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and All About Them (A Vintage Dog Books Breed Classic - Bulldog / French Bulldog)
AND ALL ABOUT THEM By F. Barrett Fowler A VINTAGE DOG BOOKS CLASSIC REPRINT "Bulldogs"
was originally written by Henry St. John Cooper in 1914. This new edition was
revised, updated, and almost completely re-written by F. Barrett Fowler in 1925.
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and Bulldog Breeding (A Vintage Dog Books Breed Classic)
AND BULLDOG BREEDING BY H. ST. JOHN COOPER A VINTAGE DOG BOOKS CLASSIC REPRINT.
Originally published in 1905, this extremely rare early work on the bulldog is
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Bulldog: The Essential Guide for the French Bulldog Lover (Breed Lover's Guide)
French Bulldog ranks #26 in dog registrations by the American Kennel Club (AKC)
and makes an ideal family dog with his loving, even temperament and attentive,
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Bulldog - An Illustrated Standard Of The Breed - A Picture Study Of Good Points
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(Barron's Dog Bibles)
Despite their gruff facial appearance,
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A poetic journey through the eyes of an
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French Bulldog: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet
Spelled the same in French and English, this word sums up the petite French Bulldog.
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year is 1891 and the British Empire is balanced on a precipice. If the last English
Bulldog dies, the empire will begin to crumble and the Boer War will be fought
as a Vietnam type quagmire. But if imperial soldiers ride across the African plain
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from our library of scarce, out-of-print antiquarian books and documents and reprints
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Bulldog (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
No longer a well-kept secret in the United
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The Bully Mix
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We all know and love the fact that bulldogs are
a stocky breed, with a compact body that has a very low center of gravity and
short, sturdy and strong limbs. The unique and unmistakable shape of the "breed"
results in a peculiarly unique and well-known gait that is sometimes imitated
when referring to weight lifters because they swagger like cocky tough guys! But
that tough looking exterior as we all know is covering a real heart of gold! Bulldogs
and are known for their short muzzles with somewhat saggy skin on their faces,
creating what looks like a "frown" which has become almost the trademarked look
of the breed.
mixes will often show slightly softer characteristics of the bulldog especially
when mixed with larger and thinner breeds in which case we often see the skull
and eyes revealing the biggest clues that the puppy is actually a mix. The traditional
bulldogs come in a variety of colors and ideally will have a short and smooth
lustrous coat. Beyond the bully mixes, which can come in a more varied size and
shape the weight of what we consider the traditional bulldog is between 40 and
55 pounds (18 to 25 kilograms) when fully mature.
it's true that what some dog owners call "pit bulls" (i.e. American Pit Bull Terriers,
American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers) can trace their
genetic lineage back to the original breed of bulldog. Bulldogs were historically
crossed with terriers to create what is known as the "pit bull" breeds ("pit bull"
is not actually it's own certified breed; rather, it is a inclusive term which
is used to collectively describe the American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire
Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers). After decades of selective breeding,
however, all of the dogs that originated with bulldogs, all the "pit bulls" included,
now have a unique set of traits and characteristics that are standard to that
Pit Bulls (capitalized, that term actually refers to the American
Pit Bull Terrier) are a recognized breed, with their own special traits and characteristics.
So are American Bulldogs. Therefore, the most accurate description of many of
these wonderful dogs would be American Pit Bull Terrier/American Bulldog mix.
Be cautious if people are just referring to such dogs as a "pit bull"; it really
isn't accurate. Dog owners sometimes refer to such dogs (a Staffordshire Bull
Terrier/American Bulldog mix for example) just as a "bully breed" or "bully
mix". It's simple and more accurate. But if you really want to be an ambassador
for the animal and to really educate people, you could always say the full and
accurate breed name of your dog when asked, although smiling and saying that she's
a "bully mix" will likely be less complicated!
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are many wrong perceptions and untrue prejudices against bulldogs and the bully
mixed breeds often due to their rather severe appearance. While they are not as
cute as cuddly as some other canines the owners of these pets understand that
they have an inner tenderness and beauty that goes beyond the outer appearances.
Truly; the temperament of the Bulldog is generally considered to be quite docile,
friendly and extremely gregarious. They are well-known for being fiercely loyal
to their owners. International breeders have made incredible progress and have
been extremely successful to breed the aggression and aggressive traits out of
the breed, so these dogs are known to be of a generally very good temperament.
