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Why are Bulldogs so expensive?
Very often when people hear the price of a bulldog they think that we breeders must be making lots of money. Wrong.....!!
Yes, bulldogs are expensive, but for a few reasons.


1.) The breeder also spends a lot of money to buy his/her bulldog bitch.

2.) Getting the bitch to an age where she can be bred with also cost a lot of (good quality food, vets bills etc.).

3.) The breeder might take the bitch to a vet so the correct time of mating can be established, more

4.) A stud dog belonging to someone else might be used for the mating. The stud fee can be a puppy from that litter or more...

5.) The stud dog might be in another part of the country so the bitch needs to be ship there (Return ticket) or semen brought in from another country, this can cost a lot of 

6.) Normally with bulldogs, artificial insemination is done. This means at least 2 trips to a vet more

7.) About 4 weeks after the mating the breeder might take the bitch to the vet for an ultra-sound scan (to see if she's pregnant) more

8.) If she's not pregnant....well, then all the  money spend so far was wasted and the breeder has to repeat the whole process next time the bitch is in season.

9.) If she is pregnant....great...!!! Now
money is spend on supplements to keep her healthy and in good shape.

10.) Most bulldog puppies are born via caesarean section. This major surgery also costs major

11.) Once the puppies are born somebody needs to keep an eye on mum and them for a few weeks. For this reason, the breeder spends his/her hard-earned leave  raising puppies and not on a nice relaxing holiday.

12.) After a few weeks the puppies need to be dewormed, inoculated and checked by a vet.

13.) When the puppies are weaned, after about 4 weeks, they need to be fed a high quality puppy food.

14.) Puppies must be registered at the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC).

15.) To get the puppies to this stage the breeder would have needed a whelping box, a puppy pen, dry bed, stacks of old newspapers, cotton wool, feeding bottles, toys, feeding bowls, old towels, a thermometer, dog nail clippers, anti-septic lotion and a million other things that all costs money.

16.) All of the above is presumed nothing went wrong with the bitch or the puppies. But we all know Mr.Murphy and his laws, and more often than not something will go wrong.


All the above adds up to quit a bit of money. If the bitch has a small litter (1 to 3 pups) the breeder will loose money, with a average litter (4 to 6 pups) the breeder might break even and with a big litter (more than 6 pups) the breeder just might make some money (only to spend it the next time he/she decides to breed again).

So why do we do it Because we love our Bullies.


Rapid Growth Problems in Bulldogs 

 "Development Problems: Because of the bulldog's rapid growth it is very important that you keep weight, play and exercise properly managed during the first year, early joint damage could be permanent and may lead to osteoarthritis. Irregular growth in the long bones is very common and is almost always only temporary as the dog usually grows out of it by the time the bones fuse at about 9 months to 1 year of age. Hip/elbow displaysia is genetic but can be encouraged by environmental factors (ie: slidey floors, jumping, overweight etc). Any puppy that shows lamness should be rested as it is not unusual during a rapid growth spurt, try not panic if your puppy becomes lame and don't ever allow surgery to be undertaken on growing bones - no firm diagnoses can be made until he is at least a year old anyway.
--as a rule, do not do surgery on your bulldog younger than one year.


Here is a list of tips that either I use or was recommended by another dog owner or vet. Not all of them have been tested or used by me personally. And all methods may work for one dog but not for another. Use these tips at your own discretion.


Tear Stains

/user/pawflash.gifClean and dry area. Area can be cleaned with water, mild soap, hydrogen peroxide, mineral oil etc. Making sure not to get into dogs eyes. Then apply one of the following: Desitin, Boric Acid Ointment or Bag Balm as needed.

/user/pawflash.gifAnd/or-- Add 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar per quart of water to dogs water bowl. It is supposed to adjust the PH of the dogs body and prevent staining from tears or saliva. This is also said to discourage fleas.

/user/pawflash.gifAnd/or-- Add Tylan (an amount about equivalent to a match head) to dogs food a few times a week. This will keep the area dry and stain free.


Flea Control

Homemade Flea Spray:

1 cup Avon Skin-So-Soft
1 teaspoon of oil of citronella or eucalyptus
2 cups of white vinegar
2 cups of water

Mix well and apply from a spray bottle (covering eyes). This also helps rid flies. To discourage ticks decrease water by one cup.

Organic Flea Spray:

/user/pawflash.gifUse a citrus dip as an effective organic flea repellent. Citrus peels contain natural chemicals, d-limonen and linalool, which both kill and repel fleas. Add the grated/chopped peel of one lemon to a pint of boiled water and steep the mixture for 24 hours. Sponge the strained liquid onto the pet's coat and let it dry.

/user/pawflash.gifMix Tea Tree Oil, one half teaspoon per pint of distilled water to make a rinse after bathing to repels fleas.

Outside Flea Spray:

/user/pawflash.gifTwo ounces of household bleach and two ounces of water in a 8 ounce yard sprayer attached to a garden hose. Set to 1 1/2 ounce per gallon. This will cover approximately 1000 square feet. This is also said to rid ants and spiders as well as help prevent Parvo and bladder infections in females. This can be done up to every 10 days if needed.

/user/pawflash.gifAn effective and completely non-toxic method of flea population control in the yard is nematodes. It's a naturally occurring bacteria that kills bug eggs and larvae. It comes in a powdered form; just mix with water and spread over lawn with an inexpensive pump-type sprayer. It can be found at your local home and garden store and some pet stores.


Inside Flea Control

/user/pawflash.gifKeep your vacuum from being a home for fleas by putting a flea collar, flea powder or moth balls in the vacuum cleaner bag.

