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The Great British bulldog has become something of an icon. But just as not every resident of our great nation fits the Churchillian stereotype, not every English bulldog lives up to the stereotypical attributes. Bulldogs can make wonderful pets, but this very much depends on the environment they're raised in and the training they receive.

British bulldog traits

Bulldogs are thought by some to make loving and loyal pets who are courageous, strong and powerful. This can actually vary greatly between each dog. Every bulldog's nature is heavily influenced by their upbringing. A puppy who isn't properly trained and socialised may grow into a dog that's timid and shy.

Make sure you're prepared to give a puppy all the care it needs.

Buying a bulldog puppy

Pedigree and purebred bulldogs are sought out because of their distinctive features. But, you'll need to do your homework before you rush out and buy a puppy.

Bulldog health problems

Features that make a pedigree bulldog puppy appear adorable to you can cause serious health problems too. In many cases, they've been selectively bred to exaggerate their physical features. This causes pain and suffering and can prevent them from behaving normally.

Ask the breeder the right questions

Don't be afraid to ask the bulldog puppy breeder questions. Find out as much about the bulldog puppies' health and history as possible.

Use the Puppy contract

The puppy contract ensures that you're getting a healthy, happy puppy, from healthy, happy parents.

Get pet insurance

You also might want to consider insuring your dog to help with those unexpected costs.

Follow the links below to find out more about caring for and training your puppy.

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