How much is that doggy in the window and does it come with a certificate of authenticity?
Because, judging by a TikTok video viewed over 3 million times of the before and after of a “purebred French bulldog”, “purebred” can be a very loose term.
A woman in Huddersfield in Yorkshire was shocked when the “purebred French bulldog” puppy she bought as a birthday present for her mom not only was NOT purebred… she wasn’t even French! But, honestly, Bethany Cupples had her suspicions from the start.
In 2020, Cupples found the most adorable French bulldog puppy on Gumtree, a site for online classified ads, like Craigslist but local to the UK. The average cost of a purebred French bulldog puppy in the UK can be between $1,800 and $4,500 but Cupples found her pup listed at 600 pounds (around $741 in US dollars). A wild variance in price of a purebred puppy is usually a sign that something is amiss whether it be possible health issues or that the puppy isn’t technically pure.
Arriving to collect the “French bulldog” puppy, who become known as “Luna”, Bethany admitted she was “very surprised” and sensed that something wasn’t adding up… but she was instantly in love.
But as Luna grew older, that something that didn’t add up became pretty hard to miss. Her hair grew longer than the average Frenchie and she began to sport a tiled (or long) snout as opposed to the classic bully dog squish face. A trip to the vet confirmed it. This was no French bulldog.
Luna is a ““Frorkie”, a mix between a French bulldog and a Yorkshire terrier. Try to say that three times fast.
Despite the obvious difference, Cupples and her family could not be happier with Luna.
“No matter the breed or the price, we welcomed her into our family with open arms.” said Bethany, speaking to LadBible, “She made our family whole and we wouldn’t change her for the world, she has the most amazing personality and is a funny individual.”
As for the Frenchie/Frorkie mix-up? Cupples doesn’t believe it was intentional and holds no grudges. When Cupples initially picked up Luna, she found the puppies to be very well-cared for and the environment healthy.
“The seller did just make a honest mistake. I wouldn’t doubt the seller to be a bad seller or breeder. The condition of the puppies were left in was immaculate, and they were well nourished and fed”.
Just goes to show, even if you wait to buy the perfect purebred, you may end up with a fun mix regardless. But hey, all dogs are good dogs.