The average dog owner spends roughly $180 each month on their furry friend, according to WalletHub research and estimates from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Pet Products Association (APPA). But English Bulldogs are more expensive than others, due to a combination of factors such as rarity, temperament, grooming requirements, common medical problems and even whether you plan on entering any dog shows in the foreseeable future.
English Bulldogs are one of the most, if not the most, popular and loved dog breeds in the world today. Some of us fantasize about owning an English Bulldog one day, while others who already own them aren’t entirely sure about the ongoing costs of ownership.
This article will:
- Tell you how much English Bulldogs cost.
- Explain ongoing costs of ownership.
- Estimate costs of any health issues.
- Give you an idea whether or not owning a Bulldog is right for you financially.
How much does it Cost to get an English Bulldog?
It costs more than $3,500 to purchase as puppies, on average, and they are also among the most expensive to care for and difficult to insure. “Holy cow” you might be saying to yourself, “why is this breed so insanely expensive?
French bulldog puppy wearing a tux and bow tie sitting on a pile on one hundred bills.These high costs are a direct reflection of breed lineage, as purebred dogs are obviously more attractive for show purposes and many have developed serious hereditary ailments as a result of inbreeding. The primary cost to breeders is from the fact that English Bulldogs must be C-Sectioned from the mother which can cost upwards of $1500. In conjunction with regular visits to the vet during the mother’s pregnancy, the cost of breeding bulldogs can escalate extremely quickly which in turn results in a higher purchase price for the end-buyer. Read more why are bulldogs so expensive?
Outside of veterinary bills and the cost of the delivery itself, it’s also a matter of basic economics. I’m talking about supply and demand. Because English Bulldogs are so extremely popular today (for so many reasons), the price of them naturally rises.
Ongoing Costs of Bulldog Ownership
The initial purchase price isn’t the only thing that’s going to take a slight toll on your wallet. You will also need a multitude of products to keep your bully healthy and happy. A small list of these products would include:
- Food ($20-$50/Month)
- Food/Water Bowls ($10-30)
- Crate (approx. $120)
- Toys ($5-30/Month)
- Puppy Shots (approx. $100)
- Treats ($10-30/Month)
- Grooming Supplies (approx. $40)
- Collars (approx. $40/each)
- Leashes (approx. $40/each)
- Harness (approx. $50/each)
- Dental Products (approx. $10/Month)
Remember, this list is an APPROXIMATION of many of the costs and are not set in stone. It all depends on the quality of the products you buy. Clearly, higher quality products will cost you a bit more. Consider these costs an average, or somewhere in the middle of what you can expect to pay for each item.
Common Health Issues and Costs to Fix Them
First of all, because of their short face, every Bulldog suffers from some degree of brachycephalic syndrome, which causes all kinds of health problems. Their respiratory system is so compromised that some Bulldogs can’t even run without gasping for breath. Many struggle to breathe in hot or humid weather. In the summer, English Bulldogs should be kept in an air conditioned home and supervised during outside activity so they don’t overexert themselves and suffer heatstroke.
Virtually all Bulldog puppies are born by C-section, birth defects are common, and the puppy mortality rate is high. Nobody wants their baby fur ball to get sick or have bodily issues, but when they do, they have associated costs that one must factor into the costs of ownership.
- Hip Dysplasia (HD): According to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, Bulldogs born between 2006 and 2010 were evaluated 98 times, with 61.2 percent of them showing some form of Dysplasia. That’s a relatively good chance that your Bulldog will at some point have Hip Dysplasia. In its worst form, HD will require surgery, which will cost about $5000 depending on the individual surgeon.
- Cherry Eye: Cherry Eye is another health problem often found in puppy bulldogs, and is a genetic disorder that occurs in some Bulldog family lines. The cost to correct this issue varies widely, from $500-$1500 depending on the Vet used, and the procedure they implement.
- Allergies: Similar to humans, bullies can also be affected by allergies. Allergy testing for your dog can range anywhere from $100-$500 depending on your vet. Costs for allergy treatments vary WIDELY depending on the type of allergy your pet is suffering from. Sometimes changing your dog’s food will do the trick; sometimes the bulldog will need medication. Talk to your vet for the closest estimate regarding allergy treatment for more accurate, case-by-case information.
- Interdigital cysts: These cysts are commonly found in bulldogs and form in their paws. Usually, veterinarians will suggest that surgery is the best method for removal which can range anywhere from $250-500. There are cheaper options, however, these options are recommended to first be discussed with your Vet.
The basic premise of this paragraph is to inform any current or potential bulldog owners that there are health problems that periodically occur in bullies, and when they arise, they have associated costs which one must consider during ownership. Make sure you consider the costs of correcting these issues during ownership prior to purchasing and English Bully.
Is it suitable for your wallet?
Hopefully this article gave you insight as to whether or not you can financially handle owning a bulldog. During my ownership, I can say that the breed is worth every penny of your hard earned money. The joy and happiness they bring cannot be measured in dollars. But, one must be realistic and responsible before purchasing a bulldog to ensure they have the financial means necessary to properly care for these bundles of joy.