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The Great British bulldog has become somewhat of an icon to some, symbolising the Churchillian spirit of the British.
But just as not every resident of our great nation fits the Churchillian stereotype, not every English bulldog lives up to the stereo-typical attributes associated with the breed.
Whilst bulldogs are thought by some to make loving and loyal pets who are courageous, strong and powerful, in truth this can vary greatly between individual bulldogs.
Each bulldog puppy will develop a personality based substantially on their upbringing – a bulldog puppy who is not properly socialised may grow into a bulldog who is timid and shy. Not exactly the stiff upper lip you would expect from a supposed British icon.
Bulldogs can make wonderful pets, however this will very much depend on the environment in which they are raised and the training they receive. Make sure you're prepared to give a puppy all the care it needs.
Pedigree and purebred bulldogs are often sought out because of their distinctive features. But, before you rush out to buy the bulldog puppy you find so adorable (or even a pair of bulldog puppies!) do your homework.
The very same features that make a pedigree bulldog puppy appear adorable to you could lead to some serious health problems for the puppy. In many cases, their physical features have been selectively bred to become so exaggerated (PDF 76KB) that they cause pain and suffering and can prevent the dogs from behaving normally.
Don’t be afraid to ask the bulldog puppy breeder questions (PDF 1.16MB). Find out as much about the bulldog puppies’ health and history as possible.
Use the RSPCA/AWF Puppy contract to ensure that your getting a healthy, happy puppy, from healthy, happy parents. You also might want to consider insuring your new bulldog puppy to help with those unexpected costs.
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