AKC English Bulldog Standard/What a Bulldog Should Look Like

English Bulldog AKC Standard

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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.

Yes, our Bulldog Puppies do come with AKC Registration. See our plans for the next litter!

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!

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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.

Check Out Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds! A fun tool, Profiling Every Dog Breed in the AKC Including the Bulldog. Also has in depth Breed Anaylisis and Full Color Profile Photos defining what makes each breed unique. What a great source for those not sure which dog most suitably fits their family!

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Get a Firm Grasp On The AKC Standard.

akc standard bulldog ears

akc standard bulldog ears

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.

How to Glue Your Bulldog’s Ears

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.

Meet The Bulldog. From the American Kennel Club’s, Meet The Breed Series, is a jam-packed paperback with a plethora of information on topics from- participating in AKC Dog Shows to how to Pursue the AKC S.T.A.R for your puppy and getting your Bulldog Certified as a Therapy dog for visiting hospitals + nursing homes!

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!

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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.

Porper English Bulldog Form

Porper English Bulldog Form

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??

AKC Registration Papers

AKC Registration 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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94 Responses to Bulldog AKC Standard

  • Steven Bryant

    I’ve searched and am not sure what color/marking my little Lucy has. Is there any way I could bother you?  I’d like to send you a picture of her. If she isn’t “desirable”, then we won’t breed her. We’ll just love her.

  • That Guy

    I find it great that this site is promoting raw diet. Yet I find it shocking that this site would mention AKC as a guide for purchasing any breed of dog. http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news/2015/02/the-akc-worst-in-show.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

    It has been shown that purebred dogs are genetically screwed up and inferior to mixed dogs in terms of overall health. For anyone who is interested BBC has a documentary showing how unhealthy purebreds are. If interested here is the documentary, http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/pedigree-dogs-exposed/

  • Norma`

    Someone is selling a boy english bulldog for $950 with no papers at all. Can I still register him on AKC?

    • Dan Weese

      No, you cannot.

      • David Murray

        Yes look it up on akc website. It shows you how.it just doesnt have rights like our akc dogs do that have lineage trace back.

      • Melissa Krepps

        I am wondering if I could send you a picture of our bulldog and tell me what you think he is

    • David Murray

      Yes you can look it up in akc website.

  • Dana

    Hello. I am looking to purchase my very first pet ever and would LOVE an English Bulldog puppy with a Merle color pattern. I understand merle colored bullys are not at all AKC standard, however, I would like to know if merle coloring equates to an unhealthy pup with a terrible temperament?

  • Jacquelyn

    Would it be possible for you to post some more puppy pictures with qualifying and disqualifying features of the bulldog?  I have spent hours looking at adult bulldogs and can usually identify what is standard and what is not, but the puppies are a bit trickier. Thank you for your consideration!

  • Angelica Merz

    Hello, I am in the process of buying an English Bulldog. I have the photos, but want to make sure it is purebreed. Can you please take a look and let me know if the puppy I’m about to buy is indeed purebred. Thank you

    • Dan Weese

      I would be happy to give you my best opinion as to whether the puppy is purebreed or not. Message me with your photos here on our facebook page.

  • Jennifer

    My family an I have been looking into getting our first puppy English Bulldog to add to our family I just so scared am going to put the money an not get what am looking for Iive in Fresno California an there’s not to many bulldogs around I don’t know how to go about this can u help …..

    • Dan Weese

      Jennifer, I totally understand. It’s tough fin ding a great puppy from reputable breeders. It’s important you study the AKC standard. Then, find a great breeder who comes highly recommended and holds an honest business history. Finally, meet this breeder if possible.  Meet the Sire and Dam of the particular litter you’re interested in. Basically what you see is what you get when looking at the puppy’s parents. Don’t forget to ask about the parent’s health history as well. It’s important you resist the urge to purchase a puppy on a whim or before investigating a particular breeder. I think I’d you follow these steps you’ll be off to a great start in your search!

    • Eileen F.

