French Bulldog Info & French Bulldog Breeders

The French Bulldog is a small to medium domestic dog that originated in England and was bred to be a toy-size version of the Bulldog.  Frenchies, as they're commonly known, are all eyes and ears with a large almost square head.  Their soft melting facial expression is set off beautifully with superb ‘bat’ ears.  The ear shape is unique in the dog world, and without the bat ear shape and set, you don't have a Frenchie.  The other important breed characteristic is the short, undocked tail.

French Bulldog temperament

French Bulldogs are described as intelligent and courageous, however their wilful, stubborn nature can make them challenging to train. They require patience, repetition, and early socialization. They are playful and affectionate and their loyal, loving nature makes them a wonderful companion dog. 

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The ideal home for a French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are great house/lap dogs. They thrive on human companionship and are ideal for people that have time to devote to them. Their compact size and calm nature also makes them great indoor pets.  Frenchies can easily live with other breeds provided the proper introductions are done. They are good watchdogs, apparently barking for good reason and not 'yappy' like some of the other smaller breeds. The breed is considered very reliable with, and protective of children.

 

How much space and exercise does a French Bulldog need?

Frenchies can live happily in a flat and have fairly minimal exercise needs, but do require daily walks, even short ones of around 15 minutes, to keep their weight down. French Bulldogs can't swim because of their stocky physique so care must be taken near swimming areas.

 

French Bulldogs cannot live outdoors and precautions must be taken when exercising during hot or humid weather as they are prone to heat stress.

 

French Bulldogs and grooming needs

The French bulldog has only a single short coat that does not shed excessively and only needs occasional brushing. This coat type means that they do feel the cold and Frenchies living in cooler climates should have extra covering/clothing during winter.

 

Ears should be cleaned regularly with a damp warm cloth and run a cotton ball around the edge of the canal. French Bulldogs do not naturally wear their nails down and will need their nails trimmed regularly to prevent splitting and tearing.

 

 

 

 

How much can you expect to pay for a French Bulldog from a reputable, registered breeder? 

According to the French Bulldog Clubs of NSW & VIC, a puppy from fully health tested parents should be $4,000 - $5,000. 

 

Unfortunately, the huge increase in the popularity of French Bulldogs has created opportunities for unethical breeders who are exploiting the breed and charging $10,000+ for puppies.  In response, The Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) established a task force to investigate the corrupt practices affecting the breed (see Press Release March 2017). 

 

According to the ANKC, these breeders tend to exploit the premise of 'Exotic' and 'Rare Colours' by disregarding the breed standard and falsifying colour.  When colour is the main and at times only reason for producing a litter, health can and is at times compromised.

 

Does a higher price mean a better quality puppy?

The French Bulldog Club of NSW stresses that price is not indicative of quality, but is simply relative to what the public will pay (see FAQ's).  Quality to an owner should relate to the health and soundness of the puppy, whether for a pet or a show dog and proof of health testing should always be provided.  How well you can talk to and relate to the breeder, both before and after purchasing the puppy, is also of high importance.

 

 

Potential health issues in French Bulldogs

Reputable breeders will ensure that their dogs and puppies are free of issues that french bulldogs can face so be sure to ask for proof that testing has been done for the potential health problems listed below.   It should be noted that NONE of these tests are compulsory, but ethical breeders will do whatever tests are available to them to ensure they are breeding healthy, quality animals.

 

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) can cause extreme breathing problems for French Bulldogs.  The condition is associated with their face shape (long soft palate and narrowing of the nostrils), everted saccules and an underdeveloped trachea.  Dogs suffering from BOAS should never be used for breeding.  Good breeders aim to reduce these traits by selectively breeding for good palates and open nostrils. Breeding with fully tested specimens who exhibit both phenotypical (what we see) and genotypical (genetic makeup) healthy traits, helps to ensure that the offspring inherit desirable healthy traits - including good breathing.

