Le Pepite Frenchies is a small, experienced breeder, established in 2018 with a family of Frenchies nationwide. Producing quality French bulldogs
Located in Northern Virginia, Davd and I (Danielle) have loved frenchies since high school, finally purchasing our first French bulldog puppy in 2018, Elsa, a Black Trindle Pied.
After studying with our mentor for two years, we produced our first 2 litters in 2020 with Poppy (our Blue Fawn Merle Pied co-own) and Elsa.
We're proud to be members of AKC and CKC.
Health testing through UC Davis or Animal Genetics and proper pairings based on DNA, structure, and temperament are very important to us.
Elsa is a very driven dog, while Osiris is a laid-back goofball. These two make the perfect pair to balance.
We specialize in exotic colors such as: Blue, Lilac, Merle, Tan Points, Chocolate, Platinum, and Isabella varieties while maintaining functionality and great health so families can have a great, fun, and reliable companion.
We expect parents to take their new addition everywhere!
We also train all our dogs. Training starts around 5-6 weeks of age. With treats, they learn basic commands like sit, down, and wait.
Starting at 5 or 6 months, 10-20 lbs, we start using tools like mini educator ecollars and prong collars. We teach commands such as: come, sit, down, place, heel, wait, off, and no.
All tools are used as communication devices.
We work with the training company "My Dog Listens" to help maintain a healthy, balanced, and happy household.
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All of our puppies and dogs are cared for in a loving home environment as part of the family, never raised in cages.
Our puppies enjoy various activities throughout their day including puppy socialization, pad training, photography, learning commands, and puppy play time.
All Puppies Come With:
Vet Wellness Record
Welcome Home Kit
1 Year Health Guarantee Contract
Lifetime mentoring for puppy parents and breeders who we work with!
Home to Osiris Son of Miyagi!!!!!
Colors and DNA
Colors are something we’re very passionate about.
Understanding what you can create and knowing what the dogs color DNA is before a breeding is VERY important, especially if you have certain goals.
Knowing what genes are dominant:
Agouti A Locus has many sub genes like, fawn/sable(ay), tan points(at), and recessive black(a).
The fawn/sable gene(ay) will almost always dominate over blue (dilute- d) and tan points (at) but is not dominant over Brindle. With Fawn you can achieve Blue Fawn, Lilac Fawn, Chocolate Fawn, Isabella Fawn. The colors express within the Fawn.
K locus Dominant Black is also another dominant gene with sub genes like KY (allows the agouti gene to express- also known as no brindle), KB (Dominant black – with no tan points expressing), and KBR (Brindle).
For our first breeding experience, we co-owned a Blue Fawn Merle Pied female with another breeder.
One of the puppies produced seemed to be born full Blue. As he grew, the Blue faded into Fawn.
His DNA is: ay/at (fawn/tan) EM/EM (black mask) d/d (blue dilute), n/co (carry untestable-coco), E/E(black), n/s (carrier pied) – Not carrying Brindle.
So, although he is full Dilute Blue and carrying only one copy of each Tan and Fawn, the Fawn overpowers the Tan. Blue will express but is lessened with the fawn (you can see a tint within the fawn). Also, because he is a Merle you can see some Blue spots, especially in his face.
With our goals and preferences, that is why we chose Osiris. He does not carry fawn, brindle, or pied (which expresses with two copies). However, due to the versatility of pied, we still adore it.
Osiris is a carrier for Blue(d), Recessive Black(a), Tan Points(at), Testable Chocolate(b), and Coco (formerly Untestable Chocolate- Co).
The reason we say Carrying ISABELLA is because he carries one of each b and d. Paired with another b d they can produce Isabella.
For new shade, the DNA would be bb dd coco
New New Shade is bb dd coco atat
– Although Osiris is Merle, he is still registered AKC.
AKC and ABKC do not (at this time) recognize “fad” or “exotic” colors for show, however they are still able to be registered and can compete for points in other areas like agility.
Having Osiris as our stud gives us an added benefit:
We don’t have to use an outside stud and we can do breedings right here in our own home! We prefer ai (artificial insemination).
Females start on Bstrong around 6 months of age. Bstrong is a vitamin supplement that supports great reproductive health, in both puppies and adults. Once the females reach 20-24 months of age, they will be ready to breed.
For the process of artificial insemination, all females begin the process of progesterone testing at day seven, as its imperative for proper timing of insemination.
Progesterone testing is a blood test that measures the reproductive hormone levels of the females. It can often take four to five tests for the females’ levels to rise to the proper number and up to eighteen days. Once the hormone levels reach a certain number, the ai (artificial insemination) is then performed.
