Any Bulldog breeder can tell you about the charming personality of the sturdy, compact English Bulldog. The term Bulldog usually refers to the English version though there are also French and American Bulldog breeds. The English Bulldog is distinguishable by its short, stocky frame, its waddle, its wrinkled face and pug nose, and by its under-bite. English Bulldogs are also renowned for physical and personality traits such as drooling, snoring (loudly), gassiness, attention-getting behavior, and sense of humor.
Though not a dog for everyone, fans of the English Bulldog love these dogs for life. The Bulldog is a tenacious, strong-willed breed and is often used as a mascot by many colleges and the military. The Bulldog is the official mascot of England and, though other versions of the Bulldog exist, is viewed as a traditional English symbol. English and French Bulldogs are the result of a mixture of Mastiff and Pug. American Bulldogs more closely resemble Old English Bulldogs, which were taller and faster than the European versions of today.
Bulldog Breeders should be able to educate potential buyers about Bulldog information including care, grooming and discipline. Whether an American, French or English Bulldog breeder, he will have knowledge of all Bulldog breeds and their specific needs. Bulldogs are not for inexperienced pet owners. This breed is high maintenance and requires significant attention, training and medical care.
European versions of the Bulldog often have respiratory problems due to their small bodies, flat faces and Pug noses. These versions also need help giving birth, usually by c-section, as puppies’ heads are too wide to be delivered naturally. The American Bulldog has a life expectancy of almost twice that of the European versions, but these larger dogs have their own set of behavioral, social and health issues. Bulldogs buyers should approach Bulldog breeders with a list of questions. Good breeders will be able to provide extensive Bulldog information. Buyers should also expect Bulldog breeders to interview them to make sure they can adequately provide for Bulldog puppies.
The most important thing for buyers to know about Bulldog breeders is that good breeders never sell to pet stores. Any purebred dog breeder, like the Bulldog breeder, loves the breed and treats animals like family members, not merchandise. Due to the high price that can be fetched for purebred puppies, some breeders run illegal puppy mills, which are operations in purebred dogs are bred constantly to produce multiple litters to sell at auction. Dogs in puppy mills are mistreated.
They are bred incessantly without regard to their health, kept caged with no exercise or play, and receive little human contact. Puppy auctions and puppy brokers are usually the methods by which pet stores acquire puppies. Not only is this a cruel process, but also it offers no guarantee on the health or lineage of purebred puppies. On the opposite end, pet stores, unlike good breeders, don’t care whom they sell Bulldog puppies to. Breeders will make sure dogs go to appropriate, loving homes. Pet stores sell to any buyer with appropriate funds.