It may seem that finding the perfect English bulldog is an overwhelming task, but it does not have to be that way. To begin with, just choosing this particular breed is a winning decision, because of their well-earned reputation for loyalty, friendliness, and playfulness.
What should be your most important criteria when conducting an English bulldog search? First of all, you need to have a budget in place for purchase as well as your bulldog’s ongoing presence. English bulldogs, especially pure breeds that come directly from a certified breeder, can be expensive.
Don’t forget to discuss your intentions with your co-inhabitants (i.e. spouse, children, roommates, etc.). Even if you are the English bulldog’s primary caregiver, other’s lives will be affected by his presence. Make sure everyone is on side before taking the plunge.
Consider visiting local shelters and rescue clubs to locate English bulldogs who need a permanent, loving home. You may be lucky enough to find purebred dogs that simply got lost in the shuffle. For example, an adult English bulldog from a shelter may already be housebroken and beyond the puppy “chewing” stage (rare instance most likely but possible).
Ah yes, the eternal question of adult versus puppy. Follow these guidelines if owning an adult English bulldog is your choice:
• The English bulldog’s health.
• The bulldog’s history prior to ownership.
• Behavior around young children – your own and/or your neighbors.
• How the bulldog acts around your current pets.
• Friendliness quotient with family members and guests.
• The English bulldog is a good fit with your current lifestyle and attitude.
On the other hand, consider these criteria if you would like to own an English bulldog puppy:
• The puppy’s parents’ health.
• Completeness of the puppy’s vaccination records and health history.
• The puppy and his/her siblings are alert (i.e. clear eyes) and active.
• The English bulldog was born in a professional, clean facility.
• The kennel owners have references and possess meaningful experience.
• The breeder offers you a return policy.
• Other bulldogs in the kennel, especially the adults, have a friendly manner.
On the surface, English bulldogs may appear mean and intimidating, but under all those wrinkles is a heart of gold. The requirements mentioned here may not be complete, and different people will place more value on different things. However, thanks to your diligent research and follow-up, you can be assured that the adult or puppy you select will become a true friend for life.
One thing any new English Bulldog owner should look into is English Bulldog Pet Insurance.