Of course they can rarely be considered as "docile" bulldogs
will often be so attached to their home and family that they will not want to
venture out of their yard without their human "master". Due to this
friendly nature bulldogs and breeds mixed with the bullies are known for getting
along very well with young children, other breeds of dog and any housebroken pets
in general. A bulldog is also suitable for smaller houses and even apartments
due to their smaller size and relative lack of energy (don't call them lazy!),
but bullymix puppies may be somewhat destructive with their curiosity until they
reach a more mature age. Take a lot of pictures of these little rascals as they're
growing up because they progress through some wonderful stages of growth that
should be well documented.
Breed & Bulldog Health
of the main characteristics of the bulldog is their unforgettable silhouette and
unmistakable shape and along with this unique attribute comes some health concerns,
especially due to the shape of the skull of the dog. The bulldog's skull, upon
skeletal study, typically shows the characteristic underbite (technically known
as mandibular prognathism) that makes the loose skin on the jowls hang the way
it does and makes the mouth close in the particular way.
make-up of the dog's skull, in fact can mean that the bulldog is prone to some
health issues. Of course, all dog breeds have specific issues that can effect
them, but the size and shape and bone structure of the bully can mean that breathing
issues could be prevalent in these animals due to the shape of the lower jaw combined
with the the shortness of their muzzle. As anyone who owns one can attest; bulldogs
are known to snore.
Unfortunately some dogs will be affected to interstitial
cysts, these are cysts which can form between the toes of the dog. Such tow cysts
will quite certainly cause your dog some discomfort and the owner some distress
as no-one wants to see their dog suffer but the good news is that such conditions
are readily treated by an experienced vet and if the dog owner is aware of the
predisposition of the breed to this condition they can be vigilant for signs of
onset. Other common conditions owners may find in their best friend is something
called "cherry eye" and allergies in certain older dogs; hip ailments
are also something that certain bullies are prone to simply due to the stocky
nature and skeletal configuration of the frame of the beasts.
of their large heads, bulldogs, and to a lesser extent the bully mixes, can have
small bodies in proportion to their heads and are often delivered by Caesarian
section. A C-Section may be the only solution to avoid pain and suffering for
the mother as they could get stuck in the birth canal during a natural birthing,
however it is not totally uncommon for a bulldog to whelp completely naturally
Always discuss the need for having an induced Caesarian
Section birth procedure with your veterinarian. Bulldogs, bless their hearts,
will require you to give them a daily cleaning of their face folds to avoid any
unwanted infections caused by the accumulation of moisture in the folds of their
saggy facial skin. Just like many other dogs a daily brushing of their teeth with
a regular soft toothbrush using one of the better brands of a vet approved toothpaste
is also recommended.
There are many organic and natural toothpaste pastes available for dogs. It goes
without saying that bulldogs and all bully mix breeds require daily exercise and
if the animal is not properly exercised the poor creature could gain weight, which
could cause health problems relating to the lungs and heart. Many of us know that
having a dog also forces us to do more exercise and incorporating your dog into
your exercise program is a surefire way to keep both of you living longer and
stronger for years!
Bulldogs, despite their tough exterior look, are
extremely sensitive to both heat and cold and care should be given to the dog
during cold winter days and also in overly warm and humid summer periods. During
such hot days, the owner should ensure that the dog has plenty of shade, water
and should be ideally kept out of standing heat. As the breed has developed through
the ages the tail has become tighter to the body and if not cleaned under the
tail regularly an infection could develop.
Responsible pet ownership
is encouraged and regular vet visits are a must with such a special breed!
