WHY DO BULLDOGS COST SO MUCH?
Bulldogs are a very popular and photogenic breed. Bulldogs also have that great and beautiful look whether they are a puppy or adult; it's one breed that looks great at any age. Bulldogs usually (90%) of the time require a c-section for delivery of the puppies and artificial insemination to breed.
The cost to a breeder for a litter can run between $2000-$4000 dollars (not counting their time). Litter size average is 4. The Cost for a c-section, usually about 500.00- 750.00 assuming it is during normal vet hours. After hours, weekends and holidays will run extra. A cost to breed the dog is usually around $500-$1000 for the semen/stud service plus shipping if applies.. Additionally there is the bitch pre breeding tests, exams, x-rays, ultra sounds and the like.
Then when a litter is born most of the time they must be hand helped when feed. A breeder will spend every few hours with the litter and mother during feeding 24 hours a day for several days. Bulldogs don't make the best mothers because they may lay on a puppy on accident and not even realize it. There is other reasons besides that but litters are at least human assisted for many days around the clock.
C-sections for bulldogs is required for several reasons like: high rates of water puppies which can't pass through the birth canal, large head and shoulders of the puppies, stress and heat factors may cause a bulldog trouble, the ability to "PUSH" out a full litter is often to much on a bulldog and other factors. It is very time consuming compared to other breeds where every thing is taken care of by the male and female dog including the birth and delivery and raising of the litter.
This is a special breed which requires the help of humans to bring a litter to 8 weeks of age. There worth every penny and once you have been owned by bulldog you could never again be without one. Most breeders sell quality pet bulldogs for between $2000-$3000 and you can expect the breeder to be there for you with help when needed and to know what the past litters and the breeders stock shows in health problems,etc.
A good breeder will also want to keep track of the pup and will also offer you a contract to protect you both and make sure your dog is healthy or will explain its conditions. Bulldogs are very special dogs and people who own them are just as special. I want to stress that you should NEVER EVER EVER buy a puppy at a discounted price with the understanding that you will breed and give back a whole litter of puppies to the breeder in exchange of a reduced rate of buying a bulldog from them originally.
That is pure and simple robbery and any breeder who try's to offer you that should be reported to the AKC, BCA and other sources. That is completely and fully wrong. (When I use the word breeder I do it very loosely) in this case. It is acceptable practice in some cases to allow a single puppy or two back as part of a deal and if you agree to that or your ask to do that it is fine and normal in some cases. It is also becoming more and more less popular to own a dog under CO-ownership, while it is still done and there is some benefit to it, many won't do it and recently has become less and less accepted.
Never buy a Bulldog with registry from any source other than AKC (in the USA). Other registry groups have less standards and who knows what you may end up with, mixed breeds or something like that as there is no track record of pedigree. If your wanting a bulldog then get a bulldog, don't accept anything less, the breed is expensive and may cost you more down the road with cherry eye surgery, patella, palate surgery,etc. So try and get a healthy bulldog from a well known breeder or breeder who loves the breed and it will show when you meet or talk with them.
They can answer any question and be very honest with you. The goal is to improve the breed, provide healthy and beautiful puppies that fall in the standard and ones to be proud to have offered. Stay clear of pet stores as they often inflate the prices by as much as 1500.00 or more and the dogs come from puppymills and often show health problems later in life. You have saved up and researched the breed then wait for the perfect bull before buying, the good part of the bulldog is that the high price often keeps people from just buying on impulse without knowing what there getting into.
Lastly, beware of "great deals" and "cheap puppies", they may cost you a lot more in the end - not just money, but heartache too!