Looking forward to my first bully!
I've been wanting an English Bulldog for 10 years. I've got a friend that has always had them and I've been fortunate enough to dog sit for a week at a time, so I've understood a lot of the requirements for the breed. I recently applied and was approved for the next litter if they have at least four puppies for two mothers. So I've got a few questions!
How many puppies do mother's typically give birth to? Between two mothers, is it likely they will have four puppies?
What's a "getting started" kit for when they are available for me to bring home so I can start getting ready? I've had other pets, however this will be my first dog.
Should I be considering pet insurance? It looks like through work, I can get preventative care and accidental/illness/hereditary issues for $47/mo. Should I consider this?
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Re: Looking forward to my first bully!
Exciting prospects! Castor was one of I think six puppies plus a stillborn. You will of course need to read up on bulldogs before you get the pup but you need not buy much in advance. We only bought a bed and feeding bowls before we brought Castor home. It's like getting a baby - it's difficult to know what stuff you actually need and whether they will fit your pup and your life style. What we did was rather to remove things - we puppy proofed our home by rolling up rugs and removing things from the floors. The most important thing really is to secure you have enough time the first months. We got a few puppy toys but made a lot of disposable toys, like hiding kibble in empty paper rolls and empty bardboard boxes. Being close to him all the time we could supervise his play (I wouldn't leave a puppy alone with a cardboard box!).
Regarding insurance - read up on what's available and what is financially sound, and above all, make sure it caters for the needs of a bulldog. I'm not in the US so things may be very different from here, but we happen to have an insurance that covered two thirds of the costs when Castor had to have soft palate surgery (for breathing problems). I didn't know beforehand, so that was pure luck - some insurance companies here don't cover for that surgery in bulldogs. On the other hand, our insurance doesn't cover the costs of medicines, which might be a problem if Castor should need long-term medication in the future. I did read up a bit on insurances, but in hindsight, I should have contacted different companies and asked for a full specification and then compared them.
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