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GENERAL

A Bulldog may not be the right choice for every family. Living with a Bulldog can be very rewarding, but you must be committed to meeting the Bulldog's particular needs.

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER

Bulldogs are perpetual children: they never grow up. A Bulldog does best in a loving environment, free from fear and neglect. They are happiest when with people and require lots of attention. When left alone, Bulldogs can be very destructive. They may chew throughout their lifetime. They may need to be crated when they are not being supervised. A Bulldog should never be left unattended in your garden. Not only is it dangerous to your Bulldog's wellbeing, but Bulldogs are often targeted for theft.

Twenty-four hour care by a qualified vet must be available. Since not all vets are knowledgeable about the breed or freindly towards them you should consult experienced Bulldog owners or the rescue to find a 'Bulldog friendly vet'. Any vet who will be doing surgery on your Bulldog should have previous experience with putting Bulldogs under anesthesia.

DANGER OF OVERHEATING

Bulldogs are extremely intolerant of extremes of hot & cold . Close supervision is required during outside activity, especially in spring and summer to prevent over-exertion leading to overheating.

MAINTENANCE?

For the same reasons that you wouldn't buy a long haired breed and never brush it, don't by a bulldog and never expect to have to wash his face. The bulldog will require daily attention to his face and under his tail too. Wipe his face over daily, ensuring that you wipe out the wrinkles (especially the one that goes over his nose) with a damp cloth or baby wipes, make sure you dry thoroghly and if any soreness is present wipe a little Sudocrem into the folds. A dab of non scented baby oil gel on his nose will keep it soft and prevent it from drying out and becoming flaky.
Make sure that the ears are clean and that his eyes are bright and clear, tear stains can be combated with a daily wipe over with Optrex Eye Lotion and cotton wool, not only is this safe for his eyes but Optrex contains Boric Acid that will lessen the stain.
His coat should be brushed on a regular basis which will also give you the opportunity to check for any skin soreness and fleas - and during the summer for ticks!
All this may sound like hard work, but for the time and energy he will request from you, in return he will love you unconditionally and be loyal to you and your family no matter what. Owning a Bulldog is something that should never be taken lightly, they are a high maintenance breed, so before purchasing that cute little puppy read as much about the breed as you can and it's also a good idea to attend a breed show where you will be able to watch the bulldogs in the ring and have the opportunity to talk to breeders and other bulldog owners.

ANOTHER NOTE

If it is a status symbol you want, please do not even consider buying a Bulldog! You and the dog are sure to be disappointed in each other. For one thing, the modern Bulldog cannot tolerate isolation. Some breeds are able to thrive on only occasional human contact, but Bulldogs simply cannot stand to be ignored. They crave attention, and they will do almost anything to get it.

To the dismay of their owners, many Bulldogs prefer to pursue the role of a lapdog. They fail to comprehend that some humans find their typical weight of 50 to 60 pounds less than comfortable on their laps.

It is nearly impossible to lavish too much love and attention on a Bulldog - and only he decides when he has had enough of it. When he has had enough loving, he will finally wander off somewhere to find peace and quiet. If you’re not a hands-on type of dog lover who enjoys close and frequent contact and a few wet kisses, a less affectionate pet may better satisfy your needs. The Bulldog’s constant craving for attention and the need to entertain humans and be entertained by them is not for everyone.

Neither do Bulldogs respond obediently to heavy-handed physical discipline. Despite 1000 years of selective breeding, most Bulldogs I am familiar with, both male and female, instinctively detest and resist violence or the threat of it. This is especially evident with regard to children. A screaming child immediately causes grave concern and routinely triggers a decidedly protective response. They seem to sense trouble, and they are likely to intervene in their own special way to end the disturbance.

Nonetheless, Bulldogs are not easily provoked by other dogs unless they are seriously threatened or attacked. A Bulldog that has been carefully bred for temperament and lovingly cared for and properly socialized from birth likes to meet other dogs and strangers. Visitors to the household are always welcomed, often enthusiastically. It never occurs to a Bulldog that other dogs and other people might be less than friendly. An intruder might even be a welcome guest, but it is difficult to say what might happen when you are away.

Modern Bulldogs are not by nature good guard dogs or attack dogs. However they are fairly reliable watchdogs. They will normally alert you to any unusual activity in the home or yard.

