A tail pocket is a little hidden cave under a bulldog's tail.
Many new bulldog owners are not even aware that it exists, unless it becomes a problem.
Do all bulldogs have tail pockets?
No. Many English Bulldogs do not have tail pockets at all, but it is more common to have one than to not have one. To find out, you will need to feel at the base of the tail and see if there is any space there that does not see the light of day.
As show above in the photo, the tail pocket is directly below the tail, but above the anus. If your bulldog has no tail pocket, all you will feel is the base of the tail. Bulldogs with gay tails are usually the lucky ones who have no tail pockets at all. A gay tail is a tail that sticks straight up and rarely lays flat.
Tail Pocket Care
It is important to keep the tail pocket clean and dry. If anything gets inside a tail pocket, especially a deep one, it is the perfect place to get infested with yeast or bacteria. It is a dark, moist place and can literally become a problem over night.
If you clean it and there is any color coming out, something is growing in there. Greyish green, Dark Brown/Reddish, and orange yellow are not good, and can be hard to treat.
The most important thing while cleaning a tail pocket is to keep it DRY. Using a cleanser with a drying agent in it is best, and you should never clean a tail pocket with just baby wipes or a wet cloth. This will give the yeast/bacteria more moisture to thrive.
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No Tail Pocket?
Check for a tail pocket every few months. A puppy may not have a tail pocket the first 6 months but could get one later as they start to fill out and their bones become wider and thicker. Some bulldogs don't get a tail pocket until they are mature adults.
Here is another article written by JeannieCO on cleaning and grooming your bulldog, check it out
The Proper Way to Clean Ears, Nose Ropes, Folds, Tail Pockets and Vulva