I am curious about how you all handle questions about bulldogs from people who have "always wanted one." Ever since I adopted Mabel, I've been flooded with E-mails and messages from friends who love the breed and think that it would be fun to own one of these dogs. I've been very discouraging to most of them, telling them that even though this is a short-haired dog, they require a great amount of maintenance (knowing that most of them wouldn't keep up with all the wrinkles and health issues). It's sad, but the reason most of us have our dogs is because someone who always wanted a bulldog was not able or willing to go the distance and provide for them.
That said, I would love to someday own a bulldog from a reputable breeder, though I don't think I could love it any more than my little Mabel!
We run into this all of the time, at PetSmart or other places we go. We give them information like this website and others, we give them rescue names and locations, and we warn them about buying from a Pet Shop or off of the Internet - EDUCATE EDUCATE EDUCATE is all that you can do for them.
I always tell them the good, the bad, and the ugly! I am honest about everything but I also tell them how sweet their personalities are and why I love the breed as well.
I tell em unless they are prepared to take care of a high maintenance dog and the vet bill's, not to get into it. It's not just a beautiful dog, it's a whole lot more.
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Hubby is also very discouraging to co-workers or friends who want one after they meet ours. He always tells them that he doesn't know how I can keep up with both of them plus the house and our 2 kids while working full time. They just require so much more than other breeds! The kids help me a lot though, they are learning to take care of pets very well so far.
We take Chunk with us everywhere we can, and we get people all the time that say they want one. We let them know how much money, special diets, allergies, vet visits, and extra time with training goes into this breed, we have a smart dog but he can be willfull- he knows what we want, but he just might not care! Over a year of research, and discusion became our process! and you MUST be a good firm, and consistent pack leader. Wrinkles, those sweet wrinkles we love so much require daily attention!! I am very honest, but also tend to discourage those that seem to like the superficial notion of a bulldog, but are unaware of the reality. They are awsome, but they need extra love and attention!!
I usually let them know that they can be a very high maintenance dog and unless they really have the time that this breed requires to stay healthy that it's not the breed for them. My friend asked me once why on earth I wanted a dog that farts, snores, has to be kept clean all the time (wrinkles), drools, leaves water all over when they drink, flings stuff on the walls, etc. I simply told here that I needed a dog that needed to be needed.
Oh and by the way, Mabel is looking wonderful with her head buried in her bed.
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I always tell them that they are very high maintenance, have tons of health issues, and require a lot of expenses and care. But that it's totally worth it.
I always do the same as most of the other answers....education is the key. I always tell people an EB is NOT a dog you by on a whim. You have to do research and make sure you know what the OBLIGATIONS are that are REQUIRED by being a skin parent. When ever I see a backyard breeder at the Walmart or along the road I always stop and talk to the people looking. I always tell them of the work involved in caring for the breed and how you should never buy one from the side of the road (this behavior has also caused me to meet more than a few local police officers!!! Lol).
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