Bull dogs…

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We have a bulldog. DH got him as a puppy 7 years ago. He’s definitely showing his age but is still active and happy with no major health concerns. Average lifespan of a Bulldog is ~10 years. Comparitively we recently had to say goodbye to my 16yo girl, she was a mixed breed (diagnosed with cancer when she was 13), we also have a 6yo mixed breed that I rescued as a puppy who acts much “younger” than the 7yo Bulldog who is more of an old man. No breathing problems, but he does snore!

Personally I love mutts! I think they have less overall less health concerns. 

Post # 4
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@chica95110:  I have had bulldogs for 20 years, I love this breed. We’ve had probably 10 -12 bulldogs over this time because we get adult dogs. Sometimes they are retired from breeders, sometimes they are rescue dogs.

Health problems vary. On average I would say that yes they come with more health problems than a mixed breed dog.

Their heat sensitivity is a real problem. We just don’t take them anywhere is warm weather, let alone hot weather. One of my rescue dogs had a mild heat stroke last spring–it was 83 degrees F and I had taken him on a walk that about 4 blocks long. ack, I know better!

Common problems are eyes (entropian & cherry eye)  and elonged soft palettes. Your quote of $5,000 for soft pallete reduction surgery is ridiculous, but you live in California so se la vie. The last such surgery I had from the board certified surgeon (not someone in general practice) was $1,200.

Many of them have skin problems. Of the 20 or so bulldogs we’ve cared for (our own plus rescue dogs) I’ve only had one with very bad skin problems. He is my current dog! We adopted him from rescue becuase I loved him and he needed expensive medication for his skins. It will run about $1400 annually.

His case is unusual. All of the other bulldogs we’ve had have pretty stable health one we get eyes and (someonetimes) palette fixed up. Most of them require eye drops in later life.

We changed to Frenchies as a breed a few years ago because I wanted to try smaller dogs, but the Frenchies are just too bossy and terrior-like for me.  We still have 3 Frenchies (all rescue dogs) but I won’t get more Frenchies.

Bulldogs are the funniest, sweetest dogs–they are like two year old children in fur suits. They love you so much! They are silly and stubborn. They will entertain you like nothing else, everyone loves a bulldog!

If you are dead-set on a puppy, so be it. But adult dogs are nice AND you can see what they look like and get an idea of their health problems. It doesn’t have to be a rescue dog–many show breeders will give up a dog when the dog isn’t winning or they’ve had two litters (the maximum good breeders will breed.)

Honestly, if you don’t go to a good breeder, you will not know what the dogs will look like as an adult. Many backward breeders and mill dogs are cute then they are puppies but the are long, gangly, and un-bulldog like when they are grown. A lot of these dogs end uup in rescue, people give them up when they wee what the dog looks like.Don’t risk that, go to a show breeder.

If you want a bulldog, you want a typey dog even if you are nogt going to show him. It’s really sad, all of the long legged, long snouted dogs I see out there. People have noe idea what they are buying when they get a puppy.

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