Bulldogs are a very popular and photogenic breed. Bulldogs also have that great and beautiful look whether they are a puppy or adult; it’s one breed that looks great at any age. English Bulldogs are gaining popularity by the day, and their silly personalities are likely the reason why.
Breeding is not easy
However it is not cheap to buy a bulldog. The primary being the fact that bulldogs are not easy to breed. It is rare to find a male that can naturally mount a female (due to body structure), and a female that can whelp her puppies without a c-section (due to big heads). What this means is there is several steps, and a lot of veterinary expense, and special paperwork, just to get your female pregnant.
This breed comes at a cost, and we’re not just talking about the up-front purchase price of a puppy – which can reach up to $3,000 alone.
Then when a litter is born most of the time they must be hand helped when feed. A breeder will spend every few hours with the litter and mother during feeding 24 hours a day for several days. Bulldogs don’t make the best mothers because they may lay on a puppy on accident and not even realize it. There is other reasons besides that but litters are at least human assisted for many days around the clock.
C-sections for bulldogs is required for several reasons like: high rates of water puppies which can’t pass through the birth canal, large head and shoulders of the puppies, stress and heat factors may cause a bulldog trouble, the ability to “PUSH” out a full litter is often to much on a bulldog and other factors. It is very time consuming compared to other breeds where every thing is taken care of by the male and female dog including the birth and delivery and raising of the litter.
Bulldog puppies need special care
This is a special breed which requires the help of humans to bring a litter to 8 weeks of age. There worth every penny and once you have been owned by bulldog you could never again be without one. Most breeders sell quality pet bulldogs for between 1400-2000.00 and you can expect the breeder to be there for you with help when needed and to know what the past litters and the breeders stock shows in health problems,etc.
And NEVER buy a Bulldog with registry from any source other than AKC (in the USA). Other registry groups have less standards and who knows what you may end up with, mixed breeds or something like that as there is no track record of pedigree. If your wanting a bulldog then get a bulldog, don’t accept anything less, the breed is expensive and may cost you more down the road with cherry eye surgery, patella, palate surgery,etc. So try and get a healthy bulldog from a well known breeder or breeder who loves the breed and it will show when you meet or talk with them.
Furthermore, English Bulldogs are prone to a multitude of health problems, which means excess trips to the veterinarian and more medical bills than your average breed. English Bulldogs are at high risk for heart conditions, hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, multiple eye problems, allergies, skin issues, and even hyperthermia (over-heating). Despite their health concerns, English Bulldogs live roughly 8-10 years, which means there’s a chance you’ll be stuck with veterinarian bills for quite a while.
That’s why having a bulldog is so expensive!