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How to care for a bulldog

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Here is a guide that will teach you step by step how to take care of your new English Bulldog puppy. Bringing a puppy home is a memorable time for you and your family, but your puppy may be a little confused by all the changes in his life.

Here, then, there are a number of instructions to follow to ensure that the transition goes smoothly like oil!

You will need a comfortable bed. A metal cage is ideal, it will be much easier for you to handle. Compare a size large enough to accommodate even when you grow up, so you don't have to buy another one.

Cover the center of the cage with a cover to give it a "home" feel. Don't spend too much on a bed that most likely roa. Place a cover in the cage with which it can be heated on colder days.

The bed should be in a relaxed and quiet area so you can sleep without being disturbed whenever you want. The ideal solution is in a corner of the kitchen or living room.

You must have your bowls for jelly and water. The bowls should be placed in such a way that they can eat and drink without their ears touching the contents of the bowl. Have a food escort at home ready for your arrival.

Ask the breeder what he is used to eating. It is better to maintain the same diet, at least for a few days. All puppies like to gnaw and bite here and there. This is normal behavior, as it helps to put teeth.

Give your puppy toys that can bite without problems.

Toys should not have too many ornaments, but the important thing is that you make sure they are not toxic and large enough that there is no risk of suffocation.

Objects so small that they can be swallowed could get stuck in the dog's throat, stomach or intestine and have fatal consequences.

Although it will not be possible to take your puppy for a walk at least until he has done all the vaccinations, bring him a collar and a leash.

The collar should be soft and the correct size.

During the first few days you will only have to wear it for short periods of time when you have control. It should not be too narrow, as it may be uncomfortable for the puppy, but it should not be too large. Consider buying a quick-release collar.

Check your neck daily and widen as you grow. Do not buy a chain collar, as it could cause irreparable damage to the dog's neck. You will also need a brush. Ask the breeder to show you how to electrocute your puppy in the right way and to advise you on what other tools to buy.

Finally, make sure you always have the name and address of the veterinarian handy. If you do not have a veterinarian, ask a friend or breeder for advice. While small, keep everything that could be dangerous for him away from your puppy's reach.

It could bite even some electrical wires. Also check your backyard and make sure the fence is safe and that there are no holes through which your dog can escape.

Check that the door closes well and that your puppy cannot get through it. Also cover pools and ponds. Arriving home it is better to adopt your puppy when you have time and company to devote. You need a lot of attention to get used to your new home.

If you take him home in the morning, he must have had time to get used to, eat, play and get tired before going to sleep. When your puppy arrives, make him smell the whole house and make sure he feels comfortable with the surroundings.

Feeding

The bulldog, like all dogs, is a carnivorous animal so it has to eat meat above all. The question is, in what way? Due to his flat face and his tendency to have stomach problems it is very important that he be given small portions of food to prevent his health from weakening, so so that it is sated more with less it must be given a feed that does not have cereals or by-products, or even more natural food such as the Yum Diet, Summum or similar.

Having a flat face, the bulldog is a dog that usually has trouble breathing, so sometimes it may require surgery either to open his nostrils or to correct any problems that may arise in his throat. Thus, daily walks must be short, no more than 20 minutes and always at a normal pace (Not fast).

You can bathe once a month with a special dog shampoo. The folds however have to be cleaned daily with wet wipes for pets. In addition, you have to brush it at least 2 or 3 times per week.

The eyes should be cleaned regularly with a clean gauze (using one for each eye) moistened in chamomile infusion.

Having hanging ears usually accumulates a lot of dirt on them. Therefore, they should be cleaned (without deepening, only the auditory pavilion) three times a week with a clean gauze moistened in warm water or with a special eye drops recommended by the veterinarian.

Everything you should know about the French Bull Dog

This dog is unique and inimitable. The big ears of what are also called "frenchies" are one of its symbols of distinction and wherever it goes it leaves a trail of friends. Funny, effusive and vital, it awakens the affection of all your acquaintances. Playful until saying enough, having a good time is one of his main hobbies.

All tenderness, will participate happily in those slapstick of which you want to participate. Not surprisingly, they look like nobody else's traditional necklace that has been part of their clothing since the end of the 19th century.

This small-sized molossus has its beginnings in England with its most direct relative, the english bulldog. Most likely, this breed arises as a result of the different crossings between toy bulldogs arriving from Britain and local dogs that nothing has to envy other breeds of medium-sized dogs with short hair.

Descendant of the French bulldogs and the heavy English bull dog, it is the fruit of the multiple crosses that some Parisian breeders carried out with the clear objective of achieving an agile and athletic breed that could fight in dog fights.

In its beginnings, it was a dog of workers, especially of coachmen and butchers, to later move on to more select circles, standing out in high society and in the world of the arts, which is due to its particular character and its original appearance.

