The English Bulldog is a lovable, loyal, lap dog with a charming personality. It has come a long way from the original intention for the breed, which was dog fighting. The dog still maintains its underbite, which was bred into the dog for clamping purposes during dog fighting. Otherwise, the dog’s love for food and relaxation renders it harmless, and it is an excellent dog for families with children. Dog breeders focus on breeding personality traits that continue the breeds’ lovability, but interbreeding and the dog’s shape have led to ongoing problems for English Bulldogs.
English Bulldog’s Snout
The snout of the English Bulldog is short, and the breed is well-known for its snoring and snorting. Not only does this lead to respiratory problems, but some of them are serious. In severe cases, the can lead to wretching, gagging, and vomitting. Luckily, most English Bulldog owners are faced only with an endearing snort.
The English Bulldog’s stature is one of short, sometimes bowed legs that are prone to joint issues. Breeders have long tried to weed out the issue, but it remains due to natural inclination in the breed but also due to interbreeding.
One common problem owners will discover is hip dysplasia, which is a malformed ball and socket joint at the hip, which can cause pain to your beloved pet. Hip dysplasia may present itself with decreased movement or altered movement in response to the pain. Some animals will “bunny hop” to avoid using the joint properly. Sometimes, Bulldogs end up requiring surgery in order to alleviate symptoms. In other cases, they are forced to use dog wheelchairs for disabled dogs.
Dog wheelchairs are not always required, but they are a good way to get the dog exercising while it is waiting for surgery or if surgery isn’t an option. It is fairly easy for the dog to get adjusted to the wheelchair, and they tend to like it because of the increased mobility.
The English Bulldog has plenty of health problems, and on top of it’s nasal passages and orthopedic problems, they are also more prone to developing cancer.
It may make one question why anyone would consider owning such a breed, but the only people who would question that have not been around the very likable breed. They are gentle, laid-back, loyal dogs that will only bring joy to your family for its decade of life, and owners often become English Bulldog owners for life.