Bulldogs Are ''Walking Vet Bills'': Fiction
Bentley Turning Heads at The Vet!
Bulldogs are among the most desired breeds on Earth! Tragically, many breeders abuse this fact by breeding Bulldogs that don't come from the best of genetic lines and selling their offspring.
This type of breeder doesn't care to produce healthy puppies. No, his eye is eternally on the money and nothing else.
Bulldogs, like many other purebred dogs can be prone to skin and joint problems, heat stroke, cherry eye, entropion (eye issues); however, a properly cared for Bulldog from a first-rate breeder will mightily reduce these risks. Again, good health is determined primarily by the quality of the genes. In other words, if the puppy's parents hold a specific genetic defect like cherry eye, the puppy is then more prone to carry that defect as well.
Of course there can certainly arise occasions in which a puppy is diagnosed with a particular health complication in spite of the many steps a breeder may have taken to produce healthy puppies. Defective genes can be passed again and again amid the dog's pedigree, never actually being detected. Ultimately, because of our in depth experience with our own Bulldogs, we feel that it would be wrong to mark the Bulldog breed as "Unhealthy", or "Sickish." It's completely unfair and biased to refer to a Bulldog as a "walking vet bill"
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Bulldogs Chew Everything in Your Home to Pieces: Fact + Fiction
It's true that Bulldogs have super strong jaws that enable them to grind just about anything to bits and I would even say they do tend to chew more than other dog breeds. However, the majority of this chewing is done in the puppy's adolescent stages of life and they're certainly not doing it our a destructive nature.
Use Distractions To Stop Chewing
Bulldogs love to chew as puppies because they're new teeth are beginning to grow. Like a toddler they want to alleviate their aching gums as these new canines push through. During this time you ought to give your pup treats and teething toys so as to deter him from gnawing on your expensive, new pair of shoes. Be sure to choose only treats or bones that are safe for your puppy. Rawhide is considered the go-to pacifier for a puppy that chews, but we recommend you avoid rawhide as puppies can easily choke on it. Also, look for something that doesn't fracture into dangerous shards. We still use Nylabones like this Bacon Flavored Dura Bone
. Try to keep a chew toy or bone in each room so he always has an acceptable option for chewing.
It's best to know where your puppy is at all times so that he can be corrected when he begins chewing on things he shouldn't. The faster this behavior is disciplined, the faster he'll learn to abstain from it. Of course, we understand these little four legged speed demons can be sneaky and it's impossible to know where your puppy is at every second.
If you feel you need a little help deterring your curious new puppy from chewing up the house, you may want to try a Non-Toxic Anti Chewing Spray
. Really, by applying solid direction and supervision, your home and belongings should, for the most part, remain intact. Raising a puppy takes time and patience, but it is very rewarding.
Bulldogs Stink: Fiction
What an incredible amount of Bulldog enthusiasts there are presenting us with the question, "why do Bulldogs smell so bad?" on a daily basis! Well, the truth is, Bulldogs don't omit any sort of strange smells or scents from their body when they're healthy and well kept. The assumption for many is that Bulldogs are rough, tough and stinky by way of their character. Actually, in all my years with this breed I wholeheartedly disagree. No, there aren't any stink glands inbedded in the skin of the Bulldog, nor is any part of it's anatomy smelly by nature. There's something more to this foul smelling bully than your nose can sniff out on it's own.
Nonetheless, your bully obviously reeks or you wouldn't be reading now. So, what's making your English Bulldog to smell so bad?? In most cases, the stench is being produced by a yeast infection either in between the facial folds, tail pocket or in the ears. There's your culprit! As explained in our English Bulldog Care
page, yeast infections smell horribly! No doubt, one whiff of a yeast infection will send your nose into a high level alert!
The Bulldog's deep wrinkles on the face and a sometimes crowded tail pocket tend to capture a lot of debris and in only a short amount of time can become infected and begin to smell very offensive. Not to mention the ears! Some Bulldog owners say they quit worrying about cleaning their dog's ears because the ears never had a problem before. Then out of nowhere it's like a bomb went off in there!
With this in mind, as a good rule of thumb it's wise to check up on the ears twice a week while the facial folds should be cleaned 2-3 times each week. You can bet the stinky yeast infection won't subside until it's been thoroughly cleaned and medically treated with a professional strength, antimicrobial wipe
. Read more about how to clean the folds
and get your Bulldog smelling like peaches!
English Bulldogs Are Too Stubborn to Be Trained: Fiction
Skateboarding Bulldog Puppy
Yes, Bulldogs are stubborn. No, they're not too stubborn to be trained. Alright listen, you've seen the crazy awesome videos of Bulldogs wake boarding, surfing and winning basketball championships right? Ok, maybe that thing about basketball was actually about a golden retriever. Point is; how hard could it be to produce a well-behaved and devoted Bulldog when they're being taught such complicated skills as SkateBoarding
! I mean, I -a human being- cannot skateboard worth a dime and a lot of Bulldogs do it with ease lol! I think that says a lot!
