Bulldogs Are ”Walking Vet Bills”: Fiction

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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

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“, “come“, “stay” 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.

Related Article: How To Train Your Bulldog!

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!

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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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67 Responses to Bulldog Fact and Fiction

  • Moo moo

    I have a year 2 old obie.
    He’s such a character ! He’s in no way lazy he has me running around after him like a loon haha!
    Loves effection. Whines when you stop touching him. Such a good looking bully as well I’ve seen a lot that aren’t so lucky.
    Obies amazing he’s my fur baby ❤

  • Kathy Webster

    I’ve bred English Bulldogs for a long time and I can tell interested puppy buyers one thing, make sure you see both parents, live and in person!  If there is any question of what your puppy is or will look like, those questions should be answered by seeing the parents.  Secondly, I get tired of people saying English bulldogs have SO many health problems.  I have never had any health problems with my English that I didn’t have with any other breed.  I had an American Bulldog that had way more problems than any English I’ve owned or bred.  If they are bred with good health in mind, they don’t have a lot of problems.  Again, the best advise I can give a would be owner is make sure you see both parents.  I always show my buyers both parents because I own both parents, that’s extremely important!!  These breeders who buy sperm and don’t know the other parents disposition or health history are doing an injustice to their clients!!

    • Philip

      I don’t see how it is possible for them not to have health problems, they are so inbred. Mine had a cherry eye operation, hip dysplasia and eventually was put down due to lung issues. She weighed 50lbs and was exercised regularly, she was on fancy oils, vitamins and diets. Lets just face it, we love em, but they have problems.

    • Darlene DeWitt

      Hi Kathy,
      Since you breed bulldogs I’m wondering if you could help me. My English Bulldog Gracie is 7 years old a d we have had to have 3 surgerys for obstruction.  I can’t seem to be able to keep her from eating everything.  She eats dog toy’s, ropes extension cords, paper, towels, heck you name it. Do you happen to know why she does this and is there anything I can do to help her with this problem.  Ant advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks Darlene DeWitt

  • Jack Gottlieb

    We have a 6 year old Bully named Maynard. He’s very smart but hyper with strangers. He will allow us to pick up his food while eating, but will snarl and snap if we try to take away a bone or antler. We only allow him these things when he has lead attached, which enables us to pull him away. How to break him of this aggression?

  • Luke Padley

    Thank you I read every thing and I just still don’t know but Bella my bulldog will eat anything. My family and I was sitting outside and eating dinner then suddenly I drop my fork and then I go into the kitchen pausing in the hallway before I get to the kitchen Bella is behind me giving me the can I have it face. It’s not even food! Like really she would eat anything!😐😟😆

  • Dre

    Just want types on how to live with an English bulldog. I haved on for about 7 months. He’s having a hard time. Just training him.

  • Michelle

    Our bulldog sleeps with our daughter. She doesn’t seem to mind the snoring, grunting, or fur BUT I can’t figure out how to get rid of the tear/drool stains. Does anyone have a solution besides buying brown sheets. 🙂

    • Tara

      I washed my sheets twice a week with having my bulldog sleep with me. I don’t know any way around it with the drool. When he was around two or three he had a lot of eye discharge that seemed normal to me but would stain and also lead to infections in the folds under his eyes/on face. Like a lot of Bulldogs, Frank had eye problems, basically every known bulldog eye issue imaginable! Cherry eye, entropion, ditichia (sp?). I had a dog eye specialist perform surgery for the entropion that lowered his eyelids down, and had them laser remove the eyelashes that were poking into his eyes from the ditichia. Sometimes I’d have the vet pluck them, but this is only temporary and they can grow back thicker and poke eye worse. Anyway, this changed everything!!!! No more stains and no more infections. You can look and see if your dog has the eyelashes sticking into them. On the top eyelid if you raise it and look where you would put inner eyeliner on yourself that’s where they grow. Magnify glass may help to see.

    • Michelle Isom

      Hydrogen peroxide…pour on the drool, add some kind of soap to the area, rub then wash as usual…

  • Lowri

    My 2 year old male bulldog has issues with tear stains, runny eyes and ongoing red stain under nose rope, with what seems like a reoccurring infection (under nose rope occasionally looks red with thick dark residue). I have always been very vigilant with wrinkles, cleaning daily with hibiscrub, and recently changing to Malacetic wipes with no change. He has been eating Orijen Adult Whole Prey for the past 2 months and I have recently added Fortiflora. I am considering changing him to Orijen Six Fish as I’m questioning whether he may have an allergy to chicken, what are your thoughts on the Six Fish formula? I’m aware that well water can cause tear stains, do you have any knowledge of well water causing stains/infections under nose rope? Another thing I’ve noticed is that his urine is killing the grass/hedge in the garden which I believe means the level of ph in his urine is high, could all these things be connected? Any guidance would be very much appreciated, I’d like to avoid prescription medication if I can.

