AKC English Bulldog Standard/What a Bulldog Should Look Like
This page has helped thousands of well-meaning folks who are constantly taken advantage of by dishonest breeders or just plain weren’t sure what their English Bulldog should look like, act like, or cost, etc.
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First, give me a quick second to explain just what the AKC Standard for a Bulldog is, then I’ll help shed some light on why it’s so crucial for you to understand it. Once you’ve made your way through this little article it is my hope you’ll better understand the AKC Standard for Bulldogs and therefor feel completely confident about finding and pruchasing the perfect bully for your family!
What Is The AKC?
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is a recorded archive of purebred dog pedigrees in the United States. The AKC sets a standard for the way each purebred dog is to appear physically. The temperment of each dog is also of great importance in setting the AKC standard. Without the guide of the AKC, there would be no clear understanding for what a purebred dog actually is.
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Get a Firm Grasp On The AKC Standard.
Many families begin the process of purchasing the “Bulldog of their dreams” only to end up with a less than quality Bulldog in spite of the large sum of money they may have spent to acquire him. Too many folks don’t have the slightest understanding of what the AKC Standard for Bulldogs is, nor do they care.
AKC Bulldog Ears
At left you’ll see some examples of acceptable/unacceptable setting of the ears on a Bulldog’s head. The proper setting of the Bulldog ears as determined by the AKC are shown top right in the picture. The depiction represents just one of many important physical traits in which a Bulldog of a lesser quality may not posses. The Bulldog’s head arguably holds his most distinguishing of all physical properties. Whether it’s a silly look brought about by misplaced ears, or a stunning appearance achieved with perfectly positioned, rosebud ears, most bulldog lovers agree, it’s the head that makes the Bulldog.
We’ll show another exemplary drawing concerning the Bulldog AKC Standard later. For now, we’ll further discuss why it’s so important to study the English Bulldog Standard and what a Bulldog should look like.
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AKC Standard Mishaps.
This is a common occurrence- A person looking to buy an English Bulldog searches on websites and in newspapers for their beautiful English Bulldog Puppy. The search is then narrowed down to a few breeders or pet stores that caught their eye with fancy advertising or a lower than usual price. When the buyer goes to view his possible new Bulldog pup he’s got high hopes. All of his excitement is derived by the remnant of the beautiful puppy pictures that drew him to the breed when he first began his search.
When the buyer visits these puppies he’s forgotten or never even knew what exactly it was he was supposed to be looking for in a purebred English Bulldog. You could say the buyer’s knowledge on the Bulldog breed and the AKC Standard is somewhat lacking. He’s wooed by the breeder and he’s unaware the puppies look more like a Beagle physically than what the AKC says he should look like. The poor soul still falls in love because after all, puppies so easily melt the heart of someone seeking their “best friend”. Then the proverbial “Nail in the Coffin.” The breeder exclaims, “all of our puppies are akc registered”, and after hearing those golden words, the buyer places complete confidence in his purchase.
We’d hate to see anyone spend their hard earned money on a “Bulldog puppy” that matures looking nothing like a Bulldog. Read on to learn more about the akc standard and how to spot a fake!
Dishonest Breeders Fool The AKC Daily!
It’s True! Just because a puppy is akc registered does not mean that he is purebred or matches the AKC Standard. Any breeder can get AKC papers for a litter of puppies regardless of how the pups look.
- Let’s say Dishonest Breeder has a couple purebred Bulldogs with AKC papers.
- The female is mistakenly bred by some random mut running the streets.
- Dishonest Breeder will not give up the $2,000 he could get for “AKC registered English Bulldog puppies” so when the litter is born, he simply fills out the litter registration paperwork – claiming that his English Bulldog was indeed the father.
- The AKC then mails him an envelope full of English Bulldog registration papers for each puppy, which he then happily passes along to the buyer of each puppy….collecting his $2,000 as he does so. And no one will be the wiser until the puppies grow up and begin to look nothing like a real Bulldog.
Related: Bulldog Puppy Scams
Bulldog Physique As Determined By AKC.
To the right, we’ve posted a great depiction of proper English Bulldog form. Take a good look. No, better yet, I want you to study and meditate on this picture especially if you’re currently in the market for a new Bulldog puppy. Notice the space on the top of the head is flat and not rounded. In other words, there’s no downward slant from the middle of the head to the ears. A Bulldog should have a wide stance up front narrowing toward the rear. That’s another defining characteristic of the Bulldog profile.