/user/pawflash.gifBoric acid powder is highly effective against flea infestation. It is safe, inexpensive and the effects can last for up to two years. There are a couple of name brands available locally called Terminator,De-Limenator or Flea Buster's. Each of these products you need to sprinkle onto your carpet, rugs, floors, furniture, under furniture cushions, under beds etc....Wear a mask when working with these powders wear a mask just so you don't breath the powder. You can make your own mixture:

**Combine 3 cups diatomaceous earth (found at your nursery) with 1/2 cup boric acid (available at any pharmacy.) Sprinkle throughout house and after one or two days vacuum. It can take up to three or four weeks for all the fleas to be killed, but you should see a difference right away. This will last up to two years, or until you clean your carpets next.

**Combine Borax cleaning powder with table salt. ( 8 to 1) Sprinkle throughout house, sweep in lightly, leave
on for a week, then vacuum.

**Sprinkle table salt throughout house, and rub it into everything. Let stand overnight, then vacuum.

All three of these powders act as a desiccant, dehydrating the fleas and their larva.


Dog Ingests Sharp Object

/user/pawflash.gifFeed dog cotton balls dipped in cream. Let nature take its course.


/user/pawflash.gifCook one pound of spinach, load with butter. Feed it to the dog. Then feed a lot of white bread. Spinach will wrap around sharp pieces (dogs don't digest fiber well) bread will hold it together thru digestive tract with least amount of damage.


Rawhide Bones

/user/pawflash.gifDo not use rawhide bones, they contain arsenic from the leather tanning process.

/user/pawflash.gifRawhide bones also become slimy when chewed on. This makes them easily slipped down into the throat of dog, blocking airway, and choking to death.

Food Bowls

/user/pawflash.gifOnly use non-lead glass bowls. Avoid plastic, metal, aluminum and ceramic bowls.
***Use filtered, bottled or distilled water. Avoid any food that contains by-products or chemical additives.

Feeding Leftovers

/user/pawflash.gifFeed dogs vegetables, plain yogurt, cottage cheese, and some starch. These are good and safe for them. A little bit of protein won't hurt them either.

/user/pawflash.gifDo not to give them any splintery chicken or pork bones, which can puncture intestines.

/user/pawflash.gifToo much fat, including butter, lamb fat, or any other form of fat, can cause diarrhea. It can also cause pancreatitis. It is a deadly disease and can cause the pancreas to release digestive juices into the body cavity. Damaging organs, and causing diarrhea, pain, vomiting and shock.

/user/pawflash.gifWith older dogs be careful feeding them too much meat. It can be very hard on the older dogs kidneys.


/user/pawflash.gifMany dogs are allergic to raw onions! So I avoid feeding them onions as well.

Control Bleeding

/user/pawflash.gifIf your dog is bleeding excessively &/or organs, ligaments or bone is exposed, wrap the area and get the Vet ASAP. To wrap the area, your first choice should be Saran Wrap. It will not stick to the wound and will slow down the bleeding and hold everything in place. Bandages and clothing can also be used, and is a good second choice, but both of these WILL stick to the wound.

Pet Odors

/user/pawflash.gifFor carpets...Baking soda will absorb smoking, cooking, pet and other odors that settle into the carpeting.

Bee Stings

/user/pawflash.gifIf your dog has been stung by a bee and you can find the location...Make a paste from vinegar and baking soda and apply to the spot.

Hot Spots

/user/pawflash.gifKeep area clean and dry. Sometimes clipping the hair in the infected area will help. Then apply any of the following:

/user/pawflash.gifSprinkle on Gold Bond Powder --OR

/user/pawflash.gifA mixed solution of water and Listerine in a spray bottle. Spray on infected area. This will help disinfect and help to dry the area.

/user/pawflash.gifMix Tea Tree Oil, one half teaspoon per pint of distilled water for hotspots.

/user/pawflash.gifCoat the 'hot spots' with vinegar, full strength, using a cotton ball.


/user/pawflash.gifBulldogs are very sensitive to heat and can easily overheat in the sun, heat or exercise. Great caution needs to be taken during the hot days or during exercise. If you leave the house you should always take allot of bottled water and carry ice chips or ice cubes with you at all times.

/user/pawflash.gifMy Bulldogs know how and LOVE to drink from a water sports bottle with a pull top. This makes carrying water with me an easy task. No water and bowl needed, just the sports bottle filled! Great for our short walks too, whether it is hot or not.

/user/pawflash.gifLemon Juice may also save your Bulldog if becoming overheated. The lemon juice should be poured won their throat and will help clear the phlegm from their airway.

/user/pawflash.gifSeven-Up Soda Pop can also be used in this same way if lemon juice isn't available at that moment.



There is no cure for Arthritis, but the following items can naturally help make the dog more comfortable. The following is a list people have used that helped. These were used individually and not combined with other treatments. They are most effectively used if suggested to your Vet and together come up with the best solutions for you individual dog.

/user/pawflash.gifA chiropractor
/user/pawflash.gifVitamin E (400 IU per day)
/user/pawflash.gifEster C (twice a day at whatever dose that almost causes diarrhea)
/user/pawflash.gifTrace minerals can help, if they're the super type from seaweed or old sea bed or diatomaceous earth.
/user/pawflash.gifMobility 2 (Chinese Herbal formula)
/user/pawflash.gifUse organic apple cider vinegar, mixed equally with raw (unheated) honey. One half tablespoon twice a day. This appears to help with pain, keep the system acidic, help with endurance and help with the uptake of calcium without adding any.
/user/pawflash.gifOne fresh chopped clove of garlic a day. This seems to stimulate the immune system, and it also repels fleas.
/user/pawflash.gifAlfalfa powder added at one half tablespoon to the meal twice a day

The following are anit inflammatory herbs that can help reduce the swelling of the joints:
/user/pawflash.gifFlax seed oil, used at one half tablespoon twice a day Primrose oil Bromelain, an enzyme made from pineapples Seaweed mixes Yucca, a herb containing the agent saponin, has actions similar to cortisone, but without all the undesirable side effects. The liquid yucca is the best.


