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KPS
October 5, 2002, 12:24 PM
Anyone own an English Bulldog?The wife and I are looking into buying one but I hear some horror stories of having to pay enormous vet bills or the dogs dying prematurely.Can this be avoided by buying from a reputable breeder?We're not looking for a show dog, only a family pet.For those that do have one/some, can you recommend a good breeder?

Sierra
October 5, 2002, 12:58 PM
KPS - I have had two English Bulldogs. You simply cannot evaluate them with any other dog. Let's talk about health. A English Bull Dog generally has a life-span about 7 years according to some books I have read. My first Bull Dog didn't make it a year. That dog had no immune system and was constantly at the Vet. The vet finally determined that any more anti-biotics would blow out the dogs kidneys so the dog was eventually put to sleep. That dog had a substantial financial investment.

Bull Dog #2 lasted 15 years. Runt of the litter, the vet told us to feed her nothing but dry dog food. We did. Vet told us to watch her weight, we did. Every Bull Dog I have ever seen is a glutton. Every meal is eaten in about two bites. Never get between a bull dog and any kind of food. If a Bull Dog could talk they would tell you that their desired weight is 600 pounds. This one had to go to a specialist, a doggie dermatologist for a skin problem and a vet had to do some surgery to remove a fold in her wrinkled face.

Disposition. The best. We had two boys and this dog grew up with them. It was a real play mate. Not very energetic but it had bursts of energy (not to exceed 100 feet or 60 seconds). It liked to chase cats but couldn't ever figure out what to do with them when she caught up with them. She got ambushed by a cat once and never learned anything.

Intelligence. Does not apply. Although this dog was a graduate of Doggie Tech (Obedience Training) it was a Southern school and kinda easy but the fact was there were 25 different breed dogs enrolled and only 3 graduated. I think that made our dog a genius. English Bull Dogs are easily confused. Could differentiate between daylight and darkness but that was about it. Anything that did not need to be eaten, barked at or chased needed to be pottied on. She had a sexual "problem" which involved a lovely seat belt in our car. That affair lasted at least eight years when we got rid of the car.

Would I do it again? In a heart beat. Objectively, they are worthless but are the greatest companion you could wish for.

Make sure you check out the breeder and the line.

Gusgus
October 5, 2002, 01:09 PM
Get a Glock!! Oh, I thought you where asking about Charter Bulldogs. My bad. :D

Sierra
October 5, 2002, 01:16 PM
GusGus - For what you would have into a Bull Dog you could get a chrome plated, emerald Charter Bull Dog with optional Laser and Ivory pimp grips.

Marko Kloos
October 5, 2002, 02:39 PM
Closed as OT...