Some Advice On How To Breed Your Bulldog…..

How To Breed Bulldogs

Pregnant Bulldog

With this post I wanted to address the fact that many of you are getting involved or hoping to one day be involved in breeding your English Bulldog. First off, let me assure you, I’m not writing with the intent to scare you off. I’m not going to simply tell you that breeding Bulldogs is too hard. In fact, I plan to do something very different….. I want to help you. The whole process of breeding and raising Bulldogs can be quite difficult at times and yes, even heart breaking, but it’s especially rewarding when you’re in it for all the right reasons.

By now you’ve probably been researching all over Google on the subject of Bulldog breeding and whelping just as my wife and I did before we officially got started. I can safely assume that while most of the information you’ve come across about breeding looks to be legit, you’ve been told that what you’re endeavoring to do is wrong. Get the impression  someone behind all these articles wants to see you run away with your tail between your legs? I know when we started out in our quest to own and breed bullies, that was completely the message we heard through all of our research. Over and over again we saw signs to “Turn Back Now!” We asked, “Why??” We pressed on!

After 8 years of experience breeding English Bulldogs, we’ve come to a better understanding of why there’s such a huge fuss. I believe all of the warnings are well founded. Maybe it’s all simply a way of weeding out those who may not be appropriate candidates for the hardships of breeding Bulldogs. This is a tough job and requires people who are dedicated to the humane treatment and overall improvement of the breed.  Did you know, each year in America, there are nearly 1 Million dogs euthanized? What’s worse, is to think of the countless number of dogs being horribly abused and neglected in pet stores and what we call “puppy mills”. To say the least, we have a big problem in America controlling the pet population! As a whole, we must be more loving and devoted to our pets. Still, amongst all of the bad, there is a great need for responsible Bulldog breeders who put their love for their animals ahead of their wallets. That may or may not be where you come in…Let’s Find Out!

Is Bulldog Breeding For You? Here’s a Quick Test!

Ask yourself, “what is motivating me to breed Bulldogs?”. Be honest about this! Did the first image that popped into your head sort of resemble a long, green, paper material with the words “In God we trust” inscribed on it?

Stop! What do you know about Bulldogs Right Now?? If you think you need to start from the beginning check out this book to your right Dummy!

Can I Make Money Breeding Bulldogs?

Maybe you’ve seen the lofty price tag on these dogs and thought to yourself, “oh ya baby, that’s where I want to be!”  To put it plainly, if you’ve been wholly persuaded by the opportunity of making big bucks you’re barking up the wrong tree. Don’t expect to get rich breeding English Bulldogs as the process demands lots of hard work many times ending with an insufficient payoff. It’s impossible to start breeding Bulldogs if you’re not financially stable in the first place. Those who have, in their mind, constructed elaborate ways to “score big” off these animals are usually known as scam artists or  backyard breeders. You know, the guys who hope never to do any real work except collecting and running – don’t find yourself counted in this number. In short, yes you can make money breeding Bulldogs, but you won’t be upgrading the family car anytime soon.

Related Article: Why Are Bulldogs So Expensive?

Are you still here? If you’re still reading, that means either my writing skills are drastically improving (not likely) or you truly do love the idea of getting your hands a bit dirty all for your love of the English Bulldog. You don’t care so much about getting rich, you love Bulldogs! You’ve always admired them and you’re finally ready to get one or two.

I’m In This For The Long Haul! Now What?

Now that we know you’re head over heels in love with bullies we need to get you ready to breed them. Maybe we should form a list of things you’ll need, some steps you’ll be taking, and what you can expect:

  • After you’ve studied the breed a LOT, You’ll need a Female English Bulldog (bitch) that comes from a long healthy heritage and conforms to the AKC English Bulldog Standard.
  • This is your official starting point! Finally a chance to personally study the Bulldog. You’ll discover the good and the bad about your new bully.  Once you’ve proven you can love and provide for one bully, you’re ready to proceed in confidence.
  • While she is maturing you can continue to ready yourself and your home for puppies.

Get These Items For Raising Bulldog Puppies

I’ll just quickly go over a few of the tools you’ll need to successfully care for the new mother and raise her litter of puppies. From the cesarean section to age 8 wks of age, there are a few life-saving items every bulldog breeder must have. On your way to the vet’s office for the C-section you should have something to carry your new puppies home in like a clothes basket. Put a few soft blankets in the basket and bring along a hot water bottle to keep them warm in the car. Get a blanket for mom too. The blanket for mom should be one you don’t mind parting with as it will likely be bled and peed on. Mom will be bleeding from the vulva heavily for the first 3 days and lighter for at least a week more so you’ll have to be creative about saving your carpet from blood stains. Have a carpet scrubber handy.

