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Anyone who knows me at all knows how much I LOVE bulldogs.
When I first decided to start a blog, my other half kind of balked at my proposed topic of saving money. He wondered where that concept was coming from since I was previously such a fan of spending money.
He was confused as to why I wasn’t writing a blog entirely about bulldogs. Of course, English bulldogs are my main passion, and he knows this. Together, we’ve owned and raised three bulldogs over almost 20 years. And during that time, we’ve learned an endless amount of information about this unique, loyal, demanding and complicated breed.
I told him that while it would be great to write solely about this fantastic breed, it was almost too niched-down. So then I clarified I wanted to start writing about a topic that would initially resonate with a more significant number of people. And then, if I wanted to create a separate site entirely about bulldogs down the road, I could do that on the side.
That way, I could share adorable bulldog pics, anecdotes, and lessons learned without having to worry about whether or not anyone would read my content.
And so ultimately, while I agreed that I’m passionate about the adorable bulldog topic and could find so many stories to write about this squishy and lovable breed, it’s not something that would appeal to the masses. Don’t get me wrong — there are tons of bulldog lovers out there. But did I want to paint myself into a corner and only write about adorable bulldogs?
But I decided, as a happy medium, I would go the saving and making money route and sprinkle in some bulldog-related anecdotes. Because anyone who owns a bulldog knows, they are one of the most (if not the most) expensive breeds to maintain. Meaning, beyond the initial expense of buying from a reputable breeder (unless you can adopt, which is always a preferred first step, in my opinion).
Owning a bulldog and keeping up with grooming, feeding, known issues, and general health can be pretty costly. The breed is predisposed to several health issues that can cost a large chunk of change. Examples include hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament (knee) surgery, elongated soft palate & nose nare reconstruction (both contribute to breathing issues).
Bulldogs are considered a brachycephalic breed, meaning they have those smooshed faces. Unfortunately, this means a lot of additional considerations come into play when it comes to their health. They overheat very quickly, so they can’t stay out in the hot sun. Even just a few minutes can result in a life or death situation.
They can also have issues tolerating certain types of anaesthesia, so your vet will need to be extra careful if they are put under for any surgeries. English bulldogs are also known to have several skincare issues. In addition, having a bulldog often means having to deal with skin allergies. All of those extra skin folds mean you need to keep them super-clean and dry.
If this is neglected, yeast and bacteria will grow between the folds, causing icky red spots and extreme discomfort for your pal!
And those teeth! Since most bulldogs have a protruding jaw and that well-known underbite, their dental health also needs to be considered. They don’t chew exactly like other dogs do and can have difficulty keeping their teeth clean. My vet recommends these daily dental chews by Oravet, and both of my dogs love them. (Honestly, if they could eat the entire box, they would).
Oravet dental chews work to break down the plaque on my dogs’ teeth and keep their breath super fresh.
BONUS: Oravet also offers a rebate for every three boxes purchased; you get money back. I believe it depends on what size was purchased but can range from $8-$15.
So that’s my Bulldog 101 entry-level course. And I managed to work on a money-saving tip as well. Bulldogs are a quirky, fun and lovable breed. But they also are high maintenance, which is something to consider before deciding to adopt or purchase a new fur pal. That applies to all breeds, including mixed breeds. There are so many beautiful dogs waiting to be adopted; make sure before you do that you do your homework and are ready and willing to take on this extra responsibility.