      Hi Jennifer! I live in San Francisco and have searched extensively for a reputable breeder in the Bay Area. I’m picking up my sweet girl in 2 weeks from a reputable breeder in Monterey (Seaside English Bulldogs). Jennifer has been so great and a pleasure to work with. She’ll send me pictures and videos almost daily per my request. LOL! Only con is she doesn’t post updated pics of the puppies often on Facebook.

      You can also check Honorable English Bulldog located in Stockton. I personally have not dealt with them but from all Facebook posts from the bully families, they have nothing but wonderful things to say about them. It was really about the timing for us so we decided to pick Seaside English Bulldogs since she just had a litter. Those are the only breeders I finding to be trustworthy with beautiful looking AKC pups. Hope this helps! Goodluck!

    • katie

      Hi jennifer, were you still looking.  My baby has some littermates still looking for homes. email me your info to kathrynnemorriston@gmail.

  • Eileen G.

    Hi Dan! I put down a down payment on a gorgeous girl a few days ago. 🙂 Just wondering if mom’s prominent underbite is hereditary? Her dad doesn’t have a visible underbite until you open his mouth. What are the chances my puppy will get it??

    • Dan Weese

      Hey there, Eileen. Congratulations on finding a Bulldog pup! The under-bites are hereditary, but it doesn’t mean that every puppy from that litter will inherit it from mom. There’s a decent chance she could have a least some variation of mom’s under-bite if not an exact match. I’m curious if by looking at the pup now you could see some hint of the under-bite beginning to show. Lots of people consider the under-bite to be desirable even though it isn’t really standard.

      • Eileen G

        Thanks for your reply Dan! She’s 3 1/2 weeks and can’t see an underbite as of yet. When does it typically show?

        • Dan Weese

          I think it probably varies with each bulldog, but I would imagine it wouldn’t begin to show until at least the 6 month mark.

      • Melissa

        You say, “The underbite is not really standard” how then is one able to achieve the desirable upside down “u” shape for the mouth, as opposed to the incorrect upside down “v” shape of the mouth that is not the correct standard? It comes from not having the highly desirable upside down “u” that any real bulldog breeder is known to be striving for, it only comes with the dog having a correct underbite…of course too much underbite will cause a dish face in the bulldog.

  • Bonnie

    I bought Jolene where after got my registered papers says parents are max and piper dream show dogs but picture of litter was on Facebook saying jonesay and tansies litter and could see my Jolene I ask and she said no Joline was in max litter but the litter of puppies that came up for sale look like the same laying in litter with Jolene …could they sell them as the show dog parents they own now Jolene has skin issue was why I ask if her parents had any problems why would anyone sell a dog and change parents name to their show dogs I might be wrong but when I sent her photo she deleted it off Facebook

  • Bulldog sharonbull

    Hi, it is necessary to improve the health of the bulldog with urgency, many criticisms about the breed, this makes the improvement of quality affects the price of a litter, mainly for trips in search of a stallion, healt tests, Pedigree study analyzing longevity …
    The problem is that too many breeders have a false appearance and an expensive litter is not synonymous with quality.
    Unfortunately not all champions are ideal to reproduce reliably, there are suspicious judgments, something that alters true excellence.
    Good luck to all the people who love this breed


  • Lizette

    Hi I found someone selling a English bulldog and says he register akc and would sell him to me with papers but he is now saying if I want papers I would need to give him 100 more. I think it sounds fishing?

    • Dan Weese

      It doesn’t even cost 100 dollars for the breeder to get akc registration papers for an entire litter. Hard to say if it’s a “fishy” deal or not, but it’s definitely a bit unprofessional to be changing terms like that.

  • Mercedes Guerrido

    I have been doing some research on bulldogs for quite some time now. I just put a down payment on a beautiful boy. I was wondering do bulldogs always have health issues? I’ve read so much. Is it possible to have a healthy bulldog with maybe minor issues all its life?

    • Dan Weese

      It’s very common to have a very healthy Bulldog. Usually, as long as the parents of the puppy have been healthy, so will the pup. The most typical defect passed from generation to generation is probably the cherry eye.

