Bulldogs are the best. (personal opinion) :) Anyway. They are VERY bull headed. Opinionated and stubborn like nobody's business. I researched for well over a year before getting mine, and I wouldn't change a thing. He is the most stubborn lil guy on the planet but you can't beat the love of a bulldog.
Prepare yourself for medical problems, read up on them. FIND A GOOD VET! A reputable vet with bulldog experience is invaluble. God forbid there are ever any problems with your bully, but if there are you want someone who knows bulldogs, and whom you can rely upon. Make sure the breeder you are getting him/her from is reputable. Keep in close contact with them. Visit them. A good breeder will insist upon a visit. This is not only the time for the breeder to be interviewing you as the potential bulldog owner but time for you to interview the breeder as well.
Regardless of the stigma Bulldogs are not big muscle bound dopes. They are extremely intelligent. People mistake the bulldog's bull headedness as being a bit slow. Trust me THEY AREN'T! They do things when and if they feel like it. If you are teaching tricks, your bully wants to please you but at the same time he will quickly have enough of the lesson. Bulldogs may look mean, they may look tough but every bulldog I have ever met has it's little quirks about getting frightened. Be it plastic bags, shadows, things on the floor. My bulldog at times up and decides he is suddenly afraid of the stars at night and refuses to go out.
Above all socialize, people, dogs, cats, heck if you can socialize them with rabbits do it. You will be glad at having done it. And last but not least be prepared for sounds like you never heard before. Snoring, burping, farting, panting that is so loud you'd think he was gonna croak. I won't go into details on the smells, but I am sure you can imagine.
They say once your owned by a Bulldog, you'll always be owned by a Bulldog. Trust me it's true.
Well I know that's a bit long winded, but there is so much to say about a bully. Can you tell I love them? :)
Well I think Ash just about said it all. The saying about the once you get a bulldog you will always have one is very true. I just hate when people dont research them and they dont know what kind of health problems bulldogs have like the skin problems and that they cant be out in the heat and everything. Defiently find a good bulldog vet try looking on http://www.bulldogsworld1.homestead.com/BULLDOG_VETERINARIANS.html to find a bulldog vet. We have to drive 3 hours just to go to the vet but it is well worth it. And of course be ready for the snorting and tooting and the stinking mine love to do all of that especially my 5 month old one though. But they are alot of fun and I will always have a bulldog around. They love to sleep but also love to play and cuddly(especially the males or mine anyways loves to cuddle) Well best of luck with your puppy:D I'm sure you will have soooo much fun with him or her.
Just to let you guys know, I have researched the health problems with bulldogs, I have spoken to various breeders, and I am comfortable with the issues that getting a bulldog may entail. I have actually been researching for close to a year and am certain that I want a bulldog. Thanks for all of the advice!
thats great at least you have actually researched because there is just so many people that dont know all the medical problems with bulldogs. Like the other day my mom and I went to petsmart to get my babies some treats and there was a women and her son in there with an 11 month old bulldog and they had went to a non bulldog vet and he said the dog needed to be dipped and needed to come there 7 times for the dipping and that because of the spots on its neck(that was why he was dipping it for) they needed to neuter him because he would pass the stuff to his siblings well that vet didnt know what he was talking about because it was just hot spots! And the women was supposely gonna call us to ask us a few questions but never did so apperently she took the dog to the vet and got it dipped which all you need to do for hot spots is put medicine on them not dip them! The women acted like she didnt know anything about the health of bulldogs.
Bullylover, thanks for all of your advice. I had already chosen a vet and I had originally asked the receptionist if they were familiar with bulldogs. I checked the list on the link you posted and he is listed so I am all set. I just can't wait to get him! Over the last year we have looked into all kinds of breeds but I kept going back to the bulldog, I love them!
Do your recommend baby wipes to clean him every day, like by the wrinkles? And do you have pet insurance? I am told that pet insurance does not cover genetic problems, so I didn't think it would make sense to get it. Instead we have been saving money in an account which will be dedicated to the dogs health/etc expenses.
Yes I clean mine with baby wipes everyday and put A&D diaper rash ointment on mine and remember to dry the wrinkles really good after using the baby wipes or the wrinkles will get infected. And also if he has a screw looking tell meaning its like krinkly or tight then you will need to clean it also with a baby wipe and dry it and put A&D ointment under his tail. And I dont have pet insurance on mine because I have heard it is crappy and doesnt cover much stuff. Well if you have anymore questions feel free to ask!
Bullyluver, mine always stink too. Before I got them, people would say they have gas all the time and I just thought it was so exaggerated. They weren't exaggerating at all! They are always tooting.
As far as advice about becoming a new bulldog owner:
Every animal doctor I talked to said not to buy one unless you have unlimited funding because they truly are the highest maintenance breed. They are extremely expensive to own, but well worth it.
Also, never put your bulldog in a regular collar. Only harnasses will do. Because of their stressed respiratory systems (and they all have that), it is best to never put anything constrictive around their necks.
Well my 3 wear collars but they dont pull and act like they are choking. Mine dont go on walks just to petsmart or the vet so they dont wear their collars too often but when they do they do great on them. but if yours pull a bunch then a harness would be the best thing to use.
Congrats on getting a bulldog!! They are the BEST! I have had one now for 10 months and absolutely love him!! Like you've been told, they are very bullheaded and stubborn, but are so lovable. Once you get past the biting and chewing stage (if you ever do) it will be like having another person around. I have my bully up for stud now. Visit the stud dogs section and click on Awesome Bulldog for Stud and you will see Bogie. Congrats again!
I think it is more to personal prefrence than anything else regarding the collar or harness. Mine does fine on the collar but there is alot more control with a harness. The collar won't really hurt the bulldog but, like any dog you can't go yanking him around by it. I myself like the harness because it's very secure and it also offers a good handle to grab hold of when he decides he must chase down people and make them pet him.
I also forgot about probably one of the most important things with Bully's. Watch them around water at all times. There is nothing better to watch than a bulldog frolicking in a kiddy pool on a hot summer day. But there is nothing more frightening than a bulldogs rear end sticking straight up in the deep end of a pool or pond. They were not built for swimming. Wading, sure but any water where they can't touch the bottom is asking for problems without a life preserver on them.
I hope it didn't sound like I was saying people who put bulldogs in collars are doing something wrong. I didn't mean that at all, it was simply a recommendation by the doggie doctor and it sounded sensible. I know you give your doggies premium treatment.
The best advice I can give you is the opposite of what some are saying here and that is stay away from the harness at an early age. Harnesses encourage a bully to pull and without proper training your setting yourself up for a tough time. I use a regular collar (certainly do not use a choke collar) and for training try a prong collar.
i try not to use anything beyond a flat collar with mine. to further the prong collar issue (which i have used before) most show rings do not allow them so to get your dog trained only on that would not benefit him/her