Are you looking for a french bulldog puppy?

We get so many emails and messages wondering where we got our frenchies and I always reply to every single one because I know how hard it is finding a reputable breeder. The best way to find a french bulldog puppy is from a referral and recommendation from someone you may know. (Read our interview with our french bulldog breeder Ali here.) I would advise against finding a breeder online or a pet store without speaking to someone who has previously had experience with them.

Because french bulldogs are one of the most popular dogs in the world and the demand for them has grown exponentially, puppy scams have grown also–let’s not forget the high price tag too. These individuals have been around for quite some time, and their cases have been on a steady rise over the past few decades.

The current crop of scam breeders has mastered their trade so much that even the smartest online shopper can fall prey. With fictitious puppies, they will ask for a deposit, generally via PayPal, and run off, never to be heard or seen again. Some even create fancy websites with lots of ads and stolen dog photos to scam unsuspecting pet lovers.

To Stay Away From Them, It’s Important That You Understand Their Tricks and Stay Away.

  1. They will ask for deposits, shipping fees and insurance fees – do not pay over the web

Considering that a healthy frenchie can cost $2,500 or even more, their emergence isn’t a surprise. However, you will need to know that almost all scam breeders don’t necessarily reside in the US or Canada. That’s why they prefer Paypal or Western Union instead of physical transactions. That should serve as your first sign that such a seller is a scammer and that you should immediately delete and move on.

  1. They only have those cute, but “rare” dog breeds 

They advertise “rare” colors and mini, teacup frenchies and bulldogs. That is a clear red flag as there really is no such thing as a “mini french bulldog.” And if there was, you could be in for a host of health problems and vet visits in the future. To avoid paying for non-existent dogs, use the photos they post to do a reverse image search. (yep, like the show Catfish!)

  1. Age-old scamming theatrics – don’t buy their lies

One other trait common among scam breeders is their location. They mention a less accessible, perhaps remote, location in the US so that it becomes hard for both of you to meet. Some will even use the typical “Only one remaining” trick to pressure you into making a decision and sending the cash. Some can post ridiculously low prices and promise to bring the dog right to your doorstep.

Personal experience story:

My friend was looking for a french bulldog puppy for her mom and started looking around online and many of the “breeders'” emails were written with poor grammar and stock responses. Many use the tactic of “we only ask for an adoption fee of $500” and of course, through Paypal… two sellers she emailed had the same exact copy & paste message but different emails/names! Ask to Skype and video-chat with them. If they don’t reply, you have your answer.

Trust your conscience. Owning a puppy is a big commitment, and you should ensure that you buy or adopt from reputable organizations only. Use the web to review the seller, message other frenchie owners and take your time. Hurrying often leads to wrong decisions. It’s a big commitment and the perfect french bulldog will be waiting for you somewhere out there! 🙂

Looking to adopt?

A list of approved French Bulldog rescue groups:

French Bulldog Rescue Network
French Bulldog Village
Southern California Bulldog Rescue
Nevada French Bulldog Rescue
Road Dogs
Short Noses and Friends United Rescue
Chicago French Bulldog Rescue

76 thoughts on “How To Stay Away From Scam Breeders”

  1. Hello, I have been following you all on Instagram for quite some time. Absolutely love all of your posts as well as your great information. We have an amazing Frenchie “Chloe” that cpuld be a twin to your older dog. We have been lucky enough to have Chloe, 3 Pugs and a Chihuahua that have had happy and healthy lives. The Pugs have passed away and my Daughter has the Chihuahua ay her home. We are looking for a French Bulldog puppy and appreciate all of your advice and suggestions in your blog.

  2. 🚫SCAM ALRET!🚫
    Derek Jarvis Shivonne Jarvis
    Derek Jarvis
    Bluessence kennel

    Please, do not sell or buy dogs to this individual. So far we found 3 people from overseas who were scammed by him. His routine is to cancel the payment as soon as he gets dog in him possession.
    Dog kept in a dreadful conditions, getting sick but not getting any veterinarian assistance. One of the dogs he shipped died in a carafe last summer before help got there. Please, share! We need more people to get him out off our community!!!

  3. Personally I’d only ever buy a dog if I’m able to meet it physically first… I can’t believe that people would actually send someone huge sums of money over the internet for a dog without even seeing it first.

