There are certain things you have to take in concentrations when you want to buy an English bulldog, in addition to the considerations one have to make before deciding to buying a dog. An English bulldog is a faithful and a good companion, with great stress on companion. The breed loves to be nearby people and especially the pack leader. As they get older they spend additional time sitting and study / people-watching while us humans are relaxing in front of the TV. Therefore, an English bulldog will not thrive being left alone much more than 8 hours a day. At our place, the dogs are usually always with us on our trips, if we are visiting friends or family. However, my dogs have tried to be home alone 12 hours one day, we went for a walk just before, and again right after we got home, They had spend the time sleeping and hadn´t harmed themselves or anything in the house. This breed is very dependent on its people, so if you have long working hours and are absent from home many hours during the week another breed would be more suitable for you.
English bulldog are not an aggressive breed by nature, it was breed for bullfighting, but that is a long time ago and many things have changed. One can make any dog aggressive, with disrespect and bad treatment.
The breed likes to get instructions and love praises, therefore it is relatively easy to train. What I have experienced and what I hear from more of the different bulldog owners is that they learn best in a positive, friendly but patient method. Preferably with a lot of fun training wrapped up in a lot of games. The breed can be stubborn, but if you are prepared to be additional stubborn and stand firm, then the dog will quickly figure out it's easier to listen and get the treat.
The breed frequently has this: Here I am, and I can handle the whole world myself attitude. It can result in a case of cat claw or hard instruction from an older dog, because they do not stop and read other animals before getting there nose in it. An English bulldog don´t need too much exercise, but 1-2 walks a day in an ordinary stroll pace in 15-20 min helps the fitness. Both my boys don’t want to go out in the rain, too windy or too cold weather. They can spend the day looking out at the weather and only go out in the garden for a pee. Therefore that breed fits us very well, because I do not like being out in bad weather. I'm not the one who jumps out of bed on Saturday morning, get dressed and go out for a 5 mile walk with my dog, because the dog of course also need the exercised ... Even if it poor’s.
I use the coat for my boys when the temperature drops below 0 degrees, because they are not suppose to freeze on their walk and catch a cold, but also because I have a personal idea that if they freeze too much, they get longer hair, and an English bulldog has to have short hair.
An English bulldog is good for children if they are socialized with them from puppy. The breed can tell the difference between children, young people and adults. I have see my boys calm down in front of a child, but when the child is put to sleep, my boys are ready to play. The breed is normally good for smaller children too, as they are very good patients and high pain threshold, so the dog will not cry if the child is going to pinch the fur because they use the dog to stand up, however, a child is not allow to inflicting harm or pain intentionally on a dog, regardless of breed.
Personally I have the opinion that you should never leave a dog and child alone together, because one has to remember that it is animals we are dealing with and they cannot tell in words if there is something wrong. One has heard of dogs that have attacked in jealous, brain bleeding, pain, etc.
The Money involving getting an English bulldog
Yes, the price of an English bulldog is much discussed, both on the web and to exhibitions. Some people are furious that a Danish breed bulldog has a normally price on 24-2700 Euro for a dog with DKK pedigree. I can’t write what I think is the right price, as I believe it should by about health, appearance and what the terms is. As a new bulldog buyer I understand it's a lot of money, but if you do you homework and investigated what the breeder stands for, choose a puppy from a healthy, strong and solid bloodline, then the chances of you getting a 10-journey season tickets to the vet is much less. Hereby I do not dictate that a dog has to be that price before it is healthy, it is still the bloodline one has to look at. No one here in Denmark make a profit from making puppies. Not even by selling a pup for 2700 euro. One has to take in consideration the effort and cost there will be added in a litter before they reach the 8 weeks of age and is ready to come to there forever home.
Most vets like English bulldogs, if you look at the economic in it. As many bulldog owners spend a lot of money at the vet. I myself am one of them; I will rather go to the vet one time more then necessary.
If you go to exhibitions as I do, and have interest in the various English bulldogs that lives around the world, then you will hear much gossip. The worst thing you can do for a planned litter or breeder is to start spreading rumors about flaws the dogs have. If one have concrete evidence, one should go to the breeder and talk about this so the breeder can explain him or herself. I do not think you should breed a dog, if you know there are chances that it is not healthy dogs that come out of it.
Here, both breeders and buyers can make an effort in my opinion.
A little joke:
These are the answers from dogs when asked, ”How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?”
Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we´ve go tour whole lives ahead of us, and you´re inside worrying about a stupid burned-out light bulb.
Border Collie: Just one. And I´ll replaces any wiring that´s not up to code.
Dachshund: I can´t reach the stupid lamp!
Toy Poodle: I´ll just blow in the Border collie’s ear and he´ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.
Rottweiler: Make me
Shi- Tzu: Puh-leeze, Dah-ling. Let the servants.
Lab: Oh me, me!!! Please let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Can I
Malamute: Let the border collies do it, You can feed me while he´s busy.
Cocker Spaniel: why change it? I can still pee in the carpet in the dark.
Doberman Pincher: While it´s dark, I´m going to sleep on the couch.
Mastiff: Mastiffs are not afraid of the dark.
Hound dog: ZZZZZZZZZZ
Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.
Irish Wolfhound: Can somebody else do it? I´ve got a hangover.
Pointer: I see it, there is it, there is it, there it is right there…
Greyhound: It isn´t moving, who cares?
Australian Shepherd: Put all the light bulbs in a little circle…
Pomeranian: Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs, I am not one of them, and so the question is: how long will it be before I can expect light?
Bulldog: Light bulb? Light bulb? That thing I just ate was a light bulb?