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What Can You Tell Me About English Bulldogs???

If you are wondering what is the right dog for you, this is the place to be. In this introductory forum we talk about topics such as breed vs. mix, size, age, grooming, breeders, shelters, rescues as well as requirements for exercise, space and care. No question is too silly here. This particular forum is for getting and giving helpful, nice advice. It is definitely not a forum for criticizing someone else's opinion, knowledge or advice. This forum is all about tail wagging and learning.

  
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Opheila

It ain't over- till the fat- kitty sings
 
 
Barked: Wed Sep 26, '12 2:52pm PST 
Okay I surrender...just when you talk yourself into no you are perfectly happy with your one perfect dog and of course you don't need any more work or mess or...
Doggies start raining from the sky
I was at a local store this afternoon and the young man who works there is always chatty. He works at the store and does construction as a second job. His wife is a nurse and works long hours.
I used to see this bully girl hanging out in the shade beside the store. Immensely obese, about a year old, one of those dogs thats so fugly she's adorable. Except for the weight probably from lack of exercise...seems happy n healthy...here we go again...how might she be with Pookins? With cats?
Nice thing is the store is less than a block away. I could just walk her over to visit.
Question is do they have alot of health issues???I can't afford like a full hip replacement down the road ya know???Any feedback is welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!hamster dance
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Niki

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Barked: Wed Sep 26, '12 6:19pm PST 
Health issues - YES! They have a ton. My friend has one and has invested a ton of $$ into him already... he had complications from a neuter, gets lame easily from some leg problem, and is sensitive to anesthesia. He also gets VERY hot in the summer and quickly overheats. Breathing is definitely compromised from that short nose ... he snuffles, pants, and snorts 24/7. Honestly, he is a walking health hazard, despite being a bit taller than the standard.

English Bulldogs can also very pushy. People think they are these cute, squishy, jolly dogs, but they can have all the "bully" tendencies. They are hugely overbred and 99% of the breeders out there are in it for the money! Oh and they can't give birth without a c-section so expect show lines to be expensive as well. Definitely a breed that requires thorough research and a financial commitment.

If you like their personalities, consider a bulldog or bulldog mix from a rescue. There are plenty in need of good homes.
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Rocky *CGC*- With the- angels.

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Barked: Thu Sep 27, '12 12:22am PST 
If you don't want a dog with a lot of health issues, don't get an English Bulldog....

My Aunt has two and my sister is obsessed with them and finally got her first one a few months ago... She paid £1600 for the pup and yes, he's adorable but his life span is not too long at all, her pet insurance is super expensive because of his breed and the likelyhood that he will suffer with his health is very high.

My Aunts two are awesome. But, one has an issue with yeast so smells bad constantly. The other one cost her a lot more money because she had complications whilst she was getting spayed and had to stay with the vet for a few weeks... She also used to have another one but she flew them from England to Ireland when she was moving house and unfortunately, Pumpkin died on the flight :o( The only explanation she was given was that 90 % of dogs that die in-flight, are bulldog breeds...

All that being said, they are truly amazing dogs! So much character, so much attitude lol and they really don't like to exercise puppy
I agree with the 'so ugly they're cute' statement... Lol. But my sister's pup is the most adorable, stumpy-legged, snorting puppy ever!!!

I do love the breed but due to breeding issues of the last few years and their health problems, I wouldn't get one.... There was even a breeding ban on them a few years back, in The UK... Just because people were over breeding them and in-breeding them :o( Poor doggies.
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Buster

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Barked: Thu Sep 27, '12 2:13am PST 
They can be very sweet dogs but the life span is only 6 years or so and many struggle to mate or whelp naturally frown. Although with the KC here bringing in restrictions on the number of c-sections a bitch can have more breeders are at least trying to have them whelp naturally. There are alternatives the old tyme bulldogs etc but I don't know how healthy they are.

They're very expensive mostly because they need a lot of assistance for a natural mating, then a likely c-section and then mum and puppies have to be closely supervised, I know all new litters should be watched 24/7, but they're so clumsy they can squish the puppies easily. Then on top of the money you pay for the puppy there's all the vet trips

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Opheila

It ain't over- till the fat- kitty sings
 
 
Barked: Thu Sep 27, '12 9:33am PST 
Well I wasn't looking to breed or anything and she's free. Like you say though the guy paid alot for her from what i understand. My only experience with them was an aunt who always had a bulldog. A series of them actually. The last one would sit there snorting on the couch, the grandkids could climb all over and except for the danger of getting wonked by his big ol blockhead he loved everyone, time to research...
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Taggert

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Barked: Thu Sep 27, '12 10:08am PST 
Free? I would ask why.