A common misconception is that Bulldogs are "one-man" dogs. It may sometimes seem apparent that one family member is preferred over another, but Bulldogs regard each family member as their own personal property. Bulldogs can be possessive to a fault. You don’t own them, they own you, and don’t ever forget it! If you can’t appreciate their possessive nature, you certainly will not appreciate their inherent stubbornness and determination. Training takes lots of patience, but they can be successfully trained for obedience and agility competition.

Unless they choose to behave otherwise, I don’t believe there is a more obstinate creature alive. And while a Bulldog might appear to be lazy or stupid, that’s only a facade.

Huu information

URATE STONES - URIC ACID EXCRETION (CANINE HYPERURICOSURIA /HUU )
This disease is characterized by the excretion of uric acid leading to the formation of urinary calculi (stones) which may then require surgery,statistics suggest around one in nine affected dogs do on to develope urine stones. If a dog from a breed susceptible to this disorder is seen to experience problems urinating freely, then veterinary advice should be sought immediately. In Bulldogs, the disease follows an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance. For a dog to be affected with the disease, it must have two copies of the HUU mutation, one inherited from each parent. Dogs with only one copy of the mutation show no symptoms but will pass the defective copy of the gene on to (on average) 50% of their offspring.

Since carriers are free of the disease symptoms, they can be freely crossed with dogs which have been DNA tested clear of the mutation, without producing any clinically affected pups. The litters produced (averaged over a sufficiently large number of pups) will be split 50:50 between genetically clear pups and carriers. The genetic status of any pups (clear or carrier) to be used for breeding can be readily identified by further DNA testing.

Using DNA testing, breeders can readily eradicate effectively the disease from the breed population. The table below shows acceptable breeding practices. Breeders should be striving to breed the healthiest possible, but it is vital that breed type is not lost along the way and so the use of carrier and affected dogs in breeding programs is acceptable when utilized correctly mating only to a clear so no affected puppies are produced.

Sire

Dam
Offspring
Clear
x
Clear
>
100% Clear
clear
x
carrier
>
50%  Clear + 50% carriers
clear
x
affected
>
100% carriers
carrier
x
Clear
>
50%  Clear + 50% carriers
carrier
x
carrier
>
25% clear + 25% affected + 50% carriers
carrier
x
affected
>
50% carriers + 50% affected
affected
x
Clear
>
100%  carriers
affected
x
carrier
>
50% carriers + 50% affected
affected
x
affected
>
100% affected

 

Clear

Genotype: N / N [ Homozygous normal ]

The dog is noncarrier of the mutant gene.

The dog will never develop Hyperuricosuria / Urate Stones (HUU, SLC) and therefore it can be bred to any other dog.

Carrier

Genotype: N / SLC2 [ Heterozygous ]

The dog carries one copy of the mutant gene and one copy of the normal gene.

The dog will never develop Hyperuricosuria / Urate Stones (HUU, SLC) but since it carries the mutant gene, it can pass it on to its offspring with the probability of 50%.
Carriers should only be bred to clear dogs.

Avoid breeding carrier to carrier because 25% of their offspring is expected to be affected (see table above)

Affected

Genotype: SLC2 / SLC2 [ Homozygous mutant ]

The dog carries two copies of the mutant gene and therefore it will pass the mutant gene to its entire offspring.

The dog will develop Hyperuricosuria / Urate Stones (HUU, SLC) and will pass the mutant gene to its entire offspring

  

Please note the CORRECT name of our breed is simply the "BULLDOG"

Some people refer to them as the "British Bulldog" or the "English Bulldog" however the only KC recognized Bulldog breeds are the Bulldog & the French Bulldog.

There have been many breeds developed over the past years known by names such as "Old Tyme Bulldog", "Victorian Bulldog", "Aylestone Bulldog" etc, these breeds have been developed by cross breeding & are NOT the same as the Bulldog nor are they breeds recognized by the Kennel Club!

Beware of breeders purposefully breeding Black/Black Tri/Blue/Chocolate/Blue eyed Whites etc intentionally and sell them for higher prices as RARE. The only permitted bulldog colours are Whole or smut, (i.e. whole colour with black mask or muzzle).

Only whole colours (which should be brilliant and pure of their sort) viz., brindles, reds with their various shades, fawns, fallows., white and pied (i.e. combination of white with any of the foregoing colours).

Dudley, black and black with tan highly undesirable.

If a reputable breeder were to produce these colours they would be pet homed at a reduced price, most probably unregistered and certainly would never be bred from.


 

 

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