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Hello,

I just had a one year old French Bulldog, which seems a fertile age for bulldogs, and started looking for information on breeding bulldogs, I found this article (Sorry, this site is from quebec so its in french)

Les bouledogues français peuvent-ils s'accoupler seuls et sans aide exterieure?

but basically it explains that without outside intervention from experts it seems that French Bulldogs will have great difficulty for both mating and giving birth.

Can anyone share his/her experience with French Bulldogs mating ? is it really that difficult?

thank you so much

Zak
 

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A lot of brachycephalic dogs, especially ones that have heavy fronts and smaller rears, like Frenchies. Bulldogs, Pugs, and Pekingese, have difficulties with breeding and whelping naturally, so AI and c-sections are commonplace.

As an FYI, if you are thinking about breeding, these are the recommended health tests for French Bulldogs, according to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

 
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It's also a bad idea to breed any dog before the age of two, minimum, so you can be sure that they've fully matured and are good examples of the breed, without any serious issues like the tests above will check for, but also things like allergies, temperament issues, pinched nostrils and other breathing issues (this is a huge one - you don't want to produce puppies who need surgery to breathe, which is sadly super common in these breeds), etc. Especially if your dog's female, because a one-year-old is still basically a growing puppy. Pregnancy is hard on the body, and will take resources your dog should be using to grow and mature, and younger dogs also often have trouble handling being mothers. It'd be like a 13 or 14 year old human having a kid.
 
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