Bulldog Advice Column
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.
Quality food is a must for skin problems, no corn wheat or soy, no grains at all in some cases. Quality foods have brown rice, pea flour, rice flour, all fillers are grain free. White rice is not as good but acceptable unless you are trying to eliminate all sugars. Omega 3 is important for good skin. Supplementing like Vit E or fish oil including Cod liver oil, can be taken very successfully also. Just remember dogs need twice as much supplement as humans because of their metabolism.
The Bulldog Club of America is profoundly dismayed regarding the breeding and registration changes, adopted by the Raad van Beheer (the Kennel Club of the Netherlands) relative to certain breeds, which include the Bulldog. The Raad van Beheer recently made the changes to comply with mandates from the Dutch government. The stated reason for the changes is to improve the health and welfare of various breeds; however, the decision appears to be based on selected research, often not evidence based.
Pets are susceptible to some types of coronavirus, but there is currently only limited evidence that domestic animals can get sick from this novel form. A cat in Belgium, a tiger at Bronx Zoo tested positive and were showing symptoms while two asymptomatic dogs in China tested positive; one has since died of unknown causes.
Proving that our breed can excel in a variety of sports, "Ducky" accumulated titles in over a half-dozen venues in her first 2.5 years. A strong obedience background, coupled with athleticism and a dash of hearty prey drive, Ducky has successfully competed in Obedience, Rally, Lure Coursing, Agility, Barn Hunt, Therapy, Trick Dog and Draft work in addition to her breed accomplishments.
I love my little puppy; she makes my house a home. She is my very sweetest little friend; I never feel alone. She makes me smile; She makes me laugh; She fills my heart with love . . . Did some person breed her, or did she fall from above?
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I am always looking for ways to educate the public on why it is important to buy from a reputable preservation breeder. I recently had my first litter in about 7 years since my divorce.
I have been using photos and videos to educate the friends on my Facebook page who are not "dog show" people. I want to show them what "We" do that is different in raising our puppies. I want them to have something to compare to when they are buying a puppy.