Dixies' Voice Bulldog Rescue, Inc.

Volunteers dedicated to the English Bulldog Breed

 

 

We dream of a world where rescue is no longer needed

Why we love bulldogs....Their underbite, their extroverted personality, their wrinkles, their snoring, their high-profile connections (Tillman :-))

About Bulldogs


So you want to adopt a Bulldog. The first thing that should be considered when looking at the Bulldog breed is what you will expect from your canine companion
If you're looking for a dog that will take a 10 mile hike with you, swim across the lake, go on field trips in 99 degree weather, jump over high obstacles, or locate and retrieve game, a Bulldog is not the best choice for you. However, they do a great job of locating T-bone steaks out on the grill!

Bulldogs, for the most part, are laid back, smooth, and easy going. The heat is the Bulldog's worst enemy. An air-conditioned home is required if you live anywhere that summer temperatures get above the mid 80's. They tolerate cold weather well, within reason of course. Bulldogs love going for rides in the car, and sleeping at the foot of your bed, on the couch or in the easy-chair. They must have plenty of love and socialization, and will offer you the same in return. Bulldogs do not respond obediently to heavy-handed physical discipline. Despite 1000 years of selective breeding, most Bulldogs, both male and female, instinctively detest and resist violence, or the threat of it. This is especially evident with regard to children. A screaming child immediately causes grave concern and routinely triggers a decidedly protective response. They seem to sense trouble, and they are likely to intervene in their own special way to end the disturbance. Nonetheless, Bulldogs are not easily provoked by other dogs unless they are seriously threatened or attacked. A Bulldog that has been carefully bred for temperament and lovingly cared for and properly socialized from birth likes to meet other dogs and strangers. Visitors to the household are always welcomed, often enthusiastically. It never occurs to a Bulldog that other dogs and other people might be less than friendly. An intruder might even be a welcome guest, but it is difficult to say what might happen when you are away. Modern Bulldogs are not by nature good guard dogs or attack dogs. However they are fairly reliable watchdogs. They will normally alert you to any unusual activity in the home or yard.

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, demodectic mange, eyelid anomalies, hip dysplasia and heart problems. Some of them have a tendency toward self-mutilation (especially if they have itchy skin), so owners should watch carefully for signs of skin irritation and scratching. If you are adopting an older dog, many of these conditions will already have been identified. Twenty-four hour care by a qualified veterinarian must be available. Since not all veterinarians are knowledgeable about the health problems Bulldogs may have, you should consult experienced Bulldog owners or the rescue to find a capable veterinarian. Any veterinarian who will be doing surgery on your Bulldog should have previous experience with putting Bulldogs under anesthesia.

There is the cost to maintain the dog, an expense that will continue for the life of the dog. You could spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars in vet bills, many people never spend any money on vet bills except yearly check ups, but it's possible and you should understand that may be the case. Always start with a good quality healthy puppy with a health guarantee. A great option for the person wanting a Bulldog, but who can't afford a large sum for the initial purchase, would be a rescue Bulldog. There are many local clubs, animals shelters, rescue groups and other organizations that have Bulldogs needing a second chance at life. Rescue is considered one of the best things you can do for a dog.

The breed is registered with the American Kennel Club simply by the name "Bulldog", though there are many that still refer to the breed as the English Bulldog. It is not a serious deviation of terms.

The average life span of a bulldog is about 7 to 11 years, with some living past 12 years.

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