Have a digital thermometer available so you can monitor the puppies’ temperatures. Use the thermometer rectally with Vaseline Paste added to the tip for ease of entry. The puppy will squirm and squeal at first unless he is sick. A healthy newborn pup’s temperature should be between 95 and 98 degrees. Anything below 94 is dangerous. Use the thermometer sparingly. If a puppy is not squirming and whining a bit when you pick him up he may be sick or cold. Warm him up if he’s cold by holding him under your shirt close to your skin.

Here’s some more info on how to achieve a healthy puppy temperature.

Take note as to whether the puppy is just as active as the other puppies or if he seems lethargic. Don’t hesitate to call your veterinarian if you don’t know what to do.

At home, we always have ready a Low Voltage heating pad that will not reach harmful temperatures for the puppies. We keep the puppies in a clothes basket, on a table with the heating pad under it away from mom except for feeding time. The pad I’m recommending is perfect because it’s small allowing the  puppies to crawl away from it, to a cooler side of the basket if they become too warm.

Get your hands on a few Sterile Bulb Syringes. Sometimes after feeding, the puppies expel milk from their noses that must be sucked out. Use very hot water after each use to clean the bulb syringe.

In case mom’s milk is a little slow coming in you should have some Esbilac Puppy Formula. We prefer the powder over the liquid because you can mix only the amount you need, it doesn’t have to be refrigerated and you don’t have to use the microwave; just set the desired temperature from the faucet. Test the temperature on your wrist like you would a baby bottle. The formula should neither feel cold or hot on your wrist. If the temp is wrong, the puppies may not drink it.

Related Article: How to Bottle Feed Newborn Bulldog Puppies.

Use only bottles intended for puppies. No baby bottles! Proper bottle feeding should mimic feeding from the mother. With the puppy on his belly, place him on your palm with his head propped up slightly and let him drink for no more than 10 min. Remember the pups need to eat every 2 hours for the first 2 weeks. At 2 weeks of age feeding can be pushed back to every 3 hours. If a puppy is not eating, check his temperature and read his body language. A puppy under 10 days of age is very fragile and shouldn’t miss a feeding.

You must try to get the puppies to poop and pee before and after each feeding by rubbing their anus and genitals gently with a wet wipe or tissue. If you don’t do this, the puppies may die. Let mom do the cleaning when she’s available. The poop should be brown or green and it’s ok if it’s a bit runny at first. Lots of times, you’ll discover the puppies have been peeing and pooping while your away and the poop will get hard, blocking the anus. Any blockage you discover must be cleared with warm water and gentle rubbing. Be very careful not to rub the anus and genitals raw. Apply Vaseline gel if rubbing has caused the areas to become swollen and bleed.

  • Get to know other breeders in the area and strive to find a few that are trustworthy and are willing to help you when you need advice.
  • If you haven’t added a Male English Bulldog to your family (Stud) you’ll need to find a breeder who has an exceptional Male to fill this role for your Female. Make sure to get a copy of the stud’s health certificate. Meet this breeder in person. Do a background check on them. Search their name on Google for any complaints or red flags. The last thing you want is to be associated or do business with a crook.
  • You need to find a Veterinarian that specializes in English Bulldogs and reproductive services. This is a must! Your Veterinarian should be no more than a couple of hours away from your home. A vet that is open all through the night is preferable in case of an emergency. Look into their business history. The most important thing is not how much they charge for services, but how they treat their clients and their capability of servicing your Bulldog. We have been a client of Animal Clinic Northview for years. They specialize in Bulldogs as well as other animals and they’re second to none in reproductive services!
  • Once your Bulldog has reached the age of at least 1.5 years, she has had no major health issues in her life, is currently healthy and is cleared by your veterinarian to become pregnant, she may be bred.
  • Be sure you’re financially stable and have at least $4,000-$5,000 in savings to be used for expenses you incur. Typically, you’ll spend around $3,000 for progesterone testing, stud service, x-rays and the C-section, but you have to be ready for unplanned trips to the vet before and after delivery. It’s common to get a sick puppy or two that needs to be seen by your vet at 3am.

