Is the bulldog right for us?

 Me and my wife have been looking to add a dog to our family for a while now and over the last year we've been researching Bulldogs.  We love the breed and from what we've learned it seems like it would be a good fit for our family. The problem is we know only one Bulldog owner.  So I will explain a little about us and maybe you guys could give us some feedback or advice on if we're pursuing the right breed for us.

  First off we have a fairly large condo with a 30x30 ft privacy fenced yard area with plenty of dog friendly areas in our complex. We have 4 kids ranging in age from 11 to 1 yrs old with the 3 oldest kids having dog responsibility experience.  Our work schedules would have the dog home alone 4 to 5 hrs a day 4 days a week. We have no other cats or dogs.  Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.

Cynderella's picture

You will never find a more

You will never find a more beautiful, or loving dog than a Bulldog!
However, they are a high maintenance dogs. I am not sure 3 children should be in charge of their care. Bulldogs wrinkles usually have to be cleaned daily & they can have develope so many health issues. If you do decide to get a Bulldog, please make sure you everyone is taking care of the dog(especially the training, they are such a stubborn breed lol).

Stephanie and David's picture

Bulldogs differ.

We've never had to clean out our bulldog's wrinkles. But they do demand a lot of love and attention. You may wnat to think about getting an older rescue instead of a puppy. Bulldogs love kids. I grew up with two of them and can't imagine a childhood without bulldogs.  Make sure you train the dog and that you socialize it with other people and with other dogs.

You'll need a vet who has experience with bulldogs. You'll need to find a really good breeder if you don't get a rescue.

But saying this, you'll never find a better more loving dog. You'll soon become bulldog obsessed, just as we all are.

We will be

 Thanks for the response. Me and my wife would be the main caretakers of the dog I was just saying that the 3 oldest kids have experience in helping out with some of the responsibilities.

Carol and Kofi's picture

I think you sound like

the perfect family for a bulldog.

If you get one from a reputable dealer that you choose carefully, the health issues can be minimal. Kofi is six and has had a uti once and I clean her wrinkles about three times a week.

She has brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined. I hope you will gift your family with one of these precious creatures!

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Deb and MacKenzie and Ester's picture

Savings

Just besure you can afford one, if there are health issues they (like all dogs) can be expensive. Vet costs over the years have risen greatly.

I've had bulldogs for 16 years, dabble in showing and I grew up in a dog show family.

The bulldog is a lovely breed with some maintenance. The most important issues is heat and cold. If you are in a hot environment you need air conditioning. They do need some exercise and to stay healthy should be walked. They can not be RUN, not Labs and they do tire. The most important thing is to make sure they get breaks because they don't know they can't play for hours.

I have not had one I needed to wash daily. Infact the 3 I have now I rarely have to wash wrinkles. I wipe faces after eating so they don't rub food on my furniture. Find a good breeder (NOT a puppy mill or BYB) that is not breeding overdone dogs....they should not have huge hanging wrinkles or a huge nose rope.

Go to a dog show in your area and talk to the breeders, owners, handlers...reach out to a bulldog rescue, sometimes they have lovely young dogs available and sometimes breeders have lovely young dogs available.

Puppies can be very trying...they have sharp teeth, we call them land sharks. The breed as a whole is very bitey as puppies. They require structure and training and while they may be a little stubborn don't let anyone tell you they aren't smart. They just do what they want to do when they want to do it. They require patience.

GO to the BCA site and read all you can about the breed. http://www.bulldogclubofamerica.org/ There is a breeder referral link.

Mine are home 10 hours a day without me, of course as puppies they had noon time potty breaks so 4 -5 hrs is plenty fine. A 10 week old puppy should be taken out once during those hours alone if possible so you can do a good job with the potty training.

Deb and MacKenzie and Ester's picture

One article from the BCA site

Before You Buy, Before You Breed




Before You Buy:



Thinking about buying a dog and you've decided to purchase a bulldog! Owning a bulldog can be the beginning of years of happiness as the special bond between humans and canines exceeds even the greatest of expectations. However, to ensure the best relationship with your dog, you must be prepared for some important responsibilities. Keep the following questions in mind as we go along.

•Have I found the right breed to fit into my lifestyle and home?
•Will you have enough time to spend training a dog?
•Am I willing to spend the resources to ensure the best future for a dog?



Selecting a Breeder:



Buy your puppy from a responsible and well-respected breeder. This cannot be stressed enough. BCA strongly recommends you buy a bulldog ONLY from a breeder listed on BCA’s Breeder Directory. Responsible breeders are concerned with the betterment of the breed. For example, they work on breeding healthier dogs with the appropriate temperament for their breed. Once you select a breeder, screen the breeder. Ask to see at least one of the parents (the dam or the sire) of your puppy. See how the dogs in your breeder's home interact with your breeder. Are they friendly and outgoing or do they shy away? The responsible breeder will be screening you, too, looking for the best home for each puppy, asking a lot of questions about you and possibly requiring a home visit.



