Our puppies are raised under foot in our home with other dogs and are well socialized. Your new puppy will come with a comprehensive health record, a 1-year guarantee against congenital defects, a veterinary health exam, AKC registration, and microchip registration. For serious inquiries, please view the adoption process and contact us by email or by phone/text at 713-367-1777




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We will do full assessments of the litter and when puppies are 6 weeks of age we will send each family information on the puppies in the litter that suite all the criteria they are looking for, and then we will help you determine which puppy is the best option for you and your family.  This is the best way for us to ensure that your family will end up with the perfect puppy that you have been wanting and the reason we do not allow families to simply choose a puppy by looking at pictures.  We want you to be happy with the puppy you end up with and temperaments and good matches for puppies and families are critical.  We will always be honest with our families about what we see in the puppies so that everyone ends up completely happy.

​So I see you are considering adding a French Bulldog to your family. We have compiled a list of common questions and answers that we feel are very important to know about this the breed.



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Health testing includes:


A Health Certificate is not Health Testing

  • X-rays of pups to determine if puppy has a stable spine or if it could possibly become paralyzed as it ages. www.offa.org/‎

  • Hip Xrays to determine dysplasia.www.offa.org/‎

  • DVM Cardiologist Heart Exam to determine defects in the puppy's heart that could cause your puppy to drop dead at 8 or 9 months old. www.offa.org/cardiac_about.html

  •  Blood test to determine Thyroid levels, Liver and Kidney function.

  •  Fecal test to determine worms, Coccidia or Giardia which can cause death if untreated in a young puppy.

  • Eye and hearing exams.http://web.vmdb.org/home/

  • Patella certification testing.www.offa.org/‎

Health Certificate-

Vet examines your pet briefly by listening to heart, taking temp and makes sure the pet can stand on its own. All Health Certificate shows is pet appeared to be free of disease at the time of exam.

Average Prices here in Texas:

Quality Breeders offer both Pet and Show Quality-

Pet-$2500  to $3500

Show-$3500 to $4500

Show breeders health test their pups for certain defects they feel likely to run in their pedigrees, but seldom perform all types of testing. Therefore ask what kind of health testing they do and take that into consideration when comparing to other quality breeders.

All Maxime pups are health tested for spines, heart, thyroid, fecal and blood before going to their new homes with a 5 year health guarantee. Breeder Susan Caton is available 24Hrs./7 for health advice for her puppies. As well as providing training assistance throughout the life of a Maxime French Bulldog.

WARNING: ALL these sources advertise Puppies for sale on the Internet.  DO NOT BUY A PUPPY FROM the INTERNET!

Newspaper sellers-$1200-$1800   These are either  Backyard Breeders, local puppy mills or Puppy Brokers.

Puppy Mills- $1200-$2800.                      What is a Puppy Mill? 

Puppy Brokers- $1200- $3200                 What is a Puppy Broker?

Pet Shops- $3500- $5000- Supplied by Puppy Mills & Brokers

Breeders selling Liver (Chocolate) & Mouse (Blue) which are not bred by reputable breeders because they carry health problems - $6000-$10k. To see health issues associated with these designer colors that are not allowed by the AKC go to the Colors page of my website. Here

No health testing is done on any pups from these other sellers, warranties are vague and short. If pup has problems they do not return calls.


  • How do I care for my French Bulldog?

  • French Bulldogs do not need a lot of exercise, but they do need daily walks to keep them at a healthy weight.

  • French Bulldogs do not handle heat very well and need to be monitored on hot days to ensure that they don't overexert themselves.

  • French Bulldogs can be easy to train, but they can also be stubborn. Be firm and patient when training this breed.

  • If you value cleanliness the French Bulldog may not be the dog for you, since he is prone to drooling, flatulence and some shedding. He can also be difficult to housetrain.

  • French Bulldogs can be a quiet breed and are not known as a breed that barks frequently although there are exceptions to every rule.

  • Because they don't tend to be excessive barkers, French Bulldogs make exceptional apartment dogs.

  • Although it is important to always supervise young children and dogs when they are together, the French Bulldog does very well with children.

  • French Bulldogs make wonderful watchdogs, but they can become territorial. They also like being the center of attention, which can lead to behavioral problems if they are overindulged.

  • French Bulldogs are companion dogs and thrive when they have human contact. They are not a breed that can be left alone for long periods or left outside to live.

