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Blackhawk Bulldogs
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Blackhawk Bulldogs Pricing

$1000 or more for deposits are required to reserve a puppy.  
Deposits are non-refundable.

STANDARD COLOR PRICING (fawn, red, piebald, brindle)
$2800 - $3500 – Limited AKC Registration

NON-STANDARD COLOR, RARE COLORS (blacks, seals, blues, chocolates, lilacs)
$3800 – 10,000 – Limited AKC Registration

MERLE COLORS (blue, seals, chocolates, lilacs)
$4,500 - $20,000 - Limited AKC Registration

**Limited AKC Registration (Pet homes) includes a spay/neuter clause in the puppy contract.
**Full AKC Registration may be available to approved small in-home breeders. No Kennels.  
**Full Registration will be higher in price
**Prices are subject to change due to fluctuation in the market

Why do Bulldogs cost so much?

Bulldogs are a very popular breed - number 4 in the United States!  There are several reasons why bulldogs are so expensive.  It's not just because everyone wants one!  Here is why:

First is the cost to purchase a breeder quality female (and sometimes male) to use for breeding.  Second, those individuals will need to be (and should be) DNA tested against the common diseases that this breed can carry.  You should ask the breeder you choose if their stock is DNA tested.  If not - you may want to consider another breeder. 

The cost to a breeder for a litter can run between 1500 - 3000 (not counting their time or the cost of a stud fee).  The litter size average is 4.  There are many trips to the vet to get the female prepared for breeding, shipping costs and artificial insemination costs as well.  

Then when the litter is born a breeder will spend every few hours with the pups and mom during feedings.  Bulldogs don't always make the best mothers as then can tend to accidentally lay on a puppy among other reasons.  Most puppies of any breed are closely watched and assisted for the first few weeks after birth.  

C-sections are required for this breed.  The puppies tend to have large heads and wide shoulders.  This is a special breed which requires human help to bring a litter of puppies into this world.  They are worth every penny and once you have had a bulldog in your life - you many never want to be without one.  Most breeders sell their standard color pups between 2000 and 2500.  

Never buy a bulldog with a registry from any other source other than AKC.  Other registry groups have less standards and mixed breeds are much easier to pass off as there is no tracking system to record the pedigrees.  If you want an English Bulldog then do not accept anything else.  

So why are Rare Colored Bulldogs even MORE expensive?

The blue and black tri colors are the original colors.  After the English Bulldog was outlawed for bullbaiting in 1835 the breed came near extinction until it was saved by breeders.  They turned this breed into a companion and show animal. The first Bulldog breed standard was written in London in 1879.

When it first became a show dog it came in black or black and white.  Somewhere along the line it was written into the breed standard that a solid black was undesirable.  This is because it was such a common color.  

So the reason why black and black tri bulldogs are rare today is because it was such a popular color.  Whenever there is something that is too much of - it becomes boring.  As a result, breeders started breeding their stock to avoid black colors.  Whatever becomes rare, unusual or unseen becomes desired. 

If you want to buy black, blue, or any other color that is not considered a standard color it can be very hard to find one for a couple of reasons.  It is difficult to find a QUALITY individual in those colors as there are not a lot of them available.  Price range is normally in the $4000 to $5500 or more for black tri puppies.  Pricing for blue puppies is $8500 - $14,000 or more if you can find one.   The same holds true for the two newest colors - Lilac and Merle.  Tri's in the Lilac are about the same as the blue.  Pricing for the Merle color is $10,000 to $30,000.  Plus - finding a reputable breeder of quality puppies who focus on quality first is also hard to find.  

​Breeders who breed rare colors CORRECTLY are rare, mostly because they are subject to much criticism among other breeders and labeled as greedy or only in it for the color of the dogs.  Rare colors are special and you pay more for them.  You don't see them every day.  Out of a litter of 7 you may get one or two that are a rare color if you are very lucky.  These special pups may cost a lot, but you are getting something not a lot of other people have.  

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Jacki & Bradley Musser
McNabb, IL  61335