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 from people. When left alone,
Bulldogs can be very destructive. They may chew throughout their lifetimes. They may need to be crated when they are not being
supervised. A Bulldog should never be left unattended in your backyard. Not only is it dangerous to your Bulldog's wellbeing,
but Bulldogs are often targeted for theft.
Possible Health Problems
Bulldogs have numerous known genetic defects and are subject to various illnesses that affect
many breeds. Common Bulldog health problems you may encounter include: elongated soft palate, small trachea, allergies, dermatitis,
demodetic mange, eye lid anomalies, hip dysplasia and heart problems. Some of them have a tendency toward self-mutilation
(especially if they have itchy skin), so owners should watch carefully for signs of skin irritation and scratching. If you
are adopting an older dog, many of these conditions will already have been identified.
Twenty-four hour care by a qualified veterinarian must be available. Since not all veterinarians
are knowledgeable about the health problems Bulldogs may have, you should consult experienced Bulldog owners or the rescue
to find a capable veterinarian. Any veterinarian 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 heat. They must be kept in an air-conditioned area with limited trips outside when the outside temperature is over 80 degrees
or the humidity is high. Close supervision is required during outside activity, especially in spring and summer to prevent
over-exertion leading to over-heating. They also are not usually capable of prolonged physical activity whether the temperature
is very warm or cold: a Bulldog is not for someone who enjoys taking a dog for long walks through the