I was looking on the "dogs for sale" section ( im not going to buy one i just like to look :). anyways there are so many adds for english bulldogs but they are all 1500-2500 dollars! and there are so many available on the site why are they so expensive? lol i was just wondering.
i think maybe partly because they mostly need c-sections, have a lot of health problems so need lots of testing, maybe have small litters, and lots of vet visits for the breeding stock. just a guess. and they are popular and in demand?
Actually Matt-- English Bulldogs often have HUGE litters sometimes totaling 10 puppies. They are typically unable to breed on their own (Free breed) so they must be artificially inseminated. Due to a very long reproductive tract, puppies are taken by C-Section to reduce stress on the mother as well as the pups. Once a puppy has disengaged itself from the Uterine lining and it's supply of Oxygen, there is a short period of time in which it must be born or face the complications of Oxygen deprivation. And Yes, Pearl is right...English Bulldogs require a great deal of genetic testing before they can be considered a good breeder. Did you know they are the breed with the most common occurence of Hip Dysplasia? Due to their size (short) and mass (they are one chunky dog)...this is an issue that English Breeders have been working to reduce/eliminate in the Breed. Yes, there seems to be quite a lot of demand for this dog, so adding up the total of the Genetic Testing, Artificial Insemination Fees, and C-Section costs...A good Breeder is probably still losing money by only charging $1200 a pup. They are cuties though, aren't they?
Yup! Yall are right on the ball. English bulldogs are very hard to breed and have LOTS of health problems. 'Teacup" yorkies are also another expensive one, for the same reason. They are hard to breed , healthy good looking, smaller dogs. Because of the tiny size there can be complications at birth, etc.
The harder a dog is to breed , the more expensive it will be.
They are certainly so cute but everytime I hear of all their health issues that are pretty much to be expected, along with their inability to reproduce without help, I really have to wonder why they are still being bred..
we have a 3 month old lil female yes they do come with alot of health problems, there is 1 that wasn't mentioned here & it's to do with their cork screw tails. at times the tail can get into the spine like our's has. she will always be in diapers. but thats ok with us cause we do love her, but her lil tail is into her spine and it has caused her to have nerve dammage..she can't control her bladder or her bowels. but they have to also be bred by a qualified vet & they do have to have c- section's. and they can also get cherry eye, and have clef pallets. but they r so loveable.
They are still being bred because everyone wants one but the breeders are perpetuating all the traits that make the dogs unhealthy. If you look at the ads, they all say "stocky" or "wrinkles" or "short" or "huge" or other things like that. Bulldogs were never supposed to have a lot of wrinkles except for around the face and neck. Stocky just means their puppies are bred to be really chunky when they get older which will cause heart problems and obesity, two other things that wreck the breed. The shorter the legs, the more problems they will have with their joints when they try to carry around all that weight. Breeders are ruining them. Also, they're only supposed to weigh 45 to 55 pounds. Most weigh a lot more because people want them "huge". I have one that was called a Mini just because he's not supposed to be a huge fatty as an adult. So far he's not and the vet said that all English bulldogs should be this healthy. He's not mini, he's just normal. I was thrilled when I saw the English Bulldog in the dog show last week. If you guys watched and didn't notice, he was a perfect bulldog. He wasn't sporting any exaggerated traits at all. Just nice and simple in form like they are supposed to be.
Unfortunately they are being bred because of demand, with very few breeders giving any care for thier health. It is up to the future bulldog owner to do thier homework. Research is the key to getting a healthy bulldog. However even with all the research and checking and rechecking you can still end up with health problems. My dog had problems with his eyes that have never shown in the last 20 years. His sire and dam were the poster"dogs" for healthy bulldogs. All his litter mates are in great health with no problems. It doesn't mean these things don't rear thier ugly heads. My bulldog however is about as healthy as they come aside from the problems he had with his eyes. He is a couch potatoe, he sleeps more than a cat, but he is the most energetic little guy ever. And I am sure that if he had more stamina he would be a champion frisbe dog. :)