When considering purchasing a bulldog puppy it is important to consider the costs associated with purchasing one. One main concern is your willingness and financial ability to properly care for this special breed. Besides the daily grooming, this breed requires a high-quality diet that won't set off allergies or intestinal problems. Another important consideration is overheating, bulldogs are easily overheated. They need to be an indoor dog with air-conditioning. A fenced in yard is also highly recommened for bulldogs, since they are very brave dogs and are not afraid of much at all.
The cost of a bulldog is high because the cost of breeding bulldogs is high. We are well aware of the difficulty having the finances for this breed...we paid for our dogs! We sell our puppies for ALOT less than what we paid for ours, we don't go around buying bottom dollar bulldogs to breed. We breed to improve the breed, and don't look for the lowest price to get the quality we are looking for.
Many just assume that if you are paying over $1500 for a dog, that the breeder is just banking big time. Not true, most of us who raise these dogs DO have expenses raising them. I see adults for sale all the time of people getting out of breeding bulldogs because the reality of the work and expense was not worth it to them. In fact, over 75% of english bulldog breeders fail within 5 years due to operating at a loss. Breeders do in fact have more expenses than your everyday household. Unless they are not taking proper precautions, there is much spent in prevention of disease, such as specialty cleaners, shampoos for skin bacteria, vaccinations (extras beyond your typical vet visit), and things such as flea/tick and wormers. We stay on top of all these things, the cost on multiple dogs is high and these products are not cheap. Most of us have well over $1000/ month in just dog food and treats alone, especially when we feed only high quality food.
Many of us spend well over 40 hrs per week in the care of our dogs, this is a 7 day per week job, you cannot just take time off. We sacrifice our lives, we cannot just leave, we cannot just go take a vacation. Every single thing we do has to revolve around caring for our dogs. Not only is it just caring for the dogs, much time is spent cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning. Regular house bills go up... electricity, water, and not to mention all the laundry we have to do. Doing laundry all day to keep bedding clean on ave. adds $300/ month to our electric bill...dryer is one of the top electricity users (call and ask your electric company if you question it). Yes this is the choice we have made. The point is everyone makes their own choice on what they do, but I'm sure most don't go to work and say well I really like this job so I will just do it for free or next to nothing and cover your expenses for you while I'm at it. I am also sure if you had something for sale, you would want people asking you for a huge discount.
Now about their breeding cost... Typically a couple of progeterone tests are done to determine when the bulldog is ready to be bred. On ave. 4 prog. tests are done at $110 each. Artificial insemination must be done on bulldogs because they cannot breed on their own... not free either. Then some of these breedings no puppies are produced and there goes that money. A Cesarean section must be done for birth, these are not free. Other things... ultrasounds, x-rays, vet checks on pregnant mom. Very few people have successfully given natural birth, in most cases the mother and/or the puppies are severely harmed or pass away. We don't like to take that risk . Even the females that have given natural birth before are at risk due the possibility of "water" pups which is common in the flat faced breeds. Water pups are pups that have filled with fluids and are usually double the size of a normal pup and most often do not live. Usually sonograms and X-rays are done through the gestation period. The care of the mother and puppies can be expensive after birth too and many hours are put into the care of them. They aren't a breed where you can just leave the mother with the puppies. You have to do alot of the work to keep the puppies healthy and ensure they are properly cared for. Puppies are a ton of work...you wake up every 2 hours to feed, pody, and make sure their area is clean. The mother's cannot be left with their puppies, due the fact bulldogs often lay on their puppies. The first 2 weeks of a puppies life are critical and constant monitoring and care must be given by the litter owner.
So to sum up some expenses: (take into mind... (ALOT of these things are bought on a regualr basis... not just one time)
-cost of the dogs themselves ( Note not all dogs purchased have litters and not all are breeding quality or healthly enough and are not bred...bulldogs are a breed with fertility issues)
specialty cleaner / disinfectant
increased untility bills
food and treats
vet visits and regular vet care
lost wages from a regular job
ultrasounds / x rays
grooming supplies: shampoo, brushes, ear cleaner, eye drops, wrinkle cleaner, cotton pads, nail trimmers, toothpaste, toothbrushes....
medical supplies and medications
xrays / ultrasounds
ruined / damaged furniture... yes they wear out MUCH FASTER
puppy pens, crates... not a one time fee... they do not last forever
bowls, leashes, collars
fencing, dog doors
******IF RAISING DOGS IS DONE RIGHT***** THERE IS NO MONEY IN IT SORRY,.... SO NO NOT JUST ABOUT MONEY
I do in fact have receipts to prove this and a copy of every bill of sale of pups proving how much is lost per year to support my love of breeding.
WHY BULLDOGS COST SO MUCH?
THIS IS WHY WE DO NOT GIVE YOU A DISCOUNT. PLEASE READ BEFORE ASKING AND BEING TOLD NO. PEOPLE ASKING FOR BIG DISCOUNTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A PUPPY FROM US. AKC RECOMMENDS SELLING LIMITED REGISTRATION PUPS FROM THIS BREED FOR $2500 and up.
This is not meant to be rude, but to inform you of the facts that most often overlooked. Yes it does get old when people are asking for a very low price for this breed. We make the choice to invest a good amount of money in the care of our dogs and did have to pay for them. We cannot afford to give the price some people ask. Our pet prices are the lower prices we offer. On occasion, we do have one at a lower discounted price, and it will be listed. Anyone wanting a cheaper bulldog is welcome to inquire about it when we have one listed cheaper (usually an older pup, this does not happen often). Full registration papers are NEVER offered cheaper, only pets! You of course will still have to be an approved home that we feel can properly care for the dog. If you cannot afford one, wait till you can, or possibly consider a rescue, older adult, or another breed. There are many rescue groups out there. Most rescues I have seen charge about $500-$900 for adoption. I do sometimes see non AKC registered pups for cheaper alsoas no proof of breed is required.