  • Pam montes

    dan thanks for taking all your time to answer questions.  Most dog purchasers have no idea what to do.  And if you don’t have a good relationship with the breeder.  Well it’s extra hard.  I think the bulldog clubs should help by having question forums like this.  I find that vets know basic things but not breed specific.  Steve and I love our bullies and want the best for them.  Thanks again for helping us and others

  • Pam montes

    Where do you get Dna done for your bully?  What can it tell you?  Is it expensive?

  • p

    I have a horrible situation Bought an english bulldog puppy my husband went to pick up puppy and she had one blue eye and one brown eye.  the puppy had a picture on breeders web site only showing the brown eye.and told my husband it was no big deal?  but it is right?

    • Dan Weese

      I think the only reason it would really matter is if it bothers you and the puppy was falsely advertised by the breeder. As far as health and temperament there won’t be any issues because of the blue eye. Did you plan to show the puppy in the future?

  • Mike Richardson

    I thought I had bought my first akc old English bulldog around the holidays from I bought a good Christian family, we never got our papers so I contacted akc to get them. I found out the litter and parents aren’t even registered. So I called the so called breeder back and she addmitted to it, and said all sales are final. So I’m taking her to small claims. My question is this ” what is a dog that looks like bulldog with no record of breed worth”

    • Dan Weese

      Sorry to hear this, Mike. Hopefully someone reading this will see how important it is to examine the AKC papers before handing over their cash. Not your fault though. You can do your best to buy from a reputable breeder, but when they’re lying to you there’s not much you can do. If I were you, I would try and get back all of your money. You were lied to and given the wrong product. Hard to believe they would be so ignorant as to not settle this outside of court. They must know they’ll lose? What is this dog worth? If I had a litter of puppies that were from unregistered Bulldogs, I would sell them for 1,000 or less. If they looked beautiful and possessed most of the characteristics a Bulldog does, I would say 1,000 might be fair. To me though, an unregistered Bulldog is worth nothing because families want a purebred. On the other hand, the dog you got is worth less than 1,000 because the breeder lied to you. If they’ve lied about one thing, they’ve probably lied about more and the health of the Bulldog over the long term is now very much in question. If you’re not already too attached to this puppy, I would advise you to give it back and start again. Best of luck to you and your family!

  • patrick ghaster

    I found your website interesting and helpful.  I would like to know if you have an opinion about the AKC’s standard calling for a large head when having a large head is not conducive to natural birth.

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    • suezbull

      Hey, welcome to the club!  I bought an “English Bulldog” that looks just like yours.  I sent in his DNA to be tested and they even reviewed the results a second time and still tell me he is 100% purebred.  I still don’t believe it, but he is ours forever. Money down the drain!

  • chantel

    Hi, this was helpful but i had a question in rearguard to the types of registration there may be. I picked out a puppy a few weeks ago and the price was set my boyfriend and i then had asked about breeding and the price no has gone up 1k because supposedly the registration for breeding is different than a house hold pet registration.  Is this correct?

    • Dan Weese

      This price increase is not mandatory, but based purely on the breeder’s own discretion. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with charging a higher price for a breeding dog than one that is strictly a house pet although it would have been nice if you were told sooner.

  • Joey Elacion

    Hello, we’ve been looking for awhile and its been hard who you can trust, but after all the posting about dishonest webpages when you Google for breeders, there’s a lot of beware of this and those. Is there a list or away you can please send me sites that we can look and maybe can actually visit and purchase at an honest breeder. In today’s world we can’t be too safe to send money for a puppy that’s going to be a part of your household. We recently had ours past away back in August and we loved our English bulldog. Its a great dog to be part of anyone’s family and its great with kids. But with the all the scam on the Internet with people using someone’s else photo. Are there any breeders in California / Bay Area or anyone you can recommend even if its outside California. Reading breeders webpage with the same info, you don’t really know if they’re actually telling the truth or not. And even with word of mouth from people who we ran into owners of English Bulldogs, your kinda on the safe weary mode of things. Thank you.