The more common disappointments for pet purchasers come from commercial sources--especially pet shops that often buy puppies from the infamous "puppy mills" that take little notice of the quality or health they are producing. The pet store or dog broker will sell you a puppy with a breeder’s name attached to the paperwork—but this puppy may easily have been born in a puppy mill. His sire and/or dam are nowhere on the premises. The reputable breeder, on the other hand, will not only be able to demonstrate the pedigree and registration papers, but will also show you either the sire or dam themselves, or pictures of the parent who may be owned elsewhere. Though the mere presence of "papers" does not guarantee good health, conformation, or temperament, you will most often find these attributes in the puppy who has been raised with loving care in the home or kennel of a conscientious hobby breeder.





Training for Everyone:



The serious breeder often strives to produce a potential "champion." Since not all in the litter can quite reach this goal, the breeder will able to offer you a good-looking brother or sister of the show prospect at a reasonable price. Sometimes the distribution of white markings alone may make the difference between the so-called "pet" and show-potential puppy. The pet puppy will have benefited from the same proven bloodlines, nutrition, and medical care as its "champion" littermate. His breeder will have health tested the parents and done the best he can to insure good temperament, soundness, and longevity. Here is your best buy.





How Much Does A Puppy Cost?



Puppy prices vary across the country and the individual breeder’s requirements. This is not the time to hunt for a bargain. Your new puppy will be a member of your family for his lifetime, so you'll want to make a wise investment. We strongly recommend that you purchase a puppy ONLY from Breeders listed on our Breeder Directory. You will find that their prices are competitive and their breeding standards superior to most.



Can You Afford A Puppy?



The purchase price of your puppy is not the only cost you have to consider. Be aware that the puppy you bring home will need proper care: food, health care, (a dog needs annual shots). Your puppy will also need little things like a collar with identification, a bowl, a crate and a leash. Evaluate your budget; ask yourself if you really can afford a dog. Dog Ownership = Responsibility. Take the time to ask yourself these questions and to make an educated decision. You and your dog will be happier for it. There is no doubt that a puppy is a cuddly bundle of joy, but it is also a huge responsibility.





Caring for Your Bulldog:



One way to make your dog a good neighbor is through obedience training. A poorly behaved dog is a problem for everyone. Nothing is more frustrating than attempting to corral a dog that will not "come" when you call. A well trained dog is not only a pleasure to own, he is a goodwill ambassador for the entire canine community. A well-behaved dog is the result of the dog's owner being willing to work with the dog regularly in a systematic manner. Obedience classes are available in most communities. Time spent training your dog is time well spent.







Before You Breed





Be a Conscientious Breeder:



The conscientious breeder plans a breeding to reproduce the best characteristics of an outstanding sire or dam. His guide is the official AKC Standard of the breed---the written "blueprint" that helps keep the breed uniform for generations to come. (You can find the breed standard by reading the Bulldog Standard under ABOUT BULLDOGS.)



Owning a quality bitch, getting her pregnant, and having puppies does make you a breeder of pure-bred dogs; however it DOES NOT make you a conscientious breeder. You must have a clear idea of the strengths and weaknesses of your bitch and a goal towards which you are breeding.



A conscientious breeder reads the pedigrees of the dogs they are considering for stud and understand how they mesh with that of your bitch. The more you know about the dogs in the pedigrees, and the more dogs you have actually seen, the better will you be able to evaluate the potential success of the alternative matings. You should talk to your bitch's breeder and other breeders for advice. They usually are friendly and helpful. It will be time well spent.



A conscientious breeder does NOT breed a bitch before she is a year and a half old (by which time she should have had two or three seasons) NOR after she is five years old without a health check by their veterinarian.



A conscientious breeder does not breed a bitch more than three times without veterinary approval and frequently breeds fewer than three times. Since the timing of the cycle differs from bitch to bitch, this means a bitch will be bred for the first time no earlier than about a year and a half (for one with a short cycle) and no later than about two and a half (for one with a long cycle). Of course, if you are actively showing a bitch, you may want to modify this if she is close to finishing. Some bitches never regain their shape after breeding. Although some judges give them leeway, you don't want to have to count on this for a promising bitch.





bulldogs are the only breed for me!

I have had bulldogs since 1995. The sweetest, best family dog a person can own. Low maintenance when is comes to excercise because they don't need a lot. But I am constantly cleaning her eye area, her folds, her butt/tail pocket. My Gracie is a very healthy bulldog but I got her from a reputable breeder and did a lot of homework first. I waited several years to find the "right one". I think it makes a huge difference in the long run. Health is wealth...even in a pet!! So true about the puppy biting...gracie was ferocious!! hahaha! but she is the best adult dog. The sweetest most loving bulldog I have ever owned. She is my joy - just like my child! I wish you much luck in your search! :)

HI;)

I have a rather large family, 5 kids age 9,9,7,6,3 and I live in two story large town house with a pato but no grass back yard. With that said my Bruce will turn 1 years old in 1 week. He is perfect for our family:) I will never have another type dog. When Bruce was a puppy he did like to get a little nippy when he played and go at the kids feet. That only lasted about 4 long months lol. I also had a hard time potty training him , but at 10 months he was fully potty traind and after that hurdle is was smooth sailing. I do have the kids go outside with me and pick up poop after he drops it:) and the kids luv to brush him:) I also take him every where i can and he is crated about 4 hrs a day plus nights..He adapted well to the chaos that is my large family.. good luck!!!

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