Allergies --Don't treat the symptoms, find the cures.

A dog with allergies should not just be treated with steroids and antihistamines. These both just cover up the real problem and provide temporarily relief for the dog. Instead find the cause of the allergy.

Generally dogs #1 cause of allergies is something in the food. The top food allergens for dogs are:

Beef and Beef By Products
Yeast and yeast products
Fish wheat and soy

If these products can be eliminated from their diet, many dogs will be cured from their allergies.

Another of the most frequent allergies in animals is to flea bites. Fleas inject saliva into their host whenever they feed. This saliva is an allergen, and over time, as animals are bitten many times, they can develop an allergic reaction. Fleas have other bothersome and harmful effects, so during flea season, still continue to use non-toxic flea products to rid your pet and home of fleas. --See the Flea Control section for more information.

The holistic approach to allergies is to strengthen and desensitize the animal's own immune system so that it no longer overreacts to allergens, such as pollen or flea bites. This involves nutritional, emotional, and medical support. Put your dog on a more natural and healthy diet, keep him clean and flea free, boost his immune system with some of the following herbs and use some of the natural rinses found below.

/user/pawflash.gifFor a dog with constant itchy skin make a lemon rinse. Use some lemon peels or lemons in a gallon of water. Let it sit for 24 hours. Sponge the mixture on you dog.

/user/pawflash.gifVitamin C in therapeutic doses can act as an antihistamine. It is also felt that the bioflavanoids
help in boosting the immune system work well with vitamin C.

/user/pawflash.gifYucca has cortisone properties without all the nasty side effects. It acts as an anti-inflammatory,
which removes the itch and swelling. Yucca Intensive, a yucca tincture, works fast in the dogs
system, and is used at one drop per 10 pounds of the dogs body weight.

/user/pawflash.gifFlax Seed Oil --Essential oils are necessary for good health of your pets skin and coat, and for immune boosting. Flax seed oil is best purchased at a good health food store, and can be found in the refrigerated section. Always keep it refrigerated at home as well. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

/user/pawflash.gifTea tree oil is excellent to use as a rinse after bathing. Mix one half teaspoon to a pint of water, rinse with it, and leave on. It is made from the melaluca tree, and besides being a natural skin softener, it has antibacterial and anti-yeast properties.

/user/pawflash.gifEnzymes helps break down and digest the food faster, and pancreatic enzymes help in breaking down the proteins in the diet, which reduces the risk of allergic reactions. Digest Zyme is a good blend of enzymes, including the pancreatic enzyme, and is easy to add to the diet.

/user/pawflash.gifVitamin E is an antioxidant, and can have anti-inflammatory properties. It is also good to use topically for minor skin irritations.

/user/pawflash.gifBiotin, aB vitamin helps fight allergies, and can be found in eggs or by a pill supplement.

/user/pawflash.gifQuercitin-C is a bioflavanoid that helps boost the immune system.

/user/pawflash.gifAlfalfa is high in chlorophyll, and help to alkalize the body and detoxify the system. It is also a good source of some enzymes.

/user/pawflash.gifA good herbal shampoo and conditioner made of oatmeal, eucalyptus and aloe vera is great for allergies and hypersensitive skin.

/user/pawflash.gifFeed a healthful diet with good vitamin/mineral supplement along with food enzymes, acidophilus, garlic and Omega-3 and -6.

/user/pawflash.gif Supply fresh distilled or purified water. Adding 1/2 teaspoon of chlorophyll per pint of water is also of value.

/user/pawflash.gifTo draw toxins out of the body, give your pet Epsom salt soaks (1/2 cup salts per gallon of water) for 15 minutes and rinse.

/user/pawflash.gifYou can utilize convenient acupressure points located where the atlas bone makes a noticeable bump right behind and below each ear. Massage the points, using your left hand, whenever you notice your pet scratching. In addition to improving the immune system, this usually relieves the itching after several minutes of stimulation.


Injured Paws

/user/pawflash.gifIf your dog is favoring a paw, check for split, cut,tender or sore looking pads. If the pad is damaged try applying Bag Balm.

/user/pawflash.gifIf the concrete or assault is hot to the touch, then it is hot for you dog to walk on also.

/user/pawflash.gifMix Tea Tree Oil, one half teaspoon per pint of distilled water to help heal scrapes and minor cuts

Cleaning Ears

/user/pawflash.gifTo prevent infections, keep your dogs ears clean. I check my dogs ears daily and clean with a solution of 50/50 water and vinegar. I use a cotton ball (soaked with solution) to remove as much gunk out as possible and then switch to a q-tip (soaked with solution-careful not to get 'inside' the ear canal) to remove the remaining gunk.

/user/pawflash.gifMix Tea Tree Oil, one half teaspoon per pint of distilled water to clean ears during a yeast infection

Administering Medicine To Your Dog

/user/pawflash.gifFor Liquid medications.....Use a syringe (without a needle), fill with medication and squirt into the back side of the dogs mouth.

/user/pawflash.gifFor pills....Disquise the pill inside of liver, Roll Over or whatever soft type of food your dog loves.

/user/pawflash.gifFor pills....Place pill at the back of your dogs throat, close the mouth, hold it shut with one hand and massage the throat with the other hand. Let go when the dog swallows the pill.