No Doubt You’ve Got More Questions About Breeding Bulldogs

Bulldogs and Bulldog Breeding

Bulldogs and Bulldog Breeding

Don’t worry, we knew we couldn’t possibly answer all of your questions in just one article! We’ve just gone over a few points on How To Breed English Bulldogs and I know there is a load of information that still needs to be covered.  At Left, I’ve placed a great read all about breeding bulldogs written by John Cooper. This guy set the conerstone when it comes to breeding bulldogs and anyone stands to learn a lot from his huge cache of experiences. Click on the picture to the left for more info about John Cooper and his work with bulldogs.

There are a lot of questions you’ll encounter most of which come when your bitch has gone into heat and the first week after the puppies have been born. Please forward your questions on Breeding or Whelping English Bulldogs, or Raising Bulldog puppies, to the comments section below. 

Your Answer

39 Responses to Before You Breed Your Bulldog

  • Sarah Demmons

    I have an AKC English bulldog male.  He is 1.5 years old and I am looking to stud him. We live in Maine…any help locating a suitable female would be appreciated! Thank you

    • Kiabtoom Lor

      Any pictures of him.  Please email to lorreality@yahoo.com or text to 916-719-4008

    • ramona

      check out my facebook I have two AKA single females. Ramona Olmos Rivera

  • Frank

    Hi Dan we have a English bulldog puppy from a good breeder. The breeder suggest to breed her once. They say it’s good for the female dog to have 1 litter. I have know issues if it’s good for the dog. We recently lost are male english bulldog at a young age of four and it was extremely hard on the whole family. What are your thoughts.

    • Dan Weese

      Whether a female Bulldog should be bred at least once in an effort to be healthier can be argued either way, but I don’t believe it’s important they have a litter. It is true however, that a spayed female is less susceptible to mammary tumors, uterine, ovarian and cervical tumors. Basically, it’s not necessary to breed her, but if she isn’t going to be bred it may be a good idea to consider spaying her. The whole breeding process is quite difficult and expensive. I just can’t understand why a breeder would encourage yours and other families to go on breeding their Bulldog unless there was a legitimate reason. I can assume he’s suggested this to you out of a concern for his puppies, but there’s just no basis for this old “wives tale.” Thanks for your question, Frank!

    • Krystle

      Hello frank! I have a male English bulldog, he is 18 months now, and we are in search for a female for him

  • Tina

    I’m interested in breeding my bulldog; he will be 3 yrs old in December.  He is a mix; French and English.  I have had several comments saying I should breed him, however, I don’t know how to get started..Do you have suggestions??? I live in Smyrna, Ga and do not know anything about this area-just relocated here.

  • mark

    Please I wish to know the age an English bulldog need to get to before he can breed (pregnant) his opposite gender. (Female)

  • Justin

    hello my name is Justin i have a 1 and a half year old female she is absolutely perfect in every bulldog way she has champion in her blood and her akc peppers i am looking to find a good male to breed with we live in ohio and u can contact me at 614-805-6450

    • Michelle

      Hey Justin, we have a 1 1/2 English bulldog male with AkC papers in Ohio looking to stud out. Will you contact me please?

    • Caroline

      My name is Caroline and my fiance and I want to breed our AKC-registered male English Bulldog with a suitable female. We are not looking to make money on this; we just want to continue on with another Bulldog puppy from our dog’s bloodline. We’re located in Indianapolis. Please contact me if you have a female you’d be willing to breed. We’d just like the pick of the litter.

      Looking forward to hearing from you!

      Sincerely,
      Caroline

  • Ki'anie and Joshua Stockman-Edwards

    Woah 🙂 I absolutely loved this article. My husband and I brought a English Bulldog, (named DOONE) for our family of 7. (From NZ) He is 10months old and is such an amazing wee soul. we love him dearly. I couldn’t imagine life without him or any of my 5 babies for that matter. we are hoping to find him a mate in the near future but for now, we are happy as a family of 8. Look forward to reading more.

  • Joseph and Rachel Amos

    I loved everything that was said in this article. My wife and I just recently bought an Olde English Bulldogge for our two daughters. They love him to death, we love him! I used to raise Pit bulls and I must things are different with a bulldogge. If you’ve never experienced life with a Bullie, you need to.  And I promise you want regret it!