  • Jenna white

    Could you please explain the difference between English Bulldog, American Bulldog and Olde English Bulldog. I know only English is recognized by AKC.

  • Tony Smaby

    Dan I have a Female bull dog and she is just the love of my life. I have two other dogs different breed but Selma Melted my heart. She cost me 4000.00 she is perfect in every way. One day I would love to breed her So I will get in touch with you. The are just great big sweet hearts. Tony

    • Dan Weese

      Awesome, Tony! You know where to find me. – Dan

  • Vern

    I’m looking into buying a bulldog puppy…what actually does it mean when they say the puppy is “ioeb registered”??? Please help…thanks.

    • Dan Weese

      Hi Vern. I believe the “IOEB Registry” is a registry similar to the AKC or CKC. This is a registry for certain dogs that cannot apply for AKC or CKC registration. AKC does not accept certain breeds like “old english bulldog” or “miniature bulldogs”. I don’t believe the puppy you’re considering would truly be an English Bulldog if they’re registering on the “IOEB”.

  • Melissa

    I am looking at buying a beautiful english bulldog puppy who will be Canadian Kennel Club registered as are her parents. I have reaserched all the breeders in Alberya and traveled may hours so we could go to the breeders home and be able to see where they are raised and made sure it was not a puppy mill. I have photos of Mom and Dad as our breeder does own both and I do trust I’m getting what I’m paying for which is $2500 but would like to ask if you would be willing to look at the pictures I have of the parents as well as the puppy we are looking at just to get a second opinion. I thank you very much for your time and all the information you provided, it is clear you are an amazing breeder who has their dogs best interest at heart and clearly want to help buyers find the best puppy possible. You deserve recognition that you are a wonderful breeder who any buyer would be lucky to work with!

    • Dan Weese

      Hey Melissa! Thanks so much for the wonderful compliments! So nice of you to say. I would be happy to take a look. Please message me with the pictures on our Facebook Page and I’ll let you know my thoughts. – Daniel

  • pam

    Unfortunately, the general public does not know enough and are easy targets. 

    My husband found a bullie on a breeder website.  Hall of fame and breeder of merit breeder. After several days

    of talking and pictures. My husband went to pick up the sweet girl.  But she had one blue eye and one brown

    eye. The pics of her was of one side. It did not occur to my husband that was a problem.  Its so sad that my

    husband believed him.  We love her and no matter what we will take care of her. Because she is a cherished

    part of our family.  The breeders wife told him it isnt a health concern.  And not to worry. It does not show

    up in puppies.  Oh…..he is an akc judge.  Unfortunately the very thing that we looked to for validation.

    Was why we believed them.

    • Kim Hovey

      I am looking for a female English Bulldog puppy. I have a male and he is all white, I have been a dog breeder for over 30 years. I’m interested in a female to get a friend for my Bubba, He is just turning 7 in April.  Could you please send me some information about the puppys you have including any information and pictures, also the prices.  Thank you for your time Kim 1 989 817 3304.once again thank you.

      • Dan Weese

        Hi Kim. We actually don’t have any puppies available right now. We hope to have another litter this Winter some time. Interesting to see you have so much experience. Is this all with Bulldogs or other dogs as well?

    • Pamela

      Wow! I would tell AKC about what happened to you!  Breeder Of Merit or not?  We breed full blooded AKC Registered English Bulldogs here at pamsenglishbulldogs, & the breeder, ECT. had to know what they were breeding!  There can be rare occassions where something might show up, I’ve been told from a well known, 30 year show breeder!  But eye color wasn’t mentioned as being one!  That’s never happened to us.  May be a Merl gene in there somewhere? There Are all kinds of breeders out there! Just bc they may be nice to u doesn’t mean they are being totally honest!  Some are not there for u after the sale!  And we are! We give our puppy buyers copies of both parents pedigree’s when a puppy is purchased from us. I have personally talked to many show breeders & get the names,for ourselves, of other show breeders to stay away from;) And we use this list, When we are looking for a new healthy stud to add into our bloodline.  Right now we’ve got our 5th generation female in house. We are small breeder & our dogs are our house pets! Don’t own a kennel for mass producing!  We feel English bulldogs are family & deserve nothing but being in a loving home around loving family members!

