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Bulldog Information For Buyers

Jul 22, 2008
Bulldog history originates in England. The term Bulldog generally refers to the English version of the breed though there are also French and American Bulldogs. The original Bulldog, the Old English bulldog, was a large dog used to drive cattle. The English later bred these dogs to be aggressive and used them in gambling sports like bull baiting and dog fighting. When England passed the Cruelty to Animals Act of1849, bull baiting and dog fighting were banned and much of the population lost interest in the Bulldog.

Though not a dog for everyone, fans of the English Bulldog love these dogs for life. The Bulldog is a tenacious, strong-willed breed and is often used as a mascot by many colleges and the military. The Bulldog is the official mascot of England and, though other versions of the Bulldog exist, is viewed as a traditional English symbol. English and French Bulldogs are the result of a mixture of Mastiff and Pug. American Bulldogs more closely resemble Old English Bulldogs, which were taller and faster than the European versions of today.

Bulldog Breeders should be able to educate potential buyers about Bulldog information including care, grooming and discipline. Whether an American, French or English Bulldog breeder, he will have knowledge of all Bulldog breeds and their specific needs. Bulldogs are not for inexperienced pet owners. This breed is high maintenance and requires significant attention, training and medical care.

These small Bulldogs can have skin allergies, eye disorders and a tendency to become obese. Bulldog females often need assistance giving birth and may require caesarian sections to deliver puppies. American Bulldogs are much larger in size but need to be screened for genetic disorders common to Bulldogs and medium to large sized dogs.

Potential Bulldog buyers should research the breed thoroughly before finding a breeder. Bulldogs require high maintenance and are not for inexperienced dog owners. Buyers should also thoroughly research Bulldog breeders and make sure they choose a breeder that has continued to breed out the aggression once bred into the Bulldog.

A good Bulldog breeder will not sell puppies to pet stores. It is important that dog buyers purchase Bulldogs from certified, loving breeders who maintain their own kennels. Puppy brokers, backyard breeders and pet stores buy and sell puppies like any other merchandise with no guarantee on puppy health or lineage. An alternative to buying direct from a breeder is buying from a breed-specific rescue center.

The most important thing for buyers to know about Bulldog breeders is that good breeders never sell to pet stores. Any purebred dog breeder, like the Bulldog breeder, loves the breed and treats animals like family members, not merchandise. Due to the high price that can be fetched for purebred puppies, some breeders run illegal puppy mills, which are operations in purebred dogs are bred constantly to produce multiple litters to sell at auction. Dogs in puppy mills are mistreated. They are bred incessantly without regard to their health, kept caged with no exercise or play, and receive little human contact.

Puppy auctions and puppy brokers are usually the methods by which pet stores acquire puppies. Not only is this a cruel process, but also it offers no guarantee on the health or lineage of purebred puppies. On the opposite end, pet stores, unlike good breeders, don't care whom they sell Bulldog puppies to. Breeders will make sure dogs go to appropriate, loving homes. Pet stores sell to any buyer with appropriate funds.
About the Author
Bobby Callahan is a passionate lover of the Bulldog and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Bulldog. Among other topics there, you will find out more about Bulldog Breeders Around The World plus a whole lot more.
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