dogs.

Before we go through the true cost of owning a French Bulldog, I would like to emphasise that the companionship, laughter, loyalty and love that Frenchies give you is priceless and makes it all worthwhile. There is a cost of course for this but, from my perspective and four years into our ownership, we wouldn’t swap her for anything.

The cost breakdown of owning a French Bulldog

I have broken down the main costs associated with French bulldog ownership, both initially and over the long term, and I have included costs from different parts of the world as I have been able to find them. 

French Bulldog puppy prices

This obviously varies depending on where and when you buy a puppy, and probably more importantly, who you buy the puppy from. Since COVID days, you can find French Bulldogs advertised for sale pretty much everywhere- from classified adverts, shop windows, notice boards in supermarkets and of course online everywhere.

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When looking into French Bulldog puppy prices, I chose four countries to compare the different prices for everything – the UK, the US, Europe and Australia.

I found that – on average – the price to own a French Bulldog puppy is:

  • UK – £1200 to £3000+
  • US – $1500 to $3000+
  • Europe – €1000 to €3500
  • Australia – AUD 3000 to 5000+

The price varies a lot on the different coat colours, pedigree and any particular features that breeders will promote such as long noses or tails.

French Bulldog Insurance Costs

French Bulldogs are known to be prone to health issues such as spinal disorders like intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) and respiratory problems such as brachycephalic syndrome. These can provide expensive veterinary bills if operations and post-operative care are required, so I would recommend looking at good insurance for your Frenchie.

We were very pleased that we took out comprehensive insurance  when we got Leia. After 3 years she needed brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) surgery. The cost was £3100.

Typical veterinary bills and insurance costs for a French Bulldog puppy are:

  • UK – annual vet bills can exceed £1,000, with pet insurance averaging £600 to £1,000
  • US – annual vet bills from $500 to $1,000+ with insurance costs between $600 to $2,000
  • Europe – annual veterinary care starts around €300, with insurance averaging €200 to €1,000
  • Australia – expect to pay over AUD 1,000 for vet visits, with annual insurance ranging from AUD 600 to 1,200

French Bulldog Food

It is all very specific to your own dog, but on average, French Bulldogs do have specific dietary needs – some are prone to various allergies, including food allergies. These can lead to symptoms like itching paw licking, skin redness, and ear infections. As with every allergy it is notoriously difficult to diagnose them, amd it is an element of trial and error. Types of foods can include hypoallergenic foods, grain-free options, raw food or limited-ingredient diets. Depending on their health needs, some French Bulldogs might require supplements like omega-3 fatty acids for skin and coat health, probiotics for digestion, or glucosamine for joint health.

Expect to spend upwards of £600+ annually.

We have experimented and tried different foods over the years, giving Leia raw food for a year on advice from other Frenchie owners. We moved from that to Butternutbox several months ago and she absolutely loves the homemade dog food. They have a fantastic approach to customer service, and it gets delivered to your door. If you are based in the Uk they do some inviting discounts for new customers. 


 French Bulldogs Beds, Toys and Harnesses

Beds: French Bulldogs need a comfortable, supportive bed. Given their susceptibility to joint issues, ensure you find a bed that provides support. These then provide extra support for the spine and joints and can range in price from moderate to high-end, depending on the quality and brand.

Toys: Toys are crucial for your dog’s mental stimulation and physical exercise. More on these in the Newsletter. French Bulldogs often enjoy chewing, so durable chew toys are a must. Puzzle toys that challenge their minds can also be great. You’ll want to replace toys regularly for hygiene and safety reasons, which contributes to the annual cost. 
How long do the toys you get for your Frenchie last?

Leashes and Harnesses: A sturdy leash and harness are essential for walks. Given French Bulldogs’ respiratory issues, a harness is often preferred over a collar to prevent strain on their neck and throat. You might need to replace these as your dog grows or if they wear out over time. I have a review coming soon on harnesses. 

The Best Companion

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While the financial aspect is significant, the emotional value of a French Bulldog is immeasurable. They bring immense joy, laughter, and companionship, making them a beloved part of any family. The initial and ongoing costs are a small price to pay for the years of love and loyalty these charming dogs offer.

Owning a French Bulldog is undoubtedly a substantial financial commitment. The costs vary globally, but the universal truth is that the love and companionship of a Frenchie are priceless. If you’re prepared for the financial investment, you’ll be rewarded with a loyal, affectionate, and endlessly amusing canine friend.