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Owner buys 'purebred French Bulldog', but soon realises the breeder lied to her

french bulldog yorkshire terrier mix puppy on blanket dog-wow © bethlouiseeexo - TikTok

If you decide to purchase a dog, it’s very important that you go to a reputable breeder. Why? Because otherwise you might end up in a situation much like this one.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the , Updated on the

The lockdown brought on a huge rise in the demand for puppies, with people wanting a furry friend to keep them company during the long months stuck inside.

But sadly, this brought along a lot of problems, with backyard breeders and puppy farms popping up all over the place. With demand being so high, these “breeders” were often able to get away with selling their puppies for top dollar, even on the internet, without putting any effort into the care or welfare of the animals.

Woman buys French Bulldog on Gumtree

And people who weren’t careful fell victim to these scammers often not suspecting anything until it was too late. One such person was Bethany Cupples, who decided to buy a French Bulldog puppy for her mum in May 2020. 

She found a puppy advertised as “purebred” for only £600 on Gumtree, an unusually low price for a French Bulldog. Thinking this was a great deal, she instantly went to pick up the 5-week-old and took him home.

French Bulldog turns out to be a very different dog

But as the puppy grew up, it became clear that he was far from a purebred. While the pup has somewhat of a Frenchie face, his hair is more wire-like, much like a terriers. In fact, dog experts say he looks like a cross between a French Bulldog and a Yorkshire Terrier.

Thankfully, this didn’t put his owners off, who love him just the way he is. They are lucky that his looks were the only thing that were “off” about him, as many puppies sold online have very poor health as well (due to their bad breeding).

We will never say it enough: NEVER BUY A PUPPY ONLINE! If you do decided to buy a dog, make sure you’re doing it from a reputable breeder. This kind of behaviour only encourages the puppy farming industry, and encourages poor animal welfare.

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