  • What are common problems that can occur in the French Bulldog breed?


  • Why?


  • Why?


  • How are your French Bulldog puppies socialized?



Definitely! Their size is perfect for apartments and they do not require wide open spaces. They are short-haired and single-coated and do not shed as much as other dogs (or even cats). Their energy level and exercise requirements are far less than other breeds. Frenchies like being with their owners, regardless of the space or circumstance.

Older Frenchies may have a difficult time going up and down stairs due to arthritis. 


Mostly, yes. No dog should be unsupervised around infants and toddlers who poke and pull them, including Frenchies.

Generally, Frenchies like anyone who pets them or shows them affection. Sometimes Frenchies will gravitate to adults because they know that adults pet and scratch them better than children.

If the child is old enough to show them affection then the Frenchie will become a close friend and guardian.

Frenchies will follow children dropping food all day long. 


Sometimes. Most Female Frenchies have type-A, leader-of-the-pack attitudes with both humans and animals. They love this role and always aspire to be the best. 

Frenchies love chasing cats! but if your cat does not like being chased by a snorting clown, your cat may never come out of the closet. If your cat has its front claws, you should not get a Frenchie!

Most pet integrations are naturally minimized if the new dog is a puppy. If it is not a puppy, carefully evaluate your home and its members, and your ability to train and coach the entire family.

If you have other pets, try to arrange a meet-&-greet with the new Frenchie and your family. Nose-to-nose. A responsible breeder will not refuse to help you. A responsible breeder will do everything they can to ensure their Frenchie finds the perfect home.

Some responsible breeders may exclude you from buying one of their Frenchies because of your family, children, and pets. Do not be insulted. The breeder actually does know best.


? Frenchies snore.

? Frenchies look sturdy but have delicate bone structure.

? Frenchies have frequent gas.
? Frenchies sink in the water (and quickly drown).
? Frenchies overheat VERY easily! THIS CANNOT BE OVERSTATED.
? Frenchies sometimes have expensive medical needs.
? Frenchies can be bossy with other dogs, especially in their home.
? Frenchies can suffer from separation anxiety.

If you are looking for a dog to play for hours in the park, run with, play and swim at the beach, and take everywhere you go, a French Bulldog is NOT FOR YOU. Get a lab.

If you travel a lot or work long hours, get a plant not a French Bulldog. 


Frenchies cute squashed faces actually make it very difficult for them to regulate their body heat. In 70 degree weather they must be carefully monitored while outdoors. In 80 degree weather they may only be good for 15 minutes outdoors. In 90 degree weather they may only be good for 10 minutes outdoors. Some Frenchies living in warm locals benefit from throat and nares surgery to increase their air flow and ability to cool down.

Frenchies should NEVER be left inside a car! Sure, everybody says that about dogs in general, but Frenchies are especially sensitive and intolerant of heat. 

When Frenchies seriously overheat they can quickly die. They have a soft palate which swells when they are suffering from severe heat exhaustion. Their saliva turns very thick. If they are not cooled down quickly they can asphyxiate (choke). In addition to water they may need ice cubes, or ice cubes rubbed on their belly, or quickly stuck into a cold shower.


Responsible breeders focus is on reproducing the positive health and character traits of the breed and its bloodlines. Their motivation is love of the breed.

Many responsible breeders offer a health guarantee of some sort for their dogs. You should ALWAYS ask for a health guarantee. Frenchies should come with a health guarantee in writing.  Would you buy a $2,000 kick-ass TV and not expect to receive a product guarantee of some sort?

Many responsible breeders also encourage (or insist) that you return your Frenchie to them for ANY reason if you cannot care for your it. You may not get any money back unless it is a puppy, but rest assured your Frenchie will have a loving home. 

A good breeder will share plenty of info about their kennel and breeding practices. A good breeder will share its puppies' Sire and Dam pedigrees. If your Frenchies bloodlines had hip or eye problems in the past, your breeder will know if your new puppy is prone to similar traits.


1. RESEARCH.  The FBDCA and AKC sites are good places to start.

2. Firmly decide that a French Bulldog is right for you and your household. Evaluate your lifestyle, work habits, travel schedule, and house-mates. 

3. Go to a dog show near you.  Meet breeders, handlers, and lovers of Frenchies to gather inormation.

Search here: http://www.akc.org/ev... 

