Happy bulldog lying in the grass

The Bulldog

Having an English Bulldog join your family is a rewarding and enjoyable experience, but before you adopt a bulldog it’s important that you know they aren’t just any other dog breed. They require some special care to stay healthy and happy.

One of the things that makes bulldogs so irresistibly cute is their wrinkles! However, this adorable feature does need some routine “pupkeep.” Owners will need to regularly clean their folds to prevent dermatitis or other irritation. This isn’t too difficult a job once you get the hang of it, but if you don’t have the time (or don’t want to spend the time) to devote to their hygiene, you may want to reconsider getting a bulldog. In terms of bathing them, owners should use a special dog shampoo (don’t use soap or shampoo for humans) and make sure to rinse and dry dog properly so their coat doesn’t get irritated from leftover shampoo or moisture.

It’s a myth that bulldogs are “lazy” dogs who don’t need physical activity. Yes, if you’re looking for a dog to go on long sprints with you as you train for a 10K, an English Bulldog may not be the way to go. They still require some activity and exercise to stay healthy, but their short noses and throats can make intense bouts of exercise difficult for them, especially in hot weather. Their stocky bodies can also leave them prone to joint pain if over-exercised. But if you’re looking for someone to accompany you on a walk around the block or spend an afternoon in the park, your bully will be more than happy to join in.

Like all dogs, your pet will need all the necessary vaccinations and vet visits. Bullies would also adore having a cozy place to relax and an owner who will be able to properly care for them and spend time with them. In turn, they will be a warmhearted friend who loves to cuddle and make you laugh.

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