What is the Bulldog Club of America's position on Bulldog health?
As guardians of this very noble Bulldog breed, the recent study pertaining to the Bulldog’s genetic diversity is of great concern to the Bulldog Club of America members. Established in 1890, the Bulldog Club of America (BCA) is the leading authority on Bulldogs in the United States and one of the oldest AKC-affiliated parent clubs. For over 100 years the BCA and its member clubs have focused on maintaining the breed standard by breeding for good health, conformation and temperament, while continuously promote the health and welfare of the breed.
They provide education to members, judges, and the public through seminars, publications, videos, participation in “Meet the Breeds,” and via the BCA website. Information on conformation, breeding ethics, and the care, health and training of the Bulldog is readily available on this website.
During this century we have seen significant improvement in the health of Bulldogs. This has occurred due to the diligence of the BCA in providing education regarding good breeding practices and establishing a Breeder Code of Ethics for its members. The BCA sponsors health clinics at several special events around the country. Since 2012, we have more than doubled the number of dogs participating in BCA recommended health testing. The BCA recognizes health testing done by BCA members through awarding the Ambassador of Health Awards to dogs with four levels of recognition based on the number of health tests passed. To find a breeder who strives for healthy Bulldogs, be sure to consider a breeder on our Breeder Referral List or who participates in our Ambassador of Health Program.
Above is one example of healthy bulldogs having fun. Dog trainer Cheryl Knapp takes her bulldog, Can & Int Ch Sittingbullies Glad Tidings UD RE OAP NJP NAC TN-N CA NDD HIC THD CGC Can CD DD, Gabe, through a beginner's agility class.
The pages on the submenu will provide more detail on these efforts, information for the dog owner on canine health care and a number of Podcasts from the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation. If you are interested in other topics in the series, the Podcasts from the AKC-CHF can be found here.