Where did the name come from? The word
"bulldog", as applied to these incredible creatures, has been in use in recorded
history since around 1568 when the term was likely applied to various ancestors
of what are the modern bulldog breeds. The early genetic breeding masterminds
were aiming the dogs for a fairly cruel and mean existence and in the 17th century
the bulldog was used for bullbaiting and, to a lesser extent, bearbaiting which
was a particularly savage gambling sport that was popular back in the 1600's and
involved trained bulldogs leaping at a bull or a bear tethered to a post and latched
onto its snout and attempted to literally suffocate it.
to both animals was considered a viable blood sport and in today's standards such
behavior would be considered as downright inhumane at the time it was nothing
to be ashamed of. Thankfully the breed has evolved, the aggression has been treated
as an undesirable and receding gene, so to speak and the current bully pups are
full of potential and becoming more and more as one of the best dogs for a caring
Dog lovers have gathered together to share stories and fellowship
with other owners of their shared & common stock and the oldest specialty
dog club devoted to the specialty breed was started in jolly old England back
in 1875. This group of pub crawling canine lovers were known, not surprisingly
as, the Bulldog Club., And their initial writings and specifications describing
the breed became the standard!
While the breed has evolved immensely
from the 1800's and the bulldog mixes have become popular especially with the
Terrier group of animals there has been a renewed interest amongst some dog owners
who have tried to recreate a breed more akin to the original bullbaiters of three
hundred years ago; recent examples of this questionable trend are the breeds known
as the Olde Englishe Bulldogge, Renascence Bulldog, Victorian, Continental and
Dorset Old Tyme Bulldog. The American Kennel Club, however, has decided not to
recognize any of these newly "recreated" breeds of dogs. Many owners of bulldogs
or the bully mixes tend to agree that the progression of the breed has come so
far and looking back to rekindle such traits may be counterproductive to the future
of the acceptance of the breed.
About Bulldogs & Bully Mixes
Everyone with a dog, even if it isn't our favorite bulldog, has questions and
concerns about the health and welfare of their friend so we have compiled a few
of the most common inquiries regarding the raising of the bully mix puppy. If
you have any questions you don't find the answer to here then it may be a good
idea to call your local Bulldog Club or any local chapter of the American Kennel
Club or Canadian Kennel Club affiliate as they can likely direct you to the resources
in your area that deal specifically with your dog.
Long Will a Bulldog Live?
What Is The Average Life Span Of An
English Bulldog or a Bully Mix?
Of course, keeping your dog healthy and happy
by showering her with love and regular exercise will help them live to a ripe
old age. With all the devotion and affection we receive from our bulldogs, all
owners would like their bullies to live forever (or at least a very long time)
but in most cases, the average life span of a Bulldog is between 8 to 10 years.
Of course some bulldogs that have made it to 12 years old and there are some rare
cases where a bull has survived for 15, 16, 17, and even an 18 year old. The common
health issues we discussed earlier tend to affect older dogs so such exceptions
to the average life span are rare; the average life span is 10 years. Providing
a wholesome diet, plenty of exercise, regular vet visits, and comfortable living
conditions will defiantly help increase this time and allow you to enjoy your
dog for many years. As with any pet it is best to fully understand the responsibilities
involved in owning a pet, regardless of what sort of animal or breed it is as
it goes beyond the infatuation period and requires a real lifetime commitment.
Are Bulldogs Good With Kids?
and bull mixes absolutely love kids! Ask almost any dog owner who has a properly
raised bull mix terrier or other combination and they all agree that they are
very patient and tolerant with children, they are very gentle and loving. That
being said, no child should ever be left unsupervised with any dog, no matter
what sort of dog, because children often do not understand the proper way of handling
a young puppy and could hurt the fragile newborn or even cause pain to an older
pup. How many times have we seen editions of The Planets Funniest Animals and
seen some hapless puppy or kitten being dragged literally by the whiskers or the
tail as some young, well meaning child, drags the poor animal into a baby carriage
to push around the living room! In situations like this even the most patient
dog may bite the young hand that doesn't know any better!
Bulldogs Get along With Cats & Other Pets?
We've seen everything from German Shepherds to Daschunds cuddle up with another
dog or a wee kitten and the bull dog and bully mix is no exception to the rule.
Of course, common sense has to be used if you are planning on introducing a puppy
into a home that already has a dog, or any other living creature, in residence.