  • Dan G

    Excelent article! My wife and I have always loved english bulldogs and have talked about getting one for years.  We finally pulled the trigger and decided to purchase our male english bulldog almost a year ago.  He is 2 months shy of being one year old and we are already talking about getting him a brother.  My wife wants to get him neutered so that he can be taken to doggy day care and play with other dogs while we are at work, but I am heaitant because I think it would be really amazing to stud him out and raise one of his sons. Hes an extremely good looking male, with a great build, and think he would be the ideal canidate for anyone looking for a male bulldog stud.  Not looking to gain anything from this venture other then the possability of raising a puppy bulldog with his father who we cherish.  We are also extremely hesitant of where the puppies we chose not to raise ourselves will be going.  Any thoughts, insight, or advice on a situation like this? Thanks

  • Michelle

    Hello – question:
    My girl missed twice and although I thought I had done well in researching a good match when I arrived at the kennels of stud dog I was not even asked, the man just got the dog which I have now discovered was 8. I took my girl to a vet who specialises in bullies and he told me not to go back and use a different dog… Gee I have let my girl down and put her through matings for no reason not bothered about the stud fee I have lost just feel that I have been let down gem good faith 😰

  • Lucy

    I have been looking into bulldogs for quite sometime I fell in love with one and started research what I can’t seem to find is, is it unethical to breed this dog the way we have to. I would love to own but refuse to pay into something harmful or unethical no matter how cute the dog is.

    • Dan Weese

      There are plenty of people asking the same questions, Lucy. There are similar arguments of ethics to consider as well. I know lots of folks argue that Bulldogs live miserable lives because of their large heads and short muzzles. When you ask, “is it unethical to breed this dog the way we have to”, do you mean the artificial process of testing and insemination or the surgical c-section?

  • Lev

    Hello,
    I have a female bulldog that is 2 years old. I have had a litter from my previous bulldog I had and from other dogs I have had as well I am interested to breeding my female English bull dog with another pure breed bull dog. It is her time already as she started to bleed yesterday so I would say I have over a week time and she is ready. My dog is a champion line I have all her paper works she is very healthy I have paper works from her vet. I just need to find a male dog can anyone help me please?
    Best regards

    • Jennifer

      What is your location if you don’t mind me asking? I have a beautiful male I have been wanting to breed.

    • Simon

      I might be able to help you email me

    • john

      Hi Lev,
      I have a very healthy good-looking boy that I would love to stud.  He’s 2.5 years old. I am located in Atlanta, Ga. If you’re nearby email me.

      • Collin

        Hey John,
        I live in Gainesville Ga I have 1 1/2 year old female I’m looking to breed her if you’re still interested please email, text, or call at 7065991326

    • Timothy

      I have a champion blood line with papers his name is William he is 1year and 6 months but will be ready to breed him when he gets 2 years old email me if u not to far we leave in TX thanks

    • Creighton Rees

      Hi lev, just read your post and would love to take you up on this I have a bulldog aged 6 really good looking dog, samson, healthy also champion liniage full pedagree never been studded before, not interested in money just think it would be really good for them both a puppy for him to bring up would be amazing! Please get in touch if you are interested. Thanks

    • Laura

      Hello I have a two year old stud from champion blood line we are looking to breed just having trouble finding him a female!

  • Wilbur ward

    I have two english bulldogs.My male is 3 1/2 and female is 1 1/2.I’m looking into breeding her because I just love the breed.I’m not into it for monetary gain.I’m going to keep one of the pups and I have a few family members that wants one.This will be my very first time trying to breed and it does seem as if it may be difficult but I’m up for the challenge. My dog just came into heat last night and from my research it seems that I’m supposed to wait 9 days after she goes into heat before I let my male mount her.Can you give me any advice on this? Also is there any foods that can be given to my female to help her be more fertile or something I can give my male to improve the chances of my female conceiving?

    • Dan Weese

      Hi Wilbur. Sounds like you’re getting ready for quite the adventure. Actually, although 9 days is probably pretty close, it can vary for each female. Really, the most important thing is the day of ovulation. We usually breed our girls twice around the time of ovulation. The exact time of ovulation can be determined by progesterone test of the blood. The good thing is that you have the male and you can let him try and mount her as often as you like in hopes of increasing the chances of conception. I’m sure you already know that natural breeding is rarely successful with English Bulldogs. Most breeders don’t use this method. Artificial insemination is the more popular choice. Not sure of any foods or tricks to increase success for either the male or female. Our vet used to prescribe an antibiotic to the female because it was thought for a time this would help her produce more eggs. Recently though, we haven’t gotten any of the antibiotics. Maybe they found new evidence that suggested the pills were useless, but I forgot to ask. Good luck. Let me know how it goes for you.

