Breathing Problems in Bulldogs and
French Bulldogs

Breathing  Problems in bulldogs and airway problems in English Bulldog Puppies, French Bulldog Puppies and American Bulldogs are very common.

Breathing problems in Bulldogs and French Bulldog are often a mix of airway disease both upper respiratory and lower respiratory  airway problems. Those Bulldog puppy breathing problems are the product of generation of selective inbreeding of those “cute”, flat face bully features. If you’ve ever had an english bulldog or french bulldog with breathing problems it’s likely you will recognize some, or all, of the following list: a tongue that  easily turns from pink to purple-blue, retching, salivating, frequent honking, snorting, sneezing, snoring, chucking, and the sound of harsh breathing which becomes amplified during excitement or/and exercise. You can find a list of the most common bulldog breathing problems and respiratory problems compiled under Dr. Kraemer’s “Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome”. Most bulldogs and French bulldog  breathing and respiratory problems are serious and could have grave results, even more so in bulldog puppies. However, it possible to treat most breathing problems in bulldogs and even resolve a some of them with early attention and quick initiative (i.e. “Bulldog Maintenance). Having the proper bulldog information at your disposal can be handi for critical times as well as for every day bulldog maintenance.
Breathing Problems in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs (Dr. Kraemer)

Breathing Problems in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs (Dr. Kraemer)

In this “Breathing problems and Airway Disease in Bulldogs” chapter I am going to cover in detail some of the most common bulldog respiratory conditions such asbulldog elongated soft palate and stenotic nares. Each topic  is going to be divided into four major sections:

1. Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog Breathing Problems introductory ( of the specific bulldog medical condition and its origin.

2. Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog Breathing Problems Maintenance ( A “take home” bulldog maintenance program.

3. Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bulldog Breathing Problems Rule of Thumb ( A “must know” take home pearl of bulldog wisdom.

4. Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bullog Breathing Problems Tips & Warnings: A list of essential bulldog “DO’s and DON’T’s”

Brachycephalic Syndrome In Bulldogs:

The term “Brachycephalic” is Latin for smooched face. This “pushed in” signature look of the common bulldog  has an undesirable effect on the entire anatomy of your bulldog neck and head and its relation to the respective soft tissue and structures. For some bulldogs this can lead to  serious medical problems that in most cases if not corrected will get worse over time… Read More

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs:

This term refers to narrowed nostrils, which causes a restriction in the amount of airflow into your bulldog nostrils. This problem can be surgically corrected by removing a wedge of tissue from the nostrils to allow improved airflow….Read More

Bulldog Elongated Soft Palate Surgically Repaired by Dr. Kraemer

Bulldog Elongated Soft Palate Surgically Repaired by Dr. Kraemer

Elongated Soft Palate in Bulldogs:

Sadly, the natural anatomical boundaries of the soft palate were altered as a direct aftermath of the selective “cute smooched face” inbreeding, invading and obstructing space critical for respiration. The obstructive tissue should be  surgically shortened to improve airflow….Read More

Aspiration/Inhalation – Pneumonia in Bulldogs

Aspiration Pneumonia in bulldogs and french bulldog puppies happens when the lower respiratory tract becomes inflamed due to inhalation of foreign material, most commonly gastric content (vomiting), and/or esophageal content (regurgitation). This results in serious damage to both your bulldog puppy lungs and surrounding tissue. Unfortunately, as inhaled matter is usually laden with bacteria, Infection can often …….Read More


Check back in the coming weeks for information on the “Bulldog Respiration & Breating-Maintenance topics” listed below. To receive an email whenever a new bulldog article is published, simply add your email to our “Join Our U4B Community” membership listing or  to our “alert” email box at  the top left corner. In addition, you will also receive alerts for any new release of my upcoming   ”Do It Yourself V4B Bully Maintenance Videos”.

*NEW  Everted Laryngeal Saccules in Bulldogs:

Evert, prolapse, turn outwards due to the constant negative pressure and suction associated with the increased respiratory effort caused by the other common bulldog airway condition such as stenotic nares and/or the elongated soft palate. Everted laryngeal saccules will further obstruct airway flow already comprmised by the other structural abnormalities mentioned in this chapter (i.e. bulldog elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, hypoplastic trachea).…(coming soon, sign for our email alert)

*NEW  Hypoplastic Trachea in Bulldogs:

The trachea or windpipe of a bulldog is smaller in diameter than in normal dogs, which causes restricted air flow. Any abnormality in the upper airway or narrowing of your bulldog’s airways can not only cause increased airway resistance, but also increase negative intra-airway pressure…..(coming soon, sign for our email alert)

*NEW  Super Enlarged Tonsils in Bulldogs:

The problems associated with BCS progress over time leading to increased suction, inflammation and fatigue of the tissues surrounding the larynx. This could lead to severely enlarged, swollen tonsils which can further obstruct your bulldog’s air flow. In this case, a tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils) is recommended…(coming soon, sign for our email alert)

*NEW Hiatal Hernia in Bulldogs:

A protrusion of the abdominal esophagus or part of your bully stomach through the esophageal hiatus of the diaphragm into the chest cavity or part of the stomach into the terminal esophagus through the hiatus (tear, opening). It could be congenital (born with) or acquired, and is more common in bulldogs then most breeds….(coming soon, sign for our email alert)

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