I just wanted to share this, Rosie the Bulldog who was the inspiration for Long Beach, CA's dog beach, died January 2010. While it was very sad it gives me hope, with the proper care an English Bulldog can live a long happy life.
My very 1st Bulldog lived to be 16 years old. He was blind and moved really slow, but the vet said he was in no pain. He passed in his sleep on the foot of my bed, laying with his favorite toys.