This applies to even your friends and any strangers that may enter your home...dogs,
especially the bulldog are very loyal and somewhat territorial so care should
be taken when contemplating such visitations or combinations. The bulldog, not
being aggressive breed by nature, love to make friends with other animals more
so than with new people but they can take to your new boyfriend with a little
coaxing and a few doggy treats! Introducing a new member of your family or bringing
a new pet, whether cat or dog, may be harder on the pet you already have, so patience
is the key to making it work. Let any new pets get to know one another only under
your strict supervision. Once the bond has been made things will go smoothly but
don't expect two or more unacquainted animals to suddenly fall in love...it happens
to people but such infatuation is rare between dogs or amongst different species.
it slow and it will work but always take such introductions slow and with you
in control much the same as you've seen with Caesar and the Dog Whisperer!
do bully mix and bull dogs cost so much?
really! A bully mix is less expensive than a more pure bulldog...this is why we
love the bully mix! They are inexpensive yet offer many of the wonderful traits
of the bull breed. If you are considering buying a bulldog and if the first question
that skips across your mind is regarding the price then maybe this is not the
breed that you should be looking at. In fact, when considering buying any pet
you can visit the local SPCA or animal shelter but the business of choosing a
new dog should never be a factor of cost. Buying a dog is not like finding a deal
on a laptop computer or a set of winter tires; no, any dog that is to be cared
for and loved for two decades should be a dog that strikes a chord deep within
us! In order to breed a high quality bulldogs it is not cheap and and certainly
a bully mix is not something you want to pick up at some roadside puppy mill!
There is a great deal of time, effort and expense involved in raising a proper
and healthy Bulldog litter.
Without going into detail, it can cost up
to $3000 to breed, deliver and raise a single litter, which is mainly for resources
and takes little consideration for the time invested in raising the new litter.
As with any dog you have to deal with a reputable breeder as there are many folks
hoping to make a quick dollar by setting up some cages in the backyard and forging
a few pure bred papers on the printer; if you are serious about the adoption of
a bully mix then first visit the local animal shelter. A natural bulldog litter
size is 4 puppies. Part of the cost of raising the dogs for selling is the expense
involved in getting the females ready for breeding which requires pre-breeding
testing, ovulation testing, which entail a minimum of approximately three visits
to the vet. The female will usually be artificially inseminated which mean at
least another 3 trips to the vet, not to mention the expenses for the semen/stud
service which is in the area of $500 if it is a reputable and certified service.
Then the breeder must wait 30 days for an ultrasound or x-rays or a combination
of the two because it is important to be sure the female is really pregnant! You'd
bulldogs also involves special diets for the mother and a constant monitoring
for the next 5 weeks of pregnancy, plus getting the nursery set up with with heating
pads, bottles, blankets, medical supplies, milk replacer, puppy scales, and other
accessories for a proper incubation and nesting as the list of required products
to buy in order to give proper early care goes on and on.
Then, as in most birthing situations comes the C-section which,
depending on the veterinary services offered in your area can cost upwards of
$500 assuming the mama went into labor during regular office hours and all went
well, which is often not the case! Females can typically produce only 2 or 3 litters
during a lifetime. Bull dogs and mixes are a special breed which require the help
of caring and patient humans to bring a litter to 8 weeks of age. In spite of
their strong initial appearance the Bulldog, as a newborn puppy, is rather fragile
and the newborn puppies require constant monitoring. Bulldogs actually don't make
the best mothers because they may lay on a puppy by accident and not even realize
they are harming the little thing which is why surveillance is important during
the birth and why a knowledge of the canine disposition is essential. The wee
puppies, when properly cared for, will be checked by the vet at least 4 times
during their first two months.
visits to the local vet include the wormings and puppy shots that are mandatory.
This is a breed that requires maximum effort on the part of the breeder to make
sure that all the puppies turn out to be healthy and this whole procedure is extremely
costly. If you are looking to buy a bulldog you will find that most breeders range
their pet bullys around the price of up to$1800 mark. Be wary of the "great deals"
and "cheap puppies" that you see for sale in newspapers as such poorly bred puppies,
if they come from nonprofessional puppy mills may cost you a lot more in the end
- not just in terms of money, but also the heartache of owning a dog that has
health problems. As with anything we will often get what we pay for and a living
creature like a dog it only makes sense to pay for a quality upbringing!
Make Good Watchdogs?
Not really. If you are looking for a watchdog
then a bulldog or a bully mix will not necessarily attack someone entering your
home. You see, because of their temperament, Bulldogs simply will not act like
a typical trained attack dog. They may bark, and make no mistake they will protect
their family if they feel they are in danger, but they should not be considered
as a formal watchdog. As was discussed earlier the aggressive traits have been
gradually bred out of this breed and there are other dogs more suitable for being
a watchdog. That being said, a bull dog mix will behave like most dogs and bark
at any disturbance and due to their loyalty may be a good choice for a family
pet that also provides the minor protection needed to make a family feel comfortable.