    • Dan Weese

      Frequent urination in the same place on the lawn will kill the grass no matter the ph level so no worries there. Although Orijen is an excellent quality food it’s always possible something in there is causing excessive tearing. A switch to the fish formula could be beneficial, but hard to say. It’s good you’re so consistent with the cleaning. Sometimes, however, I hear of owners who clean so frequently that it causes redness and swelling. In an effort to solve this problem is it possible you’ve overdone it with your bully? You might consider backing off with your normal cleanings to once a week. Wait 7 days and then gently clean the nose rope with mild soap and warm water. Dry the area thoroughly, but very gently with a dabbing motion. Apply something different like coconut oil to the folds. Use enough that it rubs into the skin, but doesn’t cake up in the folds. Coconut oil is great at fighting off infection on the skin. It’s hard to say without being there with your bully, but hopefully you can give this a shot and maybe get some results. Good luck and please do let me know how he’s doing in a week or so.

      • Lowri

        Yes I did wonder whether I may be over doing the cleaning, it’s difficult not to give them a clean when they look dirty. Would you consider Hibiscrub a mild soap? Thank you for the guidance, I shall give it a go and update you in a week.

        • Dan Weese

          Hibiscrub contains chlorhexidine gluconate. In the large scheme of things it would be considered a mild soap, but if you’re convinced you’ve been overtreating the problem inadvertently causing more issues, you should revert back to simple soap and water. Something oatmeal based is good or even just Johnsons baby soap will do.

          • Lowri

            Hi Dan, having followed your advice things are looking ok at the moment, still has red staining which will likely take a while to fade, however, the area does not seem as inflamed, and less cleaning has done no harm, I shall continue and monitor. He’s been shedding quite a lot over the past week and I’ve noticed some thinning in areas, mainly the top of his back. Do you have any advice on this? I did brush him with the zoom groom brush prior to noticing the large thinning area, should I refrain from brushing him? Thank you

          • Dan Weese

            That’s great to hear he seems to be doing better! I would keep brushing once every other day. Some dogs are shedding more right now due to the warmer weather. I know ours are. Hopefully it’s only a seasonal thing and the hair will come back in thicker.

    • Dene' Huff

      We had issues with our solid white bully puppy.  When we brought him home he had tear stains all the way to his jaw line.  Changed his food.. No Dyes.. No Grain Blue Buffalo.  We also realized he was highly allergic to grass pollen.  He is on Children’s Chewables Claritin in the am only unless it is too bad we give him one at night.  We brought him home at 10 weeks old and now 16 weeks old.. Zero Tear Stains.  I hope this helps..

  • Kirsten

    Hi, this is great! About a year ago we adopted a 7 year old English Bulldog from friends of friends who had to give her up. She’s now very attached to us, and wonderful with all people. The issue is she’s aggressive with most other dogs when they get close to her face. We treat her whenever she doesn’t attack other dogs (a rarity), and I pull out the treats when we see another dog coming so she knows she has an opportunity to earn one. She’s now a little better with older, very mellow dogs, but even them she’ll snap at eventually. Leash or no leash, doesn’t matter. I wish she could have doggie friends. Any tips, or is it just too late to socialize her to dogs now?

    • Dan Weese

      Good question. I guess this would be listed under the, “Are Bulldogs aggressive”, question. Only in rare cases would I ever say it’s too late. Just the fact that you’ve already brought her this far means she’s completely capable of denying her old aggressive self. I applaud the work you’ve done with her. There are few owners who can pull of more advanced training techniques like the one you described. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to handle the behavior than the way you already are. I think with every new exposure to dogs and them getting close to her face should help to calm her down. I’m thinking of all the times I’ve watched Cesar Millan and how he addresses these behavioral issues point blank. With your dog, I could envision him holding her at the collar when another dog approaches. He would hold her firmly, but calmly with a bold confidence. I could see him holding her firm as the foreign dog gets closer to that trouble area, the face, and in the moment your girl makes an undesirable motion or sign of aggression, he would correct her. That’s probably the next step I would attempt. Keep in mind this could be dangerous so please do be careful if you attempt it. Good Luck!!

