Me and my current boyfriend are thinking about investing in a bulldog or possibly two. He is so excited because he thinks they are just great. I am just wondering if anyone out there has an advise, tips or comments about this breed. Currently I am researching like a mad woman on every site imaginable looking for information to educate ourselves but I figure why not turn to the good 'ol people of terrificpets to help me out! Anything would be helpful, eventually we would like to start a family, are they good with kids? Any health problems? Fart alot, bark alot etc etc.
I dont know alot about the breed myself, but there are several bully poeple on here that will help out, I do know they have probs with skin allergies, hips, If you intend to start breeding, expect to endure medical bills on artificial inseminiation and c-sections, and I believe I've heard there will be some farting! Hope you get all the info your looking for, you came to a good place for info. Good luck.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 8/1/2005 4:03:19 PM*** Reason: add
For breeding? Only if you are ready for AI, c-section, hand feeding, cleft pallets, and low birth rates, hand raising them all, and all that such that seems to go hand and hand with bulldogs.
They have a staggering amount of health issues from skin to anal glands, to eyes, to cleaning wrinkles daily. They bloat rather easily, they are pretty fragile to the climate, and they sink like rocks in water.
Research, Research, research. That's all I can tell you. It's a big responsibility as with any animal. Know the health problems. Understand the special needs, accept the fact that you may be dishing out quite a bit of loot to help your bullie in the future.
My advice is to take your time. If you can find someone that has one, or two. Spend time with them. They are not for everyone. But once they own you, you will never be the same. They fart, burp, snore, slobber everything you own. They shed like mad. They are stubborn, and willful, I have seen many that are same sex aggressive. Mine is a big fat baby, but not all are. My bullie loves children, in fact loves everyone. They have thier problems, But in my opinion they are well worth the time, effort, expense and heartache. They are a dog that takes some getting used to for some. For others it's instant love. I wouldn't trade my bully for anything. I can't sleep if he isn't on the floor next to my bed snoring away.
Research the health problems, research thier needs, research breeders, research the bloodlines. You cannot research too much and you will be better off if you do.
Ok just re-read, and if you are looking into bullies strictly to get them, breed them, then profit. Look elsewhere. I will not go into all the details of what it costs to test, screen, breed, and birth a litter as it's all easily found on the web. Leave breeding to people who have been doing it for YEARS. Get one for the love of the breed, there are already too many bullies in need of rescue.
***Edited By: Ash on 8/1/2005 4:09:34 PM*** Reason: Addition of the breeding comment.
hello...and welcome to the board...I personally do not own any(bullies)...but would love to...i sought them out several years ago...and researched them...and looked at the health issues and made a decision that was based solely on that...i think they are the coolest dog...one with the most character...but the health issues kept coming back into my mind...the allergies, the dermatitus, the hip, leg issues...the heart problems..and that is if they come from a good breeder...if they are pooly bred...things will be worse...there was a lady who was on here who rescued 2 bullies with spinal bifia and they were both in diapers...she tried to care for them as best as she could.,.far more then i would have signed on for..well with the the uternine infections from the diapers...the medications and the stress of it all she eventually pts one...or placed one or both back in rescue...long story a bit shorter...they are a breed beset with "potential" problems..and some..most you dont know right away...please talk to vets, vet office techs and by all means there are some very qualified people here...i am not for a second trying to say they are bad breeds of dogs,...as i said...ive always wanted one and almost got one myself...but i think i made an informed decision and for me..the problems with a pet would kill me to watch. I think they are just the neatest dogs...i have heard that they are gassy how ever...but...my shepherd is gassy too...so..i hope that helps to hear a different opinion...i know several here have them...and in time they will tell you their opinion...good luck to you...
I mean 'invest' as in get one from a good breeder and we all know how much $$ that can be, and to invest time, love and heart ache with it. That is what I meant by that.
See this is what I was a little afraid of. My boyfriend will have nothing else but a bulldog (im a lab girl myself) and I heard they have a bunch of health problems. I am such a dog lover that I love any dog big or small but I cant help but think it would kill me to see my poor little baby hurting.
Thanks for the info.
