I have a friend that has been trying to find a pet quality English Bulldog puppy for several months now. But she can't find one for under a thoushand. Why are they so expensive? I tried talking her into a rescue but she is insisting on a puppy. That seems like a lot of money!
Bulldogs are not an easy breed to own, raise, breed, whelp, raise... although they are easy enough to place.
Unlike many breeds 98% of bulldogs are artificaly inseminated often to having implataions done. AI is not a cheap process becuase you have to have your timing just right which gets pricey going in for pegesterone testing.
Next 98% of them have c-sections to have puppies.
They are not the most vital of puppies and many breeders sleep by the box waking every hour or so to make sure puppies are still warm and nursing for the first few weeks and they tend to have small litters.
Frankly, what many bulldog breeders go through would burn my soul out way to soon for me to want to attempt.
Artificial insemination,sometimes weekly and then daily hormone checks to make sure they are not going into labor,they don't all show actual labor signs,c sections,bullies are not known for being good moms and they sometimes require a lot of attention from the breeder like bottle feeding and constant monitoring to make sure they are not crushed. Plus all other costs like showing,etc. It adds up.
And then there's water puppies, cleft palates, breeding bulldogs is not for the faint of heart and it takes a lot of time money and blood sweat and tears to produce just one puppy. I couldn't do bulldogs, my heart couldn't take it.
It must take a pretty dedicated person to want to breed English Bulldogs. I had no idea it was that involved just to get a litter of pups!
Personally, I don't know much about this particular breed. So someone correct me if my thinking is wrong.. But doesn't English Bulldogs have a high rate of health problems? I really don't think my friend has researched the breed she's looking for. I've been trying to talk her into getting a rescue or finding another breed. But a person can only do so much when it comes to hard headed people!
COming from someone that is owned by 4 english bullies, yes they do have more health problems and if your friend ever finds a bully pup for under a $1000 dollars then she should think twice before getting it. It may have more health problems and thats why they are selling the pup so cheap. There are a lot of bullies in rescue that need good homes and if I had to choose a puppy or a rescue I would choose a rescue. Most of the time they come housebroken and most of there health probpems are fixed by the rescue and the unconditional love you get from a rescue is just wonderful. Three of my bullies are rescues and i wouldn't change that for the world.
nadia2.....chi's as with most toy breeds come with their share of problems. Chi's are generally self breeders, but have a higher tendency of c-sections as well, low litter numbers, many incidents of pups dying in that 1st week of life, most toys also take more than the average amount of dedication to be sucessful....not nearly like the bullies, but you need to be pretty well vered in breeding nonetheless with them also. Puppies...low body temp, low birth weight, hypoglycemia, hydrocephalis, etc.
Just be careful... most English Bulldogs are full of health problems. If you pay for pet quality more than likely the breeder didn't put any time into the breeding to find the healthiest, best mating pair they could. Breeding dogs is very expensive when done right.. remember the old saying..... "you get what you pay for".
Try Olde English... they are much healthier, IMO better looking.. but they are pricey too.. but an EXCELLENT BREED!
yes...you do get what you pay for..but in some cases (i did say some) they get into bullies thinking they can make it rich...they see big dollar signs with them and then they in turn dont do the breed justice and the pups and adults suffer...some get limited registration pups...go register them else where and breed them and then comes more problematic pups into the public...I personally love them to pieces..id do any thing to have them..but they would break my heart to have them and all the problems would make me feel horrable all the time..soooo i opted not to get one a few years back..sure all breeds have their cross to bear...but face it bullies can be seem any where from 1000 to 3500 and people pay with out batting an eye...but do the "breeders" do them justice? Many dont..and its sad...but it happens...some bend over back wards..some do all they can for the breed..but..others..surely dont..and as in any dog...breeding stock should cost a bundle as it is suposed to be the best quality...not pet quality...some worthless breeders sell full registration to any smuck with enough zeros on the paper...and then off in some back yard another one goes..and they think they can make it rich breeding them..vicious cycle..but the result is more poor quality pups being born...my heart is saddened
Its not just with bully breeds ...there are crappy breeders out there with every breed.. it doesn't matter if they breed poodles, labs, rotts or these new "designer dogs" like puggles,,,, anything. Most breeders think they can get into producing all these pups and get rich,,,, just sit back & collect money from the pups... they dont raise them, socialize them, some dont even vaccinate because they dont want to spend the money, no vet visits, etc. Good breeders ALWAYS screen the buyers to make sure they can provide the best home to their pups & good breeders ALWAYS sell pets on spay/nueter contracts. That way there are no more unwanted litters.. there are too many dogs out there without homes we dont need to be bringing more into the world irresponsibly.