Do Bulldogs Snore?
Yes the bulldog will
snore. And it can be quite a loud little sleeper to boot! Because of their short
breathing passages Bulldogs do have the tendency to snore. This trait is not unusual
for the short nosed dog breeds and it is something the dog lover who is considering
owning a bulldog should be aware of. Because of the skeletal structure and skull
shape of the bulldog head they can snore extremely loudly!
Nutritional Supplements for
your Bully Mix Dog
When feeding your
Bulldog, like every animal, including you and I, require a well balanced and wholesome
diet which should be low in fats or any artificial ingredients. A Bulldog likes
to eat out of a pan with straight sides and a flat bottom; the best dog bowl is
a stainless steel because,it not only lasts longer but it is also the most sterile
and very easy to clean. Bulldogs can actually break out in what look like pimples
if they are fed from other types of bowls so don't use plastic bowls for the food
or the water. Most breeders will feed two to four month old puppies four times
per day and at that young age age the puppy kibble is usually softened with a
sprinkling of warm water.
Some people even add a bit of cottage cheese
or a un-flavored low-fat yogurt. It is best to do your research and choose a high
quality food as their are are several good brands of puppy kibble but some have
more filler than others so always seek out the top quality. If you or the puppy
seem to be unsatisfied with the kibble she is eating then try another. In order
to have a healthy growing dog you really want to offer a kibble that the puppy
likes and which helps produce a nice coat, keeps the puppy well rounded but not
obese or overly plump, and produces good solid stools. We are not here to recommend
a particular brand over another but some of the better quality dog food is made
by Iam's, Nutro, Eukanuba, Purina Puppy Chow or Science Diet. As you would on
the food your family consumes, check the list of ingredients on the bag. Never
feed your Bulldog a kibble that contains soybeans.
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American Bully is a dog that was created in the late 20th
century. They are often mistaken as Pit Bulls, and though
the breed is descended from pit bulls, they do not conform
to the American Pit Bull's breed type. There is a new breed
kennel club, called the American Bully Kennel Club, and the
European Bully Kennel Club dedicated to American Bullies.
The American Bully, which is a new breed was created from
various bull breeds. This breed has been established for 20
years now, it was created to give a new direction and outlet
for the breed. All the positive characteristics of the breed
used were kept, like loyalty, stability with humans, and other
impressive physical attributes. The traits of dog aggression
and gameness were bred out of the breed, because the breed
had no future purpose for those traits. A new style of breed
was formed and is now promoted as the "American Bully". This
breed still carries the ancestry of the "Pit Bull" and still
has to deal with the reputation of that breed; but this is
not the same breed. The event such as this are showing the
world why this is a great breed, and changing public perception
in mass numbers. These types of events help educate the public
on the American Bully and why it is a great breed, and it
also helped to break down negative stereotyping of both the
breed and people.
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may feed your dog on a set schedule, or have food available for
her at all times. The bulldog pup will flourish under either system
and the choice depends on which is more convenient for you and what
sort of lifestyle you live. There are even automatic feeders to
keep a regular timetable for your dog but don't rely on an automatic
dog feeder to allow you to leave the dog alone for days on end!
They shouldn't be left alone and if you are the type of person who
enjoys long trips away from home then perhaps this sort of pet isn't
How much you
will feed her depends on the individual puppy. Normally, a growing
puppy which gets sufficient exercise can and should eat as much
as it wants but if the little fellow is a bit of a lazy bones and
she does start to show signs of obesity you will need to regulate
the amount of kibble she eats, but never ever put a growing puppy
on a severely nutritionally restricted diet unless the animal is
being supervised by a veterinarian who is knowledgeable in the care
of Bulldog puppies.
