Bulldogs were originally used to compete in a bloody sport called Bullbaiting where these dogs drove cattle and hence the name. Prior to banning of this sport, bulldogs were quite ferocious, a trait that has been ‘made’ extinct and now they are gentle companions, who love kids. Also called English bulldog or British bulldog by their origin, these are midsized dogs with low hung body and massive short-muzzled head.
They typically live around 8 years and can be extended to live up to 12 or more years with proper care and love. It is important to buy your bulldog from a responsible breeder who will vaccinate and deworm the puppy before you take him. Clearance certificates should be obtained from relevant authorities for eyes, hips, elbows and knees.
Common Health issues
Bulldogs are amazing companions; however, are prone to lot of health problems. They need to be monitored closely for issues and immediate medical treatment needs to be given. Common conditions that they are prone to are:
- Cherry Eye: Gland under the eyelid protrudes. Looks like a cherry in the eye.
- Dry Eye: Condition in which the eyes become dry and get a blue haze.
- Entropion: The eye lashed turns inside and rubs against the eye.
- Reverse Sneeze: This happens when there is something stuck inside the nose, like the nasal liquids.
- Brachycephalic Syndrome: The air ways are obstructed which makes breathing difficult and sometimes cause complete collapse of the airway.
- Headshakes: Involuntary shaking of the head.
- Demodicosis: Demodex mite that can cause patches of red scaly skin and enlarged lymph nodes.
- Hip Dysplasia: Hereditary condition where the thigh bone does not fit correctly into the hip bone.
- Tail issues: From curved tails to inverted tails, if not kept clean, tails are prone to infection.
- Patellar luxation: This happens when the thigh bone, knee cap and calf are not properly lined up.
Some precautions to ensure long life of your Bulldog
Ensure proper feeding of all natural, high quality and nutritionally balanced diet. Regular medical checkup and constant care is also required. Also, avoid over feeding your dog to obesity that can cause knee and joint issues.
Brush your Bulldog’s coat at least once a week and wipe the face with a damp cloth every day and dry the inside of wrinkles after wash. At the very least, brush its teeth at least two to three times in a week. Last but not least, a bulldog must be walked every day.
Common traits of Bulldog
- They are stubborn and lazy. However once they learn something, they never forget.
- They are sensitive to cold weather.
- Bulldogs can overeat easily and are unpopular for flatulence.
- Prone to cardiac issues.
- Are difficult to be given birth to, due to their massive heads. Only experienced breeders should handle breeding.
- They are sweet and social dogs which are great with kids.
- Might get aggressive with other dogs of same sex and cats.
- Bulldogs slobber and drool a lot.
Contrary to their predecessors who were fierce and had a high threshold for pain, the bulldogs of today are bred to be soft natured, loving and affectionate. Their health issues can be a cause of concern to include them in your family; however they make up for it by making their short life span count. They can put a smile on the grumpiest of your days and never leave your side.
It is impossible to predict the longevity of a Bulldog or any pet for that matter. However, constant attention, care and love can really go along the way to put in some healthy years to your pet. Bulldogs demand a little extra attention than most other pet dogs and are equally rewarding to have one.