Living with Bulldogs
Handy advice coupled with stories to illustrate the points from the authors own experience over 26 years of breeding ,showing and owning bulldogs !
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Looking at puppies …
First of all, you need to give yourself a clear talking too, the most regrettable thing you can do is to feel sorry for a pup and buy it to save it from the circumstances you see it in. Remember you are buying a puppy for its life and if it’s not what you feel is right for you do not proceed. I know of lots of people who have bought a puppy for around £2,000 to rescue it !!! and then have spent the next 6 years in and out of the vet with bills off the scale. If you are wanting to rescue a dog go through the Bulldog Rescue sites and I will discuss at length the getting of a bulldog as a rescue, later on in the book.
Buying a puppy when you know no one in the breed is difficult and is why lots of people end up with a disaster ,I can’t protect you from that , you need to do your research , the Kennel Club do their assured breeder scheme but to be absolutely honest this is not in any way a bench mark of quality of the dog , the only thing that the members of that scheme sign up for is to follow a set criteria that they have reared the puppy following recommended guidelines required to be a scheme member ,and if they don’t deal with you correctly this is the only time the Kennel Club will intervene or act for you .
In Bulldogs there are no compulsory tests to be done, listed only a voluntary health test and recommended HUU DNA test of the parents so you must really try to go around and see some show dogs and look at the puppies that are sired by well-known breeder’s dogs but I must remind you that many puppies are sold as champion sired but as all get 50% of their genes from mum as well you need a good long look at mum and if she’s not a good example of the breed for whatever reason, the puppy has a chance of looking like her NOT the dad .So sticking out teeth, long nose, or non-standard colours, all have a chance that the puppy will turn after mum.A word of warning from 5 to 8weeks all bulldog puppies look like champions they are mini adults and all looking perfect .. lol it’s when they grow on, you see the differences in a well-bred puppy and one who doesn’t hardly meet the standard at all.
Vicky Collins Nattrass Copywrite ISBN 978-0-9929931-1-5 22nd April 2018
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