The English Bulldog is a highly adaptable dog making them a great companion for most people whether you live in a house or in an apartment as long as they get enough exercise. This is a great quality for the breed especially if you are looking for a dog that is happy to live in a smaller apartment without the need for a really big space. They are very happy to cuddle up with you on the sofa and will happily laze around. This is something to be aware of though as English Bulldogs can very easily put weight on and will happily be lazy dogs if they are allowed to, so as a Bulldog owner, you need to be aware of this and watch your dog’s weight and exercise levels. For this breed, if they have excess weight to carry it can lead to more health issues which includes lots of strain on their joints and can develop lung and heart issues.
As with all dog breeds, they can be more prone to particular health conditions, which is incredibly important to be aware of before bringing a Bulldog into your home. For this breed, you should expect to see health clearances from the breeder which have been completed by a certified scheme, in particular, including the Bulldog Health Assessment for Bulldogs. English Bulldogs can have a lot of health problems, so as an owner you need to be prepared and willing to monitor their health very closely and are able to provide the treatment needed. Certain health conditions that Bulldogs are more prone to include many eye conditions like dry eye, breathing disorders due to obstructed airways, head shakes, skin conditions and infections, hip dysplasia, tail problems and bone and joint disorders. Being aware of this prior to getting a dog is significantly important since, as an owner, you need to be able to care for your dog in the way they require which could mean some large vet bills.
As I have already mentioned, the English Bulldog is an extremely well-known dog, especially in the UK, due to its heritage and looks. Alongside it’s appearance, the English Bulldog is known for its loyal nature and being a good family pet. Obviously, as with all dog breeds, you must socialise and train your pup properly from a young age in order to have a well-balanced dog that gets along with all. Socialisation is key if you are bringing your dog into a relatively busy household where there’s new people coming round, other animals and small children. The Bulldog is a very popular choice of breed among families for their loving and kind natures, plus their patience and gentleness with children.
They are highly renowned for their determination in character but are also incredibly gentle and loyal making them really good with kids. Although, they can sometimes be quite boisterous when playing so this is important to be aware of if you have young children that make accidentally be hurt. Training a dog that is very wilful and determined can be a tricky task, especially when you have not had experience in training a dog before. They can be very persistent, but if you show them that you are a calm and consistent leader then there will be respect for the boundaries that you set.
Bulldogs really do crave the attention of their owners and they thrive off that time that their owners spend with them – they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
Finding the best match for you, your family and your lifestyle is really important, and I definitely suggest doing plenty of research before bringing a canine companion into your home. Knowing more about your chosen breed will definitely help you in caring for them and giving them a happy and healthy life.
English Bulldogs tend to be much better suited to owners that are very familiar with their required needs and who understand that although they are charming dogs, they can be extremely strong-willed and stubborn which means that training can be very difficult. It takes a lot of time, patience and understanding to train this breed and if you do allow them to get away with things – even if it is little things – then they can be a lot harder to handle especially as they grow older into an adult dog.