  • Jennifer

    I have a 4 year old English bulldog who is overly active and hyper, which I love.  Well recently he has become more sedentary and doesn’t want to sit for too long (lays down) and is hesitant to jump on the couch (usually jumps and runs all over the house).  I don’t know if this is a sign of hip dysplasia (not limping) or if he just has a slight bug or something.  I also noticed he broke one of his toenails so not sure if that is just bugging him or not.  Any suggestions?

    • Dan Weese

      Hey, Jennifer. Maybe he’s just relaxing a bit as he gets older? You could check his temperature with a thermometer to his rectum. It should read anywhere from 100-102. Toe nails can be super painful so maybe that is making him feel uncomfortable or weird. You might try taking him for a short run to see how he reacts. If you did see limping I would guess a pulled muscle before dysplasia. As long as he’s eating, drinking, peeing and pooing it would seem there’s nothing to worry about. Sometimes Bulldogs can be finicky, but you know him better than anyone else so continue to watch him closely 🙂

    • Philip

      My bully got hip dysplasia at the age of 10, medication helped us prolong her age until 11. The medication was fantastic for a year. When the vet xrayed her he could see that all the cartilage had been worn away. To cut a long story short, he gave us a painkiller and a type of calcium/bone/vitamin tablet (he said this would prevent any further wear and tear. Maybe do the same with your vet, as i truely wish that we had got this tablet earlier, as it would have possibly given her an extra year or two. Hope he is well

  • Mindy Gilligan

    Hi I just found your sight and I have enjoyed reading it. I rescued a two year old Bulldog he is awesome I named him Norm he loves hid name. He had no manners and quit active. He has manners now and follows commands, he learned so quickly. The problem I have is his eating. I can not stop him from gulping his food. I have tried removing him from the other older dogs (that could care less about his food) to an other room I have let him eat in his own home ( His cage he loves to lay in with the door open) but nothing has worked. I would like to see him chew his food I have even went to a smaller texture of food because I was worried about him chocking on the larger nuggets. Any advice?  Thanks

    • Dan Weese

      Mindy, have you tried one of those slow feeding bowls? Some people even put a tennis ball in the bowl to slow their eating. I’m not sure how long you’ve had your rescue, but we’ve dealt with the same problem before and found that after only about two days they calm down and eat slower. You may already know they eat so fast because their previous food source was always being challenged and even non-existent. These dogs eat as much as they can, as fast as they can because their food source is not stable. I know he probably eats until he vomits sometimes, but if you can leave a full bowl of food out for him at all times his insecurity should diminish. Keep me updated on his progress. It would be great if you could share a picture of your boy on our facebook page!

    • Tara

      I have my second bulldog now. I just had to put my dear Frank down two weeks ago after 10 yrs. He ate like a monster and so does my 4 month old puppy, Walter… They act like they’ve been starved for days and it’s the first time seeing food!!! I always got so scared of the bloat problem I heard about with big chested dogs and I bought a slow feeder bowl. I put a rock in the bowl, also would sprinkle food on the ground in increments so they would have to walk to it everywhere and slow them down. I made sure to never buy big kibble bites bc they only swallow and NEVER chew!! Raised bowls help too with eating slower but not chewing their food.

  • Jodi

    Hi dan! Please can you give us advise we have a 3 month old British bulldog, great temperament however out of me and my partner he always follows me comes to me, always crys when I leave the house, my partner feels quite deflated by this. What can we do to even the affection out? Many thanks

    • Dan Weese

      Great question and not too easily answered for me. It seems puppies very quickly bond with a person who originally showed them affection and cared for them. Of course, sometimes there is more than one care-taker, but for reasons I don’t understand, it’s common for the pup to grow more attached to one person or the other. Me and my middle son, dylan, are the two people in my home for which our dogs cling too more than any other family member. So what can be done to sort of even out the affection your puppy feels toward you both? You might try and allow your partner to be the only one who treats the puppy for a while. Maybe this would help your puppy convey positive feelings about your partner he thought only could be provided by you. Also, the act of handing out treats displays authority in the eyes of a puppy. Puppies naturally trust, love and obey those who display loving authority over them. Another authoritative and caring position your partner can take with your puppy is walking him outside when he has to go pee. I’ve no doubt some of this will help. Either way, I’ve seen, as a puppy matures, their affection spread more evenly between other family members. Let me know in time how these suggestions work for you!