The reason I tell you to study these depictions of the AKC Standard for Bulldogs is so you’ll know how to spot a fake when looking for your perfect Bulldog pup. Think of it this way. If you worked for the FBI with the purpose of detecting counterfeit money, you’d spend hours examining and memorizing nothing but all the fine details on a hundred dollar bill. After continually analyzing and familiarizing yourself with real hundred dollar bills you’ll easily know when you’re eyes set their gaze on fraudulent money. It’s the same principle with the English Bulldog AKC Standard. Once you’ve devoted a reasonable amount of time evaluating the AKC’s standard for Bulldogs, you’ll then be prepared to pick out the studs from the duds. Of course it’s much easier just believing the breeder’s sales pitch, but you want to know for yourself right? I mean, when you’re spending a large amount of money, you should get the best. You simply cannot rely on the breeder to tell you how a Bulldog should look. To make sure you receive a high quality English Bulldog Puppy whose anatomy mirrors the AKC Standard is entirely your responsibility.
AKC Bulldog Puppies For Sale/No Papers??
If you’re breeder says his puppies are AKC, but he has no registration papers you should take your business elsewhere. There is absolutely no reason the breeder can’t get registration papers for legitimate AKC puppies. The registration papers come from AKC to the breeder for only $30. Once the new puppy owner takes possession of the puppy he/she can fill it out and send it in to AKC. You literally check like 2 boxes and fill in the puppy’s new name. The registration fee is around $20 and the form is very simple to understand. Also, we’ve heard of breeders charging the buyer extra for AKC papers. There is no acceptable reason for this. The akc registration papers should be included with the puppy just as you should expect a spare tire and jack to come with a brand new car. Need To Register Your New Pup or Litter?
Honest Breeders Can Still Be Negligent.
Possibly more common is an Honest breeder who isn’t very serious about producing quality English Bulldogs, or is simply ignorant to how this is done correctly. It’s possible for a breeder to start out with any quality of English Bulldog(Excellent-Poor) and over time with each litter, degenerate characteristics that are key in the Bulldog breed. For instance, one of his puppies may be born with longer legs or smaller paws than are appropriate features in an English Bulldog. The breeder may choose to breed this puppy, therefore using a Bulldog with less than perfect genes. Every time these Bulldogs with undesirable physical character traits are bred they will pass these imperfections along to the next generation and they’ll begin to look less and less the way an English Bulldog should. Finally, you’re left with a horrible looking AKC Registered English Bulldog. Remember, even a car comes with registration tags, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a piece of junk.
Should I Register My Bulldog With The AKC?
We asked that same question in a google search and we found front and center on the American Kennel Club’s website, this answer-….because you love your dog. The AKC – We’re more than champion dogs. We’re the dog’s champion. Probably like you, we thought that answer sounded like a bunch of bologna when we read it. Of course we love our Bulldogs, but the question of why should I register wasn’t exactly answered by that simple sentence, so we looked through the site in search of a list mentioning the pros of registering.
Right off the bat you see a few great incentives for registering:
- They’ll give you a 60 day free trial in their AKC Pet Healthcare Plan.
- A coupon making your first visit to your puppy’s veterinarian FREE with a participating Vet!
- Become eligible to participate in new and exciting AKC programs, including agility, obedience, tracking, field trials, dog shows, junior showmanship, and much more!
- It’s for a good cause! Reportedly, over the last seven years, AKC has allocated nearly $30 million in funding to invaluable programs like Public Education, Kennel Inspections and Canine Search-and-Rescue.
There’s a whole slew of other benefits to registering your purebred dog listed on their site. They even give you a frameable AKC Registration Certificate and record your dog’s name in the AKC Registry.
I hope after reading this article you understand the AKC Standard for Bulldogs more clearly. Please know also that I have no intention of talking down about anyone or their Bulldog. If you’ve found yourself with a long snout Bulldog, or one that’s a little taller than the AKC says is perfect, that’s ok! Love your Bulldog the way he is. It’s what’s in the heart that counts. No doubt, your Bulldog will love you abundantly in spite of his short comings!
For More On The English Bulldog AKC Standard Click This Link: http://www.akc.org/breeds/bulldog
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