4. Register with the FB Rescue Network if you are committed to a rescue dog. http://www.FBRN.org... 

5. Speak with French Bulldog breeders by phone and in person. Most responsible breeders will blow you off if they believe you are not serious or committed to this decision. Be prepared. 

Responsible French Bulldog breeders receive TONS of daily phone call and email inquiries about litters and puppies. It may seem snobbish, but their scrutiny often avoids unfortunate circumstances with poorly prepared owners.

6. You may be required to pay a deposit for a future litter or puppy, or to fil out an adoption questionnaire to get on a waiting list. YES, this is becoming more frequent as Frenchie supply continues to outpace demand.

EXERCISE CAUTION with deposits! What if you deposit $750 for a new Pet Quality puppy within six months, and the breeder?s new litter is all Show Quality puppies? The $1,500 Frenchie you deposited was not born and the Show Quality puppies are all over $3000! 

7. Visit the breeder"s kennel. You are a fool to purchase a Frenchie without witnessing how it is raised and socialized.

Do your best to choose a breeder and kennel within 4-5 hours drive from your home. You should avoid shipping your Frenchie by airplane if possible. Go to the kennel once to inspect the litter and parents. Go to the kennel a second time to execute the transaction and pick up the puppy. Do not do both in the first trip because you will be blinded by extreme cuteness and you will certainly cave and take a puppy home, good or bad.


Physically and characteristically, Frenchies are 100lb dogs packed into a 20-28lb frame. Their bodies and bones are compact and dense.

Frenchies often suffer joint problems in the hips and spine. Some Frenchies also suffer eye problems (cataracts). Older Frenchies often suffer from arthritis.

Before you invest in a deposit or a new Frenchie, scrutinize its kennel and pedigree as much as you can. Ask the breeder for the following:

1. If it is a future (deposit), demand the registered AKC pedigrees of the litters parents and its grandparents. If it is a Show Quality dog, demand three or four generations of pedigree.

2. If the puppy is more than $2,000, demand health test results of the parents for hips, spines, hearts and also eyes.

3. If the puppy is more than $1,200, demand a written health guarantee of at least a year and look on the Internet for complaints against this breeder/kennel of not honoring their Guarantees. Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org/



 Why Do French Bulldogs Cost So Much?

  Pet Puppies vs Show Quality Puppies


 We get a lot of emails like this, " well, we want just a pet no breeding/showing" . Many people believe a "Pet Quality Puppy" is in some way inferior to a "Show Quality Puppy" and that could not be further from the truth. There really is no difference between a Pet or Show puppy, besides Conformation. Same amount of time, supplies, money, dedication and love has been invested to get that "Pet" puppy into this world. When people say, " I only want a Pet", it seems like they want to settle for the worst of the litter, which makes no sense, because there isn't a "worst of the litter". In all honesty, that Pet puppy might be the Best one in the litter as far as personality and looks, it may just have a " cosmetic conformation flaw" that would prevent it being titled as a Show Champion, but there is nothing inferior about the puppy. It could be something as minor as being a tad longer than what the judges like, or not having enough pigment, color that isn't accepted in the show ring,.. or it can be perfect in all aspects but the color that is not accepted by AKC. We cant ever guarantee a pet puppy to be free of minor imperfections. The majority of "Show Quality Pups" are being sold as just pets anyway and are never shown. Show/Breeding Quality puppies are much more expensive due to the full breeding rights or show rights offered by the breeder to experienced show/breeding homes, and that is it. Whether "Pet or Show" all of our puppies are raised and treated equally!



  French Bulldog Temperament


 He's been called "the clown in the cloak of a philosopher," and this loveable little companion dog is exceptionally good-natured. He is particularly affectionate toward his master and the children, and can even be a bit possessive. They are excellent with children! He will need to be a part of the family and will want to be in close contact with you. Each "frenchie" possesses his own unique personality, but they are usually independent thinkers, intelligent, with a bit of a mischievous side. 

They are usually well-behaved if trained to be. They are trainable, but stubborn, and do best when they are convinced that they are interested in the task at hand. Their favorite task, of course, is that of lap-warmer, and that requires little to no training. You will need to be willing to share your favorite chair. They are compatible with other pets, but sometimes struggle with cats. They are active, alert, and playful, but they don't require a lot of exercise. They will have short bursts of high energy, but these are interspersed with long periods of napping and lounging around. Because of their short nose, you have to be careful that you don't exercise them to the point that they overheat.

