IS A BULLDOG RIGHT FOR YOU?
The first thing that should be considered when looking at the
Bulldog breed is what you will expect from your canine
If you're looking for a dog that will take a 10 mile hike with you,
swim across the lake, go on field trips in 99 degree weather,
jump over high obstacles, or locate and retrieve game, a Bulldog
is not the best choice for you. However, they do a great job of
locating T-bone steaks out on the grill!
Bulldogs, for the most part, are laid back, smooth and easy
going. The heat is the Bulldog's worst enemy. An
air-conditioned home is required if you live anywhere that
summer temperatures get above the mid 80's. They tolerate cold
weather well, within reason of course. Bulldogs love going for
rides in the car, and sleeping at the foot of your bed, on the
couch or in the easy-chair. They must have plenty of love and
socialization, and will offer you the same in return.
Bulldogs are very alert, even when they appear to be sleeping.
They can rise quickly if all is not well! Bulldogs will generally
get along well with children, other pets and people. They seem
to enjoy being part of the family. The Bulldog is a breed that
holds its "beauty" as a puppy and as an adult. Many dogs look
cute as puppies, but lose some physical appeal as they mature.
The Bulldog looks great at any age! They are by no means
considered a guard dog. They will, however, protect the people
they love and will offer some security.
The Bulldog is a medium-sized breed and belongs to the
Non-Sporting group of dog breeds. They do well in a home or
apartment setting. Bulldogs have a short-haired coat and do
shed some, but the shedding will be less of a nuisance with
regular brushing. The folds and wrinkles of the face should
receive daily care. It is strongly recommended that you locate a
veterinarian with plenty of Bulldog experience so that your dog
is assured the best care for his unique anatomy. Bulldogs often
require c-sections for delivery of their puppies.
The average life span for a Bulldog is 10 years. Of course, that
depends on diet, exercise, health and other factors. They can
live more than or less than 10 years. Bulldogs are an expensive
breed to acquire, the price ranging from $2000-$3000 for a good
pet quality dog in most of the USA as of late 2005. Remember, in
most cases you get what you pay for, so beware of those selling
Bulldog puppies for a few hundred dollars. You should also stay
away from people trying to sell "Mini Bulldogs", Bulldogs
registered with a foundation you have never heard of, puppy
mills, pet stores, brokers, and dogs that just don't look like they
are Bulldogs. Show quality dogs could be priced several
hundred dollars higher. Also, much depends on how the
contract/bill of sale is written. Co-ownership, pet/show quality,
or full ownership along with possible puppy (s) back plays a role
in the price. An average is around 2,500.00 for a good quality
puppy. Remember pedigree, health screening, sire and dam plays
a role in cost as well.
There is the cost to maintain the dog, an expense that will
continue for the life of the dog. You could spent hundreds or
even thousands of dollars in vet bills, many people never spend
any money on vet bills except yearly check ups, but it's possible
and you should understand that may be the case. Always start
with a good quality healthy puppy with a health guarantee. A
great option for the person wanting a Bulldog, but who can't
afford a large sum for the initial purchase, would be a rescue
Bulldog. There are many local clubs, animals shelters, rescue
groups and other organizations that have Bulldogs needing a
second chance at life. Rescue is considered one of the best
things you can do for a dog. When you get your dog, remember
to look at the spay/neuter option. If you plan on this, it's best to
have the procedure done by 6 months of age. However, it can be
done reasonably safely at a later point in the dog's life. The
breed is registered with the American Kennel Club simply by the
name "Bulldog", though there are many that still refer to the
breed as the English Bulldog. It is not a serious deviation of
There is no greater joy than being owned by a legendary Bulldog!