Bulldog Advice Column

  • Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July! Celebrate our Great Country's freedom with The Bulldog Club of America!

  • We learn early what a negative thing this can be. Easy to count the faults. In fact, it’s one of the first things we learn.. especially the obvious faults. Some other issues take some practice and study to pick up on.

    But I believe this mantra is often taken way out of context.

    We’ve seen the quotes from famous dog people cautioning against fault judging, and that’s fine. Speaking from a level of expertise, this resonates with people who understand the concept of the statement.

  • Recent results from research funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation have the potential to significantly impact recommendations for spaying and neutering dogs in the United States. Most dogs in the United States are spayed or neutered, and for years the procedures have been completed prior to maturity. The study, published in the prominent, open access journal PLOS One, suggests that veterinarians should be more cautious about the age at which they spay and neuter in order to protect the overall health of dogs.

  • Why do people recommend choosing a breeder who shows their dogs to folks who are just looking for a pet and have no interest in showing? Why should breeding to breed standard be important to a pet home? Does it seem excessive, or “snobby”? It’s not, and here’s why. Dog shows are a means of evaluating dogs against the breed standard, to evaluate soundness, movement/gait, type, and temperament.

  • A 9 week old puppy has been alive for 63 days. He is leaving everything familiar and safe, then brought to a home where everything is new...sights, sounds, smells, new people and new surroundings that he doesn't understand yet.

  • Let me say a few words to you, yes you, the person who writes an email to simply ask the price. The person who calls and after hearing a price surprisingly states: “I can buy a cheaper pup elsewhere”. I also address you; the person who doesn’t care about papers because I want “just a pet”. Behind every pure bred puppy/dog is a BREEDER. I’m using capital letters to differentiate a breeder from a pet factory or mill. A reputable breeder does not breed dogs without papers, that does not protect the integrity of the breed.

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