Welcome to EBN.. I love hedgehogs
Hi, bully lovers!
I'm Christine, and my boyfriend and I are currently doing our research on getting a bulldog (and by 'we', I mean 'me', and relaying him the Cliffnotes version of what I found). I'm just getting a bit confused as to who is a good breeder, who are scams, and just generally what people's opinions are on the different breeders.
We found one in a local pet store who has pretty much won our hearts. I know, pet shops aren't the best places, but this shop will tell you what breeder they received the puppy from, they pay for any vet visits within the first year (even wellness), they send the puppy through three different vets to make sure they're okay (and can provide documentation), and they are actually a really good shop. They told me when I went to look at them that they're often not show standard, but are still healthy.
A little bit about me. I have a 15 year old mostly blind and arthritic, with high blood pressure and an enlarged kidney Persian named Gidget (oh, and who was the runt of the litter and weighs 4 1/2 pounds), and a 4 month old hedgehog, Amelia. Gidget lives up with my parents, just because it's easier for her to get to the vet that way, and she's my replacement for my parents for when I go away for school.
I'm currently getting my masters in Forensic Psychology in Washington, DC. No, I can't read your mind. I also run an online pet accessories shop, Tranquills, on etsy. It's mostly for small animals, but I'm working my way up to bigger.
This is my boyfriend and the puppy... they look like long lost twins...
Amelia, the hedgehog.
And Gidget, the cat.
Welcome to EBN.. I love hedgehogs
to EBN, Christine. I hope you find all the info you want here, it's a great wealth of info and experienced bully people. Do your homework very well and I'm sure you will have a wonderful new addition to your family. Most good breeders will let you come see the pups and meet the parents. They will quiz YOU to make sure you are right for their pups and you should quiz THEM on the goals of their breeding and what they are doing to achieve their goals. Good breeding is extremely important in this breed and without good breeding you can find yourself with a bully with major health problems. Choose, well.
Welcome! "they pay for any vet visits within the first year (even wellness), they send the puppy through three different vets to make sure they're okay (and can provide documentation)" This sounds a bit too good to be true and when it does it usually is.
No, it's not too good to be true. They paid for Amelia's well vet visit. We just had to submit all the paperwork and what the vet did, plus, we got her vet records from when they first brought her in to be sold.
Does sound too good to be true so if it is true then maybe you can trust them? I found my breeder thru the bca. If it were me doing it all over again, that is what I would do. I have never heard of a pet store doing this so cannot comment so much. That puppy is adorable tho!!!!! Not that you need me to say so. Welcome to the board and thank you for doing your homework before buying your dream baby.
@Christemo Welcome and I hope you find the puppy of your dreams soon. I dont know about the pet shop, so I wont tell you what to do. If you have done buissnes with them and you feel comfortable then that will be your choice.Do not shop for your bully online or make a deposit or pay for your bully without first meeting your puppy and the parents.Your bully can not be ship to you via air so if they tell you this is how they will send it to you, RUN the other way. A responsible breeder will want to meet you and talk to you. English Bulldog are a wonderful breed , loving, funny and they are more thatn just a dog!!! Please keep in mind that bullys dont like to be left alone for long periods and they love attention and being with the family. Good luck and may the force be with you!!
I could have a hours of conversation with you about forensic psychology!! I am a psychiatric RN and could talk psych for days!! That puppy is adorable!! My only question/statement is how often do abnormalities/disease processes occur in the first year? It would be not only devastating to your heart but your checkbook . For example this weekend I have reading/watching about one users bully experiencing head tremors. It was breaking my heart and someone mentioned the tremors don't show until 2 years of age. However, if you are able to check out the pups genetics and visit the breeder, it would be ok.
I'm a good girl, I promise
Love your hedgehog. Are they easy to care for? Don't know anything about them. Kitty is a dollbaby too! Please choose your puppy wisely. Good thing you found us first. Be sure to read a lot of the threads especially ones about bulldog health and food. I've learned a lot since finding EBN.
Last edited by Fontanafox; 01-30-2012 at 12:14 PM.
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Welcome to EBN! I'm glad you are doing your homework before buying. That Bully is darling, but it is so important to meet and talk with the breeder and see the pup's parents. As @agingermom said, most health problems don't show up during the first year.
The best advice is to do your homework... it is hard for me to trust pet shops, because a reputable breeder would not need a pet shop to sell their puppies, their reputation is all they need.
It is always a gamble, and the breeder can determine your odds... whatever you choose, I hope it works out for you.
Thanks for all the responses!
@Fontanafox About hedgehog care... they're not the easiest things to care for. They need constant temperature control, a very specific diet, and a TON of space to run their little hineys off.
@agingermom - I'm trying to get my internship at the Maryland Department of Corrections... I'm fully expecting awesome stories to tell!