Can I afford a breed whose care can often be expensive? Most of the dogs with the longest lifespans aren’t too much smaller than the bulldog and include breeds like the beagle, cockapoo, and the Australian shepherd. The first change was finding a grain free food as bulldogs often have allergies to grains. This figure includes an estimated purchase price and complete monthly upkeep expenses. Question: Are English Bulldog's noses supposed to be crusty on top? Owning a Bulldog: The One Stop Guide for Finding & Caring for Your Bulldog eBook: Johnson, Susan: Kindle Store I wasn’t introduced til 2010 and my first thought (don’t hate me): that is the ugliest dog ever! on December 09, 2014: Congratulations on this Hub of the Day - it is very deserving of the award. I really like active dogs. Here are 10 things you should know before owning a bulldog. List Land gets commissions for purchases made through links in this post. The English bulldog, which is normally just referred to as a bulldog, is the most recognizable descendent of the Elizabethan-era bait dogs of history. Well done. Then again, we know, when the occasion calls for it, those same eyes can be very aware, caring, gentle and fun-loving too. Breeds like Australian shepherds, Alaskan malamutes, and Siberian huskies require tons of exercise and need to run and play every day. Despite their brief lifespan, the English bulldog has continued to grow in popularity. When not writing she enjoys HITs (high intensity training), a nice Rose, and her guilty pleasure the RHA (real housewives of Hot-Lanta). Krista is an English bulldog owner and rescue volunteer. FlourishAnyway from USA on December 09, 2014: It's the responsible thing to do to educate yourself on a particular breed if that's what you're interested in. If after reading this article you answer "no" to any of these questions, please rethink bringing this breed home. Bulldogs can have many health care needs and problems. They’re also habitual chewers which can mean lots of destroyed shoes and other household articles. The word dignified is also used to describe these occasionally obstinate dogs, and it’s not uncommon to see a stubborn streak shine through their determined countenance. This breed attracts attention everywhere you go. A Bulldog may not be the right choice for every family. When she plays or gets hot, her eye waters, and that deep wrinkle beneath draws away the water and pools all the fluid. Support List Land! These pockets can collect filth and become easily infected. I don't think bulldog is the right one for me. Mary A. Charles from Port Angeles, Washington on December 09, 2014: This was interesting. No lower forms of human life than those who exploit animals and those who keep them in business. They may be able to give you some training tips or connect you with someone who can help. Bulldog owners often have their own ways of keeping wrinkles clean such as using soap and water, cotton balls and witch hazel, or baby wipes. I like that you promote adoption. Unfortunately, dogfighting took its place as a popular sport until England banned it in 1835. Aubie has larges ones under each eye and about four around her nose rope that require deep cleaning. Toys and bedding: £70 ($90). Great hub. I love smushing their squishy faces. In this article, I will highlight the pros and cons of owning a Frenchie and also help you identify a reputable breeder to deal with. While none of the dogs was classified as lame by the conclusion of the study, all dogs showed at least some level of abnormal development. The American Kennel Club (AKC) suggests that bulldog temperaments should show resoluteness, courage, kindness, and equitable behavior. In the dog world, some breeds can no longer give birth naturally and have no choice but to undergo the procedure to bring new puppies into the world. After using eye drops and a warm compress to reduce inflammation, the area can be massaged downward and back into place. When adopting a dog, one of the concerns future owners have is whether they can provide the dog with enough exercise and outside time to keep the dog healthy and happy. Keep an eye out for any drainage or discoloration when cleaning the tail pocket as these can be signs of infection. Bringing a bulldog puppy into your home can be a really momentous occasion for your family. Once infection sets in, it can be difficult to treat because of the location. Now that you have heard my reasons why owning a bulldog will be the best thing to ever happen to you, I hope you consider these beautiful dogs. Cherry eye is attributed to a congenital weakness in the gland's attachment to the eye. Answer: Neither of my bulldogs has been aggressive, so I don't have personal experience with this. This is really helpful if one is planning to have English Bulldog. Local veterinarians are also a great source for finding reputable breeders, as well as a place to adopt rescue dogs and shelter dogs. Bulldogs are perpetual children: they never grow up. In these cases, owners may choose to have their tails amputated, which often makes a huge difference. Author: Krista Johnson. P.S. Also, be consistent in your training. 2. We have a baby buller,, 19 weeks old,, he is just adorable, yes, high maintenance but we wouldn't be without him,, not our choice but our son who is always working. This swelling can prove deadly during birth. Left on their own, an English Bulldog's wrinkles can become inflamed, yeasty, and/or infected, making your bulldog uncomfortable and causing bigger health issues if left untreated. In fact, an article from The Guardian reveals that the breed has become the most popular dog in New York City but that its worldwide popularity has become problematic due to the increased number of puppy mills created to satisfy the public’s need for new bulldogs. You have to see it to believe it, and when you do it will have you in stitches. Bulldogs in America tend to weigh a little more than those in England. What beautiful dogs! Owning a Bulldog book. I would get a professional dog trainer, even if you can only afford a one-time thing to give you tips on what to do. Breeding dogs so that they exhibit specific traits have been a common occurrence throughout humankind’s history with dogs, and some breeding efforts have led to some unfortunate side effects and debilitating traits. Congrats on Hub of the Day! History isn’t clear on the methods used for reducing the bulldog’s size, and one historical account suggests bulldogs were crossed with Pug dogs to create the smaller, modern version of the canine. Some historians suggest it was selective breeding alone that eventually saw the English bulldog reach its average 50-pound size. 4. But even better is the advice to know your breed's needs BEFORE adopting. I've never been drawn to English Bulldogs but definitely appreciate the tips and facts you shared in this article. Since 2003, the English bulldog has seen an increase in ownership of more than 300 percent. In the case of bulldogs, the breed commonly experiences shortened lifespans and problems with their livers, hearts, hips, and lungs. For the past several years, the bulldog has landed at the fourth or fifth spot in the list of the most popular breeds of dog owned in America. -a Bulldog will stare back at you as if those desperate words were completely devoid of any meaning. The French bulldog was bred during the Industrial Revolution and was commonly transported to France by families seeking work outside of the economically depressed areas of the British Isles. Bulldogs are prone to a condition known as anasarca, which is a severe swelling of the tissues in the body. In fact, breed information published by Hill’s, the prescription pet food company, suggests that moderate exercise that lasts anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes a day is all a bulldog needs to remain in good condition. 5. The researchers that published the study on the genetic diversity of the English bulldog weren’t sure whether modern bulldogs had enough genetic diversity remaining to reverse some of the breed’s harmful traits. I had always wanted an English Bulldog. However, I wish I would have been more prepared. A study published in the journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology reveals that attempts to create an increasingly compact body type have led to the appearance of serious health problems for the modern bulldog. LOL. Welcome back to my channel! I finally awoke from a bad dream, lol. There are thousands of bulldogs in shelters and rescue across the country that need homes because they were used as breeding machines or their owners did not realize the care they would need. List Land also generates revenue through sponsored or paid posts. Below are just a few quick facts that will give you the basics about this breed so you can get a good start on deciding if this breed is for you and your family. While it may seem like bulldogs will inevitably suffer from a whole host of genetic problems and health issues, following the guidelines for care can reduce the likelihood or severity of many common health issues. 7. 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