|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.
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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