Full Rights vs. Companion Dogs

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If you have been thinking about purchasing a French Bulldog puppy, I am sure the terminology can become a little confusing. This is especially true because sometimes terms are used interchangeably. I will go over some of the terms, and what the language mean precisely. Hopefully, this will help in your search for the perfect dog or puppy.

Full Rights

When a French Bulldog puppy (or adult) is purchased with full rights, this indicates that the owner will be permitted to keep the dog intact. This term also implies that the buyer is permitted to breed and show this dog. This option is usually chosen by those who, even though they do want a pet, would like the option at some point to breed and show. Breeding and showing of this dog is not mandatory. They can remain companion dogs only if the owner wishes.

Limited Registration

If a puppy or adult Frenchie is purchased with limited registration, this indicates that the purchaser is NOT permitted to breed this dog. The dog may or may not be intact (usually they are not intact). The kennel clubs will not register offspring from this dog. However, some kennel clubs will allow dogs with limited registration to compete in sporting events and “fun” conformation shows. Limited registration is usually chosen by those families who are looking for companion dogs, but still want proof of documented pedigree.

Pet Price/Pet Home

French Bulldog puppies are often only available to pet homes at a discount of what a puppy with full rights would cost. Puppies that are available to pet homes are either surgically desexed before leaving to their new home OR the buyer must sign a legally binding contract agreeing that this puppy will be spayed or neutered within a certain time frame. This contract usually states that a pet discount will be void even if the dog is accidentally bred. Some French Bulldog breeders also have repossession clauses in the event the dog is bred. Puppies sold with pet pricing to pet homes are intended as companion dogs only.

Why Are Some Puppies Sold As Companion Dogs or with Limited Registration and Others With Full Rights?

There are many reasons that breeders choose whether to allow breeding or showing of a Frenchie, or if it is not permitted at all. Below are some of the most common reasons:

Pet Home/Limited Registration/Companion Dogs:

  • The puppy may have a physical or genetic defect that could be passed down to offspring.
  • The puppy may have a show disqualification (such as a bad bite) that can be passed on to offspring.
  • The dog may lack breed type, and is not the best specimen for breeding or showing – but they make great companion dogs.
  • The dog may have a trait that is not welcomed in the show ring (such as dog aggression) that would be passed on to offspring.
  • The breeder may have an exclusive bloodline, and would rather that only trusted, chosen, and experienced breeders have breeding stock from them.

Full Rights:

  • The dog is of breed type and appears to be a good candidate for showing and/or breeding (although not usually mandatory).
  • The breeder is allowing the puppy to be sold with full rights, but with stipulations (such as hobby breeding only, only to be bred under a specific amount of times).
  • Buyer preference: Dogs purchased with full rights may stay intact, and can remain companion dogs. Some owners prefer not to desex their pets even though they do not intend to breed.

We hope that this post has been helpful. Please contact Coyote Frenchies with any questions on our policies, or if you would like more answers not covered here.

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