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 associated with the breed. Bulldogs can make wonderful pets, but this very much depends on the environment they're raised in and the training they receive.
British bulldog: character and traits
While bulldogs are thought by some to make loving and loyal pets who are courageous, strong and powerful, this can actually vary greatly between individual dogs. Every bulldog's personality is heavily influenced by their upbringing, and a puppy who isn't properly trained and socialised may grow into a dog who'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 often 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: 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 that they cause pain and suffering and can prevent the dogs 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 RSPCA/AWF Puppy contract to ensure that you're getting a healthy, happy puppy, from healthy, happy parents.
- Get your puppy insured: 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.