Herbs for Dogs

This is a list of a few herbs, and some of their suggested uses for dogs.

/user/pawflash.gifAlfalfa - useful for it's high content of amino acids, good for digestive upsets, high in calcium and helps build strength and vitality

/user/pawflash.gifAloe Vera Gel - excellent for burns, scrapes and hotspots, skin softener, and taken diluted internally is an excellent source of enzymes

/user/pawflash.gifBurdock - great as a cleanser and detoxifier used in powder or tincture, this herb is also high in iron, can also help in skin diseases

/user/pawflash.gifCalendula - an excellent herb, made from marigolds, and in tincture form is great for minor wounds and skin irritations.

/user/pawflash.gifCamomile - used as a tea, brew and give a dropperful to calm a dog, or drink the tea yourself for a better sleep! Also helps with digestion.

/user/pawflash.gifDandelion - I often add this to my dogs herbal powder mix in the spring, as a blood purifier and immune boosting agent. This is a good liver stimulant.

/user/pawflash.gifGolden Seal and Echinacea - this herbal combination has many uses. In tincture form, it can be used 5 days for an immune booster, and I have had wonderful results when used for kennel cough. The powder is also good for cuts and scrapes, and both ways can help a run down condition, or while recovering from an illness

/user/pawflash.gifKelp - while more of a seaweed, this herb is a source for selenium, amino acids and contains iodine. It is speculated to enhance color in the dogs coat and eye color, but has not been proven.

/user/pawflash.gifMilk Thistle (silymarin) - found in powder or tincture, and made from the seeds of milk thistle, this is one of the best liver strengtheners. It can help with liver disorders and lowers fat deposits in the liver.

/user/pawflash.gifRed Clover - often said as being useful in cancers and treating tumors. The blossoms are the parts used in tinctures and powders.

/user/pawflash.gifRed Raspberry Leaf - this herb is used in dogs as a prenatal care for pregnant females to help tone and prepare the uterus, and to help regulate cycles. It is used in a ground or leafy preparation. It is high in Powdered Vitamin C with Bioflavanoids , and has speculated benefits in preventing miscarriage and speeding delivery.

/user/pawflash.gifSaw Palmetto - used for urinary incontinence, and help in enlarged prostate gland. Often this herb is found in preparations mixed with pumpkin seed, which is a good source of zinc.

/user/pawflash.gifSlippery Elm - great as a powder, mixed with water for stomach upsets in puppies, and older dogs. It helps with both vomiting and nausea.

/user/pawflash.gifYucca - this herb has a natural anti-inflammatory action, and is found in both powder and tincture. I have personally found the tincture to be a bit more effective. I have used this in dogs with hip dysplasia, and irritable bowel syndrome with good success.

/user/pawflash.gifAnother good remedy is Tea Tree Oil , which is made from the Melaluca tree, and is classified as an oil. It is a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal, and also contains D-Limonine, which repels fleas. It is NOT to be used full strength, but diluted with water (at about one half teaspoon per pint of distilled water) or mixed one third tea tree oil to two thirds mineral oil for application to the ear or around the dogs face. Some toy breeds cannot tolerate tea tree oil in any form, so I do not recommend it for toy breeds. I've also heard it help with ring worm, but not sure how. Do NOT put in your dogs eyes, or mouth.

Penis Discharge

Some penis discharge is normal and just needs clean occasionally. Most dogs do enjoy this too.....LOL

/user/pawflash.gifDouche with warm water and pulling the skin back to clean out any debris.

/user/pawflash.gifMix some medicated douche powder with warm water and douche the penis as well as cleaning any debris found there.

/user/pawflash.gifPull the foreskin back and remove any debris and clean the area with a good antibacterial soap, like Dial, rinse well and then apply an antibiotic salve to the area.


To get diarrhea under control, the following have been said to get rid of diarrhea, if there is nothing serious wrong causing it.

/user/pawflash.gifAdd a little bit of corn starch to food

/user/pawflash.gifFeed puppies regular baby rice cereal

/user/pawflash.gifFeed boiled and drained hamburger meat with rice

/user/pawflash.gifAdd canned pure pumpkin to food. Just a tablespoon or so will do it.

/user/pawflash.gifKaopectate is safe for puppies and adult dogs.

Apple Cider Vinegar

/user/pawflash.gifApple cider vinegar for dogs is effective in helping to treat various dog health problems. The health benefits of ACV for dogs are amazing.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider. Fermentation is a process in which sugars in a food are broken down by bacteria and yeast. In the first stage of fermentation, the sugars in the apple cider are turned into alcohol. Then, if the alcohol ferments further, you get vinegar.

The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid, as well as some lactic, citric and malic acids. ACV also contains:

  • Vitamins such as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E
  • Minerals and trace elements such as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Chlorine, Sodium, Sulfur, Copper, Iron, Silicon, Fluorine
  • Amino acids
  • Enzymes
  • Roughage in the form of potash and apple pectin


The color of ACV is light yellow-brown. It is often sold unfiltered and unpasteurized with the "mother" which is a dark, cloudy sediment settled at the bottom of the bottle.


Over the years, apple cider vinegar has gained popularity and attention as it has been found to have a lot of health benefits for people. Recently, it has been found that the benefits of apple cider vinegar for dogs are great as well.


