English Bulldog puppies are not an easy breed to raise. English Bulldog puppies are most often born via C-section and must receive around the clock care for the first few weeks of life. English Bulldog puppies are often bottle fed since some the mothers do not often have enough milk. English Bulldog moms will often lay on their puppies while nursing so they have to be watched carefully at all times. If provided with the proper food, medical care, and vaccinations up until 8 weeks old, the English Bulldog breeder invests a lot of time and money in the litter. If you add the cost of stud service, shipping the semen, etc. it gets quite expensive. If you want healthy well bred English Bulldog puppies , properly socialized, and given vaccines on scheduled intervals, then do NOT try to find the cheapest puppies possible. You may end up spending more on vet bills than you paid for the English Bulldog puppies .
Many may say, "I only want a pet, what's the price without any papers at all? " Then why aren't you finding a breeder who does not have papered dogs?? Because you want to know you are getting a purebred...you already know if puppies are able to be AKC papered they have the best chances of being a true purebred over all other registries... well I PAID for the papers and already have a pet price...that is the price...there are other breeders that do in fact sell non papered dogs for cheaper.. and some I personally know mix breed to another dog and sell them as "purebred"... what difference is it to them, they didn't care about papers and just wanted something close or comparable...you get what you are paying for. Most will CKC register their bulldog mixes because they can. NO proof required there, anybody can register simply by sending in picture of dog and signing that you and a friend claim it is purebred.
or "It doesn't matter where I get an English Bulldog puppy as long as it is in my price range." Many people have made this mistake only to regret it later on. Reputable English Bulldog breeders are breeding for betterment of the breed not to make a profit selling as many English Bulldog puppies as possible. Yes, it does matter who the parents are. Where do you think your puppy gets looks, temperament and health? Look at the parents... if you don't like them chances are you won't like the puppy when its grown. Indiscriminate English Bulldog breeding produces health and temperament problems. You think the breeder doesn't matter? Who do you think plans the breeding , cares for the pups, provides food and medical care? Do good breeders have 100% healthy puppies, absolutely not, unless they are lying to you. Anyone who has bred for any amount of time has ran into some problems, it is a part of breeding and how we select not to breed certain dogs and lines or not to mate certain pairs together. Some mates complement each other better than others. Small problems do happen no matter what from time to time, but any responsible breeder will choose not to breed dogs with known health problems in their lines that are genetic.
"Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative! "
If you choose an English Bulldog puppy breeder that has only one motivation - MONEY - he or she is going to buy the cheapest English Bulldog puppies they can find regardless of family history of health or temperament problems or how good they look according to the English Bulldog breed standard. They are going to cut corners on food and health care, and one of the most important things of all - LOVE. English Bulldog puppies that are ignored, and not played with, or socialized, do not make the best pets…not to mention the potential problems if raised in a filthy environment. Many of these will live in your large outdoor, unclean and unkept kennels that feed cheap low-grade food, have little health care, and nothing but minimal is done for these animals in every way. They save money in every possible way to have as many puppies as possible to sell to you as cheap as they can.
(Content below is from Wikipedia)
History of the English Bulldog
The term "bulldog" was first used around 1568 and might have been applied to various ancestors of modern bulldog breeds. Bulldogs were bred in England as a cross between the mastiff and the pug.
In the 1600s, bulldogs were used for bullbaiting (as well as bearbaiting ), a gambling sport popular in the 17th century with wagers laid in which trained bulldogs leapt at a bull lashed to a post, latched onto its snout and attempted to suffocate it. Bulldogs have many distinct characteristics that were bred into them so they would be better suited to bullbaiting. The bulldog's body is short, low to the ground and compact, allowing it to be able to scuttle or crawl low under the bull's horns. The lower jaw sticks out further than the top one allowing the bulldog to grip on the nose of the animal and still be able to breathe due to the lay-back of the nose. The wrinkles on the bulldogs face allow the blood from the other animal to run down the bulldogs face instead of going into its eyes.
The oldest single breed specialty club is The Bulldog Club (England), which was formed in 1875. Members of this club met frequently at the Blue Post pub on Oxford Street in London . There they wrote the first standard of perfection for the breed. In 1891 the two top bulldogs, Orry and Dockleaf, competed in a contest to see which dog could walk the farthest. Orry was reminiscent of the original bulldogs, lighter boned and very athletic. Dockleaf was smaller and heavier set, more like modern bulldogs. Dockleaf was declared the winner that year. Although some argued that the older version of the bulldog was more fit to perform, the modern version's looks won over the fans of the breed because they proved they were equally as fit and athletic in the walking competition.
Recently, many people have tried to recreate a breed more akin to the original bullbaiter. Examples of the trend are the Olde English Bulldogge, Renascence Bulldogge, Victorian, Continental and Dorset Old Tyme Bulldog. The American Kennel Club does not recognize any of these newly "recreated" breeds of dogs.
English Bulldog Appearance
These are the average, standard descriptions, every bulldog is different and will or can vary.
Build: Heavy musculature, thick-set neck and shoulders, low-slung body
Weight: 53-55 pounds (24-25kg.) within United Kingdom
Height: 11-14 inches
Coat: Short, smooth
Color: Red, fawn, brindle, pale yellow or washed-out red, or white, or any combination of these colors
Head: Thick, massive, short-faced, broad, with cheeks extending to sides of the eyes, skin on the skull and forehead falling in dense folds, muzzle short and pug, nose broad and black with large nostrils, upper lip pendent and lower jaw very undershot
Teeth: Large, strong
Eyes: Very round, far apart and very dark
Ears: Small and thin, folded back in the form of a rose
Tail: Short and carries low
Feet: Moderate, compact, firmly set
Life span: The average life span is 8 – 12 years
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