At the end of the 19th century, the race enjoyed enough popularity in France to be exported again to England, making Mr. George Krehl a staunch defender of the same and importing to England those who came to be called "Dogs with bat ears". At that time the first standard for the French bull dog was written by the French, very similar to the current one.

Once the wealthy Americans met this dog on the boulevards of the French capital, they did not resist importing it to their country and in 1890 there was already a group of American fans dedicated to their breeding that kept their type and size constant.

In 1896 the breed was presented at the canine beauty pageant promoted by the Westminster Kennel Club, where the disparity of criteria regarding the decision of the judges resulted in the foundation of the French Bulldog Club of America.

The breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1898, the first exhibition authorized by the same being held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, which constituted a social event cheered by the media.

Characteristics and physical features

The French bulldog has a small size, but due to its powerful musculature and the compactness of its body distribution it reaches a weight that oscillates between 11 and 14 kilos. As for its height at the cross, it reaches about 30 centimeters ...

That brachycephalic breed (with a short snout and face), is included in the group that also includes the pug, the boxer and the Boston terrier. Theirnostrils they are too small and your palate It is something long. The fact that dogs prefer to breathe through truffles is hindered in these small nosed breeds.

As a curiosity we will say that all brachycephalic races, whose nasal openings are narrow, They are very vulnerable to cold and heat. Therefore it is important to keep in mind that the French bull dog should not do too much exercise in summer and, much less should be left inside a car that is parked in the sun. Nor are outdoor walks convenient when the cold gets worse.

Your musculature and the shape of his body is made by a race of strong complexion, which is due to the elevation of his back regarding It's tail, to which we must add that it has a broad back, if compared with the rest of the body.

Another of its peculiarities is that its hind legs They are somewhat shorter than the front ones. It's tail It is short and curls in a natural way according to the standards that are determined for this breed.

His look It is very expressive and his eyes, round and large, protrude a pinch. As for its movement, it can be described as unwrapped, with limbs that move parallel to the middle plane of the body.

Color and coat

There are 3 varieties of French bull dogs: the tabby (bring or brindle), the sand (fawn) and the brindle white (caille or pied).

The striped variety is a mixture of bleached hairs and black hairs. Some white is admitted, in small proportion, in head and chest. Tabby with quite white surface are not desirable. The white-tabby coat has tabby spots and a white background.

White dogs are completely classified with this coat. The eye contour and eyelashes must be black and should not show any sign of depigmentation on the face. All sand shades, from red to coffee with milk, are admitted.


Temperament

Playful, affectionate, vivacious, patient and enthusiastic They are some of the adjectives that best define this bonachona pet. His temperament corresponds perfectly with companion dogs. Friendly, sweet and sociable become the "kings" of the families that adopt them as soon as they put a leg in their home.

These perfect lap dog usually develops separation anxiety easily if you do not consider your company needs covered, which means that you can become a destructive puppy if you are left alone for spaces that you consider prolonged.

This dog has a real need for companionship, a circumstance that has to be taken into account at the time of its adoption, since it is not a dog to leave "on its own" in a patio or garden.

For this reason it is an ideal breed for people who have free time to devote to their pets, not being recommended for those who stay little time at home. They are also great pets for first-time owners, without previous experience, given their good character and lack of complication.

Conveniently socialized, they are dogs as friendly to those known as strangers, which makes them great pets. Its adaptation to small spaces is perfect, provided that their owners become aware of the need to have their needs met at the level of exercise on a daily basis.

It is a particular race that is cheerful and fun and is always aware of its masters. By making them happy they are able to perfectly tolerate as many monkeys with them as they want to perform while they are photographed or all those games in which they want to include them. Because they like it, they like even sunglasses of all colors and sizes. And, as if all this were not enough, they enjoy until exhaustion while riding in wheelbarrows, bicycles, carts and cars.

Lying next to his master on the couch while watching television is one of his main hobbies and, if there is another bulldog in the house who can complete the trio, even better then to these strong friends they love doing things as a couple.

This dog is faithful by nature, so you will be surprised at the way he licks your hand even if you have it empty, or in which he will move his tail even though you are scolding him.

Relationship with other pets

His exceptional character leads him to enjoy both people and other animals, but yes, his sense of loyalty will push him to protect the children of the family if he considers that his safety can be compromised, circumstance in which will determine the level of socialization that the bull dog has received since childhood.

Relationship with children

The French bull dog is a formidable breed with children and, in the event that a baby is going to arrive at the house, you must be calm because it is a hundred percent protective breed. They love children and are very delicate with them.

This pet will be charming with the smallest of the family, making friends with them from the moment they meet and maintaining a relationship of unconditional love and friendship.

