The Pros And Cons Of Choosing A Bulldog Puppy
Think of a Bulldog and you’ll probably think of a grumpy-looking, muscly and stout dog, but you might not know much about their temperament as a breed. Of course, any breed of dog has typical characteristics attributed to it, either anecdotally or through Kennel Club descriptions, but individual dogs vary dramatically in personality and temperament.
A bulldog is ‘typically’ loyal, stubborn, prone to laziness and brave. That doesn’t mean that the bulldog you buy or adopt will be like that, though, so it is always important to meet a few bulldogs and getting an idea of their individual personality before choosing the one you bring home. Remember that a puppy may well have a different temperament than it will eventually have as an adult – a puppy will be more playful and exuberant than an adult, for example – so take great care to properly socialise and train your bulldog puppy to ensure that you end up with a pet that you will love for the rest of its life.
So, what are the benefits of owning a bulldog?
They are friendly and loyal and will not usually be aggressive towards visitors.
They are stoical and will tolerate a lot of play and attention from young children.
They are clever and will learn and retain information and commands quickly. They respond well to promises of treats as a reward for obedience.
Their short coat means that they do not require much grooming.
This is not a yappy or barky breed and should not annoy the neighbours.
What are the cons?
They can be lazy. If you want to buy a dog to encourage you to take more exercise because you’re prone to lying on the settee all day, do not buy or adopt a bulldog: you will end up sitting on the settee together.
In the same way that they are not usually aggressive towards visitors, nor will they be aggressive towards a burglar. They may follow the burglar around the house but will not frighten the burglar away.
They are stubborn and will not do something that they do not want to do. That can mean a lot of pulling and pushing across the floor of the veterinary surgery at routine appointments.
Due to their short snouts, bred over generations to be shorter than biologically viable to give the characteristic appearance of the breed, bulldogs make a lot of snorting and snoring noises especially when asleep. They also drool a lot.
They can easily overheat, so must be exercised in short, frequent bursts to avoid over-exertion.
Like many other purebreds, the bulldog can be prone to serious health conditions. These include problems with their hearts, hips and respiratory system. They can struggle to cope with anaesthesia.
If you want to be sure of what you are getting in terms of the temperament and health of a bulldog, you may want to consider adopting an adult dog rather than a puppy. Their personality will already have emerged and most genetic health problems will already have come to light if there are any lurking.
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This is a guest post by Claire Chat a new Londoner, travel passionate and animal lover. She blogs about Pets and Travelling in Europe. If you want Claire to write you specific content, you can find email her here or contact her on Twitter (Claire_Chat).