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    Default Re: Do you have to be "rich" to own a bulldog?

    Quote Originally Posted by megdav View Post
    That's a good idea too, adding to a savings account each month. Yes, I have priced some insurances for an older dog. one was $190 (what??). But others are around $100. Blah. I'll have to give that some thought. I guess you just never know. It would be awful to suddenly have a $7000 vet bill for surgery or something and not have enough in the account. Hmm...
    You are right, you never know. Chumly became very ill about 8 months before he died. He ended up having to have a splenectomy (it was not cancer, thank God) and that episode, all together, cost us over $6000. Ouch! We didn't have the dedicated account then so it came out of ours! I would have spent double without a thought for my special boy though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunky White View Post
    90% of bulldog puppies will not have a lot of energy. They are usually worn out with 10-15 minutes of play once or twice per day. They sleep a lot also and are great with kids, grownups and other animals.
    my son also gets nervous that he is going to get bit and you know how puppies are little nibblers
    I love that bulldogs are pretty chill though

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    Quote Originally Posted by megdav View Post
    my son also gets nervous that he is going to get bit and you know how puppies are little nibblers
    I love that bulldogs are pretty chill though
    Bulldog are definitely nibblers you just have to redirect them to a chew toy. They also like to lick a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chunky White View Post
    Bulldog are definitely nibblers you just have to redirect them to a chew toy. They also like to lick a lot.
    HAHAHA!

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    ....and then there are the healthy ones. I now have my 4th bully. Don't know how it happened, but every one of my bulldogs have been healthy as can be, except that two of them had cherry eye (which I now plan for when I get a bully pup!). None of mine ever had any health issues, never even allergies. I got health insurance for Winnie when she was 8 weeks old, before she had anything to exclude. She did have Demodex mange when she was a pup, which is not uncommon for any pup, not just bullies, and is easily treated. My insurance didn't cover it as they don't cover any parasites. We have used the insurance twice, once when she swallowed a whole chicken bone and we took her to emergency. The other time she had swallowed a big chunk of a stuffed toy and got really sick. We took her to emergency and before they had to do surgery, she vomited it up. That last trip was about $800 and the insurance paid most of it. So I would add, in addition to a high quality food, you should be extremely careful about what your bully gets ahold of, because some of them will swallow anything that will go down their throats! My insurance is through VPI and I believe it costs about $49.00 a month for each dog (I have 3). I've had it for over a year and it has about paid for itself. I also have a wellness rider that pays for annual exams and heart worm meds and vaccinations. @megdav

    Any kind of dog you get is a commitment and a roll of the dice as far as health issues go. I've had other dogs with way more health issues than my bulldogs. That's just my story....

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    Default Re: Do you have to be "rich" to own a bulldog?

    You definitely don't have to be rich and I love that you're asking this question, so many, including me jump into getting a bulldog without knowing anything about them besides that they are cute. Here in South Africa I often see posts on FB from people looking for a "cheap" bulldog, cos according to them the reputable breeders charge unreasonable amounts I try in the best way I can to point out that if one can't afford to buy one from a good breeder maybe they should look into getting a different breed or save up the money... Better to buy from a good breeder and have few health issues than from a backyard breeder and end up with tons of health problems, it's cheaper in the end. I explain what has happened to us during our time having bulldogs and that I hate for others to make the same mistakes I did. I really did everything wrong didn't research, bought from dodgy backyard breeders and had no clue about the health issues.

    But I wouldn't change anything, I love them SO much my heart hurts. They're my everything and I would find them again if I went back in time. We do spend a lot of time and money on them but they are so worth it, and isn't that why one wants a dog? To spend time with them and love on them

    To adopt is a great choice, the health issues are often already known or already dealt with so you'll know what you're dealing with, also adopted dogs are the best I hope you can find a bulldog suitable for your family and your boy, bulldogs are truly special and they deserve someone who's responsible like you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnam View Post
    ....and then there are the healthy ones. I now have my 4th bully. Don't know how it happened, but every one of my bulldogs have been healthy as can be, except that two of them had cherry eye (which I now plan for when I get a bully pup!). None of mine ever had any health issues, never even allergies. I got health insurance for Winnie when she was 8 weeks old, before she had anything to exclude. She did have Demodex mange when she was a pup, which is not uncommon for any pup, not just bullies, and is easily treated. My insurance didn't cover it as they don't cover any parasites. We have used the insurance twice, once when she swallowed a whole chicken bone and we took her to emergency. The other time she had swallowed a big chunk of a stuffed toy and gore really sick. We took her to emergency and before they had to do surgery, she vomited it up. That last trip was about $800 and the insurance paid most of it. So I would add, in addition to a high quality food, you should be extremely careful about what your bully gets ahold of, because some of them will swallow anything that will go down their throats! My insurance is through VPI and I believe it costs about $49.00 a month for each dog (I have 3). I've had it for over a year and it has about paid for itself. I also have a wellness rider that pays for annual exams and heart worm meds and vaccinations. @megdav