Starting at 6 months of age, males are given “oxystud” which is a multivitamin supplement that supports male reproductive health, and we begin prepping for breeding. Once males become of breeding age (seven-twelve months), their semen is then evaluated by a licensed veterinarian. Counts, mobility, and motility are all assessed.
We have our own microscope to check before each In House breeding to make sure the semen is viable.
All Shipped Semen will be prepared and boxed by our Licensed Veterinarian. The box will include a Semen Analysis. Fedex
The ai (artificial insemination) itself is simple and rather fast, no longer than thirty minutes. Semen is extracted into a cup or bag and drawn up into a syringe with some air to help push the semen through the pipette. The syringe is then attached to a pipette that is inserted into the female. The female then stays elevated for ten minutes and will then be refrained from using the bathroom for at least thirty minutes.
If you’re interested in using our stud Osiris, we offer sided by side in person ai (artificial insemination) or shipped semen (shipped via our Veterinarian through Fedex).
Due to sexually transmitted diseases even found in dogs, we do not offer natural breedings for the safety of our animals and yours.
If you wish to reserve Osiris, see the link below!
We whelp all our litters here in our own home.
It is important to us to go through the entire process with our females. It creates an incredible bond between the two of us.
We feel the females should be in a calm and familiar environment from start to finish. We are their family after all.
Before Covid we were encouraged and invited into the operating room to help rub puppies and wake them up from their c section.
Our Females, despite what some other breeders choose to do, will always have c-sections due to the size of the puppie's heads and the width of the females’ hips. Things can get tricky; pups can get stuck, you can lose a puppy, an entire litter, and even the mom.
We coparent with our females. We’re there every step of the way. We don’t just leave them in a room to whelp by themselves.
Within the first 30 minutes of getting home we put the puppies on to eat, but usually must hold mom down due to grogginess and safety of the pups.
Over the next 16 – 24 hours we’ll keep mom separated between feedings and always sit in the box with her while feeding.
Once we see how she handles the situation, she may or may not be allowed to free feed. There have been litters we can free feed, others we couldn’t. It all depends on how the mom takes the litter.
Every litter is different and how mom handles each round varies too. Each experience is different for her.
We have cameras set up all over so we can monitor puppies no matter the situation.
During the first two weeks, we feed every 2 hours around the clock, putting our own comfort and sleep aside.
Once we hit the 2 weeks mark, we can extend it to 3 hours.
At 2 weeks we can cut nails.
Around 3.5-4 weeks we can push to 4 hours.
During this time, we start the weaning process with a homemade puppy mush/mousse.
Puppy mush is a blend of puppy kibble, goat's milk – raw and unpasteurized, and boiled or filtered water (to adjust consistency).
We let the Kibble soften with the goat's milk and then puree it in a food processor or blender.
To help with bone and cartilage development, we top their mush with cottage cheese or yogurt – just a touch.
Around 5 weeks, depending on their teeth, we'll start a very, very soft soaked kibble, adding a squirt of salmon oil and touch of coconut oil for shiny coats.
At 6 weeks we’ll start slightly soaking, and ears will be standing!
If the ears have a hard time we'll use a moleskin patch secured with skin glue adhered to the ears, topped with half of a nasal strip for added support. We do not favor taping. It creases the ear and if you're not careful, can cut off circulation completely. This results in a permanently floppy ear. Thanks to our vet, who passed on information about how to post German Shepard ears to help us with ours! We only needed to use posting once but with great success!
By 7 or 8 weeks they’ll be on dry food.
During the entire whelping period we watch for aspiration, eye infections, skin problems, mastitis (mammary infection in mom), breathing issues, and all other abnormalities.
Once your puppy comes home, around 13-14 weeks of age, you'll notice the ears may fall or curl back, This is because of teething! Don't hesitate to add some cottage cheese or yogurt to their food during this period.
Whelping services available on a case by case basis. Pricing starts at $1000/week, Please include 1 box of potty pads and 1 box of baby wipes, as well as a bag of your food for mom at drop off.
AKC vs CKC
Pricing is based on kennel registration, full or limited rights, and color with or without DNA testing and results.
Elsa and Dahlia are both CKC registered
Osiris and Portia are both Dual registered with AKC and CKC
But what’s the difference between AKC and CKC?
AKC - Registers purebred dogs with AKC parentage ONLY.
CKC- Registers purebred and mixed dog breeds
AKC - Recognizes 175 purebred dog breeds
CKC- Recognizes 450 purebred dog breeds
AKC - Registry has been keeping records since the 1880’s
CKC- Registry has been keeping records since the 1990s
AKC is the breeders’ choice for these reasons:
AKC only recognizes purebred dogs, while CKC allows owners to register mixed breeds.
