English bulldogs are the mascots of choice for many colleges, organizations, and even military branches. Their muscular, stout appearance and massive jaws give them an intimidating look, although it’s misleading. Bulldogs are mostly docile and well-behaved, choosing sleep over other popular canine activities. For those looking to purchase a bulldog, there are several considerations that must be made beforehand. Below are some tips on how to shop and buy a Bulldog puppy, what to look for in a breeder, and what to consider when purchasing a dog.
Many are surprised to find out that bulldogs are an expensive breed. In fact, quality puppies will set you back anywhere from two to four thousand dollars. But, there is a reason for this. Bulldogs are the result of specific and selective breeding process especially when it comes to champion dogs and bulldogs that represent the breed well. There are huge expenses for the breeder as well such as progesterone testing, stud fees, c-sections, milk formula, vaccinations, de-wormings, puppy checkups, special diets, whelping gear, etc. While it is tempting to look for the cheapest puppy you can find, that’s not a good idea with this breed. Choosing a dog because of a smaller price tag could cost you more in the long-run. You should search for a reputable English bulldog breeder.
But where to start?
A great place to start looking for a breeder is through the breed’s parent club. In the case of the bulldog breed, the parent club is The Bulldog Club of America or “The BCA”. The BCA also has a Breeder Referral Listing, which has within it, a list of Breeders who have fulfilled the requirements of the BCA. One of these requirements is health testing. This way at least you know that you are dealing with Breeders who are conscientious about producing healthy puppies.
Do not look to purchase puppies through Craigslist, Social Media Sites, Pet Stores or the Walmart parking lot (yes, I have seen them for sale in parking lots!) Breeders who sell thru these venues are generally profiting and are not truly dedicated to the breed. These puppies are often poorly bred which results in an unhealthy puppy. A reputable breeder will be available to you for the long haul and eager to help with any questions or concerns throughout your bulldogs life.
Look for breeders who can provide you with a complete pedigree of your dog, a health guarantee, and a bill of sale. Also, look for breeders who have been breeding for several years and can provide information about the puppy’s parents. Finally, never have a bulldog shipped to you. Since they are brachycephalic (flat-faced), they are less likely to survive the shipping process compared to other breeds.
You should know beforehand bulldogs can have minor but common health concerns, including cherry eye and skin allergies and require excellent veterinary care so before buying a puppy make sure to have the puppy checked out by a Vet. A reputable and responsible breeder will have a clear and transparent health guarantee listed on their website and give you 24-72 hours to get the pup examined at your own vet just in case there are any costly or life-threatening conditions outside the minor issues common to bulldogs that can be easily treated. Check to see if they will replace the puppy; refund you in the event something is untreatable. A responsible breeder will not only make sure your puppy has a clean bill of health but they will also have a screening process to make sure they are going to a good home
Once you’ve found a quality breeder, think about the type of dog you want. Most reputable breeders will only sell their puppies on spay/neuter contracts if the puppy is not being sold as a show prospect. Caring for a female dog in heat is messy and time consuming, and male dogs with their testicles intact tend to be more headstrong and have more of a tendency to lift their legs (and mount yours) than neutered males. Finally, decide on appearance. White bulldogs resembling the University of Georgia mascot are very popular, but the breed standard also allows for dogs to be brindle or red. Black or blue colors however, are not part of the breed standard.
The English bulldog is a great breed, but be sure to know what to look for in a breeder and in a puppy before purchasing. Don’t be afraid to ask other bulldog owners for advice, and always seek references for breeders. Finally, if a puppy is not your thing, there are many bulldog rescues throughout the country that can provide you with an adult dog. Whatever method you employ, remember to take your time, do your research, and always opt for quality over cost. For detailed information or to have a question answered by a breeder click here.