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The $24,000 Bulldog

 How is that possible, you wonder? Well, below you'll read about a very bad situation some people permitted themselves to become involved in, without fully understanding the bottom-line. These people desperately wanted a bulldog ... Wanted a Bulldog so badly that little else mattered and consequences weren't considered. Remember, get everything in writting, and if you sign a contract and are willing to do such under these conditions then expect to pay the price.

The practice you'll be reading about here has been brought to our attention several times in the years. It should never be permitted to become a trend! It is based on greed, not ethics ... and is certainly not done with the betterment of the breed at heart. If you come in contact with any breeder who presents the type of "deal" and contract that is described here, we suggest and recommend you decline any involvement with them.

Individuals who are searching for a Bulldog female may find a breeder who is willing to sell a Bully pup or young adult to them at a discounted price ... maybe 25-75% lower than one would expect to pay, possibly at no upfront cost. However, the contract for this low-priced Bully requires that the Bully be bred at the discretion of the breeder, with the breeder claiming an ENTIRE litter, possibly even TWO litters. At first glance, it appears to be an incredible opportunity for the person who cannot afford $2000+ or more to buy their Bulldog outright. In actuality, there is no justification for the greed of such proposals. It carries an incredible cost and is done with the new owner and his/her Bully bearing significant risks.

Let's look at it another way ...

Let's say your Bulldog has 2 litters of 6 puppies each. Placing a value of $2000 on each puppy, her two litters have produced puppies worth $24,000.00 and those expensive puppies will go to the breeder (in addition to the initial cost of your Bully female). The breeder probably requires the same contract on most females that he/she sends out to new homes. It is a blatant disregard for the breed as well as victimizing of the new owners. No Bulldog puppy should ever be placed with an unwavering requirement that it be used for breeding! The determination of breeding quality will come later, as the Bully develops and matures. A few of these breeders who do this even go as far as saying to friends these buyers are so dumb they will agree to it. Please don't fall victim to this type of situation!

Let's also consider the fact that pregnancy and delivery puts any Bulldog female at substantial risk. It is not uncommon to lose the female in efforts to produce a litter. She could develop problems and complications at any point in the process. (Think about the tragedy of losing your female during the delivery while the breeder claims all of her surviving babies!) At the very least, the Bully dam will endure great stress. Do we really want our beloved companions to become puppy factories for other breeders? The decision to breed our Bulldogs is a very difficult one. It carries much responsibility and takes an emotional toll. Decisions to put our loving canine companions at risk should never be dictated to us by others for the purpose of profit.

On the flip side, there are co-ownership arrangements that work to the advantage of both parties AND in the interest of the breed. Both sides agree that a breeding is hoped for in the future, and both parties understand that it will be done with the objective of producing quality puppies to carry the future of a desired bloodline. Both parties usually participate in the decision of the stud to be used. In these co-ownership situations, the agreement that the breeder of the dam will take 1- 2 puppies over the course of one or two litters is common. The dam's owner keeps the remainder of the litter(s). (These individuals have to communicate very well on their expectations of these agreements should the litter size be small, should they lose the dam, and in instances of breedings that do not result in surviving puppies.)

Be mindful of this new element in "doing our homework".

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