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Picking a bulldog breeder

February 12, 2023

A few things to consider when deciding on adopting an English Bulldog.

Adopting an English Bulldog is a big decision. It’s important to do your research when selecting the right breeder, as not all breeders are created equal. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to compare reputable breeders versus backyard breeders, what signs to look out for in order to avoid scams, the importance of demanding proof of genetic testing, common genetic disorders in bulldogs, and how to find the right breeder for you and your new pup.

Reputable Breeders Versus “Backyard” Breeders

A reputable breeder will have years of experience breeding dogs and will be able to provide you with detailed information about their breeding program and the health history of the puppy’s parents. They will also be knowledgeable about any health or behavior issues that may arise in certain breeds. Reputable breeders will also be members of kennel clubs like the American Kennel Club (AKC) or The Kennel Club (UK). A backyard breeder on the other hand is someone who casually breeds dogs without screening for health concerns or providing proper care for their animals.

Keep in mind though that there are some conscientious “hobby” breeders out there. They truly mean to promote the best of the breed, but breeding in and of itself is not the main focus in their lives. You would do yourself a great disservice if you overlook a hobby-breeder in your search for a loving canine companion. The benefits of a diligent, breed-loving hobby breeder is that the puppies are family reared, rarely if ever kenneled and are often well-socialized (or as socialized as an un-vaccinated puppy can be). The risk though is that they may suffer from what AKC calls “kennel blindness”. Kennel blindness is where the breeder fails to consider the weaknesses of their breeding stock (the dogs they use for breeding) and continues to breed them despite these weaknesses. Kennel blindness, however, is not limited to hobby breeders alone. Professional breeders can also succumb to this phenomenon. The truth is, a reputable breeder that cares about the health of their stock’s litters and the lives of their potential clients will put the needs of the dogs first in all decisions related to breeding. As a potential client, you should ask your breeder any and all questions necessary to ascertain their commitment to their dogs, current, future, and believe it or not, past.

Beware Of Scams

When looking for a puppy online it’s important to remain vigilant as there are many scammers out there looking to take advantage of unsuspecting buyers. If you come across someone who claims they have puppies available but interact with you in a way that makes you feel comfortable, then this should be a red flag.

Keep in mind that some breeds (such as English Bulldogs) often have a high price point. Breeders have invested a lot of time and money in their dogs, as well as their litters, since most English Bulldogs deliver by C-section. Most breeders will not allow visitors to their facility (which is often their home) because visitors put

The breeder and their entire stock at risk. Not only do breeders have to guard against theft, visiting puppies in person can also put the health and lives of the entire litter in danger. While breeders work hard to maintain a disease free environment for their litters, visitors can unsuspectingly bring deadly viruses to them and kill off many if not all the puppies.

When it comes to seeing, visiting with, or otherwise, evaluating the puppy(ies), weigh the options presented to you by the breeder. Are they working with you and being transparent or do you feel like you are getting the run around? You worked hard for your money, so you should feel as comfortable as possible in the transaction. However, a breeder worked just as hard bringing their litter to bear. If your demands are excessive, do not be surprised if a breeder opts to not do business with you. Lastly, you should also never send money, especially not the full cost of the pet, before making arrangements with the breeder to see the pup.

Demand Proof of Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is an essential part of responsible breeding and is necessary in order to screen puppies for inherited diseases that can cause serious problems later on down the line. Ask any potential breeder if they do genetic testing on their pups and demand proof that they have done so before committing to purchasing a puppy from them.

Common Genetic Disorders in Bulldogs

English Bulldogs can sometimes suffer from genetic disorders such as hip dysplasia, heart defects, allergies and eye diseases so it’s important that both parents have been screened prior to breeding them together. Reputable breeders should have no problem providing records demonstrating that both parents were tested for these conditions before being used for breeding purposes.

Finding The Right Breeder

It’s important to take your time when looking for a breeder as finding one with knowledge and experience who specializes in English Bulldogs is key when it comes to finding a healthy pup with good temperament and traits that are suitable for your lifestyle needs. Ask your breeder what training or background they have in breeding, what steps they take to determine temperament, etc. Look into local kennel clubs or contact national organizations like The AKC or The Kennel Club (UK) who can provide you with information about registered breeders near you who specialize in English Bulldogs specifically.

Adopting an English Bulldog is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly! It’s essential that you do your research when choosing a breeder as not all breeders are created equal. Be sure to compare reputable breeders versus backyard breeders, beware of scams, demand proof of genetic testing, familiarize yourself with common genetic disorders in bulldogs, and find yourself the right dog-loving breeder who specializes in English Bulldogs specifically! Good luck!‌‌‌ ‌ ‌ ‌


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