    Any kind of dog you get is a commitment and a roll of the dice as far as health issues go. I've had other dogs with way more health issues than my bulldogs. That's just my story....
    Wow you are lucky Donna, that's great your bulldogs have been healthy. I was wondering about VPI. Seems people on here like it...
    Thanks for the advice about some bullies eating anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petra View Post
    You definitely don't have to be rich and I love that you're asking this question, so many, including me jump into getting a bulldog without knowing anything about them besides that they are cute. Here in South Africa I often see posts on FB from people looking for a "cheap" bulldog, cos according to them the reputable breeders charge unreasonable amounts I try in the best way I can to point out that if one can't afford to buy one from a good breeder maybe they should look into getting a different breed or save up the money... Better to buy from a good breeder and have few health issues than from a backyard breeder and end up with tons of health problems, it's cheaper in the end. I explain what has happened to us during our time having bulldogs and that I hate for others to make the same mistakes I did. I really did everything wrong didn't research, bought from dodgy backyard breeders and had no clue about the health issues.

    But I wouldn't change anything, I love them SO much my heart hurts. They're my everything and I would find them again if I went back in time. We do spend a lot of time and money on them but they are so worth it, and isn't that why one wants a dog? To spend time with them and love on them

    To adopt is a great choice, the health issues are often already known or already dealt with so you'll know what you're dealing with, also adopted dogs are the best I hope you can find a bulldog suitable for your family and your boy, bulldogs are truly special and they deserve someone who's responsible like you
    Thank you Petra!

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    Default Re: Do you have to be "rich" to own a bulldog?

    It truly is just unknown. Rich, no.... but means to money/or credit in case of emergency yes. I got Tyson when he was 3. Literally has zero issues with him at all until he turned 8. Once he turned 8, all hell broke loose. LOL He had prostate issues, we almost lost him due to surgery, then he swallowed socks, then he got food poisoning from raw, and now he has arthritis. So while I was lucky the prior 5 years, after that I've spent thousands on him for all the above. Yes, we have insurance on him, but we still had to pay at the time of service, then wait to be reimbursed. So as long as you have the care credit, or credit card or some kind of savings account you should be fine. Having them on a quality food, cleaning them daily (face, ears, tails, etc), and making a conscious effort to keep things off the floor or within their reach that they could swallow, and watching them while outside for the same reasons (swallowing randoms stuff) will get you a long way. A few vitamins and supplements as well, which aren't too too bad price wise. Just like Christine said, boy are they worth it. I know that I would give just about anything for my boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donnam View Post
    My insurance is through VPI and I believe it costs about $49.00 a month for each dog (I have 3). I've had it for over a year and it has about paid for itself. I also have a wellness rider that pays for annual exams and heart worm meds and vaccinations.
    is this the plan you have?

    https://www.petinsurance.com/enroll/...h_wellness.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Fantastic question..... it is awesome that you are doing all the research and information finding. Just this reason is why so many end up in rescue/shelters... people jump at buying the cute wrinkled baby and never know what really is all involved.

    You do not have to be rich, but willing to spend the money to keep them healthy. The better the food and daily maintenance care... the less likely you will be at the vet. Once you find the right food (could be months of trial and error) you do prevent a lot of the issues with skin, ears, paws... so, even thought a bag of food may be $70... it is high quality so you feed less and the bag will last 5-6 weeks, so you are kind of only paying around $10 a week for food , which if it keeps away vet visits (outside of the normal wellness) it is worth the spend. That said, there are things due to bad/poor breeding or just roll of the dice that you may have to deal with (cherry eye, tail amputation, palate reduction, nares widen, enthropian).

    Pet insurance is great if you get the plan as soon as you get a puppy and there is no medical history.... most companies do not cover any pre-existing conditions and some consider a conversation with your vet for information as pre-existing. Based on that, what we have done for the past 12 yrs, is have a credit card just for the pups and it is used only for emergency vet bills (surgery, ER trips, etc.).

    one big piece to keep in mind... these babies give so much love they are more than worth their weight in gold
    hope that helps

    Well said Christine and right on the button
    YOU MIGHT BE A BULLDOG IF...

    ...everyone else in a room with you is pinching their noses
    ...you snore like a chain saw.
    ...it takes too much energy to beg
    ...your snore is louder than your bark
    ...you have never seen your tail...what is a tail anyways?
    ...you're the loudest snorer in the house.

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    Default Re: Do you have to be "rich" to own a bulldog?

    Bullys are expensive to buy yes, and in my opinion they are no more expensive for food and care etc then any other dog. Emergency vet trips happen to all animals and if you are taking good care of your pet hopefully there should be less vet visits When we got our boy I bought a "bulldog for dummys" book and it was VERY helpful! Bullys give you so much love its WORTH EVERY PENNY.
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