 

Hemivertebrae – The French Bulldog has an average of 3-4 hemivertebrae. These are misshapen vertebrae that can occasionally cause severe instability of the spinal cord. Testing is recommended to reduce the incidence of this occurring. French Bulldogs can also suffer from Hip Dysplasia which can also be tested for to reduce the incidence of unstable hips. 

 

French Bulldogs can also suffer from luxating or slipping patellas (dislocating kneecaps). This usually requires surgical intervention to give the dog relief. Again, dogs with this condition should not be bred from.

 

Heart conditions - Cardiomyopathy, heart murmurs and pulmonic stenosis are some of the conditions that can occur.  Unfortunately, heart conditions are on the rise within the French Bulldog due to irresponsible breeders - for more information see Heart Health, The French Bulldog Club of Qld for more information. Dogs with any heart condition should NEVER be bred from. 

 

Hereditary Cataracts
Called "juvenile cataracts" to differentiate them from cataracts associated with old age or degeneration. Juvenile cataracts appear at an early age and because they are usually inherited, can be picked up with DNA testing.

 

Cystinuria (Type 3) is a genetic defect in the kidney tubules that causes bladder stones in male French Bulldogs.  Neutering is curative in dogs that are affected, but both males and females can be carriers and should be tested.  Cystinuria is thought to have arrived in Australia recently via dogs and semen imported from Europe.  Increasing numbers of Australian breeders are testing for cystinuria.  It should be noted that a specific test is required to detect type 3 Cystinuria - the French Bulldog version of the defect. Standard DNA testing is not sufficient.

 

 

French Bulldog general facts

The French Bulldog is a small to medium domestic dog, around 30cm high at its shoulders, weighing roughly 11 (female) –12.5kg (male).

 

French Bulldog colour variations

The only correct colours for the breed (Brindle, FawnPied) are illustrated in the images provided in the gallery.  In all colour patterns the pigment on nose, lips & eyes MUST be black.

 

  1. Fawn – with or without a black mask, ideally fawn should be clean and clear.
  2. Brindle – a mixture of black and fawn hairs creating brindle patterning (striping).
  3. Pied (Pattern) – White base with either brindle or fawn patches. Ideally, the white base should be clean and clear of ticking or spotting.

 

'Rare' Colours in French Bulldogs

If interested in a French Bulldog it's important to know that many inexperienced people breeding for profit only. For Profit breeders are asking very high prices for so called "rare" colours like blue, lilac, black and tan.  These colours are highly undesirable and can also include solid black, black and white, mouse, grey/blue, liver/chocolate and all patterns of these colours.    When colour is the main and at times only reason for producing a litter, health can be compromised. Breed clubs world-wide are united in their concern about the irresponsible and reckless exploitation of French Bulldogs, particularly by those breeders who aim to produce rare colours.  

 

French Bulldog Fad Colours

 

 

Purchasing a puppy based on a ‘rare’ colour preference is strongly discouraged. 

If you choose to buy a French Bulldog puppy for colour - ensure that prior to purchase you have proof of the correct (and complete) health testing of parents and the puppy - including certified radiographs of the spines and hips and DNA testing for all hereditary conditions.  See French Bulldog Health Screening Information.

 

Thanks to Frogwyck French Bulldogs and the French Bulldog Club of NSW  for contributing to this information.

 

Check our listings for Puppies for sale here and click on the links to our breeders below to go to their profile page.  You can also click here to search for Registered French Bulldog Breeders by location.  

 

If you are a small scale ANKC registered breeder and would like to be listed here, just contact us or follow a few simple steps .

 

We welcome helpful comments and contributions to information about this breed by email or below...