AKC has been keeping records for over 130 years, therefore the dog’s lineage can be traced back a long line. Versus CKC’s 30 years.
AKC offers many, many different options and benefits to breeders and puppy parents. Training courses, breeder kennel registration, pet insurance, and more.
But that’s not to discredit CKC at all!
Elsa and Dahlia are currently only CKC registered but we have a complete pedigree on them, and they have great lines from well-known breeders! Dahlia is off Biggie smalls of Don Blue and Elsa is from Dezinerbullz lines in general.
Because Dahlia is from Elsa she couldn't be registered AKC.
The reason they couldn’t be registered AKC is because some of the kennel clubs in Europe aren’t accredited through AKC, so AKC doesn’t accept transfer. However, after a few generations of breeding to AKC sires, your “next generation” litters may be approved for AKC registration.
If your dog isn’t AKC registered it may be almost impossible to become so, depending on the situation.
If your dog is registered CKC, you have the pedigree of at least 3 previous generations, and you wish to TRY to get them accepted into AKC you’ll need to send a complete pedigree to AKC. They will then check and evaluate the dogs’ pedigree to see if there is enough AKC lineage to approve, most of it being on the sire’s side. They do not accept blood tests to prove breed or purity of breed, they only want to see AKC lineage, therefore they don’t accept any “new” unregistered dogs into their program.
If you wish to register your dog with CKC, it can be quite simple.
There are a few options:
Option 1: if the parents of your puppy are both registered to CKC already, all you must do is used your signed form, go to the website and type in all of the information.
Option 2: If one parent of a puppy is AKC and the other CKC, you can still do the same, but it may take some additional information. Like the AKC breeder’s information and approval
Option 3: Starting from scratch- You will be asked to fill out paperwork. In that paperwork you will be asked to provide 2 witnesses verifying the authenticity of the breed and 3 pictures of the dog, should you be starting with no other parental information.
What’s nice about dual registering (or just being registered CKC) is that you can send CKC - the dog’s AKC pedigree. They will upload all the information into the system so when you register a CKC litter, parents can purchase a complete pedigree!
For example. Elsa’s litter was registered CKC. Since both of Elsa’s parents and Elsa’s pedigree are already in their system, her side was ready to go. However, without the father’s side, you cannot purchase a pedigree. Osiris is dual registered, but until now CKC didn’t have any of his lineage in the system, so I sent them his full AKC pedigree.
CKC offers photo id cards, photo registration, photo pedigrees, pedigrees, and members have the option to add a picture of their dog to the registration papers. Breeders can be added to a trusted breeder list.
What do we think of registrations?
We feel that if you can purchase a pedigree for your pup or view parental pedigree whether it be from AKC or CKC, why limit yourself to a pet based on club registry?
We call it registry blindness.
Just because breeders prefer AKC, doesn’t mean CKC dogs are any less healthy or that they’re poorly bred. Just make sure when you’re looking for your breeder, that they do the necessary testing to ensure healthy, happy puppies.
Over time, we think CKC will become just as popular as AKC or maybe more. REMEMBER, just because a dog is REGISTERED and PUREBRED doesn’t mean it was WELL bred either. Which is why it’s so important to find a reliable and educated breeder.
No Puppies are raised in raised crates, raised crates, cages or kennels.
We treat all our dogs and pups as family members. They can play as much as they like.
One of our favorite tools is the Enrichment Cube. The cube is made of pvc, plastic chains, with toys attached to the chains.
Puppies are also raised alongside our Dobermans, exposing them to large breeds. We expose our puppies to different textures, sounds, and smells. Photography is also a big part of their time here.
Nine weeks of one-on-one loving care
Spending two months with their mother and siblings ensures that Le Pepite Frenchies puppies develop a healthy dog-personality and a well-balanced nature.
During these nine weeks, pups taste different foods. Starting with moms’ milk, then puppy mush made with puppy kibble and raw unpasteurized goats’ milk. As they grow, cottage cheese and yogurt are added for calcium to strengthen bones and cartilage.
They then transition to soaked kibble, soaked kibble mixed with hard, and finally hard kibble.
All pups will arrive fully transitioned to kibble.
We use turf to help them become acclimated to the feeling of grass without the risk of contracting parasites in the yard during the early and vulnerable stages of life, helping you with an easier and more graceful potty-training transition.
Why is Le Pepite Frenchies different?
World Famous Blood Lines:
Osiris is the Son of the Famous Mr. Miyagi.
Elsa – Black Trindle Pied comes with Dezinerbullz lines
Dahlia – Blue Pied- Le Pepite Frenchies Elsa and Biggie Smalls whose father is from the Don Blue lines.
