So i was at the mall the other day and there was this little English Bulldog pup - she was sort of cute - you know, nothing special. I over-heard the petstore employee talking with the prospective buyer and just cause I'm a nosey-rosey I hung around to listen. Well, she said that breeders in New England don't sell dogs, especially EB's, with a health warranty and that's why it's best to buy dogs from pet stores. Well, let me tell you, I laughed so hard that I nearly lost my "stuff"
Here she is telling this woman that $3,700 is a lot less than she would pay from a breeder and that she gets a one-year congenital health warranty and a crate. Yes, a crate. The customer said that it sounded like a good deal and would think about it.
WOW! That's such a shame. I agree I would have taken them aside once they left and set the record straight! It's sad because only a little bit of research could educate that possible pet owner so much!
I don't know if I'd be able to keep my mouth shut.
I went to my local pet store this weekend and I will give it to them, they're not too bad. They had "Labradoodle" but on the sign there was large highlighted print that read MIXED BREED with astericks. There were also informational signs around the store that were kind of used as decoration that were actually informative. They spoke to the fact that conscientious breeders are the key to buying a dog and not to trust all clubs because many are, at best, for record keeping. Also, I asked if the girl if they had any American Bulldogs and she said they didn't, but that had a Victorian Buldog. She warned me that it is essentially a bulldog mix and even though it is registered, it is with a hybrid club that really doesn't mean anything. She also told me that the Champions in the bloodline (the pedigree was posted) were most likely English Bulldogs, not Victorian.
I still wouldn't buy a dog there, but I was relieved with how they seemed to be pretty professional and honest there.
A Victorian Bulldog ? Oh geez. Didn't know they were "making" them now too. I will just have to rush right out to my nearest petstore and put my order in for one of those. It will match the victorian decor of my house. lol
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
It was slightly taller than an english bulldog, but much more bulky. It just didn't look right, probably not a great combination. According the the "hybrid registry" (which at least the girl working there was willing to admit was BS) A Victorian Bulldog is 3/4 English Bulldog 1/4 American Bulldog, at least I think that was the combo - it may have been the other way around. Either way, it's a complete croc of S----, but at least the worker admitted it was. I even overheard her telling some people that the puppy they were looking at shouldn't be left alone for such a long time (it was obviously referencing an earlier conversation they had).
There is a Victorian Bulldog, but it's a mixture of a Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Dogue De Bordeaux and English Bulldog. They were bred in England in the 80's and registered under the Victorian Bulldog Socety of Great Britain, and the Victorian Bulldog Foundation.