 They also don't do well in high temperatures and they do best with air-conditioning on hot days. They can be territorial and protective, and will "sometimes" alert their owners to danger, but not all the time. Some frenchies never bark at intruders. They are typically a quite breed and are not excessive barkers. These loyal little guys are the ideal housedog, except for the fact that they drool and slobber quite a bit, are frequently gassy (have flatulence), and snore loudly.The French Bulldog sheds a fair amount of hair. You'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home. The short coat of the French Bulldog only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair. 




As a result of the compacted airway of the French bulldog, they may develop an inability to effectively regulate temperature. While a regular canine may suffer to some degree from the heat, to a Frenchie it may be lethal. It is imperative that they be protected from temperature extremes at all times, and that they always have access to fresh water and shade.French bulldogs can also suffer from an assortment of back and spinal diseases, most of which are probably related to the fact that they were selectively chosen from the dwarf examples of the bulldog breed.



Frenchies may also have a tendency towards eye issues. Cherry eye, or everted third eyelid, has been known to occur, although it is more common in English Bulldogs and Pugs. Glaucoma, retinal fold dysplasia, corneal ulcers and juvenile cataracts are also conditions which have been known to afflict French bulldogs. Screening of prospective breeding candidates through CERF - the Canine Eye Registration Foundation — can help to eliminate instances of these diseases in offpsring. The skin folds under the eyes of the French bulldog should be cleaned regularly and kept dry. Tear stains are common on lighter-colored dogs.


 Birth and Reproduction


French bulldogs frequently require caesarean section to give birth, with over 80% of litters delivered this way. As well, many French bulldog stud dogs are incapable of naturally breeding. This is because French Bulldogs have very slim hips, making the male unable to mount the female to reproduce naturally. Typically, breeders must undertake artificial insemination of female dogs. Female French bulldogs can also suffer from erratic or 'silent' heats, which may be a side effect of thyroid disease or impaired thyroid function.




 Do French Bulldogs Require a lot of Care?


Not really, but it is important that you are consistent with everything you do. If you maintain how you feed, exercise, train, clean their eyes, ears and wrinkles with occasional * as needed* baths, you will do just fine and your bully will be a happy healthy dog. Be sure to clip the toenails as well!



 How Do I Potty Train My Puppy?


You have been warned, Frenchies can be a bit "stubborn" when it comes to housebreaking. Be patient! They will "get it!". It will take patience, perseverance, attention and lots of paper towels, but they will get it. Some dogs take longer than others, just have faith.


Start house breaking IMMEDIATELY! Get him on a regular feeding schedule and make plenty of trips outside. When the puppy runs around like he is looking for something - he is! Take him immediately outside (or to the paper/pad). Upon waking from sleeping, right after eating and anytime you just get home take him out or to his paper/pad. Also, right before you go to bed.
Accidents WILL happen. If you catch him right in the MIDDLE of the act rush him outside (or to his paper). It does NO good to rub his nose in it (old mean wives tale). Do not yell at him when you discover a mess, they will not understand why you are angry. Trust me, their memory is not that long. Every Frenchie has it's own rate of learning, but even the most stubborn pups should be pretty reliable by four to five months of age.

Puppy proof your home before your new Frenchie gets there! Make sure harmful substances are kept well away from inquisitive little noses. All cleaning products, paint thinners, household chemicals, antifreeze etc. Secure electrical cords so they cannot be chewed.
Puppies should only be given puppy toys to play with or chew. Never, never shoes (they don't know the difference between new & old shoes), never cow or pig ears (can choke on them) I strongly do not recommend giving a young puppy hooves or rawhide chews, they can choke on those as they thin out. Whenever your puppy starts to chew an inappropriate object, take it away and give him an "approved toy". This way he will learn what is his and what isn't.

All of our puppies are 100% potty pad trained! We start training all of our puppies when they are only 3 weeks old, so by the time they go to their new homes, they are well socialized, potty trained and are ready for their new families. All you have to do, is be consistent and patient, where we left off. Puppies tend to have short term attention span, because all they want to do is play around and sit on your lap..(like kids, except the lap part,lol)...not listen to you whine about them making a mess, so they have to be constantly reminded, don't worry its not forever, just until your puppy settles into his/her new home.

Research the breed in depth before you buy.                           