My boyfriend wants to eventually breed but I think that is not the best idea. Just like it was stated, that is left to the professionals! And as all you women know (sorry men) we usually get our way :)
Have you looked into the Olde English Bulldogge? They are similar to the English Bully but without all the health concerns. They were originally like a cross between the American Bulldog and the English Bulldog, so you get the health and athleticism of the American, with the smaller, bullier looks of the English. They are also more affordable, breath clean, can actually run and play outside, go for hikes, breed and whelp naturally, etc. just wonderful dogs. Just google Olde English Bulldogge and see what comes up for you. They are recoginized by many different registries CKC, ARF, NKC, WBA, IOEBA, OEBKC, RBKC, VBA, etc. depending on certain lines and type, but a great breed really!
I have an 7 month old ( her birthday is today lol) english bulldog girl. She is such a joy. My vet did say that she is a rarity since she doesn't have or isn't plagued with the constant problems that come with the bully breed. She loves everyone especially children. I also have 2 small kids as well as a housefull of other animals. In fact her favorite playmate in an 11 week old minpin lol. Cookie is a very social dog, she gets along great with other animals, kids, everybody. She is prone to heat exhaustion. She gets really sick if she gets to hot, lol she spends lots of time eating ice cubes and taking baths. Other than that I could not have asked for a better dog. She does like to chew though and that is known with the breed. Her daddy reduced a brand new kitchen dinnet set to kindling in the matter of a week and her mommy turned a brand new recliner in something ready for the burn barrel, lol. Cookie does have to be on a special dog food as she has an allergy to soy which is also been said by different breeders is common. But when I first went to buy a bulldog the person I bought Cookie from told me that if you wanted a dog that would go for long walks with you, play ball in the yard, or chase the cat then a bulldog isn't right for you. But if you want a companion that will watch tv with you, sleep most of the day away, can pass gas worse than most men, and can love you unconditionally, no holds barred, then the bulldog is perfect. LOL so far ours is a perfect fit with my hubby, they act, look, and, lmao smell just alike. Lol, our Cookie is just like having that annoying college roommate, the ones that give you to g2h looks, pass gas all the time and won't clean up their part of the room. I hope this help you out a bit. But like the others all said, Do A Lot Of Researching before buying. It always helps out to know what you are getting into before jumping into it!
***Edited By: banchie75 on 8/2/2005 1:57:46 PM*** Reason: really bad spelling, lol
So you want or your boyfriend wants a english bulldog,as all the other replies said do lots of research.I have three, two females and a male.I wanted a bulldog for as long as i can remember but all the facyors plus price kept me from going there. Then i contacted a breeder and we spoke etensivly before I made my decision and it was the best one ive ever made. They are great they will make you laugh, as far as chewing yes they do but i soved that by keeping them busy with lots and lots of toys ( my house looks like petsupermarkets toy dept. blew up here LOL ) and that keeps them busy!!!I would find a vet that is a english bulldog specialist and ask questions ( because if you purchase a bully your going to need anyway. not any vet will do!!!!)Yes they are very gassy and need lots of love and attention!!A bully makes a great best friend and companion,( THEY OWN YOU,WE DONT OWN THEM LOL!!!!)I wish you the best of luck with your quest! And if your thinking about breeding thats a whole other research there not like all other dogs as far as AI, c-sections,hand-feeding,getting up and being available every 2hrs for mom and babies thats commitment and lots of work.Well let us know what decision you make.
hello i own two bulldogs and know pretty much everything there is to know i have own more than two just so you know. if you find just a hobby breeder to get your puppy from most hobby breeders (most) would love to help you with any questions you have after buying the puppy. the most common problems are allergys there are many kinds. ear problems eye problems which most of the time needs surgery and most bulldog cant stand fleas they will break out in hives sort of and the best flea medication for bulldog is revolution it just came out a year ago and it helps with everytype of allegys it just helps not prevents but does the same with fleas like frontline im sure you ve heard of and some have cyst that need t obe removed which most of the time is on there paws like i said most of the time if you find a good breeder most of these might happen it might not even if the mother and farther didnt have problems does not mean the puppy might not BUT.......besides all of this bulldogs are the sweetest most loving dogs they are very sensitive very!! they are just like a baby and another thing bulldog tolernce to pai nis very high so you never hstrike your bulldog wth anything or get volient with the dog a simple tap on the nose should do like isaid bulldogs are sensitive and they will remeber when they are older . they are the best around kids now if you get your bulldog first most of the time when your baby comes the bulldog will be very jeolous and most of people usally give the dog away. but i woudl have kids first so they are there first so the bulldog understan he has to love and care for the baby most bulldog you have