Neutering Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Neutering French Bulldog puppies is a common and often recommended procedure. However, as the owner of an intact male bulldog, it’s wise to seek professional guidance when considering neutering.

Ideally, this advice should come from a veterinarian experienced with the breed. Their expertise can help ensure that any decision considers the specific health considerations and temperament traits of French Bulldogs, allowing for the best outcome for your pet.

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The risks, benefits, and ideal timing for neutering a male bulldog are some of the most common questions I encounter during wellness exams for bulldog and French bulldog puppies.

It’s important to discuss these aspects and for the bulldog owner to make an informed decision that aligns with their dog’s health and lifestyle needs. Each factor plays a crucial role in ensuring the long-term well-being of your bulldog, considering his specific breed characteristics and potential health risks.

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The three most common concerns expressed by owners of intact male and intact female bulldog puppies are:

  1. “What are the anesthetic risks?”
  2. “Are there potential adverse effects on their development and behavior?”
  3. “What would be the ideal timing of my bulldog’s neuter or spay procedure?”

Neutering Bulldogs French Bulldog Puppies/ANESTHESIA RISKS:

Neutering involves general anesthesia, thus, anesthetic concerns must be addressed by the attending veterinary team.

For more detailed information, please visit the article I published:

  1. Bulldog Sevoflourine vs. Isoflurane Anesthesia
  2. Anesthesia Safety in English Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Neutering Bulldogs and French Bulldog Puppies / HEALTH RISKS:

Many alleged “side effects” bulldog owners associate with neuterings are myths. Some of the most popular ones are:

  • “Neutering will stunt my bulldog puppy’s growth.”
  • “If I neuter my bully, he will gain weight and get fat.”
  • “Neutering will make my active bully lazy.”

In reality, those concerns owners attribute to bulldogs have more to do with

  • lifestyle
  • improper feeding,
  • lack of physical activity
  • limited exercise and limited play.

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Neutering Bulldogs French Bulldog Puppies / PERSONALITY RISKS:

Other myths alleged are the negative impact of neutering on your bulldog and French bulldog:

  • “Neutering will  turn my good-tempered bully into a bad one.”
  • “Neutering will affect his aptitude.”
  • “Neutering will impact his disposition.”

Those are mostly unfounded assertions with little medical or clinical research validity.

The best way to ensure your bulldog and French bulldog puppies stay healthy, alert, and active is to

  1. SOCIALIZATION: Socialize them early
  2. PLAYTIME: Provide ample playtime
  3. STIMULI: Engage them with various stimuli
  4. RELAXING: Create a supportive, loving, and stress-free environment.

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These steps promote physical health and contribute to their mental well-being.

Those are the true essential needs for your bulldog’s physique and intelligence.

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Neutering Bulldogs French Bulldog Puppies TIMING :

When considering the timing for neutering bulldogs and French bulldog puppies, there are several key factors to weigh:

  1. Early vs. Late Neutering: Neutering at an early age is generally simpler and safer. Younger pets typically recover faster and with fewer complications.
  2. Reducing Roaming and Escaping Behaviors: Neutering can significantly decrease the likelihood of your bulldog trying to roam or escape in pursuit of a female in heat.
  3. Behavioral Benefits: Early neutering can help mitigate undesirable sexual behaviors commonly observed in intact males which makes management and training easier. These behaviors include
    • marking territory
    • male-to-male aggression
    • displays of dominance

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  1. Prevention of Diseases: Perhaps the most compelling argument for early neutering is the prevention of several health issues that are more common in intact males, including:
    • Prostate diseases: Neutering reduces the risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and other prostate-related problems.
    • Testicular tumors: Removing the testes eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.
    • Perianal tumors: Perianal tumors are more common in intact males and can be prevented by neutering.

While the decision to neuter, and the timing of it, should be tailored to each bulldog and consider the owner’s circumstances and the dog’s health, these benefits provide strong incentives to consider early neutering for bulldog and French bulldog puppies.


I recommend neutering your bulldog and French bulldog puppies once they have completed their musculoskeletal development, which typically occurs around 8 months of age or older. Timely neutering will ensure that growth is not adversely affected by the early removal of hormones essential for bone and joint development.

