|Barked: Tue Oct 19, '10 3:59pm PST |
|I LOVE LOVE LOVE my bulldog! LOVE her! I have never had a time in my life when I didn't have a dog, but my bulldog is hands down my favorite dog EVER. EVER. She is a CHALLENGE to train, absolutely. Stubborn to a fault, very independant and super intelligent. That is one of the things I love best about her. I KNOW she listens to me because she WANTS to. And believe me, they let you know full well that it is their CHOICE. She can not be forced into anything, she is extremely sensitive to tone of voice, mood and attitude. When you read about their sensitivity, believe it.I am amazed at the difference in how in tune she is to me & our family vs all the other dogs I have lived with(German Shepherd, pit bull mix, lab mix,english setters, samoyeds, collie, collie mix). None of them were as sensitive as Audrey. I LOVE that about her. Many people give up trying to train them, but I promise you it CAN be done. Mine is very reactive around other dogs, made much worse by a dog park attack. The other post described my girl perfectly, high energy that turns to aggression. We have hired a CPDT trainer to help us deal with it.
My bulldog at 23 months has no chronic health issues. The techs at the vets office always tell me they can't believe she smells so good, because most of the bulldogs they see stink. She had a rough period around a year old, but it turned out to be entirely food related. Once we fed her properly, no more issues.
Make sure you check all the health tests performed on your potential puppy's parents. Hips, eyes, heart. There are bulldog breeders who unfortunately do NOT consider health before they breed, and those are the expensive horror stories you hear about.
The problem with Olde English bulldogs is they are not a standardized, established breed yet, so there is no telling really what you will end up with. There are different crosses , different sizes, and different temperaments. You would have to go by the parents/grandparents and really get to know them to try to determine what the pups will be like.
English Bulldogs are expensive, for pet quality expect to pay at least $2,000. They are worth every bit though, there is no other dog like them!
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