This page takes a closer look at the following topics on apple cider vinegar for dogs:


Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs - Benefits of ACV for Dogs

There are numerous health benefits of ACV for dogs. The main ones are:

  • ACV is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and it boosts the immune system. It improves stamina, increases resistance to diseases, prevents common infections, and is therefore helpful for dogs with weakened immune systems.
  • ACV normalizes the blood's acid alkaline balance and its potassium-rich ingredients remineralize the body. ACV breaks down calcium deposits in a dog's joints and remineralizes the bones, and as such it is beneficial for dogs with arthritis and joint problems such as hip dysplasia.
  • Another benefit of apple cider vinegar for dogs is its effect on a dog's skin and coat due to ACV's detoxifying properties. Dogs with itchy skin caused by allergies (e.g. flea allergies) can get almost instant relief if ACV is used as an after-shampoo rinse.
  • Because ACV is rich in potassium, it is beneficial for dogs with diuretic or heart problems.
  • Apple cider vinegar also balances digestive enyzymes in the body, so it is a good remedy for food poisoning and digestive upsets such as intestinal gas and constipation. It also reduces fecal odors.
  • Other benefits of ACV include the prevention of bladder stones, kidney infections, and urinary tract infections.


Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs - Some Common Uses

Apple cider vinegar can be used in various ways to treat dog health problems. Some common uses include:

  • General Detoxifier


    Use ACV as a general detoxifier and a mild tonic. Long term use of ACV will make your dog more resistant to infections, as well as flea or worm infestations. Start by adding small amounts of ACV to your dog's drinking water and slowly building up to about 1 teaspoon of ACV per 15 pounds of body weight. Some dogs may not like the taste of vinegar in their water. If that's the case for your dog, mix ACV with his food, or mix it with a teaspoonful of raw honey.


  • Rinse for Skin Problems


    Use ACV as an after-shampoo rinse if your dog has skin problems such as allergies, fleas, or ringworm.


    To make the vinegar rinse: Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a quart of water. Use it once a week as an after-shampoo rinse. Remember not to rinse off the ACV - just towel your dog dry.


  • Flea Repellent Spray


    You can also prepare a spray by simply using 50% apple cider vinegar and 50% water. Use a spray bottle and spray your dog's coat after his daily walks, and you can use it to spray his bedding as well.


Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs - Which ACV?

Not all vinegars have the same benefits. Do not use a vinegar that is clear such as wine vinegar, sushi vinegar, etc. that can be found in most supermarkets. These types of vinegar are "dead" because they do not contain any enzymes and other live factors as found in unpasteurized ACV.


The best ACV is one that is raw, unpasteurized, unheated, and organic. You can find organic ACV in health food stores.


Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs - Is it Safe for Dogs?

Apple cider vinegar, when used in appropriate amount, is safe for dogs with one exception - Dogs with a chronic yeast infection (Candida) or those with an overly acidic system or irritated intestines are not recommended. Vinegar is believed to reactivate or worsen these conditions.


Other precautions when using ACV on your dog:


  • Never give undiluted ACV to your dog.
  • When using it as a rinse, take care not to let it get into your dog's eyes.
  • Also, do not use ACV on open wounds such as cuts or scratches as it will burn.

Appetite Stimulant

/user/pawflash.gifVitamin B is said to stimulate appetite. It is said to stimulate cell metabolism and as a result stimulate appetite.


/user/pawflash.gifTicks can be removed from your dog by using an eye dropper full of rubbing alcohol dropped onto tick.

/user/pawflash.gifThey can also be removed by using a lit cigarette and burning them off. Personally this sounds too risky of a method to use on my dog.


/user/pawflash.gifA good herbal shampoo and conditioner made of oatmeal, eucalyptus and aloe vera is great for allergies and hypersensitive skin.

/user/pawflash.gifFor white Bulldogs use Quic Silver.Get them sparkling clean and has a sunscreen in it too! Get it from a horse shop, it is used for show horses

Putting Weight On A Dog

/user/pawflash.gifAdd Macaroni and Cheese to the dogs food.

/user/pawflash.gifFeed dogs 'Fat Balls'.


Stop Stool Eating

/user/pawflash.gifThere are many commercial products on the market that you add to the dogs food. It makes the dogs stool undesirable to them..

/user/pawflash.gifA more natural approach is to add about a tablespoon of canned pure pumpkin to the dogs food. The dogs love the taste of the pumpkin added to their food, but no longer like the taste of stools.


These might help lessen the passing of gas.

/user/pawflash.gifTry prozyme and/or Conklin's Fastrack. These products are designed to add digestive enzymes and good bacteria to the animals digestive tract; therefore getting to the root of the problem.

/user/pawflash.gifThe best methods for treating this upset in pets (and humans alike) is by administering Acidophilus, which helps maintain the balance of the friendly bacterias. Acidophilus supplements (gel-caps) can purchased at a drug store. Give 1 - 2 capsules per 25 lbs of body weight.

/user/pawflash.gifAdding plain yogurt to your dogs food might also help, as it is a good source of Acidophilus'.

/user/pawflash.gifTake soy out of the dogs diet


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IT    TAKES    3    EXPERIENCED    HUMANS    TO    MATE    2    BULLDOGS?    THAT    YOU    WILL    HAVE    TO    SPEND    THE    FIRST    3    WEEKS    OF    THE    PUPS    LIFE    SAT    BY    THE    WHELPING    BOX    24/7?    THAT    THERE'S    A    GOOD    CHANCE    YOUR    BITCH    WILL    LOSE    HER    LIFE?    THAT    SHE    WILL    PROBABLY    NEED    A    C-SECTION?    THAT    HER    CLUMSYNESS    MAY    CAUSE    THE    DEATH    OF    HER    PUPS    IF    YOU    LEAVE    HER    ALONE    WITH    THEM?    THAT    MUCH    OF    THE    PUPPY    REARING    WILL    BE    DONE    BY    YOU?

