Choosing the right Vet
English Bulldogs may look intimadating to some but they are in fact extremely affectionate and very friendly dogs who love nothing more than to snuggle up with their family members on a couch and be loving and playful companions. They are a man made breed and it's always a good idea to have a vet at hand who is very knowledgeable and experienced with this unique breed. I created a link to an article which describes perfectly why choosing the right vet is so very important. Please read before making the decision of adding an English Bulldog to your family.
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Bulldogs are short nosed dogs and often develop respiratory problems up to and including full blown pneumonia following this vaccine.
Please read following article.
Click here: Why your Bulldog and other short nosed breeds should never be vaccinated with the Bordatella (Kennel Cough) Vaccine
Heat and Cold Sensitivity
If you are considering owning a Bulldogs please note that they are not outside dogs and need to be kept inside year round! We all love an English Bulldogs smushy face with that adorable pushed in nose. But having a short muzzle also means that they do not tolerate heat that well and can even die from overheating. In the summertime they are not able to pant enough to keep themselves cool enough, which means you will have to restrict their outside time to just short walks when it's hot outside and have any play time inside a temperature controlled room.
The same goes when it's bitter cold outside. A short muzzle means that their nasal passage is not long enough to warm up cold air fast enough as they breathe in, so Bulldogs can get very cold very quickly from breathing all the cold air. Most Bulldogs would love nothing more than play in the snow for hours from my experience but you have to keep an eye on them and make sure they don't overdo it and definitely don't have them outside for hours at a time. But from my experience they definitely tolerate cold weather better than being outside when it's hot. If you happen to live in an apartment or small house and are looking for a very unique looking and very affectionate, loving family member to snuggle up on the couch and go for short walks outside this breed is perfect. If you happen to have a very active lifestyle where you spend a lot of time outside, you may want to look around for a more suitable breed as a companion like our Labradors and Labradoodles.
The more breed typical with a very pushed in nose and slits for nostrils the more sensitive he or she will most likely be. We do strive to breed the more athletic type that is more active and playful with more of a nose, that makes them better Breathers, which is better for their health and quality of life.
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Your Bulldog's weight
As with any dog breed being overweight comes with a host of health problems such as joint issues and heart problems. Being overly heavy can shorten the lifespan of your Bulldog.
Since all bulldogs are at risk for respiratory problems, you can do things for your bulldog to help reduce the likelihood of him experiencing respiratory distress. One of the main things you can do is regulate your dog’s weight. Being obese can put major stress on your dog’s respiratory system, causing breathing problems. Weight loss is one of the most common treatments to help respiratory problems in bulldogs.
Arthritis in Dogs
The following article applies to all dog breeds and I thought you might be interested in reading it as well.
Crate Training Tips For Your Bulldog Puppy
Puppy crate training is a great way to manage the safety and well-being of Bulldog puppies. It is a great tool for creating good habits in puppies and for preventing problem behaviors.
We crate train Bulldog puppies for their benefit, and that’s the main reason to do it. As well, it also helps protect the personal items in our homes. In time, the crate will become your Bulldog's own private area that they will consider its den. Here are a few benefits the crate offers:
•One of the first and most important uses of the crate is in the puppy housebreaking process. Crate training is the best way to quickly teach your Bulldog to eliminate outside.
•Crating a Bulldog puppy teaches it to chew on the toys we give them and lets them know what we don’t want them chewing on. This is the key to establishing good habits and preventing destructive habits which can be hard to break.
•Your Bulldog puppy is safe in its crate from a number of potentially dangerous household items. Many puppies are injured or killed every year as a result of chewing wires, ingesting poisons or eating foreign objects.
•Separation anxiety is a big problem for puppies. Proper use of the crate can help reduce the chance of your Bulldog developing separation anxiety. It becomes a place where your dog feels calm, out of trouble and accustomed to being alone.
•If you have friends or visitors coming and going from your home, the crate is the perfect place to keep your Bulldog puppy safely confined.
•Most crates are lightweight and portable, so you can move the crate and puppy from room to room, keeping it close to you all day.
•Most crates fit into a car, so your puppy's traveling experience safer and often less stressful.
•When your Bulldog puppy grows to love its crate, it makes trips and stays at places like the vet and groomers a much more bearable experience.
•When puppy crate training is done properly, your Bulldog puppy can’t get into any mischief, which reduces any need to discipline it. This is a much better environment in which to live (both for you and the dog).
•If you want to get into activities like competitive obedience training, fly-ball or agility training, the crate is a great place to confine your dog in between training sessions and competition.
Apart from your Bulldog puppy, what else should you put in the crate? Here is a list of the basics:
Bedding: choose a comfortable dog bed that can't be chewed up and swallowed by your pup. Be sure to choose bedding suited to your living climate.
Chew toys: Buy a few good chew toys that you can stuff and even freeze. This keeps your Bulldog puppy busy and teaches it what is appropriate to chew on.
Water: Keep a supply of clean, fresh water handy. Heavy wide based bowls that won't be tipped over are best or you can buy one that clips securely onto the crate wall.
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