When your animal has reached four to six months the puppy's feeding
routine should remain the same but the number of feedings may be
reduced from four down to three and furthermore at about six months
of age this number can be reduced to two feedings per day. In almost
all cases you can continue feeding your puppy as much as she wants
and how often you feed a dog over a year old depends on your preferences
and the dog's desires and habits. Most dogs do well on one meal
a day but some do better if they are given two smaller meals a day
once in the evening and once in the morning; whatever the feeding
schedule you establish try and stick to it as much as possible.
will eat puppy kibble usually until they are a year old and if your
little rascal is thriving on puppy kibble, leave her on it until
she is two years old and some people will even feed their dogs puppy
kibble for their entire lives but it is more common to switch to
a more mature and adult kibble at around their first birthday. It
doesn't hurt your bully mix to change from one brand of dog food
to another and even to another as long as each change of brand is
done by gradually, substituting more and more of the new brand for
the old. This keeps the dog from having periods where she is adjusting
to new flavors and textures which could cause disruptions in her
regular diet. If your dog is spayed or neutered and certainly as
it ages and the dog's metabolism slows down and the bulldog becomes
less active, you may need to start feeding a reduced calorie dog
food to keep it from becoming too fat or seriously obese. All good
brands of dog food have such a low calorie kibble and the dog will
probably prefer to stay within the same brand once you introduce
the "lo-fat" version. No matter how old your dog is she should have
fresh clean water available at all times.
The most common nutritional supplements for bulldogs are cottage
cheese, yogurt and oil. Cottage cheese is very good for growing
puppies since the Bulldog must grow a lot of dense, heavy bone in
a relatively short period; offer about one tablespoon at every feeding.
Offering yogurt will help to keep the dogs digestive system working
normally as such living milk products contain beneficial bacteria
that is good for the gut. Give them about a teaspoon per feeding.
Keeping the fur and skin in good condition can be assisted by giving
the occasional feeding of oil. Oil will keep the coat and skin in
better condition so you can feed her about a teaspoon two times
per day. Do not give your Bulldog any oil which contains soybean
Corn or canola oil is best. If you want to reward your dog with
a wee treat it is best to avoid people food and give dog biscuits.
It won't hurt your Bulldog to give him an occasional bite of meat,
vegetables, fruit, chicken, ice cream, etc. but don't make this
too much of a habit and never feed your dog from scraps right off
the kitchen table as this will instill unwanted behavior. Never
give her onions or chocolate!
A Bulldog Right For Active People?
Of course; and if you are active then involve your
bulldog in your activities; just leave the dog at home if you are
going running. The bulldog is not considered a very active breed
and an adult cannot take long periods of exercise. Because of the
way your dog is built, being so stocky and low to the ground often
with short little legs makes running, except for very short spurts,
not something that the Bulldog is built for or will enjoy. He will
be much happier watching an hour of Animal Planet on the TV curled
up on your sofa beside you when you return home from your jogging
routine. But they simply love going to the park or to the beach
or anywhere else that requires only moderate exercise. They love
going for rides in the car or truck but as with all pets never leave
the dog unattended even for short periods of time in a car.
Why Is My Bulldog Fat?
They shouldn't be fat! More like pleasantly plump.
As is the case with any dog, regular moderate exercise and a well
balanced diet will control the weight problems in Bulldogs. Keep
in mind they are very "solid" dogs who are designed very
wide and not very tall. So sometimes when they look like what may
be considered fat, they are just stocky. (Like any dog, you should
be able to feel the ribs fairly easily, but not able to see the
ribs sticking out). An excess of weight puts undue strain on the
heart and joints of the dog. The official breed standard for the
bulldog says: "The general appearance should suggest great stability,
vigor and strength".
Do I Potty Train My Bulldog?
What some people call
"Crate Training" is one of the most important things we
need to do if we want to follow the rules for potty training. The
first thing is to make your puppy's crate a place that she likes
and never use the crate as a form of punishment. A good idea is
to give a puppy treat when you first put the puppy in the crate;
you can put their favorite blanket or towel along with their preferred
toy in the crate. Putting a sheet or a thick quilt over the crate
and leaving just the door side open up will allow the puppy to see
out, and you to see in; this makes it almost like a cave which is
actually a natural environment for a dog and this cave will make
them feel more secure and they will enjoy the homey atmosphere!