  4. Hi, great info. I am looking for a frenchie for our family. Not sure how to find one due to all the scamming. Could you check the website I’ve included to see if it’s a scam. And is there a french bulldog site you recommend. Thanks so much.

  5. Hello – do you know anything about this website? My daughter has been communicating with them in purchasing a Frenchie for only $700, which is concerning.
    Serafrenchbulldogs.com

      1. Hello Donna,

        They are definitely a scam. I refused to pay online or ship a dog via airplane. They were very quick to want me to pay online and extremely attentive until I said I wanted to meet the puppies in person. They weren’t expecting me to be willing to drive 12 hours and told me this just doesn’t work for them. Called them out on it too…instead we have found an adoption option. Good luck!!!

        Darcey

    1. I contacted Sera too for a French bulldog. Did you get a puppy from them? They told me it’s $100 for shipping which is crazy low and $600 for the French bulldog puppy. Do you think this is a scam too? I would appreciate any kind of feedback you can give me thank you so much!

  6. Looking into buying a French bulldog and the breeder told me 950$ for the puppy. Shipping him would cost 250$ but hen said shipping was free since he had three out of five puppies left. Also says he uses a shipping agency that will carry the puppy on the plane. The website is smart home French bulldog. Does anyone know anything about this breeder. He has sent photos and video of the puppy.

  7. My name is Sonja just recently over the weekend my grandmother and I fell pray to an internet scam. I found a website that seemed promising: http://www.harvardth.com
    We began emailing and texting back and forth with a guy named: Jason Garnett the dog seller who lives in Lincoln, Nebraska
    We emailed back and forth and I didn’t see any red flags because of how incredibly detailed the emails where that also included 10 unique photos of the puppy and a home video.
    He eventually lead me to a western union where he received $750 of my grandmothers money even gave me an invoice with all his information on it. After he said he would get back to me with my dogs flight information which is when i started to receive calls from “Virgin pet airlines” saying he needs a special crate and this would cost me $1600 . Luckily I started researching and ended the scam before the second transaction. There are tons of online sites like this that look legitimate. The phone numbers used are not traceable from what I have looked into.
    If I could stop one other family this Christmas from being scammed then this will all be worth it.

    1. Thank you for your post. I was working with these people today and felt it was a scam. Now I know no more communication. Thank you for saving us from being a victim.

    2. Oh my gosh! I just messaged them and it showed they live in Chicago so I asked to come see them. Thank you for sharing this information!!!

    3. They also have another website!! I’m so glad I saw your post! You saved me from losing $750! Thank you!!
      Their other website is:
      jhsphs.info
      They also emailed me multiple photos of the dog we wanted along with the home video of two of them playing.

  8. Just FYI, I got the idea to use reverse photo lookup from this super helpful post, and with one image, I found five separate fake scammer sites all using that same photo! I’m pissed because I emailed one of the sites this morning. Have not heard back, but I’m mad that the idiots now have my contact info. If its too good to believe, it always is.

  9. I have been searching for a French bulldog and last night I contacted a site called barret impressive frenchies. For 500 and 167 in shipping. He said I could have the little girl by Christmas. We live in Michigan and they’re in Dallas TX. I google earthed they’re address and nothing comes up. I just called him and he was very vague with my questions and after asking what vet the pups go to and other references, he said he had to let me go and call me back in 15 minutes. I haven’t heard back as of yet but, I guess my questions are has anyone heard of this site or have any good tips for questions to ask them. My husband and I are very wary and nervous. I asked him why the puppies were so cheap (shes champion blood line) he responded with it isnt about the money?! Please help..

    Much gratitude.. thank you

    1. Hello- has anyone responded to you about Barrett? I also reached out last evening and got the same story. He sent me additional pics and a video of the puppy we asked about. I also offered to fly there at my own expense (which he was willing) to see the puppy in person. I haven’t responded after seeing the video and decided to do some research. Your help is greatly appreciated!

  10. We are looking for a Frenchie for our daughters birthday and I found this website. They’re only $1000 plus shipping, seems relatively cheap. I emailed them and they were quick to respond. Any feedback greatly appreciated.

  11. Hello I am trying to purchase a French bulldog. Online from smart home French bulldogs , they are having a 50% off all pups and I will pay $980 for a female pup plus free shipping. This raises red flags. Any feed back or advice anyone could give me ?

