Just throwing my 2 cents in here, mostly because of the "First Time" title which will undoubtedly attract a lot of new Bully owners. If you can, buy medical insurance for your Bully. Believe me, it will be worth it. Just getting rid of something a little too big that one of my dogs swallowed, and a minor complication, ran almost $5,000.00. And that was just one of several expensive problems I've encountered with my two dogs. When young people come up to me and admire my dogs, and say, "I want to get one as soon as I can," I always start talking to them about the financial responsibility of owning a Bulldog. It's not for the faint of heart.