Portia – Platinum- comes from Spalding Farm Bullies lines, short and compact.
Superior health- All parents are health tested through UC Davis or Animal Genetics to ensure proper breeding. Every Le Pepite parent dog has been health tested and color tested.
All puppies come with a Le Pepite Health Guarantee that is valid against all genetic illnesses:
No puppy will ever be affected by any of these genetic disorders:
Canine multifocal retinopathy 1 is an inherited eye disease characterized by areas of retinal detachment. The disease does not typically lead to blindness or vision deficits.
Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is an inherited neurologic disorder of dogs characterized by gradual muscle wasting and loss of coordination typically beginning in the hind limbs.
Hyperuricosuria is an inherited disorder characterized by elevated levels of uric acid in the urine that can lead to the formation of bladder/kidney stones.
Juvenile hereditary cataracts are an inherited form of cataracts that commonly cause blindness in dogs by clouding the lens of the eye and affecting both eyes symmetrically.
Potty training in progress – We use turf to acclimate and familiarize to the feeling of grass with all puppies. Most of our puppies by the time they get home are almost potty-trained making everyone’s lives easier from the start.
First Shot (Five way- Duramune max 5) and Deworming (pyrantel Paomate) are included with your pup. Along with a vet wellness record that we acquire before you pick up your puppy!
They’re Sociable with children and other dogs. Raised in the pack, familiar with dogs of all sizes.
Your nugget’s story begins and ends with lifetime support of the Le Pepite Frenchies family.
The moments when a Le Pepite Frenchies puppy first meets their new family, are the most magical. Every presentation is an emotional one, filled with anticipation, excitement, happiness, and even nervousness. Nervous because the breeder is entrusting you with this little, tiny, precious and adorable life. But not to worry! You are now a lifetime member of the Le Pepite Family.
Instead of one and done, Le Pepite Frenchies offers Lifetime Support through your journey with your French Bulldog.
Not only are we here for parent support, but breeder support as well!
We’ll check in from time to time and enjoy when you check in with us or have questions.
No more days without laughing. Your Frenchie will be one-of-a-kind. They make the bad days great, and the great days the best. Take them on all your adventures to enjoy every aspect of your bond. Ours go on field trips all the time: to work, restaurants, stores like- Home Depot, Lowes, Nordstrom, Tjmaxx, Marshalls, Homegoods. They enjoy walks and running through water sprinklers. Elsa even enjoys a good float on a raft in a pool.
We’re here for every great moment and all the ones that aren’t so great too.
Bring them to visit and play.
Meet us for dinner, lunch, or coffee!
Reach out anytime! Guaranteed quick response.
Retiring French Bulldogs.
While we love all our dogs and they’re part of the family, it’s unrealistic to keep everyone.
We carefully choose where the retiring adults are placed and we don’t often have them because we are so small.
Placement is based on the personality of the dog, special requirements if needed (Such as- needs another dog to hang out with or doesn't like crates), and the routine and lifestyle of the new parent/family.
They are loved here, but when they go to their new homes they blossom into a forever pet, expressing amazing traits we maybe not have experienced before.
One of our retired females, Poppy, was like a ping pong ball, always bounced off the walls. Now in her new home she has become “Zen” dog. She enjoys naps, cuddling with her little Frenchie brother (who is also from us), playing in the water hose, sweaters, and rolling in the grass.
Often, we rehome these ladies for a small fee but require spay as soon as they go to their new homes. We do not like to spay at c – section because there are risks.
All retiring dogs will come with a contract, vet records including vaccines, and microchip that can be registered to any free lifetime site. Upon spay, we will issue registration with transfer of ownership.
***NOTE. Be cautious. Scammers are on the rise!”. *****
We advertise on Facebook, Instagram, this website. We -Danielle Lindsey or David on Facebook frequently post to groups or comment on things. So if you go to our Facebook page and see that Danielle has commented on a post – that is us.
Most of our photos and videos are watermarked with our logo. Anything outside of Danielle Lindsey, David, or any Le Pepite Frenchies Account is a scam.
When in doubt (or not) ask to facetime, video chat, or for the breeder to send a photo of the puppy you’re interested in with a place card or paper next to the puppy with “today’s” date.
Make sure the breeder has a contract in place.
Don’t send money in any way that is untraceable.
Don’t pay everything upfront, a security deposit is ok, but if someone asks you for the full amount before pickup day (when picking up in person), something isn’t right.
Ask for references: Past clients, other breeders, and veterinarians.
Look for multiple ways of contact on the website.
Be the first to hear about new litters, availability, and helpful pet advice.