English Bulldogs are a passion and love for our family and always will be. Bulldogs are not like any other breed and only a bulldog owner will be able to tell you how truly special they are. They touch our hearts everyday and we would never be without a bulldog they will always a big part of our lives.
We have gathered some information about our breed and hope it is helpful in making the decision to add a bulldog into your family. Bulldogs are a high maintenance breed and any breeder(s) who have been breeding bulldogs for sometime tells you they have never had any health concerns with any of their bullies are not be honest with you. Novice breeder(s) who have not had many litters do not know or had the experience to tell you information about the bloodlines or any personal years experience with the breed. It is very important when selecting a breeder you know they have provided the appropriate health screening tests before any breeding dogs are considered for being used in a breeding program. Any reputable breeder will be happy to provide you with all paperwork showing you the health tests that have been performed on their adult breeding dogs.
Tests we routinly do on our bulldogs
Copies of the follow health tests/X-ray's are available on our adults for anyone interested in a future litter from one of our breedings.
Hip & Elbow X-Rays (18 months of age) Congenital Cardiac (8 weeks of age) Patellar Luxation (1 year of age) Thyroid (beginning yearly at 1 year of age to 4 years of age, then every other year) Spinal (6 months of age) Tracheal Hypoplasia (6 months of age) Eyes (CERF, 8+ weeks)
Our studs have Canine Brucellosis test done 2 weeks prior to breeding and have semen analysis done annually.
Our females have full wellness check up 2 weeks prior to breeding which include blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, urinalysis, and thyroid hormone testing.
We also test our bulldogs temperaments daily as each and everyone is raised around young children in a loving home environment not in cages on kennels. We do our best to make sure we are breeding healthy sound well adjusted bulldogs .
Commonly Asked Questions
Q: What is a Mini-Bulldog? I have heard that they are better than a regular Bulldog and was told this is the dog for me. A: Don't be fooled! There is only one original "BULLDOG". Many unscrupulous breeders attempt to cash in on poor quality, non-standard Bulldogs mixed with what can be anyone's guess. Steer clear! Nothing about them is certain except that they are most likely a mixed breed or, at best, an example of poor breeding practices. If you are seeking a dog similar to what these "breeders" describe, save your money and adopt a dog from your local animal shelter instead. You can still get a great companion without falling victim to a scam.
Q: Why do Bulldogs cost so much? A: This is a breed that typically requires a c-section to deliver the puppies. It also requires constant monitoring of the bitch when she feeds the puppies (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). There is a great deal of time and money involved in getting a bitch ready for breeding, having her bred, having a successful delivery and raising a litter to 8 weeks. Without going into too much detail, it can cost $2000-$3000 to breed, deliver and raise a litter. Of course, this is an out-of-pocket expense, without consideration for the time you will have to invest. Small litters of 2-4 puppies are not uncommon.
Q: Do Bulldogs really need C-Sections? A: Yes. Over 90% of deliveries are by C-section. Some advancements are being made in free-whelping, but you should never attempt a free-whelp without participation of a veterinarian who has extensive experience with this breed. To attempt a free-whelp on your own could result in the death of your female and all of her puppies.
Q:What is the oldest age a Bulldog has reached? A: There are some known at 15, 16, 17, and even an 18 year old. The average life span is 10. A good diet, exercise, regular vet visits, and comfortable living conditions can help increase this time.
Q: Can I own a Bulldog if I live where the temperatures get very hot or cold? A: Yes, just make adjustments for the conditions. Make sure your Bulldog doesn't overheat and always has plenty of fresh clean water. Bulldogs should always be "indoor" dogs, and require air-conditioning where summer temperatures rise above 80 degrees.
Q: What about spaying/neutering? A: These are great options with wonderful health benefits and longer living dog's if done early in the dog's life.
Q: What about grooming, wrinkles, cosmetic surgery, etc.? A: Daily brushing will keep a Bulldog's coat looking good and reduce any shedding (Bulldogs shed only a little in most cases). The wrinkles and tail pocket must be kept clean and dry. Ideally, Bulldogs go through their life with no cosmetic alterations. Dew claws are not removed, ears are not cosmetically changed or cropped, nor are tails docked and CKC are looking to ban any tail cropping in the near future on any breed.
Sometimes, a tightly-kinked tail will have recurrent bouts of bacteria and infection due to chronic moisture trouble, and an amputation may be advised. Always feed a complete balanced premium dog food as well.
Q: Should I get a male or female? A: This is purely a personal preference. Each has a fan club to sing the praises of that gender's affection, intelligence and trainability.
Q: Is a Bulldog a good family pet? A: Absolutely! The Bulldog is gentle, loving, and sociable. (However, a Bulldog's bulk, combined with joyful enthusiasm, would cause a family to be watchful that the Bulldog doesn't knock over their small children.) Once you've had a Bulldog, your home will not be complete without one!
Q:Can you find Bulldogs in most Countries? A: Yes. Bulldogs can be found in nearly every area of the world.
Q: Will my Bulldog need a special vet? A: Certain things must be approached differently with a Bulldog than with other breeds. Some vets prefer not to deal with the special needs, or may not understand the special needs this breed has. It is definitely recommended that you seek and use a veterinarian with Bulldog experience whenever possible.
Q: What is the difference between a Bulldog and an English Bulldog? A: In Canada,USA and Europe, our breed is registered with the CKC,AKC and FCI as simply "Bulldog". Though "Bulldog" is the correct name for our breed, you will find some breeders and other individuals who refer to them as English Bulldogs to help newcomers identify our breed more quickly as opposed to Bull Terriers, Bull Mastiffs, etc.
Q: How often should I get my dog vaccinated? A: Once you've had your appointment for first vaccinations by a veterinarian, the clinic will let you know when the next boosters are due.
5 Things "NOT" to do with a Bulldog
1- Never ever allow a Bulldog to swim or be near a pool or water source when unattended. Even when with someone, keep a very close eye on him and keep him in your site always while around water. While CPR is a good option to use in drowning's, it still has low odds of survival in Bulldogs....and best to avoid getting into that sitaution in the first place!
Bulldogs don't swim and will die fast, in a matter of seconds. It's always a safe choice to use a life vest on your bulldog while your with him swimming or near a water source. His weight may prevent you from holding him up or rescue of him. A swimming life vest prevents that. If you have a pool, be sure it has a dog safe fence with self latching gates, just like you would have for a child.
2- AVOID HEAT, Bulldog will quickly die from exposure to hot tempatures, anything over 82 degrees is considered hot and caution should be used. That's with a healthy bulldog, if your dog has troubles breathing or health issues, that tempature is to high. Bathroom breaks and exercise is fine at up to 82 degrees for a healthy dog, just keep cool water available, know the signs of over heating and how to treat it and don't allow them to run and play hard when tempatures are hot, keep outside time limited to short periods of less than 30 minutes with shade.
3- avoid allowing your bulldog to GULP his food down, he should eat steadily and not to fast, in addition raw hide products should be avoided and small balls or any objects that can be a choking hazard should be avoided.
4- Never allow your dog to run off leash when near traffic, streets or other animals and when out in the open in any area near a street.
(NOTE:) Beware that bulldogs get stolen and caution should always be used as people will steal them from your own backyard, at a park, from your car and other ways.
5- Avoid a vet that does not have experience with bulldogs. They are a special breed with special needs and can't be treated like any other dog. Use a Bulldog experienced vet.