Ask anyone who has owned a Bulldog and you will soon realize that Bulldogs are very special beings. However, a Bulldog is not the right choice for every family. Living with these high personality beings can be very demanding but rewarding at the same time. To own a Bulldog you must be committed to meeting the breedís particular needs.
First you must know that Bulldogs are perpetual children: they never grow up. They are very much a peopleís dog and a lot of human attention is required for the breed's happiness. Bulldogs are among the gentlest breeds of dog and are described as very affectionate and dependable. Like most dogs, Bulldogs do best in a loving environment, free from fear and neglect. Some Bulldogs can be dominating and need an owner who knows how to display strong leadership and understands alpha canine behavior. These dogs can snore very loudly and most have drool and slobber tendencies.
Common Medical Issues
Bulldogs have numerous known genetic defects and are subject to various illnesses that affect many breeds. Common Bulldog health problems you may encounter include elongated soft palate, small trachea, allergies, dermatitis, demodetic mange, eye lid anomalies, hip dysplasia and heart problems. If you are adopting an older dog, many of these conditions will already have been identified. SDBR recommends using a veterinarian knowledgeable about the health problems of Bulldogs.
Bulldogs are extremely intolerant of heat. They must be kept in an air-conditioned area or cool area with limited trips outside when outside temperatures are over 80 degrees. Close supervision is required during outside activity to prevent over-exertion leading to over-heating. Bulldogs also are not usually capable of prolonged physical activity. A Bulldog is not for someone who enjoys taking a dog jogging or hiking.
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