While early neutering is pivotal in preventing certain health issues, such as reproductive cancers and some behavior problems, it’s crucial to consider that your bulldog’s overall health is influenced by several other factors, including:

  • Environmental Influences:
    •  immediate surroundings
    • exercise routine
    • exposure to toxins
    • stress levels
  • Nutritional Factors: Proper nutrition is critical, and specific dietary considerations to
    •  avoid obesity
    • support joint health
    • maintain overall wellness.
  • Genetics: The genetic background of your bulldog dog plays a significant role in their susceptibility to certain health conditions. Understanding their lineage may provide insights into potential health risks and areas requiring proactive care.

Balancing these factors with the timing of neutering can help ensure a healthier life for your bulldog or French bulldog.

There are no immediate medical reasons to neuter a healthy bulldog puppy; however, opting to neuter while he is still in robust health can significantly reduce the risks associated with surgery.

Neutering a bulldog in good health often results in

  • smoother anesthesia
  • quicker recovery
  • fewer complications post-surgery.

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This preemptive approach also allows you to plan the procedure at a time that minimizes disruption to your pet’s routine and stress levels. Additionally, early neutering can help prevent the development of undesirable behaviors and certain health issues later on, providing immediate and long-term benefits to your dog’s health and well-being.

Neutering Bulldogs and French Bulldog TIPS & WARNINGS


Neutering could help prevent behavioral problems associated with sexual maturity.


Neutering your English bulldog and French bulldog puppies at a young age could help prevent various medical conditions, such as

  • Prostatic disease
  • Perianal tumor
  • Testicular tumor
  • Scrotal hernia
  • Prolapse Urethra



To reduce cost and risk, it’s advisable to combine other necessary procedures that require anesthesia with the neutering or spaying of your bulldog or French bulldog. Performing multiple procedures in a single anesthesia session minimizes the number of times your pet needs to undergo anesthesia, thereby reducing overall risk and stress for your pet, as well as saving on costs.

One innovative option we offer during the same session as your bulldog or French bulldog’s neuter surgery is stem cell “Cryobanking.” This process involves harvesting and storing your pet’s stem cells for future therapeutic use. These cells can be crucial in treating various age-related ailments and injuries later in your pet’s life, such as arthritis or other degenerative diseases. By cryobanking stem cells during a routine procedure like neutering, you can secure a form of regenerative medicine for your pet’s future health needs without the need for an additional, separate surgical procedure. This makes efficient use of anesthesia but also provides long-term health benefits at a reduced cost.

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Other common bulldog procedures you should consider combining with neutering and spaying are

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Neutering your bulldog and French bulldog puppy could help prevent bulldog prolapsed urethra.


Seeking a veterinary hospital that is knowledgeable about the specific anesthetic requirements of bulldogs and French bulldogs is crucial for ensuring the safety and well-being of your pet during any surgical procedure. Additionally, it’s essential to ensure that the medical team at the hospital is well-versed in breed-specific induction, recovery protocols, and monitoring techniques. This includes understanding the unique anatomical features of these breeds, such as their brachycephalic airways, which can pose challenges during anesthesia and recovery.


If your bulldog puppy is exhibiting any of the “flat face” brachycephalic syndrome problems, these airway issues should be repaired before or during the neuter procedure. The most common of those are elongated palate, everted saccules, and stenotic nares

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If your English bulldog or French bulldog puppy is missing one or both testicles, a condition known as cryptorchidism or undescended testicles, it renders them unsuitable for breeding and places them at a higher risk for testicular cancer.


In cases where the missing testicle is located in the inguinal area (near the groin), it is relatively accessible and can be surgically removed with relative ease.


However, if the testicle(s) is not found in the inguinal area and are suspected to be within the abdominal cavity, it requires a more invasive procedure called a laparotomy. This involves making a surgical opening in the abdomen to explore and locate the missing testicle(s) for removal.


If your bulldog is exhibiting medical problems that can be passed on to his or her offspring, I recommend that you avoid breeding him.


Early-age spay/neuter procedures have been endorsed by the

  • Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

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