Health concerns of the english bulldog

Health Concerns Of The English Bulldog
Once again I want to stress that buying your puppy from a reputable English Bulldog puppy breeder is an important step to take to ensure you get a healthy pup. A good breeder will carefully plan each mating, breed from good quality stock and screen for hereditary disease.

English Bulldogs typically live up to 10 years of age – they do suffer from a wide range of health problems. Your Veterinarian and breeder are the best people to give you specific health care advice but here is a list of common health issues:

English Bulldogs are very sensitive to extreme temperatures – both hot and cold. A nice mild climate is best for a happy and comfortable Bully.

Keep a close on the weight of your English Bulldog. Overweight dogs are susceptible to a long list of health problems that fit and healthy dogs are not. Make sure you feed a good quality fresh diet and provide adequate exercise (English Bulldogs do not require too much exercise).

It’s also important to clean out the loose face folds on your dog’s face. Use a soap and water solution every day or so to avoid the build up of moisture which can lead to infection.

Depending on what you feed your English Bulldog puppy you may need to brush your puppy’s teeth every couple of weeks.

Their flat face and also soft palate causes many English Bulldogs to have breathing difficulties.

Other health problems can include – hip dysplasia, allergies, cherry eye, cataracts, senotic nares, inverted tail, shoulder luxation and there’s others….
One other thing! English Bulldogs are not good swimmers – be especially careful with your Bully around water.

Training
Lets be honest here, English Bulldogs are not one of the best obedience training students – but don’t be fooled, they are capable.

It’s important that you establish yourself as your English Bulldog puppy’s leader. Give him/her clear guidance, in a positive non violent manner. Be consistent in your training, use plenty of encouragement and always enthusiastically reward desired behavior.

Below are some training issues you and your English Bulldog puppy should practice together:

As soon as your puppy arrives home you need to begin teaching him/her proper household etiquette. This includes things like chew toy training (Bulldogs love to chew!), puppy house training, preventing food stealing and other basic tasks. Preventing problems before they arise is always a better alternative than trying to rectify established problem behaviors.

Crate training is a good way to supervise and confine your puppy – for your benefit and your puppy’s wellbeing. It is also a useful tool to use when housebreaking your English Bulldog puppy.

All of the basic obedience commands are easily learned by Bullys. They should be taught sit, stay, down, heel, come etc.. Your puppy will enjoy these training sessions and you will build a very strong connection with your dog during the training process.

Training your puppy to walk nicely on a loose leash is an important skill to master. English Bulldogs grow to be big powerful dogs, so it’s crucial to educate your puppy how to behave on the leash.
English Bulldogs can be a bit stubborn or some may say indifferent towards training but if you keep your training sessions short, intense and fun you’re sure to achieve pleasing results.

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