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lisagbarker

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Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm new to this forum. I'm about to get an Old English Bulldog. I've had a Valley Bulldog and several Boxers. My question is he's 6 weeks old with a curly "corkscrew" tail and I am just reading that these tails can come with medical issues. How do I know if he has a Pocket/Fold and do I ask the breeder for an x-ray to be sure there is no spine deformity? I just want to be prepared. I do know that the tail was docked even though it's the corkscrew type so I don't know if that makes a difference. Any info would be appreciated.
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Welcome to EBN! Not all bulldogs end up with a tail pocket so there is a chance it will be a none issues, but to be safe always clean under the tail on a daily bases. I use witch hazel on a cotton pad
 

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Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm new to this forum. I'm about to get an Old English Bulldog. I've had a Valley Bulldog and several Boxers. My question is he's 6 weeks old with a curly "corkscrew" tail and I am just reading that these tails can come with medical issues. How do I know if he has a Pocket/Fold and do I ask the breeder for an x-ray to be sure there is no spine deformity? I just want to be prepared. I do know that the tail was docked even though it's the corkscrew type so I don't know if that makes a difference. Any info would be appreciated.
Thank you
Welcome to EBN‼️

If it’s the Old English Bulldog you’re getting, they really have these issues. The “Old” isn’t the English Bulldog. 2 different breeds.
 
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lisagbarker

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Thank you. I do know they are two different breeds. I did read that the corkscrew tail is common to both breeds. The puppy I am getting currently has no pockets or folds. I did read they can develop by 6 months so I was just inquiring to see if anyone with a bulldog with a corkscrew tail had any major issues.
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Lisa,
Welcome to EBN! Like other threads, I will tell you too that this site is very informative. I too am semi-new to this site. I have only had my Bully for about 9 months and I do not regret getting him; he’s been a blessing to my wife and I life. So when are we going to see your fur-baby? Again, welcome to the site.
 

oscarmayer

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...I was just inquiring to see if anyone with a bulldog with a corkscrew tail had any major issues.
:)
We have had a few that needed constant maintenance to prevent infection. Some have required surgery to remove the tail because it was inverted & growing into the body. Many corkscrew tail issues are made worse by allowing the dog to be overweight. Keep your dog lean and you'll increase your chances of NOT having tail issues.
 

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