BEFORE YOU GET A BULLDOG
You need to consider..........
- Talk to many breeders and get a feel if these are people you would want to work with.
- Go and see the breeders dogs, especially a puppys parents. If they can't move well, or have any 'issues' that are brushed over, ask more questions. Any issues the parents have will pass onto the puppy.
- Is your property secure - they are notorious for squeezing through a gap - they utilise their great strength to get through. If not - SECURELY FENCE YOUR PROPERTY.
- Find a vet that will treat your dog as a dog. Not roll their eyes or start telling you of all the terrible things that go wrong with a bulldog.
- DON'T RUSH INTO IT or make a spontaneous purchase. You will not enjoy the experience if you are not prepared and thought about getting a Bulldog.
- A puppy is hard work. YOU have to train it and teach it to respect you and your home. If you meet someone with a well-trained dog - ask them what they do to have such a well behaved dog.
- A bulldog gets VERY emotionally attached to its family. If there is stress in the house, they will pick up on it and be sad if you are sad, or worried (and sometimes throw-up) if they are worried about you.
- Along with the emotional attachment, they will follow you around. Even if you sneak outside to hang out washing and they are asleep, in a moment they will be at the wash-line with you.
- They become difficult teenagers between 9-24months old. This is also their 'ugly' growth stage, where they can look great one week, and odd the next.
- Once they reach adulthood at 24months, thats when they step up to 'guard dog' ability, prior to that, they appear cowardly in unfamiliar environments/situations.
After a time you too will be an expert.