It's not necessarily good for your bitch to have puppies and it's certainly not a good reason so the children can have a litter of puppies in the house. Breeding the bulldog is hard work, very expensive and time consuming, the pups will require at least 3 weeks of 24 hour supervision and care once born. There's no money to be made from it and at the end of the day it is a possibility that both the bitch and/or the pups could lose their lives. If you want to breed, do it properly, ask yourself why you want to breed as breeding should only ever be considered for the betterment of the breed  - NOT because you want a return on the bitches purchase price. Bulldogs cost that much to buy because it costs that much to breed them!

Ensure your Bulldog actually looks like a bulldog and that he/she carries no obvious genetic faults, enter him/her in a few breed classes and see how they fair in the ring. The show ring is vital for the breeding of correctly put together bulldogs as all dogs are judged against the Kennel Club Breed Standard.

Research the pedigrees, find a suitable, compatible stud dog (this probably isn't the one closest to you). Get your vet to check your dog over for any obvious health problems, including heart and eyes. Ensure your dog is of sound temperament and be prepared for heartbreak.

Breeding your male will NOT stop him humping - humping behaviour is usually associated with nervousness or dominance and often has nothing to do with sex. Showing him what it's for or assuming you are giving him the opportunity to "get it out of his system" will not cure him - IT WILL MAKE HIM WORSE!

If you bought your bulldog as a pet please make sure your breeder agrees with the mating, some breeders place endorsements on the ANKC registration to prevent breeding, if they think they have sold you a pet it is unfair to breed with out their opinion or approval.

Please don't kid yourself that you are only breeding for the pet market - this is back yard breeding and will do nothing to improve the health of the bulldog and in fact could bring issues into the breed that will take years for everyone else to breed back out again. These are the matings that produce unhealthy and unsound dogs and give this breed it's bad name regarding health.

Make sure that every single home you sell a puppy to is suitable, keep in touch with your pups and be prepared to take them back if it doesn't all work out. Be sure you have plenty of breed knowledge and know what faults could be thrown from the lines you have used, if you are the one on the end of the phone to a worried owner you must either have the answers or be in a posistion where you can find out.




What Do You Mean They Can't Swim?


Bulldogs and swimming pools are a lethal combination as a lot of bulldogs can't swim, NONE of them can get themselves out of a pool, and they ALL love water.  A pool or pond with broad shallow steps where they can sit in summer is ideal.  But supervision is essential at all times.

Do Bulldogs Slobber?

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Asa general rule, Bulldogs do not slobber.  However, they are a flat-faced breed, which means when they get a drink of water, they must lay their lips in the bowl.  This will lead to dribble trails across the floor.  It cannot be helped.  It is always a good idea to have a hand towel handy for this type of occasion.

Aren't Bulldogs Stubborn and Hard to Train?


The most common misconception about bulldogs is that they cannot be trained.  Forget this straight away.  They are exceptionally intelligent, and are capable of strategic thinking ie plotting and planning moves with a specific result in mind.  Bulldogs have LOTS of common sense....more than some people I know!

 Well Who Wants a Dog Who Can't Breathe?  All Bulldogs Have Breathing Problems, Right?


Yes and no.  Bulldogs are very sensitive to heat.  They do not have efficient thermostats. 
Heat, over-exertion, stress and anxiety contribute to the Bulldogs' breathing issues.  They have big flat faces and throats with lots of loose skin and flesh.  When a Bulldog gets overheated, overly excited or stressed out, that loose skin and flesh can being to swell, cutting off the dogs airway.
You must at all costs avoid taking them out in cars, on walks, to beaches or other hot places, or exercising them, during the summer.  They get heatstrokes and die more easily than any other breed.

If your dog overheats, get him/her into the shade immediately, or better still get the dog into a pool of cold water.  Otherwise, get to a tap fast.  Wet the neck and stomach first, wrap a dripping cold towel round the neck, and keep him quiet until his breathing stabilizes and he is absolutely comfortable again.  The very best precaution is always having a tub of cold water accessible to the dog in summer--they'll get in themselves, and cool off quickly.

Your Bulldog doesn't know he can't do things like jog with you, play ball or frisbee in the warm weather or go for long walks on summer days.  The Bulldog is loyal and will try to keep up with you and do your bidding, even if it costs him his life.  It is up to YOU to ensure the saftey and well being of your Bulldog.  You know what he can and can't do.  Your Bullie's life is in your hands.

What Kind of Toys Should I Get For My Bulldog?



Bulldogs must never be given bones or small balls to chew or play with.  Chew hooves (the kind of chewy hooves you get from the vet) and pig ears are very dangerous.  Because of their bite, they do not chew efficiently and can choke to death on balls and bones.  Large Nyla bones are preferred as they are excellent exercise for the dog and are very safe.  Never give a Bulldog rawhide sticks or chips...these are too small and once chewed on they be come slimy and can slip down the throat causing the dog to choke.

Do Bulldogs Shed?



Yes, all short coated breeds of dog shed.  Regular grooming and care can reduce the amount of hair that the dogs sheds.  A nice brushing twice a week during heavy shedding season (Spring and Fall) can pull out those loose hairs and keep them from winding up on your clothes.  However, if you are looking for a dog who does not shed at all....then purchase yourself a non-shedding breed ostuffed animal.

Do Bulldogs Bark?


Bulldogs can and will bark, occasionally.  They are not a "yappy" breed.  Normally a Bulldog will only bark when someone knocks on the door or if they are confronted with someone or something they are unfamiliar with.  They are not incessant barkers.


Are Bulldogs Good Watch Dogs?

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Certainly!  They have no problem watching a burglar come into your house and watching him carry out all your stuff!  Honestly though, Bulldogs are not your typical watch dog.  They will alert you when something isn't right.  But they aren't one for guarding the junk yard!  Bulldogs have a tender nature and should not be overly protective to the point of having to be put away when company visits.