  • Meagan

    We are lookibg to purchase a bulldog pup this summer. I have researching for months regarding information on what to look for in a pup when purchasing but continue to find breed standards that are directed at the adult bulldog. I see too often bulldogs that have slender heads and look like boxers rather than bulldogs. I want to know if there is a way to tell from a pup if their heads will be round and body stocky rather than tall and slender. Thanks!

    • Dan Weese

      You’re right. There should totally be a standard set for Bulldog puppies. Looking at puppies can often be deceiving. Even when a pup appears to have the perfect conformation there can be imperfections. Your best bet is to consider the parents first. Then compare that couples previous puppies after they’ve become fully grown if possible.

  • Dustin

    Mr. Weese,
    My wife and I are getting ready to invest 2400 in an English Bulldog. Would you be willing to look at a picture for us?
    Thank you,

    • Dan Weese

      I would like to take a look Dustin but I’m on the road traveling so I might not see it very quickly. You can try and text it to me 330 703 2901 if you like.  – Daniel

    • Cindy Baker

      Hi Dustin, I see how old this post is so I hope all turned out OK. We are terrified right now because we’re finally going to pick up a 12 week pup and the breeder sounds awesome but it’s still scary. Like something might happen and we’ll lose him. I sent pics to our local vet and asked them if the would mind telling me if they had any concerns about it. The doctor responded and said he looked 100% bully to her. She will be our Chestys vet!

  • scott

    Where in ohio did you get yours?

  • sassie

    Hi. I want to buy this puppy, i need to let the breeder know by tomorrow as he has another person interested in her. Pls could you look at the picture and tell me what you think. just your opinion, about eats etc? I just not confident and so many scammers its difficult to get bit of honest help!! I from ireland. Thank you

    • Dan Weese

      Sassie, I would be happy to give you my opinion. You may email me via the contact page or message me on facebook

  • nestor

    how do I know if my English bulldog is purebred
    I got one . but the person who sold the dog to me didn’t had papers.. help…..

    • Dan Weese

      The only way to tell if your bulldog has papers is to ask your breeder. Ask why he didn’t provide registration papers with the sale.

    • Trina holland

      I am also in same kind of situation, I bought my ole English off a man 3 months ago the man said he had been sick and wasn’t able to care for him properly.  He has one blue eye and has the gray red brindle I have researched his characteristic up an down front an black and all his qualities is 100% and his lovely friendly smart gentle personality is there.  I want to do a DNA profile to check into his blood line before I start breeding him.  I want ppl to be aware of any thing that could make him be rejected as a full blooded breed.  All in all we love him and is in a much better loving home.  Please I need someone’s opinion on the tests.

      • Trina holland

        I wanted to add I never received his papers.  The man left.  And he has one blue eye no blindness and a black nose.  A white half strip under with a blue/ gray red brindle very pretty.  I might add he’s in repair from not getting the attention he needed and we are on the road to one gorgeous fellow.

  • Joseph


    Can I send you some pics of sume bulldog puppies. I am finding it hard to tell if the ears are correct according to AKC. Thanks

    • Dan Weese

      Joseph, I just responded to your message on Facebook. Hope that helped.

  • Linda Kochert Woodrow

    Stella Rose October Girl…………..xoxo

  • Willie

    What about an English Bulldog with a blue eye, Does akc register these dogs? Will they be disqualified from the show ring. Just wondering people seem to sure be inflating the price of these dogs, The standard calls for dark eyes. Thanks for any help

    • Dan Weese

      Good question. You’re right, the akc standard for Bulldogs does call for brown or black eyes. Considering blue eyes are not standard I think it’s obvious these dogs probably wouldn’t make it too far in competition. I don’t know that they would be disqualified. I mean I could enter a bulldog that looks horrible if I wanted to as long as I have registration papers. Oh and yes, you can get a bulldog with blue eyes registered with the AKC. I myself would steer clear from bulldogs with blue eyes-tells me something in the blood line might be a bit off.

