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How Much Does a French Bulldog Cost in 2024?

First, for the readers looking for a ballpark figure, the average cost of purchasing a French Bulldog from a breeder could be around $2500-$4000. Now for those of you interested to learn more about this beautiful breed, the monthly costs, and the estimated lifetime cost to own one, keep reading!

Characteristics of a French Bulldog

  • Adult weight: 18 – 20 lbs.

  • Adult height: 11 – 13 in. 

  • Origin – France

  • Life expectancy: 10 – 12 years 

French Bulldogs are a companion type of dog breed that first became popular in France sometime in the mid-nineteenth century. This breed was a combination of Toy Bulldogs from England and ratters of Paris. In the 21st century, French Bulldogs are among the most popular dog breeds own.

French Bulldogs can be found in brindle and fawn shades. The temperament of this bold and frowning-looking breed is patient and affectionate. They love to be near their humans and do not enjoy being separated for long periods. When left alone for too long, they can experience separation anxiety.

Now that you have some more information about this breed, we can move on to the part that you came here for.

What is the Price of a French Bulldog? 

There will be some costs associated with owning and maintaining a French Bulldog. Let us have a look! According to Rover and the OVMA, here are the average costs of puppy ownership in Canada.

Adoption or Buying: $2500 – $4500 

As mentioned above, these dogs are in ultra-popular demand all across the states, and the higher the demand the higher the price. You can expect the cost for a French Bulldog puppy to be between $2500-$4500 depending on various factors like the location, type of breeder, color, and age. Going for rarer colors; lilac, chocolate, merle, or tan will likely raise the price significantly. A blue or fluffy-coated Frenchie with orange eyes could cost between $8,000 to $10,000.

There is one more way of getting a French bulldog – adopting from a rescue shelter. There are various shelters in the states where lost and abandoned dogs are maintained until they find their forever homes. The adoption costs are generally below $500, but there are exceptions. Adoption fees usually cover the costs incurred for their maintenance before adoption. If you choose to adopt your new pet, check out our dog adoption checklist as you prepare for your new pet!

Monthly Costs for a French Bulldog Puppy

Diets: $30-$40

Given their physical stature and strength, high-quality dog food with limited ingredients and human-grade quality protein is highly recommended. On average, you can expect to spend about $30-$40 per month on their diet. You should also consider budgeting for dog treats.

Grooming: $30-$40

French Bulldogs don’t shed much, so weekly brushing will help keep their coats looking healthy. Bathing and shampooing regularly are not recommended as their facial folds should be kept clean and dry. Brushing them once a week and regularly cleaning their teeth should suffice. Nail trimming and ear cleaning are also very important. If you choose to visit a professional groomer, each visit may cost between $30-$40.

Medical Costs: $150-$300

Regular vet visits are recommended, especially within the first year of your puppy’s life. Each visit could cost between $150-$300. Additionally, this breed is prone to breathing and respiratory issues due to its uniquely formed facial features. The result of these can contribute to low energy levels and a higher risk of heatstroke.

One-Time Costs for a French Bulldog

Initial Costs: $400-$500

When you welcome your dog home, you need to have an area set up for your puppy, especially if you are a first-time dog owner. The set-up would include a bed, crate, leash, collar, food and water bowls, poop bags, poop scooper, toys, a first aid kit, etc. These items can cost you around $400-$500. Most of these would be one-time expenses but some can be recurring over time.

Microchipping: $60-$80

At Spot, we encourage pet parents to get all their pets microchipped. On average, the cost of implantation along with registration is in the range of $60-$80.

Vaccines: $120-$150

If you’re getting your dog from a reputable breeder, then there is a high chance that the initial vaccines would be taken care of already. But if not, a pack of basic core vaccines like rabies, and DHPP could cost you between $120-$150. Some lifestyle vaccines are optional, including Leptospirosis, Lyme, and parainfluenza which can cost you an additional $25-$30 per dose. Keep in mind that your pet will need boosters as they age.

Miscellaneous: $100-$150

Dog walking, dog sitting, trips, park visits, etc. are other small expenses that may come your way. You should keep between $100-$150 aside per year for these expenses.

Lifetime French Bulldog Cost

Now that we know the potential costs associated with owning a French Bulldog, we can estimate that the lifetime cost of owning one of these beautiful dogs in your house may be around $25,000-$35,000 depending on the type of lifestyle, food, supplements, and other items you will need to spend on.


‘French Bullies’ as we like to call them, are playful, smart, and adorable dogs to own. The medical expenses may worry you, but getting pet insurance early can help provide peace of mind for your Frenchie’s unexpected accidents or illnesses. So, join the wave that has made them one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and get to know what the hype is all about.

Happy parenting to you and lots of love to your pup or your pup-to-be!

  1. “How Much Does it Cost to be a Dog Parent?” Rover,, n.d.

  2. “Annual Cost of Owning a Puppy,” OVMA,, n.d.

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