Don't impulse shop and buy the first Frenchie you find from the first breeder that happens to have something advertised. Personally, I think French Bulldogs are absolutely, without a doubt, under any and all circumstances, the best breed on the face of the Earth.  However, Frenchies may not be the right breed for you, so don't be hasty; good things come to those who wait (and do their homework). The average price of a French Bulldog puppy varies from state to state and can range between $1,500.00 to $4000.00 for a pet quality.

Be honest to yourself and the breeders that you contact about what you are shopping for.

Don't tell the breeder you want a PET because you think it will cost less to purchase; first, the majority of responsible breeders are going to sell their PETS with "limited registration" which means you cannot register litters produced by the dog and you cannot show your dog in AKC conformation events; second, knowledgeable breeders know their breed standard and there is a reason the PET puppy is being sold as "pet quality".  Not every purebred, AKC registered puppy is born with the superior QUALITIES that it should have to compete successfully in the show ring let alone pass down to future generations in a breeding program.
Don't tell the breeder you want a SHOW dog because you are willing to pay the extra money to get that gorgeous specimen unless you truly have the time and the inclination to actively campaign a dog; serious breeders work very hard to produce the best examples of the breed that they can and they want those very special show babies in homes with people that are every bit as dedicated to the sport and the breed as they are.

Get a copy of the AKC breed standard for Frenchies and read it; learn all you can about the characteristics of the breed; find out whatcolors French Bulldogs come in; learn how to care for your Frenchie; most importantly, research until you are blue in the face about HEALTH CONCERNS that are common to French Bulldogs.

Don't let anyone tell you that Frenchies don't have HEALTH PROBLEMS!  All dogs have health problems of one sort or another and Frenchies are not immune; they may have less than some breeds and more than others, but Frenchies can sometimes and do sometimes have breed specific health concerns that you need to be aware of before you buy!

Attend a dog show or two so you can see some Frenchies in competition and meet them in person.

Don't think that just because you are not shopping specifically for a show dog that you shouldn't attend a local show.  Show dog's are judged to their breed standard and what better way to find out what a FRENCH BULLDOG should look like? This is a good place to meet some breeders and their dogs and hopefully get some hands on Frog Doggin.  Attending a show might also help you decide if showing would be of interest to you.

Contact as many breeders as you can. You can find breeders in Breed club registries, at breeder web rings on the internet, through theAmerican Kennel Club, by contacting the French Bulldog Club of America, or local breed clubs. Note breeders that advertise on the AKC on line classifieds are not reputable. They are called backyard breeders and you can learn more about them here .


We ask that every family purchasing an French Bulldog puppy from us review the following resources in preparation for your new family member.  They will make a tremendous difference in the adjustment and assimilation of a puppy into your home. Many people have a false idea of how they should handle dogs, or what they respond to.  Most dog issues are really issues with people, not with the dogs.

  • Submit an puppy application and let us know which litter or litters interest you as well as all the things you want with color, coat, gender, size, temperament, etc.

  • We review all your information and will communicate with you about what you are looking for to ensure we understand your wishes and desires for a puppy completely.  All communication takes place via email so we have a paper trail of details to refer to later.  It is important to understand that due to needing to respond to 30-40 emails daily on top of our normal jobs and caring for family and dogs, we need to manage our time wisely and lengthy phone conversations are just not possible. Unless necessary, all questions will be responded to via email.

  • Once we’ve approved your application, send an initial of $500-$2500 to reserve a puppy as follows:

    • We will accept personal checks, money order, cashier's check, bank wire or PayPal for the deposit payment, which will be applied to the total puppy fee. Deposits are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, therefore PayPal is the preferred method as it is the fastest form of payment.

    • Puppies will not leave our home before 8 weeks of age​

    • By 7 weeks of age, the entire balance of the purchase price must be paid in full, no exceptions, in either a lump sum or through payments received. The balance may be paid via personal check, money order, cashier's check, or bank wire. We will NOT accept PayPal for the final payment. Please note that the puppy will not leave until the check has been cleared, so please allow one week for processing.

    • If the dog is being transported to the buyer, the entire balance must be paid in full and cleared 1 week prior to the agreed upon flight/transport/delivery date.

    • If the Buyer will be picking up the dog, the final payment may be made in cash only at the time of pick up. No other forms of payment will be accepted at pick up unless your balance was paid 1 week prior to pick up via the methods stated above.

    • PLEASE NOTE: Deposits are non-refundable and failure to comply with the above will result in the forfeiture of your deposit.

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