Bulldogs For Dummies
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When looking for a Bulldog puppy, find a reputable breeder. You want a breeder with experience in breeding Bulldogs in particular, and someone who is giving pups a good start so they are healthy, well-bred, and well-adjusted. Ask the breeder the following questions before deciding on your Bulldog puppy:

  • How long have you been breeding? Is breeding a business or a hobby for you? How often do your dogs produce a litter? Done right, no breeder is going to be able to make a living breeding Bulldogs. If she says that breeding is a business, look for another breeder.

  • Is this breed right for me? A good breeder wants all her puppies to go to permanent homes. Asking this question gives her a chance to ask a few of her own and to talk about the negative aspects of owning a Bulldog.

  • May I meet the parents or at least the mother of the puppies? Any adult dog you meet should be friendly, not shy or fearful. Most breeders should be willing to grant your request.

  • Where do you raise the puppies? Have the breeder show you the kennel area when she shows you the puppies. If the breeder brings out individual puppies and won’t show you where they live, find another breeder.

  • May I see the pedigree and registration form? If you’re thinking of showing your Bully, a pedigree ensures that you are getting a purebred Bulldog.

  • Will I receive a health record? Your breeder provides a health record with each puppy, showing what vaccinations have been given, and the dates the puppies were wormed.

  • How old are the puppies? A puppy needs to stay with his mother and siblings until he is at least seven weeks old. If the breeder is selling younger puppies, find another breeder.

  • What happens if I can’t keep the dog? Most reputable breeders will take back any dog of their breeding at any time.

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Susan Ewing has been “in dogs” since 1977 and enjoys showing and trying various performance events, with the emphasis on “trying.”
She holds a Master’s degree in Television/Radio from Syracuse University and has attended canine seminars at Cornell University. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and of the Cat Writers’ Association and is listed in the 2005 edition of Who’s Who in America.
Ewing has been writing professionally since she was 16 and is the author of several books: The Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Family Friend and Farmhand; The New Owner’s Guide to Pembroke Welsh Corgis; The Pug; and The Dachshund. Her column, “The Pet Pen,” is in The Post-Journal (Jamestown, NY) every Saturday. One of her essays is a part of the book, Cats Do It Better Than People.
Her articles have appeared in AKC Gazette, Family Dog, Bloodlines, German Shepherd Dog Review, Good Dog!, Pet Odyssey, Dog Fancy, Dog World, Puppies USA, the national Schipperke Club newsletter, ASPCA’s Animal Watch, and Bird Talk.
She has been a radio copywriter, owned and operated a boarding kennel, and served as the director of the Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, NY.

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