There's really nothing stopping you from achieving a well mannered, fun loving and obedient Bulldog. That being said, your Bulldog counts on you to be a consistent leader with his training. It's curcial you start his coaching at a young age, but even with mature Bulldogs there's still hope. Simple commands like "sit
" and "no
" are usually understood by your dog very quickly. It takes patience and time, but training a bulldog is not nearly as difficult as many would make it sound.
I believe there are a lot of half truths being stated as fact by those on the outside looking in. I always said: If you haven't yet owned a Bulldog, you can't know anymore than you been taught on Animal Planet.
In fact, Bulldogs are very smart in comparison to many other dog breeds. They want to be loved and respected, but above all else they desire to please their owners. Follow the link below for more tips on training.
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English Bulldogs Drool Everywhere: Fact + Fiction
I have to admit this is a tough one because with the topic of slobbering it really does depend on your particular Bulldog. It's very common for a Bulldog's face to be so wrinkly and loose that it just doesn't close up enough to hold liquids inside his mouth. This can be a frustrating trait of your beloved Bulldog and a little gross, but rest assured it is normal. Our Bulldogs only slobber after they drink their water. I've never known any Bulldogs that just walk around slobbering all day.
Maybe The Water's To Blame?
We found that with our Bulldogs, the slobbering was being activated by all the many kinds of sediment in their drinking water. Typical city water has as much as 1,500 ppm sediment and well water is always much more. Something in the water is causing excessive slobbering for our Bulldogs and maybe yours too.
Some time ago we blindly stumbled on a trick that almost completely stops our Bulldogs from slobbering after they've taken a drink from their water dish. Although we have city water that is quite clean, I one day decided to install an R.O.(reverse osmosis) unit for even cleaner drinking water. I served the now pure water to Cally and Lily, our Bulldogs, and noticed right away they weren't slobbering after drinking. If you too have had this problem, you're probably continuously forced to empty a half full bowl of saliva before your Bulldog's even drank all the water.
After using the reverse osmosis water we didn't have to empty the bowl prematurely and there was hardly any saliva on our dogs' faces. Of course not everyone has the time to install one of these systems into their plumbing. A more economical and practical option for removing unwanted sediment in your Bully's water would be a basic Pur Water Filter
Lots of Bulldog owners including us have also found that using filtered or bottled water has drastically reduced the amount of tear staining below their Bulldogs' eyes. Filtered water is definitely worth a shot!
Other Dangerous Reasons For Excessive Slobber.
If you feel your Bulldog's slobbering is excessive you may want to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. This could also be a sign of nausea, damaged teeth, or infected gums in the mouth. If heavy slobbering and foaming at the mouth occurs, quickly check your Bulldog's mouth for poisonous items like cleaning supplies. If you discover poisoning call your vet immediately.
English Bulldogs Don't Need Exercise: Fiction
This myth couldn't be further from the truth. Although Bulldogs aren't able to exercise as vigorously as most other dogs, they do still need to be active regularly. Without proper exercise your Bulldog may develop joint problems or become obese more easily as well as a host of other health issues. However, It's still important to be sure you're not overworking your Bulldog. Be sure you're not walking your bully in extreme heat and try to exercise at your Bulldog's pace.
English Bulldogs Can Swim: Dangerously Fiction!!
Have you heard of someone who has a Bulldog that swims or seen a video of a Bulldog swimming in the family pool? I personally have seen one or two instances of "Bulldogs" swimming, but I assure you in most cases the Bulldog you see swimming is not a typical Bully. Bulldogs do not swim.....they sink!
I can still picture Lily, our Bulldog, jumping into our friend's pond and instantly sinking like a rock! Poor lily was only 9 months old and wanted to play in the water so bad. On a Summer's day in July Lily had gotten away from me only for a moment. By the time I had realized my negligence it was too late. Splash!
Lily jumped in with no fear, but no matter how hard she paddled she began to sink. Near the edge of the pond I threw myself down in desperation to my belly and reached into the dark water. Looking down at my reflection, I couldn't see anything below the water's surface, but thrusting my arm into the water I somehow managed to grab her by the scruff of the neck and pull her to safety. Lily was only under the water for 10 seconds, but it took her an hour to recover from the water she had ingested. To me, it was an absolute miracle she had been saved!
Swimming Bulldog(Life Preserver Assisted)
There is just no way a Bulldog can hold themselves above water with their short legs, big heads and heavy bodies. It can be safe, however, for some Bulldogs to swim for a short time with a good life-preserver on, but ONLY with close supervision. Never leave your bully alone near water! Please consider your Bulldog to be as helpless as a newborn baby when it comes to water that is deeper than their belly.
I hope this post helps. I never want to hear another story of a beautiful bully drowning in the family pool again!!
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