I have a 10 1/2 month old english bulldog that just had her first heat. When we bought her, the breeder went over the whole scenario, but I guess now that my husband and I are experiencing it for the first time we are just a little overwhelmed. We plan on breeding her and I feel like I need to be way more educated on this topic, but it seems like everywhere I turn it is just the typical info: they usually have to be artificially inseminated and have c-sections and so on, but I really can't find any good info to help us, can anyone please help????? thanks
Well first off, your bulldog is too young to breed now anyway, so you have plenty of time to get more information. Dogs don't need to be bred before they are 2 years old minimum. This gives the dogs bodies time to mature, and gets them more physically and mentally prepared when they actually do breed and whelp.
On Amazon.com there's two books that are very popular.
Successful dog breeding: The complete handbook of canine midwifery
The complete book of dog breeding
I've never used or read either of them, so I can't personally vouch for their quality or accuracy but it's as good a place to find information as any...
I'd personally never breed any dog without having years of experience in the breed. ANd with bulldogs having so many problems with whelping, breeding, even after whelping you can never leave the mother alone with the puppies because she can lay down on them and crush/smother them.. stuf like that. It's all too much.
Hi there, yes bulldogs aren't easy to breed and are expensive, they can not have birth naturally and all must have c-sections, I personally don't understand why one would want to breed such dogs with all the complications involved but that's why we have chocolate and vanilla! I am sure your breeder can tell you more as well there are tons of bulldog sites on the net. The typical information you are getting is the correct information.
Thanks for the nice advice, and I guess the not so nice advice. I am not positive that I will breed my dog, but I am sure that I will not until I feel comfortable doing so. I have wanted a bulldog since I can remember, and have always been very aware of the fact that they are extremely high maintenance dogs. My dog is a beautifull bulldog with a wonderful personality and that is why my husband and I want to breed her. If and when we breed her we will most likely keep all of the puppies in the family because after all of the vet bills it is not likely we would profit anyway.
Personally I don't see how a "beautiful dog" with a "wonderful personality" equal a reason to breed. I could see looking into breeding if you were to shoow your beautiful girl and get her pointed and then finish her. She would then be a champion and have the desirable characteristics to have offspring. If after all that you still wished to breed her you would then trot her off to the Vet to have all the tests done to make sure she is a good candidate to breed.
I know I sound harsh but it's not my intention to give you a hard time. It's just that Bulldogs have so many health problems. Educating yourself on breeding is wonderful in theory but if you don't have stock that should be bred it really wont matter in the end.
***Edited By: mooshu on 5/19/2005 1:53:56 PM*** Reason: .
I disagree that you HAVE to have a pointed or titled bitch to breed. Get real, get a life, not everyone is looking for or can afford a show quality dog. With bulldogs for example I BLAME show people for thier terrible health problems that have been caused by over breeding for a certian look instead of health. It disguests me that we have created a breed so unsound that the pups need to be cut out of the dog or they die. Which is also not true, I know of several people with free whelping bulldogs, and with the danger of a major abdominal surgery I would think that vets would TRY to let nature take its course before preforming an operation that they may or may not recover from. Bottom line is you should learn before you try to breed a risky breed. I would suggest hooking up with with a decent trusted vet. Also, go to some confirmation shows and try to find the best possible stud for your female, and hopefully will be nice and provide a wealth of information. If you breed with a Champion male there would be no reason why you can't produce healthy puppies, and unless you have a series of unfortunate events you WILL make money doing it if you choose.
Remember too that if you decide to breed her, it will probably dramatically shorten her life span. Unfortunately bulldogs have short life spans and any kind of breeding will do damage to their bodies that can't be undone. Whatever you do, please wait until she's at least 2 before you even consider it and then find a great doctor. Truly though, it's much better for her if you don't. I don't plan on breeding mine and I have both the male and the female. They are my babies. I want to keep them healthy for as long as possible.