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    I entered my question in this sub-forum because I wanted to get opinions from breeders and those familiar with the Bulldog standard.

    My family and I are counting down the days (nine now to be exact) until our little girl is born. We have reserved second pick of the litter behind the breeder and are anxious to see what the litter will have to offer. However, while we have familiarized ourself with the standard, and our ideal image -we don't know exactly how all of these theories based on adults apply to puppies....

    So my question is what distinguishing features or characteristics should I be looking for in these puppies that might translate to how they will mature? What is the 'secret' behind truly selecting the pick of the litter?

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    Default Re: Choosing the Pick of Litter

    Some of that will depend on your goals. Are you just looking for a healthy family pet, show dog, planning to breed? One thing I've learned thus far is that a lot of those important features for showing a dog do not really reveal themselves until they mature a few months. Even the colors can change some as they grow.
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    We watched A LOT of YouTube videos on what to look for.


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    I will tag some members for you...

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    I found this really helpful when selecting a puppy. Like John has said already, it depends on what you're looking for as a litter is going to have different personalities. Hope the link helps!

    Choosing a dog. Buying a Bulldog puppy.

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    Thanks to everyone who has responded thus far. We really are appreciative of any added input that we recieve. But to clarify, we are wanting a show quality female in both appearance and attitude. We have absolutely no preference to color although we'd obviously prefer "flashier" patterning. It's most important to us that the puppy has just as much fun as we do in the activities that we intend to pursue (CGC, Confirmation, Therapy) so a willing and confident disposition is a must.

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    I do not show I am a pet family dog kinda guy that said , I look for only females I find them less aggressive in a group or pack of dogs which I have all different breeds , I look for the largest depending on when you are viewing them age wise of course , Rosie was 5 or 6 weeks old when I first went to My breeder , she was as big or bigger then the males at that time in the litter I like big females and I know she got to MoM,s milk all the good stuff from MoM a lot if she is that big at that point in time . When I picked out Tilly another female she was maybe 4 months or better old so i looked for a pup that will come to Me and keep doing that , I sat on the floor and of course they all came to Me , but out of 8 pups she continued to come back to Me and stayed the longest with Me over say a hour of sitting on the floor in there kitchen . they both came home with Me , as I said I do not show dogs I look for personality and build , not sure this helps and it is a exciting time drove me around the bend lol but was so worth it all Bulldogs are !
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    It is hard to pick a show pup at that age, it's more of a best guess. I have had some that I didn't think would be a good how candidate, and put them in a pet home and at 6 months the pup blossomed and looked really nice. I wish I had kept her, as the owners have no desire to show. I have also kept some and then later placed them in a pet home. You have to go with your gut on the one you think will be the best candidate. Get the breeder to help you, especially if they also show their stock. If I have a couple I think will be show prospects, I will keep them until they mature some and then make my choice. Look for big bone, a nice head, and watch them on how they move. At a young age you will not see the top line very well until they get a little older. Also look at the tail and ears too.
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    Just wanted to update this thread and let everyone know we've chosen our girl! She was/is the biggest in her litter (a coincidence, as it was not apart of our reasoning in choosing her) but she's also got a big beautiful head, a nice rope forming and flashy brindle markings (we love her 'pants'). We can't wait to bring her home. Thanks so much to all those that responded to our questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diosa View Post
    Just wanted to update this thread and let everyone know we've chosen our girl! She was/is the biggest in her litter (a coincidence, as it was not apart of our reasoning in choosing her) but she's also got a big beautiful head, a nice rope forming and flashy brindle markings (we love her 'pants'). We can't wait to bring her home. Thanks so much to all those that responded to our questions.
    congratulations. Please post pics.
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    Congrats! Looking forward to see her brindle pants!


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