The English Bulldog and English Bulldog Puppy

Back in the day, the bulldog’s toughness and tenacity were a trait sought after by breeders who were seeking the ultimate “bullfighting” dog, hence the “bulldog” name we all came to love.

English bulldog and The English Bulldog Puppy

The selection for the flat bulldog nose allowed breathing even while holding the bull by his nose.

Bulldog bullfighting is now outlawed

English Bulldog and The English Bulldog Puppy CURRENT STANDARD

These days, bulldogs are still known for their stubbornness, but they are relatively docile, well suited to indoor environments such as homes and apartments, and have become traditional family pets.

English bulldog puppy is now ranked as the 4th most popular breed in the USA.

Unfortunately, due to its high ranking, some disreputable breeders have taken advantage of the newfound popularity of the breed.

English and French bulldog puppy preventive care

English Bulldog and The English Bulldog Puppy COMMON HEALTH RISK

Common English bulldog puppy health risks and medical ailments include:

Bulldog and French Bulldog Respiratory Problems:

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS):


English bulldog puppies are highly prone to the elongated soft palate, a condition usually manifested by breathing difficulties and vibrating breathing sounds during excitement and activity (Stridor).

Bulldog puppy cherry eye

Bulldog and French Bulldog OVERHEATING PROBLEMS:

Bulldog Heat Stroke:

Primarily due to their predisposition to the brachycephalic syndrome that affects their airways and thermal body regulation.

Bulldog and French Bulldog ORTHOPEDICS:

  • MPL
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • ACL tears
  • Spondylosis
  • Osteoarthritis

Bulldog and French Bulldog BACK PROBLEMS:

  • Bulldog vertebral malformation
  • Spina bifida
  • Hemivertbra
  • IVDD

Bulldog and French Bulldog SKINFOLD PROBLEMS:

Skin fold problems manifest as skin fold moist dermatitis in areas such as:

  • Nasal & Facial Moist Skinfold Dermatitis
  • Tail Skinfold Moist Dermatitis (corkscrew tail)
  • Paw Skinfold and Pododermatitis
  • Vaginal skinfolds

bulldog nasal fold skinfold dermatitis

Bulldog and French Bulldog DERMAL PROBLEMS:

  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Food Allergy
  • Contact Allergy
  • Demodex Mites
  • Flea Allergy
  • Bulldog Acne

Bulldog and French Bulldog EAR DISEASE PROBLEMS:

English bulldog puppy ear cleaning

  • Otitis Externa
  • Allergic Otitis
  • Ear Mites
  • Stenotic End Stage Ear Disease

English Bulldog and The English Bulldog Puppy WELLNESS:

Fecal Test: including a screen for protozoa like Giardia (common to breeder facilities)

Core Vaccine: 3–4 times every 3 years after the first year booster.

Dewormer: for common puppy worms like roundworms

Flea Preventive

Heartworm Preventive: Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes

Microchip: Microchip ID and Proof of ownership

Pet Insurance: At least for the first year

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Bulldog Puppy BREEDER TIP:

I recommend that you seek a reputable breeder

Bulldog Puppy BULLDOG VET TIP:

Have your puppy screened by a veterinarian familiar with the breed’s unique medical problems.


Before buying a new bulldog puppy, you might want to consider checking with your local rescue.

The cost of a rescue puppy is much lower, and you will have the bonus of saving a bulldog who is in desperate need of a loving family and a new home.

For more information on how to adopt a rescued bulldog and how to support and empower rescue, click here.


Before or after buying or adopting a bulldog puppy or other Brachycephalic breed pets like the

The cornerstone of my website is Bulldog Prevention & Care. The guide is written in easy-to-understand language and is complemented by photos and videos.

By using this site as a guide, you will learn how to become a “Bulldog Certified Yoda Master,” keeping your puppy healthy and doing it safely and at a minimal cost.

Read our Zen & Bulldog Maintenance “Bulldog 101” chapter.

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