  12. So my boyfriend and I purchased a puppy recently and we were no super smart about it but the guy did give us a bill of sale and both of us signed it so should we be worried that the puppy won’t show up? It has the dogs registration number and it’s parents numbers… I felt really good about the whole deal until now.. should we be worried?

  13. Does anyone have information on BlueHill French Bulldogs (Ohio)? Their website does t have any personal photos which always makes me wonder…

    1. Hi Pam,

      funny enough I was also looking at them today and have had a few emails back and forth. Have you heard anything back from them?

      1. I’m interested in Bluehill as well. I on the fence if they’re legit or not. I want Thor but want more details on him. I also googled the company and they had 12 complaints with the BBB. I can’t see what it’s about though.

        1. I also was interested in Thor! They pressure me for the $500 deposit and said I needed to send it in 30 minutes. I asked for a current picture of him with a paper next to him with today’s date due to scams I wanted to verify they had him with them. Immediately they told me he was just sold. Definitely a scam site!

          1. Wow this is crazy!! I also wanted Thor!! I live in Cincinnati, OH and emailed them, received and email back that seemed legit. They asked me many questions saying they do not just sell their puppies to anyone, so I responded to the email and received no response. I then texted a few days later asking if Thor was sold, and they said some man was on his way to get Thor that day, but if I sent them a $500 deposit, I could hold Thor before the guy got there. I asked them if I could FaceTime Thor and see current pictures before I send a deposit and drive 3 hours, and the person immediately got irate through text and told me why do I need pics when she looks the exact same as the pics on the site. I then called the lady out for being a scam, and we argued back and forth. I looked on their site a few days ago and Thor was still on there as available, but his birthdate has been changed to a more current date! They are definitely a scam and would advise everyone to stay away.

  14. I’m looking at a Frenchie puppy, in contact with French Bulldog Lovers with contact info in Williamsport, PA.
    Also see 4ever French Bulldog Family

    They want Western Union payment ($1500.)
    And deliver to my door.
    Seeing several flags, have you heard of them?

  15. Hi Pam and Justin and anyone else..
    Bluehillfrenchbulldogs and positivefrenchbulldogs are Scammers!!!!!
    They SCAMMED me out of $500. I called police.

  16. Has anyone used Luxuriousbabiez? I just spoke to the breeder on the phone & he answered my questions without hesitation, but the price point is so incredibly low ($600). Says they have another litter coming soon which is why they’ve discounted. I would have assumed if it was a scammer then they wouldn’t have called me when requested or been able to answer without hesitation. Thoughts?

  17. Hi, im also on the hunt for a reasonably priced Frenchie and have come across a few sites i feel to be scams.. one is Greenland French Bulldog and the other was Daniels Fenchbulldogs i believe.. i was just curious if anyone has had any luck or not with any of the classified listings, one of which is Hoobly.. ive seen some listings that just strike me as a scam but some seem realistic but the prices are are reasonable. Of course the listing would usually say the pups arent registered and so i just wonder if anyone has had any experience with classifieds and their input. Thanks!

    1. I was also wondering about them. We’ve had emails back and forth and they’re accepted payment forms are Moneygram, Walmart,and Bitcoin.
      Still unsure. That’s alot of money to just send and “trust” the unknown.
      Anyone have any insight?

  18. Has anyone bought from
    Neville French bulldogs home? Their pups are 50% off making them $995. Shipping to Ohio would be $150z Anyone think this is a scam?

    1. I would like to know about this place, too. I sent an email inquiry this morning regarding a pup and gave information about our family as a potential new home. A seemingly copy and pasted reply came back within 15 minutes and didn’t acknowledge anything I asked about in my email. Here’s the reply I got ‘Thanks for your interest regarding our French Bulldogs, puppies are 11 And 12 weeks old with a life expectancy of 12-14yrs.
      The pictures on our website are very recent. Before we proceed to the next step, I usually request all interested families to
      address a few of our worries/concerns and know what we expect of you when you become a new owner of one or
      two of our puppies so i hope you do not mind.

