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|Posted on 29 March, 2015 at 6:25||comments (5)|
There is no such thing as a “PERFECT DOG”. British bulldogs come with their own set of unique issues both genetic and environmental, this is because they are a man made breed. British Bulldogs very rarely mate naturally without human intervention. Why? Because man changed them and altered their appearance. Unfortunately this action has come at a great cost to the dogs overall health. We breed our dogs for health and temperament first and foremost then for Show potential, all the while confirming to the Breed standard. It is every breeders desire to breed a wonderful successful Show quality dogs and that is what we aim to do, however this is not always achieved, just ask any honest reputable breeder. Most if not all dogs have their faults that vary in degree in every dog. Then the environment comes in and offers it’s own set of challenges.
So hence there are problems that may rise up occasionally even with the utmost care taken in the breeding plan, there are no guarantees that it will not occur in your dog even though we take the greatest care to bring together dogs that compliment each other and have very strong healthy lines. These common problems include but are not limited to; Eye problems such are entropy, cherry eye, tear staining, and general eye irritations.
Snoring, gagging at times with build up of phlegm, and after meals. This itself may require intervention from a Vet but more often than not it simply reduces as the dog grows into it’s body or may even occur due to being simply overweight.
Hip concerns including dysplasia, the Body of the British bulldogs is unique and most of the dogs weight is in the front huge shoulders and frame, the British Bulldog if not watched carefully can increase his weight causing huge pressure on hips and shoulders, too much exercise, stairs, jumping off furniture or out of cars.
The tail of the British bulldog this also is what makes them unique and what people recognise about the dog but it is another area that at times may be a concern especially if it goes into a pocket. This means that it requires increased vigilance to keep it clean and if it screws up very tight a vets opinion regarding it’s structure to be sure it is not causing any injury to the dog should be obtained. It is simply a natural part of the dog even in its various forms, screw, crank, pancake, leaver and straight.
BRITISH BULLDOGS' NUTRITION
British bulldogs are known for their easy temperament and loving nature. They are easily pleased and demand little. Caring for a British bulldog, however, takes more care and foresight than caring for the average dog. This includes the British bulldog's food. Like all dogs, British bulldogs require a balanced diet of proteins, minerals, vegetables and carbohydrates. This can be accomplished with commercial dog food, but many British bulldog owners prefer to prepare their dog's food themselves to insure the proper dietary mix. Veterinarians concur that this is a good practice, at least for part of the British bulldog's meal plan.
The constitution of British bulldogs is among the most delicate of all dogs. In addition to the conditions noted, British bulldogs, as with other breeds, are also highly prone to developing allergies. Owners must think carefully about how to insure that their dog's food is not allergenic, as well as which food will not exacerbate the dog's other physical vulnerabilities. In addition to hypoallergenic commercially prepared food, fresh cooked meat mixed with pasta and easily digestible vegetables is a popular option suggested by veterinarians. Soy products should never be added to a British bulldog's diet, as it is hard for bulldogs to digest soy.
Although vets generally recommend feeding a dog once a day, British bulldog owners have, on the whole, discovered that feeding their dogs twice a day cuts down on the flatulence, as well as reduces the possibility of the dog developing gastric torsion. With this in mind, many vets suggest that British bulldog owners divide meals, feeding a balanced, home-cooked meal for one meal and a high quality commercial dry dog food for the second meal. This will give the dog one meal that has been carefully balanced by veterinary dieticians, while allowing her a second meal that will be more varied and keep her interested in her food. We have always allowed free eating and this is what your new pup is used to, that is there is food always available this has proved to be a great convenience and stops bolting the food down due to hunger, it works for us.
|Posted on 23 March, 2015 at 4:55||comments (2)|
British Bulldogs are thick set, low in stature, broad, powerful and compact. Sporting a face that only a mother could love the British Bulldog remains one of the most recognized dogs in the world today. The British Bulldog has been a favourite part of British history for many years. The history of the Bulldog branches back to the days of bull-baiting in Britain until the so called sport was banned in 1835. Paintings of very modern looking British Bulldogs date back to the 17th century. It is more famous in recent years as the wartime doggy companion to Winston Churchill.
British Bulldogs are recognised as the most difficult breed of dogs to reproduce, which means that British Bulldog puppies are not always available. They are an expensive breed of dog to buy, but will reward you with many years of loyalty, love and companionship.
The British Bulldog is extremely well muscled so can weigh up to 30kg despite their compact size. Ideally the females should weigh around 25kg and stand 30cm tall, while the male should weigh up to 30kg and stand at 38cm tall.
British Bulldogs have a short, smooth and reasonably soft coat that is either a whole colour or “smut” which is a whole colour with a black mask or muzzle. Whole colours include reds, brindles, fawns, white and also pied (a combination of white with any of the mentioned colours).
CHARACTER & TEMPERAMENT
A first impression will suggest a heavy, strong and determined appearance, but British Bulldogs are in fact extremely gentle and affectionate. This breed is patient, good natured and tolerant of children. As a breed the British Bulldogs are exceptionally loyal to their owners.
If you’re looking for a watchdog you will find the British Bulldog is ideal, entirely due to their appearance however, rather than their temperament. Intruders are bound to think twice at the sight of the British Bulldog’s burly figure in the shadows, little do they know their impending punishment is death by licks!
British Bulldogs are in fact a high maintenance breed, but well worth the effort. This breed requires special attention to both grooming and exercise. As a daily routine you must clean the folds of skin on your Bulldog’s face to remove any dirt or moisture, preventing irritation or infection to the skin. This is a very simple process and can be done with a wipe across the face using a face-washer or cloth, but must be done everyday. You may also apply Vaseline in the wrinkles to prevent any moisture build up. The entire coat can also be wiped down quickly each day The British Bulldog has an average life span of 10 yrs