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    Hi everyone. I wrote the breeder recently where I purchased my bulldog and sent her a few pics as well. I told her Buddy was doing fine and was 50lbs at the last vet visit. He is 7 months old now.. She asked me if I had a new vet. Which I do and see tomorrow for the first time.. She said I didn't want him getting too big- too soon. I am going to ask this vet tomorrow and I read that I think when I was searching around on breeders websites. Something to do with hip displasia possibly. I forgot. But has anyone ever heard this before? Is it valid? Thanks

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever heard this about bulldogs? ( too big. too fast)

    It is usually hereditary but recent research has shown that being overweight, injury at a young age, overexertion on hip joint at a young age, ligament tear at a young age, repetitive motion on forming joint (i.e. jogging with puppy under the age of 1 year) can also contribute to hip dysplasia. Hope this helps.
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    Thanks Davidh. I am concerned as to too big- too quick. Not that I am not concerned with hip displasia. I am but I mean I was just wondering it this holds any truth or not. " You don't want a bulldog growing too fast" Thanks

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    I have seen several comments about that subject on this site. I recall one person advising not to feed large breed puppy food as it could cause them to grow at a faster rate. Faster growth doesn't give their bones and joints the necessary time needed for best development. I wouldn't worry too much, but do suggest discussing it with your vet. It may just be that with your bully's genetics he is just going to be bigger. My guy is 11 months and just topped 50 lbs. His dad is 63lbs and it looks like Tank will be a chip off the ol' block. Do you have any way to find out about your boys' lineage?


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    50 lbs at 7 months does not sound to far off average to me. Our 6 month old boys is about 45 lbs.
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    Default Re: Has anyone ever heard this about bulldogs? ( too big. too fast)

    Barley is 35 lbs at 6 months. His paws are still huge compared to the rest of him. His father was 65lbs. I read a few things surrounding the risk of having an overweight dog before their hips / knees are fully grown and the risk of increased injury due to this but that is the only thing i recall.

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    I always kept my Mastiffs at a good juvenile weight, not over-doing it or over-feeding. I do the same now with my Bulldogs. It's better to gradually have weight so the bones can adjust to the weight at least while the hips and joints are setting. Not a vet, but my vet has agreed with this, so that's what we do.

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever heard this about bulldogs? ( too big. too fast)

    My vet ascribes to the "too big..too fast" theory. She has lots of Bully's in her practice and says if they get too much weight too soon...it puts too much pressure and strain on their joints. Their bones aren't solid and fully able to handle the extra weight, especially while jumping and even playing. This can lead to freaky injuries and broken bones for seemingly no reason. She thinks a slower managed growth is ultimately the best for the Bully. Jake was put on an all stage food at 11 weeks and still is.

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    Bongo is 10 months now and at about 47lbs I think slow and steady growth is the key to good health. To big to early would put stress on the bones it's hard to stop a puppy from jumping and running but you can control hi weight growth. 50lbs sound about right in the range I've noticed Bongo weight gain slow down after 7 months. I think to stay nice and healthy 60-70lbs for a boy in my opinion is good depending on his height and parents all bulldogs are different though. Good luck and love him lots.


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    Thanks everyone. I am going to ask this new vet about this. I might have to put Buddy on a diet. Appreciate it. Hero

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever heard this about bulldogs? ( too big. too fast)

    You may find this useful, I have been using this as a guide for the weight of my boy who is nearly 9 months and spot on the guidelines for weight. Obviously there will be variances to this either side Im sure.

    http://www.bulldoginformation.com/Weight_chart.html

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever heard this about bulldogs? ( too big. too fast)

    I'm going to tell you a story about Jack my non bully growing too fast. It almost cost him his life and he was in ICU for 5 days on a feeding tube. I'm short on time so I'll be back later. You can search "Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy" (HOD) in dogs. Just as in people of a dog grows too fast the blood circulation in the growth plates cannot keep up. It's not common for bulldog or Pitbulls but it happened to our pitty.
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