Post # 1
So because we have been plagued with the “When are you having babies” question since we got married, we decided to get an english bulldog puppy that my hubby has been dreaming of for years. We had spent a lot of time researching the breed, but it is still the first time either of us has had a bulldog. Are there any tips and tricks from other bulldog owners? Any would be wonderful!
Post # 3
I’ve never owned a bulldog, all I know of them is that they can have issues with stinky gas. I just wanted to say that you must post pics when you get one! FI and I both adore bulldogs and there is nothing cuter than a wrinkly bulldog puppy!
Post # 5
aw I cant wait to see pictures!!!!
Post # 6
Man, bulldogs are just plain cute, puppy or not 🙂
I work as a mobile groomer, and I have handled quiet a few of these guys. Always just big babies. I have noticed though, and in addition to what Jaynee said… their butts smellllllllllllllllllll terribly! Every single one of them! And Im just not talking about gas, it just doesnt seem to matter how well my bathers scrub it either! This may be TMI but just keep this in mind :/
Post # 7
my advice: get vet insurance that doesn’t have breed restriction payments if you can find it. They are pretty unhealthy (ranked most expensive dog breed to own).
Gas can be tamed by food choices (we feed raw and when she doesn’t eat raw she farts like she’s declared chemical war on us)
you have to keep their skin folds clean and dry or they get yeast infections.
After observing them in the park, I think they’re socially awkward – they don’t get it when a dog says back off, they hump a lot, and my dog hates ’em. I’d start early with training to try to curb that and also consider getting a female and hope she doesn’t hump (and get them fixed when they’re at the right age).
I don’t think much of a dog breed that can’t breed and have litters on its own, but it takes all kinds to love all kinds.
Post # 8
They need to have the folds on their face kept clean. They can develop a yeast infection in them if they are not cleaned.
Post # 9
I think #1 is just understanding how much they can cost. They often have medical issues and as pp’s said, lots of gas.
That said, they are typically very silly and sweet, but can also be aggressive towards other dogs and sometimes people. It seems if they get an idea into their heads, it is pretty difficult to get it out. I have yet to see one that is extremely well trained. I also agree with jindc that “socially awkward” does seem to describe them rather well.
Also, be sure that if you have a pool, it is closed off. They aren’t exactly the best swimmers. My husbands childhood bulldog drowned this way.
Post # 10
I have an english bulldog, three years old, which i love! the first year there were some health concerns, cherry eye in both eyes ($1000/eye, but were living in new york). After the first year, he was healthy. tips, they are gassy and snore, but are the cutest cuddlers. We keep his wrinkles and paws clean, babywipes after each trip outside. He is stubborn, b/c he loves going his way on our walks. But overall he gets along with other dogs, but he went to daycare for several months as a puppy. We have a 1 year old pug/chiauaua and they totally cuddle and play well together. They are awesome pets, and our babies! You will definitely be more social with these dogs, b/c everyone comes up to us. There is the occassional humping, but overall decreased when he got neutered. Sometimes he is weird with kids, but more kids who don’t have their own dogs and approach him oddly (he feels threatened). good luck!
Post # 11
Congratulations on your new addition! My husband and I have a 4.5-year-old English Bulldog named Bauer, who is the apple of our eyes. As first-time bulldog owners, here are some things we have learned over the past few years:
- Bulldogs tend to be very stubborn… ours is extremely strong-willed. So, start training your bulldog as soon as you get him. If you find yourself struggling with the training, find a good trainer to assist you.
- As others have mentioned, bulldogs are prone to many health problems. Ours has hip dysplasia, which we treat with daily glucosamine pills. In addition, we have to monitor his ears frequently, as he is prone to ear infections. If you can, I highly recommend pet insurance.
- Work hard to keep your bulldog from becoming overweight, as obesity can make their health problems worse.
- Due to the way they breathe, bulldogs can overheat very easily. As a result, you should not leave your bulldog outside for long periods of time. I have heard several heart-breaking stories where bulldogs have died from being outside in temperatures over 85 degrees for as little as 15 minutes.
- There are many quality dog foods available. But, based on a breeder recommendation, we feed Flint River Ranch Trout & Potato (Fish & Chips) Nugget Dog Food. This food has limited ingredients, which can help with dogs who have food allergies (provided that your dog is not allergic to one of the ingredients, that is).
Bauer is our first bulldog, but he will not be our last. Despite the health issues and stubborn temperament, our boy is sweet, loving, and silly. He is low-energy, and would do almost anything for a tummy rub. So, enjoy your bulldog… they are such a special breed.
Post # 12
For pet insurance, be sure they won’t limit things because you have a specific dog. We have a shelter mastiff and they’re good about paying for things for her because we don’t think she’s a pure bred. But they have specific things for specific breeds that they won’t cover (VPI).
Also, no matter what kind of dog you get, you’ll meet lots of people. I recommend seeing if there’s breed rescue before you spend all that money on a dog. They are VERY expensive from breeders because of how hard it is for them to mate (read up, it’s ridiculous).
Post # 13
DixieDeb mentioned what I was going to say, that others left out: about the heat 🙂
Some very close friends of mine have two bulldogs & I just LOVE them! Like others, use wipes to clean their folds, and they switched some sort of organic dog food & the gas has gone down alot.
English Bulldogs are just sooo cute, I love them! They are one of my most favorite breeds!
Post # 14
I have one. She’s 3 years old. Cherry eye surgeries in the beginning were quite expensive. But I believe that’s our fault for not doin a good job of checking out our breeder. Bulldogs tend to have a lot of allergies, so we had allergy testing done on ours.
They basicly do the tests to find out what they are allergic to. Then they create a vaccine type thing so you can give it to your dog and gradually build up their immunity to what they were allergic too. So for about a year we gave ours her shot (they can teach you how to do it and with all those folds ours just sleeps right through it). She’s doing so much better and is having hardly any flare ups.
We did start her on a hypo-allerginic food. The only problem with that is that they don’t have much fiber, so our girl was having some issues ‘going’ 🙂 The vet suggested adding a scoop of canned pumpkin or raw oats to her food. Now she’s pooping like a champ HEHE.
You have to post a picture of your new addition. Here’s one of Petunia when she was small 🙂
Post # 15
I just wanted to jump in for a second to make sure you find a REPUTABLE breeder to get your dog from (if not rescue). Generally I recommend rescue first (and still would) but because these dogs are soooooooooooo popular they can be really hard to find. Usually they’re in rescue groups, not shelters, and the requirements for adopting can be really really high. Assuming that doesn’t work out, make sure you find a reputable breeder. This means someone who takes orders for puppies before they have them, breeds and shows dogs, lets the dogs live in their home with them, does genetic testing, etc.
Again, because these dogs are so popular they are really easy to find in pet stores and backyard breeders, and by getting a dog from one of these places you’re first really encouraging a horrible inhumane practice, and also setting yourself up for LOTS of health problems.
Sorry to be a semi-debbie downer but I always worry about this with new pets 🙂
Post # 16
Thanks so much for all the tips! Great info! And @petunia123, holy cow, she is adorable!
We researched as much as we could beforehand because we know they are a breed with a lot of problems. But my hubby is just as stubborn and once he knew he wanted one, that was that. We tried to go through a rescue but were denied because we live in a house with pugs that haven’t been fixed yet. They aren’t ours, so we can’t do much about it. 🙁 So we went through a breeder that seems reputable just to check out the puppies and of course we came home with one. He is adorable but will be a handful. We watch him like a hawk and are starting right away with training. He is our first baby! 🙂 My hubby is so proud…