When you first see the puppy waking up from a sleep she should be
out the door for a potty break after which it's feeding time and
within 15 minutes, back out of the the dog cave for another toilet
time. After play time and depending on the age of the puppy you
should take the pup back outside for one last potty trip before
going back to bed for another nap in the crate. If you continuously
repeat these steps she will get the idea that the potty and the
place to take a poo is outside. Always make sure to really "praise"
the animal after she does her business, whether it is a number one
or a number two and reinforce the behavior with rewards and treats.
A puppy really doesn't quite understand all this until he is two
or three months old and sometimes even older but it is your job,
and it will work, if you are consistent as this consistency of rewards
and praise makes the puppy understand what inside and outside is
for. It requires keeping one eye open all the time but eventually
the dog will catch on. As I said before, never use your crate as
a form or in connection with punishment!
If you have a backyard that you can close off with a fence and arrange
it so the dogs crate has access to the fenced in kennel area and
can still get back to the crate for naps and security sessions.
Make sure you buy the right size dog cage which is one that has
the floor space that provides just enough for the puppy to lay down.
The cage will be useful throughout a dog's life so choose a model
that comes with or has a divider panel as an accessory so you can
adjust the space inside the cage and the one cage will accommodate
your dog as she grows. Using too large of a crate can often cause
some unwanted and long term problems because often, if the cage
is too spacious, the puppy will go poo and pee in one corner of
the cage and the dog will start tracking the urination and defecation
all around the cage and on her blankie and...ewwww! The bulldog
instincts about not soiling its bed or laying in the mess will be
forgotten if this occurs in the too-large cage, and the puppy will
soon be doing it regularly when placed in the crate and the housebreaking
method has turned into a behavioral problem as the bulldogs hygienic
habits become its way of life.
Training Your Bully Mix
If you want the housebreaking to go quickly and want
to effectively follow the expert advice on house training a bulldog
then regardless of the method you use you need to spend as much
time as possible with your puppy. Probably the most important rule
to remember when house training your dog is: If you don't catch
your puppy doing it then don't punish him for it! You have to praise
your puppy when things go right so you need to ensure that the only
time you interact is when your puppy has done something bad and
you sternly scold her with a loud "no" . If they do something
right, let them know and as we stated earlier the house training
of your puppy should begin with a good, constant feeding and watering
routine; establish set times for eating from the beginning and feedings
should be scheduled whenever someone will be home take or have your
puppy go to the right spot for a bathroom break. Most puppies like
to eliminate within 20 minutes after a meal and your house training
will be very successful if you can take the puppy outside at these
times right after the meal as this puts the focus on this chapter
of house training on teaching your puppy where to go to the bathroom.
With such encouragement, your puppy will soon learn that where to
go is outside and not in your favorite pair of slippers!.
Inside the home, in the day to day schedule of a
family's daily life supervision and confinement are the most important
tools in successful housetraining. Keep him in the room with you,
using a leash if necessary when she is younger to prevent her from
wondering off; eventually the leash won't be necessary as the dog
will learn not to go wandering. If you start to notice a restlessness
or the start of whining bring the dog outside. If you cannot supervise
your puppy during these times then confinement may be required.
Try using protective child gates or the dog crate but don't confine
the puppy so often that it feels isolated.
A bulldog puppy is a sociable creature and needs to be with people
or other pets. When you take your dog outside, you need to let her
know what she is supposed to do. Repetition is important in dog
training and taking them to the same place through the same door
with the same leash is a good way to build positive habits. Use
a key phrase to encourage him so when she actually begins to eliminate,
shower the dog with praise and once she has eliminated, it is a
good time to play as the process of reward, praise and encouragement
will go a long way if you take the time to continue doing it. Always
make sure you make the dog understand that you are the boss; the
leader of the pack!
Kind Of Toys Should I Give My Bulldog? Bulldog Toys
young puppies will want to chew on most anything and they don't know the difference
between a ball of string and a pair of leather gloves so purchase safe chew toys
for your puppy and train them early that these toys are what they are allowed
to chew on. Dog toys need to be almost indestructible so buy the dog toy that
has a lifetime warranty from a reputable manufacturer. Don't buy your puppy any
toy she could swallow as it may get lodged or stuck in her throat. Nylon chew
toys are quite safe and are available at all pet stores. Chew toys will also help
in your Bully's dental hygiene as well but do not give your bulldog puppy rawhide
sticks or other unusual or bone products like pig ears and pig hooves because
these are not safe chew toys.
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