  • Summer

    I have a little angel of a bulldog named CHESTER. We have recently had a problem with him digesting foreign objects such as a bottle cap and the tip of a sock. As soon as the object hits the floor two seconds later it’s gone. Is there anyway to curve this behaviors?

    Thank you
    Summer

    • Dan Weese

      Oh boy he does sound like an angel. He must be young still, I’m gussing? It’s hard having a puppy in the house. Reminds me of having a crawling infant wandering around looking for things to stick in their mouth. I guess the best thing is just to watch them like a hawk and just like having an infant in the home you have to do your best to keep every small choking hazard off the floor. Obviously this isn’t always 100% doable. If he’s old or young I would scold him if he begins to even sniff at something he shouldn’t touch. Take him into a different room and set a toy he is allowed to play with in front of him. For all I know you’ve already tried all of this a million times, but that’s really all I know to recommend. Maybe someone else can chime in on this naughty, vacuum Bulldog 🙂

      • Summer

        CHESTER is nine months old. Thank you

  • Ally

    Hello!
    I recently adopted a 3 year old male bulldog. I have two questions; 1. He isn’t neutered, can he still be neuter at 3 years old? His personality is great and I don’t want it to change! And 2. I can barely see his front teeth, is that a problem?
    Thanks so much!

    • Dan Weese

      Hi Ally. Congratulations on the adoption! He can still be neutered, but you’re right, his personality could change a bit as a result. I wouldn’t expect a huge change, but friends have reported a slightly less active Bulldog after neutering. It can help if you’re Bulldog likes to hump things or people. Lots of people worry about their dog becoming more aggressive. This is possible, but more often I hear they’ve become more docile. I’m not sure what you mean about the teeth exactly. It’s ok if they don’t stick out all of the time if that’s what you’re asking.

  • Kayla Hardwick

    I have an Old English Bulldog that just turned 1 about 2 months ago.  When left alone for a day while I’m at work she still will destroy items.  Loves anything with stuffing.  Has chewed up my couch cushions, rugs, etc, How do I punish her to make her learn this is bad behavior?

    • Dan Weese

      It’s tough to effectively discipline a dog for something they did hours ago. It would sort of be like leaving your 4 year old at home by herself for half the day. Your work situation may not allow for this, but I think wrong behavior has to be corrected when it’s happening. Honestly when you come home the dog’s probably wondering the same thing about the couch as you are. “Who chewed up the couch, mom?” Try to teach her while at home to play with a designated chew toy. When you see her sniffing, licking or beginning to chew the couch, tell her, “no” and give her a toy he can chew. Praise her for chewing his toy. It takes time. bummer she chewed up all your nice stuff!

  • Jame

    We’ve just fetched a British bulldog pup which is quite small and looks bloated ‘ what’s best food to feed him and how often ‘ and how much water to give him thankyou

    • Dan Weese

      Hey, Jame. I would make sure to get him a vet appointment soon just for a routine check-up, vaccinations and de-worming in case you haven’t already done so. We recommend Taste of The Wild or Diamond Naturals dog food if possible. Let him drink water as he wishes.

  • Erik

    I have a 2 months old Puppy and I am wondering how much he should eat. He currently gets food 3 times a day. The measure that I give him and the local vet suggested was 1/3 of a cup at each meal. Do u think this is enough? What would you suggest? He eats so fast and after eating still is looking for food. I just bought him today a slow feed bowl in order to reduce the speed he eats.

    Is the amount of food correct? He is very active as he is playing fulltime with a Boston Terrier I have at home.

    • Dan Weese

      You know, 1/3 cup sounds sufficient, but sometimes you can add a bit extra food to a dog’s diet when they’re extra playful and active. I think the slow feed bowl was a good idea. We’ve never once had to measure our dogs’ food. We just let them eat till they’ve gotten their fill. Never had problems with eating too much or anything like that. We just leave the bowl full at all times. I understand sometimes this is necessary because different pets in the home have varying meal plans. Work schedules can get in the way too, I know. My only worry, like you, is that despite what the vet says, he may not be getting enough. Have you considered leaving food out for him so he can eat as he desires?

  • Beth

    Our 6 year old English bulldog, Leroy, doesn’t drink very much water for our desert summers.  We worry he will dehydrate or get a UTI, bladder infection.  We have put ice in his bowls and he will eat a few cubes but he seriously does not drink any more water in the summer than he did in the winter.

    • Ness

      My bully loves pumpkin and it helps her #2. If I mix the pumpkin puree with some dry food/cooked meat, water, lime and salt (very small amounts for electrolytes), she’ll eat it up and get lots of hydration.