  • Darlene

    I recently purchased an English bulldog and im not sure if her ears are correct for show if I were to send a picture could you let me know your thoughts on her

    • dan weese

      I can take a look at his ears. Send a picture via our contact page.

  • Brian Massey

    I am very interested in bringing a English Bully into our little family. We are looking to have one home Mid September, early October. I have been researching my brains out, and am afraid of the scams and greedy “breeders”, who are really only middlemen to who knows who.
    I don’t mind spending a bit to have a healthy, happy young pup!

    Here’s the thing, I would like to be able to drive to a breeder, about 5 hours max, and I live in Brooklyn, NY.
    Are there any great breeders in the Northeast you may be able to point me towards? I don’t mind delivery, though it does scare me a bit because I can’t see the premises, but I really think getting the family in the car and having a drive to meet the newest member would be a great experience for all of us.

    I’m currently looking at “TopLine Breeders” who are based in North Carolina, a 7 hour drive. With my 5 year old son, this may turn into a 10 hour drive and I can’t imagine a young puppy enjoying it that much either.
    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

    • dan weese

      I’m sorry I don’t know of anyone in the area your willing to drive. I’m glad your being diligent in your search for a quality english bulldog puppy. Your right there are lots of scams out there. I assume you’ve read my post on how to avoid being “taken”. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks

    • Nancy Taylor

      If I were you, I’d go to the AKC website and search for the Bulldog (the AKC does not recognize English Bulldogs as a breed and doesn’t register them. Find a link to the national breed club for Bulldogs — probably something like the Bulldog club of America. This organization can answer many of your questions, and it probably has a breeders directory. contact a few of these breeders and ask a lot of questions. Most of them should have questions for YOU — Bulldogs have issues not found in other breeds.  Look at pedigrees — any reputable breeder will provide this. There should be Champions (Ch) in many of the dogs shown in that pedigree.

      Get familiar with the breed standard and look at lots of pictures of champions.

      “English Bulldogs” are not an AKC-recognized breed, though I’ve seen many breeders online claim that they are.

  • Jaime Jorgenson

    So, we just picked up our first bully baby and would like to look in to the possibility of breeding & becoming more educated on the breed.  I used to own Shar-peis and had the same intent, but I didn’t feel I could better the breed with my dogs.  I grew up raising Arabian horses, so I do understand the importance of only breeding the best.  I would love to have our pup evaluated.  Suggestions? We are in Washington State.

  • Mari castillo

    Hi I have two bulldogs one male one female … female has papers, male has papers also but I lost his papers both pure breed.. they just had a litter of four puppies and I wanted to get the puppies registered? Is it possible to get thier papers with out the fathers registration number.

    • dan weese

      No its not possible to get the puppies register without the fathers registration number because he is registered with the AKC you may simply call the AKC and get his number to complete the registration of your puppies.

  • Amber

    Hello my name is amber Palmer and I recently bought a red ad white female english bulldog with great bloodlines. She is an 18th generation I was wanting to see if she is show worthy how can I tell?

    • dan weese

      Amber I would say there are many ways you could go about doing this. First, lots of research as I can see you’ve already begun. Study the winners. Look at lots of pictures of previous show winners. Remember the best way to spot a great looking bulldog is to study the AKC standard. Think about it, if you wanted to be able to spot a fake twenty dollar bill you wouldn’t study fake money, you would continuously analyze the real thing. It definitely wouldn’t hurt to go to a few shows and look into a local bulldog club. At the end of the day you can enter your dog into a show even if he isn’t perfect. Just have fun. Good luck!

      • Amber

        Thank you so much, I’ve been studying her compared to the standards and she seems to have every quality. She has the biggest nose wrinkle the vet has ever seen and multiple breeders have said she is beyond a beautiful dog. She also loves her picture taken. Any more advice?