How Long Do Bulldogs Usually Live?

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A Bulldog's life expectancy is approximately 8-12 years, but some dogs live years beyond that.  The key to a long life for your Bulldog begins with his breeding.  If he comes from good quality, healthy bloodlines who are vigorus and free from genetic disorders, the chances of your Bulldog living longer, are better.  Of course no one can guarantee life...but having a healthy dog just isn't enough.  You need to ensure he stays in good health by feeding good quality food and providing him with excellent vet care.


All breeds of dogs have conditions that are common to their particular breed, and the bulldog is no different. Many conditions are in direct relation to the characteristics considered desirable in the breed. If you are adopting an older dog, many of these conditions should already have been identified.
Around the clock care by a qualified veterinarian needs to be available. Since not all veterinarians are knowledgeable about the health problems Bulldogs may have, find a veterinarian who knows and likes Bulldogs.  This is one of the reasons it is a good idea to join a local Bulldog Club. The members can usually refer you to a veterinarian who is familiar with Bulldogs and who likes them. Some veterinarians don't like Bulldogs, and no matter how good a veterinarian is, he's not right for your Bulldog. Any veterinarian who will be doing surgery on your Bulldog should have previous experience with putting Bulldogs under anesthesia. This is of great importance.

Bulldogs are extremely intolerant of heat. Good ventilation and air conditioning are essential with this breed. Wire crates are best for air circulation. Your Bulldog  must be kept in an air-conditioned area with limited trips outside when the outside temperature is over 80 degrees or the humidity is high. Close supervision is required during outside activity, especially in spring and summer to prevent over-exertion leading to over-heating. Dogs do not have sweat glands all over their bodies. They can sweat only through their pads and they can dissipate heat effectively through panting. Bulldogs suffering from chronic airway obstruction cannot pant freely and that is why they often die of overheating (hyperthermia). Corrective surgery performed in time can prevent a lot of faintings and unexpected deaths at summer dog shows and at home alike.  They also are not usually capable of prolonged physical activity whether the temperature is very warm or cold: a Bulldog is not for someone who enjoys taking a dog for long walks through the countryside. 



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Listed are some health concerns for your Bulldog, note that these diseases and conditions do not pertain only to the Bulldog.

/user/pawflash.gifEyes Aberrant cilia/Distichiasis:
Eyelashes growing abnormally. Can be a serious condition if rubbing against the eyeball. Can lead to corneal ulcers. Burn-out lashes; stitch skin so lashes don't rub (like a sewing dart) Not Life Threatening, but uncomfortable for the dog.

An abnormal rolling out of the eyelids.see corneal ulcers. stitch skin so lashes don't rub.

An abnormal rolling in of the eyelid see corneal ulcers. stitch skin so lashes don't rub.

/user/pawflash.gifEversion of nictitating membrane:
(Cherry Eye) A condition where the third eyelid is protruding.

A change in structure of the lens of the eye leading to cloudiness and usually to blindness.

/user/pawflash.gifKeratitis sicca/ Keratoconjunctivitis sicca:
A condition where one or both eyes do not produce a normal amount or type of tears. "Dry Eye". Can lead to corneal ulcers and cherry eyes if untreated.

/user/pawflash.gifPersistent pupillary membrane:
A developmental abnormality where the membrane forming the iris does not form properly.

/user/pawflash.gifSkin Acne:
Same thing as in humans, affects the muzzle and lip areas.

A kind of skin disease (mange) caused by microscopic Demodex canis mites living within the skin layers and producing an immunodeficiency syndrome.

/user/pawflash.gifFold dermatitis:
An inflammation of skin folds especially in dogs with loose skin. Bulldogs are especially susceptible in the face and tail areas.

An infection of the hair follicles.

/user/pawflash.gifMuzzle pyoderma:
An infectious skin disease on the muzzle of an animal.

A skin infection of the paws.

/user/pawflash.gifElbow dysplasia:
An abnormal development of the elbow joint.

/user/pawflash.gifElbow subluxation:
A condition where the elbow joint is loose and out of alignment.

/user/pawflash.gifFragmented coronoid:
Process osteochondrosis of the elbow joint.

/user/pawflash.gifMouth and Jaw Abnormal Dentition:
Abnormal placement, number and development of teeth.

/user/pawflash.gifCleft lip:
A condition where the two halves of the upper lip do not join together. Cleft palate and cleft lip are often seen together.

/user/pawflash.gifCleft palate:
A condition where the roof of the mouth is not closed and the inside of the nose opens into the mouth.

/user/pawflash.gifElongated soft palate:
The soft palate is abnormally long and causes breathing disorders.

/user/pawflash.gifSkeletal System Parosteitis:
Inflammation of tissue around a bone.

/user/pawflash.gifShort skull:
A skull that is abnormally short for the breed in question.

/user/pawflash.gifShort tail:
A tail that is abnormally short for the breed in question. Read more about this.

/user/pawflash.gifHip dysplasia:
A developmental malformation or subluxation of the hip joints. Causes movement to be painful in its most severe form.

/user/pawflash.gifSpina bifida:
A developmental abnormality where some vertebra are malformed thereby exposing the spinal cord.

A particular kind of malformation of the vertebra where only half of the structure is formed. Very short-coupled dogs with little or no tail or neck may have this diagnosis. No Known Treatment Dog with severe form of this condition can be paralysed if a jarring back injury occurs. Care re: exercise, activity needs to be taken.

/user/pawflash.gifReproductive Vaginal Hyperplasia:
An overgrowth of tissues of the vagina (polyps)

Complications of the birth process (difficult birth) 95% of births are c-sections.