  • Michelle

    How do I get my English Bulldod to slow down while eating?  He is vomiting after he eats.

    • Dan Weese

      Have you tried one of those special slow feed bowls?

      • Brian ohmann

        I had the same problem, we were able to get bill the bulldog to slow down by putting some water in with the food, and did a very shallow bowl which made it harder to grab big chunks. Hope this helps!

  • Maureen

    I was looking into getting and English Bulldog and we thought we found a great puppy from a nice home, but she is an Olde English Bulldog. Any thoughts on the differences? She seems so great and we met the father who was loving and in good health. I’m just scared because she is not AKC registered.

  • Donna

    I just want to warn people just becuase they are dog treats they still may not be good for some bull dogs. I find with all the teeth they have in that mouth they may end up swallowing some things without chewing. We gave her one of these chicken jerky’s that were flat , about four to five inches long and a few minutes later I noticed her sticking her tongue out and in continuously thought she was just licking her chin. Then I thought I’d check.  The flat tough jerky was stuck in her throat and I reached down and grabbed it. She didn’t chew that as it was tough. she could of had it stuck in her intestines. Scared me,. I check all treats now and am very fussy on what she gets to have.Please be aware of this. If I had of lost my bully I would have been next. Actually she is my daughters dog but I have her most of the time as she works and they live to be with you. I love BULLDOGS !

  • Pamela

    So my English Bulldog start a new and interesting behavior. Over the past few walks along our Jersey beach we have noticed that she walks around us in a big circle. Us being myself, my fiance and our other dog, who is a pitbull. The four of us have recently moved in together and the dogs get alone amazingly. Though her new behavior is absolutely adorable I’m intrigued has to know why she’s doing this

    • Donna

      Hi Pamela, I was wondering if your bully s simply marking a safe circle around you. Just to let others to stay away from my family?

  • doug

    So i have a 6 month old english named wallace. Hes the most loveable dog in the world but he is very strange in one aspect, he goes from being extremely lazy and wanting to sleep to non stop play biting nd licking to thenpoint i have to put him on a time out.  Is this normal? One orher thing while im on here he goes crazy for allllll food.  I mean he will go have a nice sized meal while im eating nd then immidiately come out and get almost mad whwn i wont share my food with him and then jus bark nd bark nd bark is this normal as well?

    • Dan Weese

      Hey, Doug. I’d say considering he’s till a young puppy it’s normal for him to sleep so much and also to play the way he does. I would address the barking right away. Let him no verbally it’s not ok to bark at you while you’re eating and escort him from the room if he doesn’t stop. Sounds like a fun puppy though and I really like the name 🙂

  • tabitha baker

    Help,I have a new dog, he’s an 8 month old ebd.he has humped my leg since the first time I met him, dominates both my older dogs(Maltese and beagle
    3 years old) doors not listen to my commands, walls in front off me and trips me or my 9 month daughter over, gets aggressive with my male Maltese and won’t listen when I tell him no.be has now taken over the house, my older dogs sleep outside to be away from him. What should I do? My husband says let it happen do to pecking order but its getting out of hand.how can I correct this?! _tabitha 🙂

    • Dan Weese

      I see what your Husband means, but if you want to get the pecking order right, it starts at the top with you and your Husband. You both are the leaders of your pack and if you see a behavior you don’t approve of, that’s the way it should be. I would leash him even in the house when possible. Sit on the couch keeping him on the floor by your side while the rest of the family, even the dogs, go about their usual business. Try to create a calm atmosphere. Keep your movements and voices calm. He’ll no doubt be pulling and yanking, but insist he sit and tell him, “no”. While he is sitting calmly tell him he’s a good boy. Keep him on the leash. Take him for a slow stroll through the home to another room allowing access to the other dogs should they come near, but keep him controlled. If he gets out of hand go back to the couch. Try this practice for 15 minutes each, twice per day. He must learn to obey your commands and that you are the leader. Make sure you give him plenty of affection and exercise or else all of this training will not work. However, I encourage you never to pet him or show any affection unless he is in sitting position. Do not allow him on the furniture. He cannot be pet or smooth talked when he jumps on guests or family members.

  • Yo

    I’m a new English Bulldog owner.When we first got her when she was given water she would drink it so fast she would vomit. Even now 3 weeks after she only gets a small amount when she is eating. This has helped with the vomiting but I’m worried she is not getting enough water. I’m lost any advice would be great!!