YOu need to clean out every fold around the face especially. You will have to brush their teeth because the way their palate is makes it difficult to keep or develop healthy dentition. They are prone to allergies and candida, so they should be on a grain free diet. YOu might need to make sure you keep their hindquarters clean too. Not all of them are limber enough to clean back there.

It's the little things like that that give them a reputation as a stinky breed: bad breath from poor dentition, farts from allergies and sensitivities, and brachycephalic faces swallowing too much air when eating; unable, because of the way it's built, to clean itself properly; candida in the ears and skin folds. But a well cared for bulldog these problems can be worked on, just like you have to groom the coat of a poodle, you have to care for the skin of a bulldog.

Some breeds are better at regulating their own intake and others are gluttons. These are one of the gluttons. They should not be free fed or you wind up with the morbidly obese...and they need exercise. sometimes more than they can get without having heat issues and breathing trouble. they're heavier than thy look. Also they are cuddlebugs who become very attached to their people. Dignified, farting, snoring, drooling, loyal cuddlebugs.
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Buster

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Barked: Thu Sep 27, '12 11:50am PST 
Some can breathe pretty well there's even bulldogs with agility titles but you have to be wary of hot days etc. I don't know about hips they're not scored here as routine but those that have been have been terrible frown. There's a test for kidney stones I think available but it's not all that accurate yet.

They generally are big soppy dogs and I think people forget just how much weight and power is behind them until a behavioural problem occurs. They need a lot of training and socialisation.
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Barked: Thu Sep 27, '12 12:23pm PST 
Just a word about hip scores: alot of dwarf or dwarfish dogs fail OFA. Their bones are curved and sometimes they just don't fit into the socket joints pefectly like greyhound hips do, for example.

I'd put more stock in Pennhip, which does a distraction index.

Ive known dogs to fail ofa, but have really really tight hips, but that might just be cardigans. Just saying that you can't always judge hips by one method alone.
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Farley

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Barked: Thu Sep 27, '12 1:40pm PST 
Not sure if this was mentioned but along with many health problems, they also tend to have the lifespan of a giant breed. [ETA I just noticed Buster did mention this smile ]

My sister in-law has one and he has many skin, structure and dietary issues.

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Audrey- Hepbull

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Barked: Thu Sep 27, '12 6:53pm PST 
Bulldogs CAN have many health problems. They are very expensive dogs and far too many simply see dollar signs and breed unhealthy dogs.

Why is this dog free? That is something that I'd want to know.

You must be super uber diligent in heat. Their short mouths mean their tongue, which is their way of cooling, is farther back and less is available for cooling. Heat stroke is one of the main causes of death for bulldogs.

My bulldog is allergic to corn and wheat, which I do not consider a "breed" issue as much as an inappropriate food for a carnivore.

Once we switched her to a fully carnivorous diet, she has no smell, no gas, no yeast, no ear infections, no issues whatsoever.Her coat is soft shiny and gorgeous. She is not overweight, she can breathe, exercise and run around just like every other dog I've ever had.

My bulldog is S T U B B O R N. I have NEVER in all of my life encountered such a headstrong, independent thinking, single minded, tenacious, bullheaded creature! She was the top dog in all her obedience classes from novice through advanced, but she has to WANT to do something before she will do it.

She was attacked at a dog park when she was 8 months old, and even the trainers we hired had a tough time trying to get her over her need to attack every single dog she sees. Now we just avoid all other animals. Very serious personal family issues have prevented us from really working through her "issues".

She has pinned the cat so many times he finally gets it that he needs to stay the heck away from her. She is not playing. She wants a piece of that cat.

I have had dogs my whole life as a child and as an adult, and I have to say that my bulldog is the greatest challenge. She is even more stubborn that our German shepherd that used to take off every chance he got.

But she is absolutely my most favorite little animal in the entire universe.

I do not even have words to describe how much I LOVE and completely adore this dog. She has the neatest most unique personality. She is DELIGHTFUL to be around. My husband has never understood why people like dogs so much. Then we got Audrey and now he GETS it.cloud 9

No matter where we go whenever someone sees her they smile. I am lucky that my bulldog does not suffer like so many do, because I did not choose a breeder carefully enough.

The BCA has been seriously advocating health testing, and now you can choose a dog whose parents have passed tests for hips, eyes, heart, trachea, pattelas, etc. There are more and more bulldogs doing agility and obedience. Look up Gabe the Bulldog. His newest thing is pulling a cart, I don't even know what it's called but I am 100% positive that he WILL earn whatever he attempts!

I KNOW you are not buying this dog, but the potential really is there for her to have some major problems. Ask lots and lots of questions before you fall in love, because those precious wrinkly faces really do have a way of sucking you right in!

I will now ALWAYS have a bulldog. I waited until I was 40 years old to get one, and now have the rest of my life to make up for those empty 40 years.
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