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    Quote Originally Posted by kaikousha View Post
    They're so much work! You put endless hours into researching their food, that noise they made the other day, toys, health issues. We treat ours like he's our child. BF says his previous dogs did their own thing and could eat anything. Your friends will think you spoil them way too much, you have to make sure people don't give them food and treats you didn't OK first. They are total velcro dogs. It's all worth it because every second you're home they're the happiest dog you ever saw! It's a labor of love
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    I treat my EB like a child too. But then again I don't want children, I got a dog, so it works for us. Luckily we have had no major health problems yet but the like every one said they are not cheep dogs and nether are the vet visits. As for personality, they are awesome! That is what drew my to owning an EB in the first place. They are so friendly, silly, funny dogs! If fact sometimes I say Uni is too friendly, but she still is a puppy. She wants to say Hi to everybody, I and I really do mean everybody. She has even got into other peoples cars when they were friendly to her! And then I couldn't get her to come to me either! I had to pull her out!!!

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    The only other issue I can think of that some people can't deal with is- their fur gets all over the furniture,they drool, and boy,they can clear out a room when they fart!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooper11 View Post
    Even though English Bulldogs sound like lazy easy dogs...they are pretty high maintenance. If you are wanting a dog that you don't have to do daily grooming to this is not the dog for you. Bullies have a shorter life span but there are bullies that have lived longer like around 12 years. My breeder has had quite a few live that long. As for expensive vet bill. Be ready to pay a hefty amount just to purchase your bully. No on here can tell you that there won't be expensive vet bills. Bullies are know for having some health problems but not all bullies have them. You could get a bully that is perfect and never has any allergies or anything wrong with it and lives a long healthy life. But if you are not wanting an expensive vet bill then I wouldn't get a bully because there are chances he can have something wrong or have to have this and that done and it all adds up. With strangers every bully is different ...my bully get along and lives everyone but you have some who are protective of their family.

    I think your concerns about having a bully you should really think about it. Because everything you are afraid of can and might happen and if you are not wanting to deal with any of it i would go with another breed. They are awesome dogs but you just have to really research this breed and a breeder before you jump right in an get a bully! They are like no other breed of dog, they are different, and they are special. Hope this helps my advice is do your research!

    as hard as this is..... <sigh> @Cooper11 gave you great information.
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    it's true, bulldogs are high maintenance. they are expensive to buy and to keep. they can have a myriad of health problems, and the likelihood of having to deal with one or more of these issues is pretty high. they require daily hygienic maintenance.

    moderate exercise, i suppose. my bullies are very active, and if they decide to burn it, you'll never catch them!

    friendly? yes, but they definitely do NOT like some people, and i'm not sure why, but i trust their judgement.

    friendly with other dogs? ivy is, ollie is a bully and can be aggressive.

    worth every moment and every single penny? i'll tell you this...i am filled with gratitude every single day that i am fortunate enough to have these two bully spirits as a part of my family. i love them so much and they bring so much joy and laughter into this house that i just can't believe i have been blessed with them most of the time. i could stare at them and love them all day long, every day (and do, as much as i can). they have changed me, and changed my life.
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    Default Re: English Bulldog Worries

    New owner here as well, had some of the same concerns. I always wanted one and finally said "Let's do it!"
    I drove 18 hrs with 4 hrs sleep in 2 or 3 days to get my dog from a reputable breeder. Was he expensive sure they all are when you buy with papers and from people that know what there doing.

    I can tell you this, our last month or so has been changed like you wouldn't belive. I wipe wrinkles, clean tail, clean ears, get used to touching there feet to clip toe nails, etc etc.

    My Clicker training and house breaking has been Phenominal to say the least. 2 weeks and he can Sit, Stay, Leave it, Spin, Touch, Down, High 5, Shake a Paw you name it he is a learning machine.

    Does he cuddle, <lol> to say he is an affectionate dog is highly an understatement, unbelievable it's like another child. I remind myself to not get overly attached and still treat him like a dog.

    Does he snore, <lol> absolutly, but you know what? It's actually relaxing, and a joy to have him snooze in my arms while watching TV. The fact we can go from playing full steam to sleeping full steam in 10 min's is crazy... I've never seen any dog like it.

    Head turner, You bet, never seen anyone that doesn't instantly fall in love. I do side photography so he always is willing to pose for the camera.
    Check out his albulm here : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3&l=2ee59c0000

    Would I do it over again! Absolutly, I'm actually finding we have to convince the wife NOT to get another one yet because were working 100% on Kain so far and he deserves it.

    Hope I don't have any long term health issues, believe me I don't want that but i'm preparing for costs in advance and if they happen they happen, I took that on when I decided to give him a home.

    Good Luck! I'm very pleased with my decision, just make the commitment to him to teach, train, love and don't neglect there attention drivin spirits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    as hard as this is..... <sigh> @Cooper11 gave you great information.
    Duh!!!! I'm always right!

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    Sorry for not replying for while-- things came up.

    A lot of insightful and interesting posts. Learned a lot. Quick question however; how often are you guys wiping the wrinkles? Does this depends on the dog? Are there ways to maybe get one with less wrinkles? This is one part that kind of worries me since one day I not have the time to do it, or happen to forget.

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    Default Re: English Bulldog Worries

    try to get an adult bulldog from a shelter:
    1. you're saving his life
    2. you will have an idea of what's going on medically if they have his/her history (hereditary issues usually show up before 3-4 years)
    5. you'll pay less for the dog, and you can start saving more for your emergency vet bills fund

    edit: after your wrinkle question:
    with an adult dog you can see how many/how deep his wrinkles are (without worrying about him growing up and them changing)

    I wipe Char's once a day, every day.

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    Everything that the other members have said is true. They are amazing, wonderful, unique individuals and IMO are the best in the world.

    HOWEVER, they do not have a long life span and though there are quite a few that can make it to 12 years old, there are many others who do not.

    Health issues abound with this breed and you could get lucky and have a very healthy bully with few issues, or you could pay and arm and a leg for the vet. For example, we have two bullies. One is 1.5 years and one will be 2 in September. Our 1.5 yo has only had to go to the vet for a few small issues and her vet bills the time that we have had her have been maybe $400 (and that includes shots). Our male, on the other hand, has had plenty of issues and between eye surgery and back issues, we have spent at least $6,000 and maybe closer to $7,000 in vet bills and expect more to come because of an ongoing problem. If you don't have the money to get insurance or at least sock away for emergencies, don't even think about it!!!

    They are a lot more maintenance than you would expect, you do have to clean their wrinkles often and check tail pockets, etc. If you want a dog you can bathe once or twice a month and that is it, this isn't the breed for you.

    Their personalities are wonderful and amazing which is why it makes all of the other issues worth it for those of us who have chosen a bulldog to share our lives with. Let us know if you decide to go for it! You are doing your research which is the perfect first step.

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    You know.....I was thinking that if you don't mind shedding (bullies shed something awful), a basset hound may be a good breed for you. Their personalities are very similar to a bulldog. They are couch potatoes, very pack oriented (meaning they love their families soooo much!), very minimal exercise, comical as well. Plus, their health issues are much less likely. The only difference other than looks is that they have a higher prey drive and will chase rabbits and stuff if not on leash.

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