    • Dan Weese

      I don’t know why she’s developed this behavior, but it seems that it’s usually because they don’t feel they have a secure food/water source. I once took in a Bulldog who would eat every scrap of kibble you put in front of her to the point of vomiting, every time. That’s what the previous owners reported also and that to prevent the vomiting they would limit her food to small amounts. I suspected she had not been fed enough. The first day we had her, we filled a bowl of food for her. She ate it faster than anything I had ever seen and then vomited half back up. I again filled the bowl. She ate some more. Vomited more etc. This only continued a couple of times. After only a couple of hours she just laid by the bowl of food. Over the course of just 3 days I was able to pour food into her bowl without her gobbling it up right away. She developed a healthy eating habit of 1-2 meals per day all on her own. I believe if you take this same approach you may be successful; however, there may be certain dangers. Each time an animal vomits, there is a slight risk of them aspirating the food/water into their lungs and then of course becoming sick. Bottom line…If it were me, I would allow her to drink as much as she wants. Try this for a whole day or two if takes that long. Show her that her water source is secure. If the overdrinking and vomiting does not stop or improve within two days you’ll probably have to stick to what you were already doing. I’m optimistic you can break her from this. Good luck.

      • Mark

        First off Dan, your website is brilliant! Wish I had found it sooner but it is a great source fr our next little guy.

        With regards to the drinking habits/slobber issues – Have you ever tried a BigDog Fountain? It contains a charcoal filter and large reservoir, it constantly filters the water removing quite a lot of the froth and slober – Can be left for up to 2 days without a water change (depending on how many dogs in the household) and the filter with a rinse every couple of days.

        http://www.amazon.co.uk/PetSafe-Drinkwell-Big-Dog-Fountain/dp/B009E6QEPQ

        We had two – one upstairs and one downstairs, our bulldog Diesel absolutely loved them!

        First day I got it and set it up – Diesel barged me out the way to get to it – he absolutely loved it. The constant fountain is also quite soothing and shows a constant stream of water. It does seem to encourage them to drink more too.

        Sadly we lost him this week (RIP Diesel 09/09/15)- complications due to General Anaesthetic -he was 7 and a 1/2.

        • Dan Weese

          Good to see so many people finding our website to be helpful, Mark! I had never considered a fountain like this one. In fact, I didn’t even know they existed-fountains like this that filter the water through carbon. This is genious and we may just try it! We’re always emptying the water bowls half full because they’ve turned into slobber. Well, sorry to hear about your boy, Diesel. That is so very unfortunate! I wish healing and comfort to your family. – Daniel

      • Kay

        What’s your website? I really enjoy your insight!!

        • Dan Weese

          You’re looking at it 🙂

  • Katie

    My english bulldog, Archie, is 8 1/2 months old. He is 55lbs, how much bigger can i expect him to get? He’s my first bully and he’s the best!
    Thanks?

    • Dan Weese

      Katie, 55lbs is close to the standard, but with him being only 8 months old he still has some room to grow. Most times you can look at his dad to see how big he’ll get.

  • Warren

    I had a beautiful English bulldog until May last year. During his life he suffered many ailments from cherry eye to skin and ear infections, pneumonia to finally a brain tumor, he was 3 years old. The reason I write is that excessive drooling could be a sign of respiratory infection, Porter had inhaled a morsel of food whilst eating. This was as a result of an enlarged pallet that extended down his throat. My local vet said there was nothing to be done and suggested euthanasia, we refused and had a 100 mile dash using portable oxygen to Tufts in Massachusetts. 1 week later we had our happy boy back, if only for two more years. I am trying to work up the courage to find myself another best friend.

  • Eric E-rupt Vanleuvan

    There lazy.. MYTH.. THEY ARE NUTS!

  • JENNIEFER

    My son has an Old English Bulldog.  What is it about his saliva that turns regular drinking water in to almost a gel?  He can drink from the water bowl once and it will have changed consistency within 30 minutes.

    • dan weese

      That’s a great question and I wish I knew. Have you tried filtered water? That seems to cut down the saliva by a whole lot!

  • dan weese

    Thanks for commenting Bill! It’s very hard these days to find a reputable breeder especially with Bulldogs. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page as well as this site for updates. -Dan

  • Bill

    Our buddy is 8 and a half years old, and we are looking for a replacement puppy.  He is still in good health, but we are shopping early for a quality breeder.

    Thanks,
    Bill and Lori

    • niamh

      Love this website!! You guys have beautiful bulldogs and I’ve been looking everywhere, but haven’t seen anywhere near the quality!!

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