The French Bulldog – or Frenchie – is a good-natured companion dog. Their affectionate, even temperament makes them a good option for families.
Despite the name, the French Bulldog was originally bred in England as a miniature bulldog in the 1800s. Nowadays, it’s an enormously popular pet and the second-most registered breed in the UK.
Because of its popularity, Frenchies can be expensive – with puppies averaging around £2,000 at the time of writing. But while being a purebred dog, you can sometimes get lucky and find French Bulldogs that need adopting.
What’s the best pet insurance for French Bulldogs?
It’s difficult to point to one policy that is best for Frenchies. You’ll need to find cover that works for your budget and personal circumstances, such as how much you can afford towards vet fees.
There are a few things to weigh up, however. There are some conditions that are common to French Bulldogs, which can be expensive to treat.
It’s worth considering a level of cover that will adequately compensate you for Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS), for example. This is a group of conditions resulting from their body conformation (short noses), which can impact various aspects of the dog’s life – from digestive problems to sleep deprivation. Treatment may become necessary and can easily run into the thousands.
We paid over 700 claims for BAOS in 2020 and French Bulldogs were the breed that claimed the most for it. The average BOAS claim was over £1,000 and it’s a condition that might need claims over multiple years.
When looking at cover levels, remember that BOAS is just one condition you may claim for in a year and there could be other things your pet needs treatment for.
While not as expensive to treat, French Bulldogs can often develop skin conditions. Atopy, for instance, can cause irritation and itching – most commonly in the feet, ears, belly and folds of the skin.
When it comes to diagnosing your pet, you might consider a policy that includes vet video calls. In the event that your Frenchie looks unwell, this means you can consult with a vet face-to-face, without the need to take your dog to the surgery and it won’t cost you anything.
All Bought By Many policies come with unlimited free vet video calls through FirstVet. It’s there for you 24/7.
It’s also worth understanding the type of policies available. Such as cover that can be referred to as ‘lifetime’. This means that the vet fee limit resets each year you renew your cover, so you can continue to cover conditions that develop year after year.
Some other kinds of policies have limits on the amount you can claim for a condition or during a certain time period, and once your reach that limit you can’t claim again.
All Bought By Many policies have an annual limit that resets each year you renew.
Speaking to other French Bulldog owners about their experiences could prove helpful, and you should gather some tips and recommendations.
You can also look at insurance providers reviews and awards. At Bought By Many, we were voted Pet Insurance Provider of the Year at the 2021 Moneyfacts Consumer Awards and have thousands of 5-star reviews on Feefo. Find out more about our pet insurance.
It’s also worth considering what a company offers other than insurance. All Bought By Many customers have access to free vet video calls 24/7 through FirstVet. We also offer a 50% discount on the first two months of a VetBox subscription that will deliver flea, tick and worm treatment to your door and a free year’s membership of TrustedHousesitters so you can access verified pet sitters when you’re away.
We offer various levels of cover to suit your needs. Our Complete policy can cover £15,000 of vet fees each year and it’s the most comprehensive policy in the UK.
How much does French Bulldog insurance cost?
This depends on the level of cover you choose, where you live and the age of your dog. Pet insurance for dogs is likely to cost a few hundred pounds a year.
It is often slightly more for French Bulldogs because they’re likely to develop conditions that are more expensive to treat.
The cost of pet insurance doesn’t depend on the breed alone. The age of your pet will also play a part. Getting cover for a puppy will be cheaper and older dogs are likely to cost more to insure.
We have policies that can cover pets of any age. If your pet is over nine, you’ll have to pay a higher excess and a co-payment when you claim, which helps keeps the cost of your annual policy down.
The price may also be influenced by factors such as where you live. If you live in a city where vet treatment might be more expensive, for example, then it’s likely to be a bit more expensive in order to cover your pet.
To get the best price for pet insurance, it’s smart to shop around. If you use comparison sites for quotes, make sure you’re comparing like-for-like in terms of policy benefits. And don’t just go for the cheapest insurance if could leave you underinsured. Before opting for really cheap pet insurance, check the exclusions and limits in the event of a claim.
Why is French Bulldog insurance so expensive?
Getting pet insurance for French Bulldogs can seem more costly than cover for some other dogs. Pet insurance prices – or any insurance prices for that matter – are relative to the likelihood and cost of claims.
In the case of Frenchies, the cost is sometimes above average because – due to being brachycephalic (or flat-faced, if you prefer) – they’re more likely to suffer from certain conditions. As mentioned, these can be expensive to treat.
Is pet insurance for a French Bulldog worth it?
Again, you need to make the right decision for your circumstances. As some potential treatments can be expensive, you may feel it’s worth having a safety net.
If you do want to get your French Bulldog insured, you’ll also want value for money. It’s a good idea to weigh up all policy benefits before you commit.
With Bought By Many pet insurance, there are certain features that you might feel are right for you. For example, with our policies, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- Video calls: Unlimited inclusive video calls with an experienced vet
- Money off treatments: Discounts on the first two months of flea, tick and worm treatment subscription – delivered straight to your door.
- Year’s free membership with TrustedHousesitters: With TrustedHousesitters, you can get verified users to look after your pet while you’re on holiday. And it costs you nothing, saving money on pet sitters or kennels.