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    Hello everyone I am new to this! I am wondering why my five month English bulldog Won't gain weight or get big? I adopted her because I really wanted an English bulldog and they said that she was a breeders surrender. She was very tiny when I got her I couldn't understand why a breeder would want to give her up. For some reason she's gotten very tall her legs are very long and she does not look so much like an English bulldog to me. I inserted a picture of her mother who I also adopted because the breeders were done breeding her. I want to give these English bulldogs a good life and I plan on doing so but I would like to help my little lulu gain some weight and figure out if she's a purebred or not. I love her and either way I just want to help her because she is literally very tiny. I know it is very hard when looking at pictures but can somebody tell me what is going on with my poor baby??? I feed her Propac three times a day!
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    Her momma certainly looks like a purebred EB. And Lulu is adorable. I can't really say why she isn't gaining weight, but if you are interested in finding out if she is full EB, Wisdom Panel makes some DNA tests for consumers that are reasonably priced and pretty darn accurate. I have used their products, as have several friends. You can do a search for the tests on Amazon.com. You do a couple mouth swabs with the enclosed long handled small brushes, and mail them back in the sterile envelope.

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    I left you a visitor message! Lol! You were way ahead of me! Bulldogs mature very differently than other breeds. They grow taller the first year..then out and wide the second and sometimes into the third year. She looks all bully to me! As far as weight gain..they do come in all weights! We have some as small as 30 lbs and up! It is important she gains and it's the amount that varies. If she is healthy otherwise and shows no signs of illness, I would just kep an eye on her!

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    Firstly, her mother is totally adorable!!! Secondly, the puppy is totally adorable!!!

    So I know you say she's 5 months but you don't say how much she weighs. Not that that really matters because as has alredy been said by @JAKEISGREAT bulldogs and dogs in general grow at different rates.

    If she is all ribs and bones then there is something wrong. If she's a plump happy puppy then it's fine!

    But it is true .... bulldogs grow up in their first year. All gangly legs to the point that I'm thinking that maybe this is a boxer!!! Then in their second year they start growing out. Their head, their body everything just seems to grow sideways!!

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    i was worried about Geno too for awhile because he seemed small. When he goes to the vet they always say he is a good weight. (49 lbs) He is three. We did have an episode where i was feeding him sub par food and he lost weight, but not so much that he was sick or anything, but I had to switch his food. She seems young to really know, probably still in her awkward puppy stage.

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    She is just precious, and as others have said they grow up then out. Some just stay small. We had a beautiful girl and when she was a pup, she was a big boned girl and had great show potential, but then when she got older she just stayed at about 40 lbs. Too small to breed and show, but still a beauty. Your baby will be a beauty also, just may stay a little on the small side, but that's OK.
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    When Ftse was a baby he too had long legs and I used to think he at times he didn't look like a EBD but now he is perfect in all ways and both your Bullies are so Adorabull I really wouldn't worry.

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    to EBN.... Your babies are beautiful. We have a retired working girl and they make the most wonderful family members... quiet and gentle is their demeanor. We absolutely love our Princess Gracie and I'll bet you feel the same with your Maddy. I hope you will continue to post pix of your bully family and join in the conversations here. Ask whatever questions you have and just have fun on EBN

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    to EBN! They are both adorable!!!!


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    they are both adorable! She looks like a bulldog to me, as others have said they grow very different. Winston just turned two today and I can tell you the difference in him over this past year is crazy! He really filled out this year! As long as she's feeling ok I would just keep an eye on her!

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    Hello and welome to EBN.... how freakin' adorable is she and momma bear looks to be a beauty too!

    What and how much are you feeding?

    Can you get a picture from above looking down at her back?

    Lastly, as others have said, bulldogs grow up the first year and out the second year. Also, they come in all shape and sizes.
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    I forgot to say my lulu went from 5 pounds to 11 pounds now. Here is a picture of her Backside. No ribs do not appear to show but if you touch her you can feel them. Thank you for being so supportive. I will take all of your advice into consideration but I will keep an eye on her weight. I just see all these other English bulldogs were very chubby young and was worried.
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