/user/pawflash.gifRespiratory Stenotic Nares:
Narrow nasal opening, characteristic of BU-AS Can be clipped to widen.

/user/pawflash.gifHypoplasia of Trachea:
A trachea that fails to develop fully.

/user/pawflash.gifCiculatory Arteriovenous fistula:
An abnormal connection that forms between arteries and veins.

/user/pawflash.gifVon Willebrand's disease:
A type of bleeding disorder caused by defective blood platelet function.

/user/pawflash.gifMitral valve defects:
A group of abnormalities of the mitral valve of the heart.

/user/pawflash.gifPulmonic stenosis:
A condition where one of the valves of the heart does not open properly.

/user/pawflash.gifPyloric stenosis:
A condition where the opening leading from the stomach does not function properly.

/user/pawflash.gifMiscellaneous Hypothyroidism:
A common endocrine disease where the body produces an abnormally low amount of thyroid hormones. An autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland. Can be managed by injections.

A condition where there is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the ventricles of the brain.

A cancer arising from a type of cell found in the brain and spinal cord.

/user/pawflash.gifBrachycephalic Upper-Airway Syndrome:
A grouping of conditions leading to decreased tolerance to exercise/excitement/high temps; difficulty breathing; susceptibility to collapse.
Chronic Airway Obstruction (C.A.O.):  is very common in all short-faced (brachycephalic) breeds e.g. Bulldog, French Bulldog, Pug and occasionally seen in other breeds.

/user/pawflash.gifBulldog  Wrinkles
The Bulldog's face is covered with wrinkles.  This is a trademark that requires daily care to keep him comfortable and healthy. Mild soap will work for cleaning out between the wrinkles. Get a damp wash cloth with soap and clean well around and under the wrinkles making sure not to get any in his eyes.  You should dry the area  well and apply gold bond (or similar) powder to the area. If it is irritated you may want to consider using Desitin cream. It may be required for you to clean the wrinkles up to 2x daily if needed depending on how dirty or irritated they may be.

/user/pawflash.gifCleaning the Tail Area
It is very much a part of bulldog hygiene. When cleaning the tail area or tail pocket make sure to use a soft cloth and get in there real good to clean it, you should get out lots of hairs and keep this area clean and powdered as well. A bulldog’s tail may be tightly screwed against his back side and can be a real problem if not taken care of and cleaned daily. A severly infected tail is painful and may need to be removed in some cases, so it  is important to keep this area cleaned well.

/user/pawflash.gifTear Stains
There are a few products on the market that are made for cleaning tear stains. You can use these products, but take care in using it near his eyes.  You can also check with your vet for additional suggestions.  You should also keep the area around your dogs eyes wiped off and cleaned, to keep any debris from getting into his eyes and irritating them. 

/user/pawflash.gifDry Nose
If his nose is dry a light coat of vaseline will help soften it and protect it from cracking.

/user/pawflash.gifKeys To Good Bulldog Health
The best advice is to know your Bulldog. Know if he isn't eating, if he isn't playing, or  if he doesn't seem quite right. There are some minor ailments you can treat at home. Remember that if a home remedy doesn't cure the problem in less than two days, take the dog to the veterinarian. Also remember that there are medical conditions which cannot wait. When in doubt, take him to your vet.  Better to be safe than sorry.
In order for dogs to live happy, productive, and long lives their owners need to be aware of the everyday health requirements as well as be on the look out for any sudden physical changes. The keys to Bulldog health are moderate exercise, good ventilation, and cool temperatures. Grooming is minimal, but the skin wrinkles on the head and around the tail must be kept clean to avoid bacterial or fungal infections.  Nutrition plays an important part in the development of a puppy into adulthood. Care must be taken to be sure that your Bulldogs are fed proper nutrition to meet their developmental needs at the various stages of their lives. Nutrition encompasses the proper diet combined with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that will help dogs fulfill their life span.
Bulldogs are generally a healthy breed, with much dependant upon the breeder from whom they came. A good start will usually give you years of fun and love. A Bulldog should see a vet for shots and checkups regularly. You should also consider spaying or neutering your pet since there are health advantages to that as well.

/user/pawflash.gifBreeding Bulldogs
Breeding is not a good choice for the average family pet. Breeding is very difficult and expensive with the bulldog. It's best left to those who have devoted a lifetime to the breed and know what to do and how to do it. Breeding will not improve the health or happiness of a dog and in some cases breeding is fatal.  Caesarian deliveries are needed.

/user/pawflash.gifLife Expectancy
The average life for a Bulldog is around 10 or so although there are many who live years beyond that.

/user/pawflash.gifBulldogs And Water
A Bulldog needs to be an indoor dog. Bulldogs can't swim well at all and extreme caution should be taken when a Bulldog is around water to avoid drowning. Although they should be kept out of deep pools, a few inches of water in a kids pool outside is a welcome site to most Bulldogs.

/user/pawflash.gifBulldogs and Exercise
The Bulldog appreciates a daily outing but cannot tolerate hot, humid weather. He should not be expected to jog or walk great distances, or to jump from any height. Bulldogs should not romp with the kids during the heat of a warm spring or summer day. When temperatures reach the 80s, the dogs should have an air-conditioned area. In addition, if the dog pants too violently or for a prolonged period, the membranes in the throat can dry out and swell, leading to escalating breathing difficulties.

The Bulldog is a quiet pet, loyal to his family and protective when necessary, but happy to curl up on the sofa, eat two or three square meals a day, and have his belly rubbed occasionally. He can be a clown and can be stubborn to train, but he is good-natured and willing to be guided to good behavior if he thinks it's his own idea.

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