Registered French Bulldog Breeders

  Llachar - French Bulldog Breeder - Gold Coast, QLD
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Our family is well and truly owned by our French Bulldogs. We x-ray hips and screen spines on ALL our dogs prior to breeding - they have also proven ... read more
 Truiechien Frenchies - French Bulldog Breeder - Perth, WA
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I am a french bulldog breeder registered with ANKC. Daisy is a beautiful fawn French bulldog and has been bred with a handsome fawn stud Loui. I am ... read more
Alangrove ANKC French Bulldogs
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Here at Alangrove we are proud Exhibitors of our French Bulldogs and have proven much success in the Show ring and have been Breeders of Pedigree ... read more
Allegreto  - British Bulldog & French Bulldogs
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We have been involved with exhibiting and breeding the wonderful British Bulldog as well as the French Bulldog since 1998
We have bred multiple ... read more
AMOUREUX FRENCH BULLDOGS NZ
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French Bulldog Breeder based in the Central North Island New Zealand. Stud dog service also. read more
AnniePride Kennels
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Working, Family and Show. Registered Breeder with Dogs Australia. Breeding Quality Dogs - Pedigree, Papered, Dna Tested.

Registered Breeder Since ... read more
Avenir French Bulldogs - Breeder, Owner, Exhibitor
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AVENIR French Bulldogs Dogs Australia (ANKC) Established 2008. We are passionate breed enthusiasts in every sense of the word. French Bulldogs ... read more
Barjarz French Bulldogs and Bedlington Terriers- exhibitor and breeder, Victoria.
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Dedicated to beautiful, correct and sound French Bulldogs and Bedlington Terriers that meet the Australian Standard for the breed. My top winning ... read more
Beautaureau French Bulldogs - French Bulldog Breeder - Adelaide, SA
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Breeder of Quality, Health Tested French Bulldogs. Our dogs are part of our family, so when we do have a litter the puppies are raised in the home, ... read more
Bratrice - British Bulldog & French Bulldog Breeder - Sydney, NSW
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Breeders and exhibitors of Quality French Bulldogs and British Bulldogs. Genuine enquiries welcome. Please feel free to contact us any time. ... read more
Brindlelicus French Bulldogs - Brisbane, QLD
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Brindlelicus is a home based breeder of winning show dogs. All our dogs are hip and spine scored and DNA tested.

Our puppies leave leave our home ... read more
Bullfranco French Bulldog and Pug Breeder - Sunshine Coast, QLD
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We are a small breeder of French Bulldogs and Pugs. We love our dogs and they are part of our family. Being a boutique breeder we can concentrate on ... read more
Bullmonty - French Bulldog Breeder - Adelaide, SA
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BULLMONTY is a small French bulldog kennel. All dogs are part of my family and living inside, spoiled and given lots of love and best care these guys ... read more
Carrski - French Bulldog Breeder - Warragul, VIC
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Experienced Quality French Bulldog Breeder. Over 25 years breeding and showing experience. Quality and Temperament - Where only the best will do!
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Crymson - French Bulldog breeder - Perth, WA
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Crymson, French bulldogs ANKC
Puppys available for New Homes on 22/01/2022
We are a small family based breeder in Perth.
Puppies come Wormed, vet ... read more
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Here at FIREBULL we pride ourselves on temperament and quality. All of our dogs are raised as family members and are always socialized with ... read more
French Bulldog Breeder, Sunshine Coast, QLD
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I have been an ANKC registered breeder since 1995. My family & I all have a love and passion for the magnificent French Bulldog breed.

We are ... read more
French Bulldogs Perth, VONHALLA
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Perth French Bulldog breeder ~ ANKC Registered ~ Dogwest

