5 reasons you SHOULD NOT GET A English Bulldog
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5 – English Bulldogs cannot live outside
The middle-sized, muscular, and compact English Bulldog makes for a decent watchdog with at least some guarding abilities. However, this does not mean that they can be kept outside in a kennel, yard or garden.
By forcing them to stay outside, you would actually endanger your English Bulldog’s life, because they are a brachycephalic breed: Just like Mastiffs and Pugs, Bulldogs have unnaturally short snouts – a feature that does not allow them to pant sufficiently for cooling down the bulk of their bodies. This anatomical deficiency can easily cause overheating, which in turn can kill the dog when left outside on a hot day. In addition, Bulldogs are highly susceptible to sunburns, especially around the nose and eyes.
Now, you might think that – probably - an English Bulldogs would be okay outside in cooler weather. But, no! Due to their anatomy, the cold is as much their enemy as the heat. When it comes to cool and cold temperatures, the English Bulldog suffers from a quick loss of body heat. As well, warming back up is much more difficult for Bulldogs than for other dogs, because they cannot move around as fast.
With that said – unless your future dog will be allowed to share your home with you, you should most certainly not get an English Bulldog!
4 – English Bulldogs are a very unhealthy breed
And this leads us straight to discussing the English Bulldog’s health in general. Whilst they make marvellous pets, English Bulldogs are so prone to health issues that you might want to reconsider getting one.
The long list of the breed’s health issues includes the most prevalent problem – and that is the brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome. This syndrome is related to their above-mentioned intolerance to heat - and means that Bulldogs often have trouble breathing due to their short muzzles. This in turn often causes them to emit loud snoring, snorting, heavy breathing- and panting noises.
The list of potential health problems in this breed continues with ailments like chronic eye conditions as well as various bone- and joint-diseases - such as hip dysplasia and arthritis. Also, the English Bulldog is unusually prone to joint- and ligament-injuries. This is due to an abnormal growth of cartilage – a structural defect inherent in the breed. Various allergies, thyroid- and heart problems as well as cancer can also befall the English Bulldog.
Ask yourself if you really want to deal with all these potential problems. With this breed, you are guaranteed to see a lot of your vet – and to spend lots of money on vet bills. So, unless you are willing to deal with a potentially very sick dog that could be suffering from chronic pain, you should not get an English Bulldog.
3 – You want an active canine companion
Even though English Bulldogs do love to play with their humans and other dogs, they are a low-energy breed: Not only do they require minimal exercise each day, but working them out too much is – again – dangerous for their health.
If you are a very active person yourself, and you want your dog to come with you on extended walks, the Bulldog is not a good choice. The same applies to overnight camping trips: Plummeting temperatures can quickly become unsafe for your Bulldog.
Even trips to the park, the beach or the lakefront are not without risk: Your dog could suffer sunburns and heat-strokes – or they could drown. Bulldogs are negatively buoyant, which means they sink when put into water.
So, unless you are willing to limit your outings to around 15 minutes per walk, an English Bulldog is not the breed to go for.
2- English Bulldogs are stubborn
English Bulldogs are strongly independent thinkers. In other words, they do have a stubborn streak that can be quite difficult to work around when it comes to training. That does not mean that they lack intelligence, or that their hearing is impaired – it is more a case of “selective hearing”: Bulldogs will have no trouble at all remembering the sound of their food bowl being filled. Also, they will fairly quickly learn to respond to vocal clues like “let’s go for a walk!”.
However, when it comes to commands that do not promise instant rewards for them, they might shamelessly ignore you. This, of course, can be very frustrating when you are trying to instil obedience and manners in your puppy.
Even though positive reinforcement usually will give you some results, this kind of behaviour makes the breed challenging to train for the average dog owner. Therefore, if you want a very trainable dog who can perform many different commands and tricks, then you should not get an English Bulldog.
1 - English Bulldogs need you around
English Bulldogs are very affectionate canine companions and enjoy nothing more than spending as much time with their owners as possible. These lovable dogs do not just prefer you being around – they absolutely require your company to stay well-rounded and content: English Bulldogs are natural companion dogs who thrive in the company of their humans.
Left by themselves all day, English Bulldogs might develop separation anxiety and start to chew up things they should not – for example, your carpet or your sofa. In addition, severe separation anxiety can aggravate any health condition that they already suffer from.
For this reason, if you cannot be at home with your dog for the best part of the day, then you should not get an English Bulldog.
Even though the English Bulldog is an amazing breed, these sensitive companions are not suited for any kind of person or lifestyle. If any of the 5 reasons why you should not get an English Bulldog discourages you from bringing one home at this point in your life - but you are still interested in the breed - consider this: Maybe all it takes is a slight change of your perspective, or of your schedule – for example, ensuring that at least one family member is home with your dog during most of the day.