Let’s face it- bulldog puppies are EXPENSIVE. We can get into why they are so expensive later, but for the purpose of this article suffice it to say that getting a bulldog puppy represents a significant investment for your family. When I was first starting off, I made my fair share of mistakes. The good news is I’m here to help you not make the mistakes I made. I’m going to take you through my thought process when I’m looking to add a fur baby to our family.
- The Breeder Matters
Here’s the thing- not all breeders are created equal. If I’m making a several-thousand-dollar investment, I need to know that I can trust the breeder to conduct honest and fair business with me. Will they honor their health guarantee? Can I trust that they are being upfront regarding the health status of the puppy? How do they conduct themselves on social media? The reason I’ve listed this first is because this is where you should always start when looking for a new puppy. Don’t just buy a puppy from an un-reputable breeder because the puppy is cute. Spoiler alert: ALL puppies are cute at 3 wks old, but what will they look like at 1 year old? Once you’ve got a list of breeders whom you are comfortable with it’s time to move to step 2.
- Parents. Parents. Parents.
What if I told you I could pick the perfect English bulldog puppy without ever looking at a picture of the puppy beforehand? I know what you’re thinking: this guy is either off his rocker or off his meds. Probably both. But let me explain. The best way to pick your next puppy is to focus more on what the parents look like and less on what the puppy looks like. If I had a dollar for every time a cute, wrinkly puppy at 3 weeks morphed into a cringe-worthy adult I wouldn’t be writing this article. I’d be sailing on a private yacht somewhere in the south pacific. Pay particular attention to what the Dam looks like. If you don’t love both parents hard pass on the pup. It’s as simple as that.
- Prioritize Health & Structure Over Color
You take a poorly-structured, but fancy-colored lilac tri and I will take an exceptionally structured fawn and guess who’s going to be more happy with their purchase in a couple years? Focus on health and structure above all else. Make sure the puppy has been health checked. Pay particular attention to how the puppy walks and breathes. Remember a red corvette and a red Hyundai Sonata are the same color but vastly different in quality. There is much more to a great bulldog than its color.
I remember how excited I was getting my first bulldog and that excitement doesn’t diminish regardless of how many bulldogs I’ve owned over the years. I’ve written that check. I’ve made that investment. I know how important it is to make the right choice when buying your next bulldog. Here’s hoping your next fur baby will be everything you are hoping it will be …and more.
*** Garrett Brown is a father, husband, son, Clinical Pharmacist, and english bulldog enthusiast, and owner of Blue Mountain Bulldogs. Follow our blog and our updates on Instagram and Facebook. Feel free to reach out regarding our upcoming litters and available puppies.***