Small and selective breeder with health, type and temperament always the top ... read more
Galerie French Bulldogs - Perth, Western Australia
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Hi, my name is Caroline, I have been involved with French Bulldogs since 2002 when I bought my foundation bitch, Lulu. I fell in love with this ... read more
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Please visit our Instagram page or website and feel free to send me a personal message.
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Granpaws - Newfoundland & French Bulldog Breeder - Tahmoor, NSW
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I am a breeder of Newfoundland's and French bulldogs I have been breeding for 10 yrs and helping people find the right breed of dog for your family ... read more
Jenone French Bulldogs - French Bulldog Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
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Puppies available now
I adore French Bulldogs and am extensively health testing and selecting matches based on those results to create the ... read more
Keoiloa French Bulldogs & Krazystaff Staffordshire Bull Terriers - Registered Breeder - Sydney, NSW
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Keoiloa French Bulldogs - The home of happy, healthy & elegant French Bulldogs. Although we have only been involved in Frenchies for a couple of ... read more
Kiangsi Kennels - French Bulldog Breeder - Adelaide, SA
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Our frenchies are are bred for type, health and temperament from top lines both here in Australia and around the world. All of our breeding stock are ... read more
Kloudknine French Bulldogs and Staffordshire Bull Terriers
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We started in the 90’s showing and breeding Miniature Pinschers. A few years later we began showing Italian Greyhounds. In 2001 we fell in ... read more
Koziam - Registered French Bulldog Breeder - Adelaide, SA
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We are registered breeders and exhibitors of French Bulldogs in South Australia. Started showing and breeding 30 years ago. My mother and I have both ... read more
Linhope - Cocker Spaniel and French Bulldog Breeder - Geelong, VIC
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We breed French bulldogs and Cocker Spaniels to the ANKC standard. We are passionate about the breed and also show our dogs!

We breed for health ... read more
Loulynla French Bulldogs- French Bulldog Breeder - Haly Creek, QLD
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We are on a property outside Kingaroy. (Kingaroy is about 2.5 hours from Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gympie, and Maryborough). We take pride in our ... read more
Lucky FatMike  French Bulldog Breeder - Gold Coast, QLD
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Lucky FatMike Kennel are ethical breeders of purebred French Bulldogs puppies for sale in Gold Coast QLD near Brisbane.

Registered at Dogs ... read more
Mambilou Kennels - French Bulldog Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
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Here at Mambilou we love Frenchies, enjoying them as part of our family since 2010, however over the last couple of years I have become actively ... read more
Maorga - French Bulldog Breeder - Gatton, QLD
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We are a small boutique breeder Maorga, with litters raised in our loving home with other dogs and our children around them, making them well ... read more
Meinrad Rottweiler, French Bulldog and Dachshund Breeder and Showing Qld
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I breed and show Rottweilers, French bulldogs and dachshund Mini Long Hair dogs. I have shown for years with loads of Australian champion dogs ... read more
Melitapaws French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers
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Owner/Breeder/Exhibitor Of quality Purebred French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers. A very small dedicated in home Breeder located on the outskirts of ... read more
Midaswell - French Bulldog Breeder - Geelong, VIC
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Breeder of French bulldogs since 2000 bred for health temperament and quality of type. Raised in a family environment with children and well ... read more
MITYANGU French Bulldogs - ANKC French Bulldog Breeder
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MITYANGU French Bulldogs are a small very seldom breeder who is all about the health and safety of the breed.