      1st. We will NOT place our puppies with anyone who has any history of
      child or animal abuse!!
      2nd. ALL of our new puppy owners must take time to educate themselves
      on how to properly care for their unique new French Bulldog child. and

      3rd. and last but not the least, We will probably turn down homes that
      have a large number of other dogs as our French Bulldogs
      crave individual love & attention. If you are able to convince us that
      you will share the love in your homes with these puppies, then
      we will consider giving you our puppy/puppies regardless of your
      location. We advise our potential adoptive families to take time and
      educate themselves on how to properly care for their unique new French
      Bulldog baby. You make them happy and i promise you, they
      will make you happy in return.

      We are based in Austin, TX . If you will not be able to make the trip then we will have to ship the puppy over to you.

      Shipping a French Bulldog Puppy within USA AND CANADA INCLUDES
      *HEALTH CERTIFICATE $60.00
      *PUPPY CRATE $50.00
      *CLIMATE CONTROLLED PET CLASS FLIGHT $40.00
      *FOR A TOTAL OF $150.
      The shipping processing time normally takes between 6-7 hours to complete this includes paper processing time. So the total to have
      One puppy ship over to you including shipping is $950 And for the money you can pay $700 now and the rest when you have the puppy at home okay. I will advice on the next step as soon as i read from you.’

      Anyone have experience with ‘Neville French bulldog home’ ??

      1. Hi- just from reading their email, there seem to be some grammatical errors. Sounds like they could be from foreign country. A lot of these scammers are based overseas and pretend to be in the US.

      2. I engaged today with the same company – Neville French Bulldog Home – I was interested in a puppy names Alex on their website. I received the same EXACT email, then when I said that I can’t engage b/c they are in TX (I’m in Virginia), they asked to speak with me, The man had broken English – sounds French (go figure). I asked if we could FaceTime or video chat so I could see Alex, he said we can’t do that until AFTER i make the $300 deposit via the website. I asked who are Alex’s parents – he said the parents are not on the website. I asked other questions about Alex that he fumbled around to answer. I asked if we could make the deposit AFTER video chat, then he said he has 3 other ppl interested in Alex – first come, first served, so unless I make the deposit TODAY, I will lose Alex. After we got off the phone, i sent him a text stating that we will REQUIRE the following BEFORE making ANY deposit: Additional photos of Alex, with a piece of paper w/todays date written on there to confirm he has the puppy and the puppy is as advertised. Also also said we require video chat to SEE Alex AND BOTH of Alex’s parents. I haven’t heard back – the communication went from being super attentive to nothing at all. After reading about how to tell a scam – i copied/pasted the entire “About” section into Google search, and it appears that exact copy was stolen from another website. Total scam…learned my lesson- glad I did before giving these jerks $300. From now on, we will only be engaging with legit breeders we can visit in person.

        1. Copying and pasting the About page- good tip!! Thanks for sharing your story and helping others not fall into this trap.

          1. Same here. It seems to be a scam. I received the same email back with pictures and everything. How can we report these people to the authorities?

        2. Wow, I just sent them an email regarding Alex as well! The site seemed to be legit but the price does sound too good to be true! If any hears anything it would be great if you can keep us updated on nevillesfrenchbulldoghome

    2. I inquired as well and got the same reply as Lindsey. Weird that they do not have a facebook page, nor any type of physical address. I searched the names on the testimonial page and reached out to the only one that I could find. Waiting to hear back. I know a couple people in Austin and plan on having them go by , if possible, prior to purchasing. Cute pups and seems too good to be true.

  19. hi so I have a website called ultimatefrenchiehome .com

    the guy seemed very personable, didn’t ask me for any information or down payments. But the price of $750 was bothering me a little and raising red flags. any suggestions ?

    1. So we were looking into the ultimate frenchie puppies as well and are pretty confused. The price is apparently $950 including flight and they want a western union transaction. They sent additional pics of the puppy that we’re interested in as well as a short video clip but still doesn’t feel right. Any suggestions?

      1. Hi- I wouldn’t recommend Western Union. Once you send the money, there is no protection or insurance on your end. If that is the only form of payment they accept, that’s a red flag.

  20. I came across a site Kenny french bulldogs. Tons of red flags. Horrible spelling and grammar errors. Puppies are $600. Free shipping because they have a “coupon” with the shipping agent. They sent me two emails of two different puppies I was asking about. They had really nice pictures. Then I looked at the details. On one web page the puppies were different ages. On the emails though, they were both 12 weeks and 5 day old. Huh! Stay away!!?!!