        • dan weese

          It sounds like you’ve got yourself a great Bulldog! Go get ’em 🙂

  • carolina

    Hello, I am glad that I ran past this forum. I have always loved teh English Bulldog. I have been one of those indivuduals who has been googling like crazy and falling in love with any videos and pictures that I see from any petstores (that have finance options), etc. It makes it so easy to just get my hands on one, but I do want to know what I am getting myself into, because you are very correct about everything you say about buying resposibly. People will do and say just about anything to get a hold of your hard worked money and it just isnt right. Do you know any valid sites where I can check for a good breed of puppies? I know that I am ready to take on the responsibility!

    • dan weese

      Carolina I’m glad you have decided to stay away from the pet stores who usually get their puppies from puppy mills. As far as your question about a valid breeder, I’m pretty partial to our puppies, but I do know of one other breeder I believe you can trust. Check out steelbulldogs. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Steve Carey

    Wish I had read this earlier before I ran into all the scummy breeders here in ohio. I’m sorry to say i got one of those “bulldogs” that actually looks more now like a bullgle (beagle-bulldog mix). I have papers that says hes AKC too. I love my dog though but definitely see the differecne now looking at yours.

    • dan weese

      Hey Steve. There are thousands of people who have been given the run around and gotten a less than perfect Bulldog. You would think that if you’re getting AKC registration papers you’re getting the real deal, but unfortunately in most cases it just isn’t working out that way. I hope your bully is at least healthy. It’s great that you honored your commitment to your Bulldog even though he wasn’t what you thought. Inbox me if you have any questions.

      • Steve Carey

        Thanks. Ok so if I get a bulldog with no papers is it possible to get him registered with the akc??

        • dan weese

          Steve usually if a puppy doesn’t come with papers you have to wonder why the breeder didn’t get them in the first place. The papers are easy for the breeder to get and only cost about $20. Your going to need the registration numbers of both the Sire and Dam of your puppy. AKC registration is a huge topic so I thought it best to go and fetch this link of Common Questions from the AKC website. Hopefully this helps. http://www.akc.org/contact/answer_center/faq_dogreg.cfm

  • Patricia Brunelle

    You have been such a wonderful help. Thank you so much. I will keep you posted 🙂


  • Patricia Brunelle

    Thank you so much Dan, I am so ready to do this. I understand the dedication and responsibilities in caring for these beautiful dogs. I have had eight children and have had many sleepless nights LOL, it will be like have a second family all over again. Now how do I go about finding a bulldog? Do I let the breeder know that I want to become a breeder also and where do I need to get a license to start? Thanks


    • dan weese

      You should definitely let the breeder know your plans to breed. Often times the puppy you purchase will be restricted from breeding on it’s AKC Registration papers so you need to make sure you get full rights with the dog. You may need a license both on the state and County level, but each state is different. In Ohio you don’t need a State level license, but are required to register with the county.

  • Patricia Brunelle

    I am seriously thinking of becoming an English Bulldog breeder. It is a breed I have always loved. Could you please lead me in the right direction so that I am able to provide healthy bulldogs legally.
    Thank you..

    • dan weese

      Patricia I’m glad you asked. It’s good to hear someone sincerely concerned about responsibly and lovingly breeding Bulldogs. This really is a big topic. There is a lot of research you must do before you get started, as I see you’ve already begun. I trust you know there is a lot of work involved with breeding bullies.  Google is your friend here, but be sure to read our “why english bulldogs cost so much” page as well. Please feel free to direct any specific questions you may have to our Bulldog QandA and I or another user will answer you as best we can
      Good Luck 🙂

      Dan @ RedWhiteandBulldogs.Com

  • Terry Howell

    I am looking for a genuine, pure breed male English bulldog for my family.  I looking to purchase around Christmas time and I see that you have a coming soon.  Can you please send me information on your puppies at the email address provided above?  Appreciated and hope to hear from you soon,

    • dan weese

      All of these comments have been answered by us via email 🙂

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