Puppies select their families and have ... read more
Mortonplace French bulldogs -  French Bulldog Breeder - Woodside, VIC
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We are based in Gippsland approx 3 hrs from Melbourne. We have a limited amount of dogs and breed when we are looking to retain ourselves. As we ... read more
MythicFrench French Bulldogs
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We are proud to announce our Purebred French Bulldog puppies that will be available to their forever new homes. We are a small breeder that breeds ... read more
ODDSKI & MATGO French Bulldogs Adelaide, SA
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At ODDSKI & MATGO kennels we strive to produce healthy French Bulldogs both in physical & temperament. We continue to improve the standard so ... read more
Opalus French Bulldogs - French Bulldog Breeder - Toowoomba, QLD
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Quality French Bulldogs, ethically bred to improve the breed (our focus is on breathing for a happy healthy puppy) - No Fad Colours. read more
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Pawfect pups - French Bulldog Breeder - Bennett Springs, WA read more
Penny French Bulldogs - French Bulldog Breeder - Warneet, VIC
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We are a small family breeding program. We are striving for better health in French Bulldogs. We’ve gone above and beyond with our health testing ... read more
Perfectly - Boston Terrier Breeder - Bega, NSW
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Here at Perfectly, we provide nothing but the best for our fur babies. If our pooches aren't inside with us or outside helping with the daily ... read more
Preciousbull - French Bulldog Breeder -  Lewiston, SA
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Preciousbull Kennels has there two French Bulldog to our show team, Have been showing and Breeding British Bulldogs for many years. Exhibiting ... read more
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Protectabull is a small French Bulldog Breeder located in Northern Brisbane. We pride ourselves in breeding for temperament first and mostly and ... read more
Rapturous Pugs and French Bulldogs - Cairns, Qld
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Pug and French Bulldog breeders, Show handlers, and dog lovers. We enjoy showing our pugs and also breed our fawn and black pugs in North ... read more
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Registered Breeder of Australian Bulldogs & British Bulldogs & French Bulldogs.
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Safrenchier - French bulldog breeder - Adelaide, SA
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French bulldog breeder and stud service quality health and beautiful temperament USA Hungarian and Russian bloodlines with champion lineages. read more
Silkston - French Bulldog & Sharpei Breeder - Victoria
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Silkston Shar Pei & French Bulldogs is situated in South Gippsland Victoria, amongst tranquil dairy farming Typical Silkston Puppy country. Our ... read more
Starzlechien French Bulldog Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
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We fell in love with Frenchies 14 years ago and they have been in our lives ever since. Our dogs are our family and are all raised in our home. We ... read more
Strongjean Frenchbulldogs and Griffons
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I breed healthy French Bulldogs and Griffons. I have been breeding French Bulldogs for show and family pets for 20 years. I also breed Brussel ... read more
Therapaws Kennels - Labrador Retriever Breeder - Geelong, Victoria
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*** wait lists are FULL for 2020 & 2021***

We are a small, family owned kennel, breeding for excellent health, conformation and temperament of ... read more
Tufsteen French bulldogs
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We are a small show home with our focus on importing, exhibiting and breeding beautiful healthy French Bulldogs true to the breed standard. ... read more
Twilight Kennels - French Bulldog & British Bulldog Breeder - Huntly, NZ
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I am a small kennels based in the Waikato. I have been involved in breeding and showing french bulldogs for over 20 years. I have recently started ... read more
Veryloyal French Bulldogs Brisbane
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Ethical breeder of French Bulldogs located on the Northside about 1 hour from Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Registered with ANKC / Dogs QLD we strive to ... read more
Vomfira Kennels - American Staffordshire Terrier & French Bulldog Breeder - Melbourne, VIC
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VomFira Kennels is a family owned kennel, based in Melbourne Victoria. Our dogs are part of our family and we believe in quality over quantity and ... read more
Wittongapark French Bulldogs - Sunshine Coast QLD
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Ethical breeder of French Bulldogs since 2015, located at the Sunshine Coast about 2 hours from Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Registered with ANKC / Dogs ... read more
Wunya French Bulldogs - French Bulldog Breeder - South Coast, NSW
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Wunya French bulldogs is situated on the lovely south coast of nsw, we are a small kennel that promotes ethical breeding. Our goal is to better the ... read more
YaArnz Staffords - Staffordshire Bull Terrier & French Bulldog Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
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Long time breed enthusiast, very breed passionate, owner since 1998.

Staffords are my heart dogs, I love everything about them.

Producing ... read more
Zulubul Kennels - Staffordshire Bull Terrier & French Bulldog Breeder - Brisbane, QLD
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We have owned and bred Staffords for 5 years, and showing for one year. Our kennel is located on 10 beautiful acres, our dogs have ample room to run ... read more