  21. i am so glad to have found this page and discussion thread as we are contemplating getting a second frenchie for our family. unfortunately, our sweet 2.5 year old frenchie has already undergone stemcell surgery and will likely have another in his future, which is heart-breaking. i am embarrassed to say that i missed the red flags, even though i thought i was dealing with an ethical breeder. i’ll also add that winning awards for kennel standards/excellence doesn’t mean a thing to me knowing what i now know about this breeder. even with a one year health guarantee, there was no way i’d exchange our babydog for another from a less-than-honest breeder. though we took our new puppy to our vet and he looked healthy upon inspection, his multiple health issues could only be identified through x-ray. i now have a list of questions / prerequisites before i will even consider supporting any future frechie breeder! i’d hope that someone who loves their dogs would want to home them to folks who care enough to have a thorough list of questions for the breeder. i want a breeder that treats their puppies as though they were keeping them.

    1. Oh Emily! My heart breaks for you, we are with you! Cooper has had life-saving surgery, pyloric stenosis, blocked nares, soft-palett surgery, IVV Disease, Cold laser therapy- it’s is heart-wrenching . Ours was a reputable “loving” breeder :(. It’s horrible. My little Momma who bred for Petland is 13 years old & in great health though.

  22. i don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a frechie, but after lots of looking, i would be wary of any costing less than $2.5k. here’s a list of the questions that i ask on the front end. while not everyone may think them important, they are necessary for my quest in finding a healthy, happy frenchie!
    how many litters do y’all have a year?
    do you raise other breeds?
    are the parents and puppies indoors with your family (other than outside playtime)? have you ever re-homed one of your mamas?
    would it be okay to visit your home?

  23. Hi Everyone, I have to share, quite honestly, Frenchies are a high maintenance, high end breed. Do not go in realistically expecting to find quality breeding and good health for under $2,000. They are dealt a rough hand structurally, believe me I know what I am saying. I have two, one AKC, champion blood-lines, show quality and one a puppy mill rescue momma. Our boy has cost us over $10,000 grand in surgeries, etc. Our female is 13 & she is not the age “norm”. They have the best of everything and literally monthly maintenance is at least $300 for food alone. They are not “bargain” dogs- do your homework, save up, be prepared! The are the most amazing dog ever but as with everything, you get what you pay for.

    1. I saw that and I am thinking the same thing. I have also been calling them and the number they provide is a text mail subscriber number. its a scam dont do it.

  24. We found two very cute Frenchies listed with Garden of Frenchies. “Clem” was going to give us a real deal for $1300 total for both and that included the $300 air fare. They would be delivered to our front door as soon as we sent the money via MoneyGram. We are afraid this is a scam. We wanted Ann and Luna. Have you heard of this place?

  25. I have been in touch with Kimfrenchiesin Minnesota Or Wisconsin, anyone have any information on this site, just from my correspondence with them and them asking for Western Union money, and they will fly the dog to New Jersey and have it delivered directly to my home.

  26. Anyone heard of http://kennyfrenchbulldogs.com?
    Emailed them a question; and got a response with a lot of info quickly. Then one shortly after saying the puppy we asked about sold. They didn’t pressure or ask for payment rather asked that we guarantee a good home for the puppy. Located in or around Detroit.

  27. Yes I was just scammed by purexfrenchbulldog. I sent 500 before it dawned on me to look up the address he gave me today and when I did the address was on Zillow and realator . Com for rent The house was vacant and I was glad that zelle has a limit to first time money recipients.
    Expensive lesson to learn

    Also smart frenchie bulldog was a scam. I didn’t fall for but asked to see today newspaper and they never replied.

    I am using AKC Merritt breeders list going forward. Good luck guys.

  28. Yes I was just scammed by purexfrenchbulldog. I sent 500 before it dawned on me to look up the address he gave me today and when I did the address was on Zillow and realator . Com for rent The house was vacant and I was glad that zelle has a limit to first time money recipients.
    Expensive lesson to learn

    Also smart frenchie bulldog was a scam. I didn’t fall for but asked to see today newspaper and they never replied.

    I am using AKC Merritt breeders list going forward. Good luck guys.

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