  • John New

    Hi Dan,

    We have had English Bulldogs for the last 15 years, and never tried to have a litter. My newest member to the family Jimmy has a very unique color and would like to see about having him Sire a litter to hopefully keep the color going.

    I specifically wanted a Blue, or Grey Bullie just because I thought the color was cool. He is 8 months old and it doesn’t look like he will lose his color.

    My question is how would I proceed if I wanted to find either another Blue female, or possibly a White to breed with?

    Any advice or direction is appreciated.

    Regards,

    John

  • crystal

    I have 2 males and the older one we fixed . Both was bought to be family pets. But our youngest mostly white other then a few paint drops of Brindle. AKC registered. since we have gotten him we have had a few people tell us we should sale his sperm .  do you have any books or info that would help us look in to it and see if it is for us?

    • Dan Weese

      Well, I don’t think you necessarily need to purchase any books for info on using your Bulldog as a stud. The most important thing is that you carefully study the AKC Standard for Bulldogs to see if your bully is an appropriate stud. You need to be sure he looks exactly the way a Bulldog should before he produces offspring. If he truly is a great looking Bulldog you need to also consider his current and past health history. If he’s had something relatively common like a cherry-eye and that’s all, he could be a great stud dog. Lets say he’s had skin allergies and hip displasia – in this case he would be a poor prospect for stud. Once you’ve confirmed your Bulldog is healthy and conforms to the AKC Standard the way he should, look around for someone who owns another very healthy female Bulldog who also conforms to the Standard well.

  • Karen

    Hello, my family and I are looking into a Bully for us and possibly, she was born 12/21/15! But out of curiosity, how many litters are normal and healthy for an English Bulldog? By no means am I asking to calculate $$$$, this is the 2nd litter she’s had and wondering if that is normal or a lot or what.

    • Dan Weese

      Hi, Karen. How many litters a Bulldog can produce in a healthy manner depends on that particular dog. After a bitch has her first litter, the operating surgeon will take a close look at her uterus to determine her reproductive health and let you know if there are any problems. Usually, a bitch can produce up to 4 litters and still live a happy and healthy life.

  • Sam

    Hi- we have an absolutely stunning male bulldog with zero health issues (ophthalmic, respiratory, orthopedic or cardiac). We’d like to breed him to have one of his offspring for our own use. He has many AKC champions in his heritage although he has not been shown. Any advice on finding a quality bitch?

  • Terry Fields

    Thanks your article was outstanding and I have worked up to my bully from a 10yr old pug. I am so in love with my bully and don’t want to put her through the painful process of breeding, but I really can’t see having any other breeds after having her. Will continue to educate myself and learn from the experts.  I agree with your comment about they are an untouchable breed, I have had many breeders shun me for just inquiring including greater seattle bulldog group which should consider educating and not segregating non-experienced breeders.

    • Dan Weese

      I appreciate your compliments. I totally agree with you, but I think the way you put it explains my point so much better. I’m not going to try and scare people away or look down on them for desiring to breed their Bulldog. Kudos to you for taking the time and steps to do this right!

  • Rebecca

    What is the best way to advertise my English bulldog for stud services?

    • Dan Weese

      Rebecca, you could always use craigslist or your local newspaper.  However, if you’d like to be taken seriously while being able to choose a more desirable female, you may try personally calling breeders of your choice to make them aware of your Stud’s availability.  Be sure to research quality breeders whose females’ bloodlines won’t conflict with your stud. Be prepared to answer a few questions about your Bulldog stud like health history and certifications.

  • dan weese

    Glad to hear you both are being so diligent in your preparation for breeding! I wouldn’t recommend anywhere else but Animal Clinic Northview in North Ridgeville. When it comes to Bulldog specific care and Reproductive services like progesterone testing, artificial insemination, and C-sections they are definitely your best choice. They also will help you in the whelping stages when you find yourself with a sick puppy at 2am in the morning. Give them a call! – Dan

  • John and Susan

    My husband and I really want to breed our 3 year old bully! We’ve been taking our time and setting everything up so we’re ready for breeding over the last year or so. My question is, can you recommend a good vet that will breed her and do the csection? We live in South Canton Ohio and thought you might know of someone. I’ll be watching this article for more info as we get closer to breeding and whelping. Thanks so much!!

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