My background and Why I chose to Breed French Bulldogs
I spent 10 years working with animals and the public as an educator and animal handler at the #1 zoo in the country. During my time there, I learned the dedication and science of breeding animals and what goes into responsible reproduction. While working for the zoo I pursued my master's degree in zoology in a program developed by Miami University that was operated and implemented at the Cincinnati Zoo. During this time I had the unique opportunity to work with and learn from the Center for Research of Endangered Wildlife. The focus of the organization, and my master's programs was to create better technology and programming to improve genetic diversity in endangered plant and animal species.
There are many parallels between that grad research and breeding French bulldogs. The pool of genetically strong and desirable Frenchies gets fewer and fewer as more irresponsible breeders enter the breeding world, and legitimate well-educated breeders leave. Health testing for genetic diseases is only one aspect of breeding responsibly. The structure of their face and body is a very important factor in whether your Frenchie will live a long, healthy life.
It is my passion to produce only the healthiest of dogs. In addition to being healthy, I find it equally important to breed for temperament. There has been a great deal of research done that has concluded that many behavior traits have a genetic basis. Studies have shown that shyness, fearfulness, and boldness (aggression) are heritable. I only intake Frenchies into my breeding program that can pass the basic therapy dog assessment, and puppies/future possible breeding dogs that show a high aptitude for intelligence. I follow the same standards in selecting puppies that are used to determine if a puppy is likely to be successful for training as a service animal.
If you have any questions about French bulldogs, genetics, or how to determine if a breeder is reputable feel free to contact me!