to watch around kids because they done mean nothing wrong they just done know there own wieght and they might sit or run into the baby tohard i have a 2 year old which as been around dog his whole 2 year old life so he pretty much wresltes with my dogs ty my son was here first before i got my bullies i have now it just works out better that why im not telling you what to do but it works out better yo ushould definenlty get a bulldog if your going to get a dog besides all they problems they might have some is expencive some is not it just depends on your vet and the problem you will love the bulldog so much and laugh at everything he does you wont care how much it cost they are such a joy to be around just so you know my sons favorite buddy is his bulldog oscar and when they play it s like tw okids playing they both understand each other too well sorry about the book but bulldog are worth the time and money they are very speical dogs hope every thing goes good amanda:)
Here is just my opinion. I love smooshy faced dogs, I currently have boxers and pug, which have problems of their own, but I feel not nearly as bad. I OFTEN look at French and English bulldogs, but I pass them up every time. Everyone complains about puppymills...which they should...but think about this.. isn't it just as wrong to purposly breed a dog to 'show standard' that has a shortened life expectancy, breathing problems, can't mate or give birth on it's own like nature intended? They 'look' neat but I would feel pretty guilty that I contributed to some thing that was so unhealthy...kind of like if I bought a puppy from a puppyshop or straight out of the mill. I picked up a pair of 2 year old English bulldog Champion Sired sisters for a friend out of town and had to drive them 1.5 hours to their 'new home.' These were show quality, every dog but 4 in the 5 generations were Champoins, Dams inlcuded. These were fairly socialized, family pets. Simple, we start our trip, but mid-way through about 45 min from either place one started hyperventiliating, vomiting and diareah all over my car. I stopped the car and she about passed out, her tounge was blue, eyes rolling. I tried calling either person on my cell phone and nothing. I didn't know of a vet in that area so I drove as fast as I could to my friends house. By that time she was blue and foaming, I got her out of the car, told them to call the vet and wiped her down with water. It wasn't looking good. I knew she had been too nervous and hyperventilated so I laid down on the ground with her, looked her in the eyes and did lamaze breathing with the poor gal for 45 minutes until she calmed down. It was tense... I thought I killed at $2800 dog with a simple car ride. That is when I knew as 'cool' as they look, they are not for me.
well i have never had that happen t ome and i will always stick up for the bulldog there is more than just the bulldog that is man made dog but......there is alot of things that are man made and they only reason they are here to day is because they seen back then how affectionate they were and how loyal they were to there humans and about the bulldog if he was show quality was she going to show him or was he for a pet its sound like your dog was painting ot hard and as a bulldog is painting he gets like a flime in his throat and we the dog started to do that you should of gave him lime juice or pop (soda) it breaks down the flim and the dog is fine but very scared afterwards as long as you know the tricks and trade of the bulldog breed all iask for anyone to get a bulldog is do your reseach because if you know about them then they are just like any other dog you buy cheap or expencive it does not matter but see you are prepared if you do your researh it allows for the dog to be safer so you dont get to the point were you dont know what to do bulldogs are the greatest dogs and i could not image going through life without one there are speical dogs that all:) amanda
I really love my two babies too, but OH THE PROBLEMS.
I had a third one that I had to rehome because she turned horribly aggressive. Now the two I have are getting along fine but it seems like they have constant tummy problems (in spite of the bland, healthy diet I feed them). Also, Zoey had mange and after I treated her for that, she developed some other kind of skin allergy and has patches of hair falling out. Gretta started having weight problems when she was only 8 months old and I had to put her on a diet, and now Zoey is starting to get too chubby too at only 10 months old. Dino is pretty healthy internally but he's got some kind of skin condition on his face that I can't get rid of. Zoey had a cherry eye that popped out one night and then went back in on it's own. When I asked a doctor, they said that sometimes they do go back in but eventually it'll come back out again and then I'll have to get it surgically fixed. What Alli said is true, this is a man made breed that man totally ruined. They have sooooo many problems. Dino is an english bulldog but he's not as fat as they usually are. He has that super-smoosh face but his body is a little more athletic than usual. The doctor said that some might consider him to be somewhat along the line of a Victorian style bulldog, which is what they were like many years ago before man ruined them. I love my dogs and I hate to say it, but, they are a difficult breed to have.
Also, I don't think anyone mentioned the high occurence of hypoplastic trachea. I had a bully that died at 4 months old from acute pneumonia brought on by hypoplastic trachea. That's another very common problem in the breed. Try looking up sites with Victorian Style bulldogs and see what you think of those.