Many families choose a Frenchie as their children's adventure companion, because it is a race with which children will learn many values ​​that will lead them to be better people, contributing to a better behavior with both their peers and animals. Making them small responsible for their pets is a good idea when educating them.

On the other hand, the French bull dog has in his favor that he will always be next to the children, taking care of them and protecting them. Of course, in the case that you are going to have a baby, the logical thing is to spread a little attention between the newborn and the pet, so that your faithful friend does not feel totally displaced.

External parasites

All dogs are exposed to external parasites such as fleas, ticks or mosquitoes when summer comes and high temperatures.

These are found by green areas of grass and meadows and exploit the vulnerability of our pets.

However, bulldogs, especially the English, have extremely sensitive skin, so the effects of the parasites can be worse for them and their healing is slower.

It is time to buy pipettes and antiparasitic collars. In the market there are many types, but if you have doubts, your vet I will recommend which is the best according to the characteristics of your pet.

Our veterinarian will advise us how to prevent our pet from parasites.

Continuous hydration: Lots of water at home and on the street

Bulldog dogs suffer breathing difficulties if the environment is especially heavy or too hot. Its hydration is essential, both inside and outside the home. If you have a bulldog you can't forget to get one bottle of water to drink and cool, or visit frequently the fountains that find you on the road where you are going to walk.

Also you must refresh your skin because of their size they are animals that tend to accumulate fat and spend more heat than other races.

In addition, it is very likely that your dog find it fun Let him wet you, take advantage to play with him when he touches the skin to refresh!

There are also some special bottles of water for dogs, they are very practical for your dog to drink water down the street and you can buy them in stores specializing in pets.

Our dog must always have water at his disposal.

Take care of your skin: They can burn

The skin of bulldogs is very sensitive and fine and for their folds It is normal for them to suffer irritations. In addition, due to its short fur and in many cases its clear skin, it is very easy that if they are exposed to the sun for a long time they can burn the skin.

Avoid going for a walk in spaces where the sun is going to give it directly and continuously, walk in the shade and apply a special sunscreen for dogs.

If you take your dog to the beach you must take a dip with fresh water after the bath since the salt water will dry your skin.

We must control that our bulldog is not exposed to the sun directly.

Don't let your pads burn

Remember, if the ground burns for you, it also burns for your dog. If you see that it is very hot and you imagine that the ground may be burning don't take your pet for a walk and wait for the sun to fall to walk with him.

The pads of this breed are especially sensitive and they can get hurt easily.

If you have doubts about whether the floor is very hot, go down to the street and touch a tile for a few seconds, if your hand does not hold that temperature Don't take out your pet yet.

Take care of your pet's legs and protect it from the heat of the asphalt.

Bath and drying

When bathing your dog, a key aspect that you have to take into account is that you do not suffer from skin allergy problems and if so, be careful to use special soaps for atopic skin.

The size of the bull dog requires the search for a good place to bathe it, where he is comfortable and you have enough space to unwind. Use warm water.

You should know that when you are bathing your frenchie, what you do is remove fat from your skin, whose function is to repel any attempt of aggression, so that your pet will smell even when it is freshly bathed. Having a straight hair, the bull dog is a breed with 30% more fat than other dogs, which is why it gives off a greater smell. It is best to apply soap only once in order to clean it without degreasing your skin. The bath will take place once a month.

Drying him will have no secret for you because it is something that he usually loves, enjoying a lot while rubbing it all over his body. If you do it with an electric dryer you have to observe some precautionary measures such as doing it at a moderate temperature and with some separation from the body.

The most appropriate is to brush your hair 2 or 3 times a week, although in times of molting it is necessary to do it more times. You will have to brush from tail to head, that is, against the counter.

In the folds of the face of the Frenchie, dust and dirt tend to accumulate, so you should clean the wrinkles at least twice a week to avoid infections and fungi. To do this, just use a damp cloth or cotton with water.

Vaccines and antiparasitic treatments

Like the rest of the breeds, the French bull dog must have its own vaccination card to indicate the doses you have administered and those that are missing.

As for fleas, ticks and intestinal worms, you can keep them at bay thanks to the antiparasitic pipettes and collars on which the same professional will guide you.

More common diseases

From this breed we have already highlighted its extreme sensitivity to temperature changes, which can cause hot flushes and easy constipation. Do not take it down to the street when it is very hot in summer and put on a coat in winter.

Other possible health problems that this breed may suffer are:

  • Mega esophagus A dilation of the esophagus that prevents food from reaching the stomach.
  • Blood clotting disorder It can lead to exaggerated bleeding, even without any coagulation.
  • Brachycephalic dog syndrome. They often show respiratory difficulties due to their short snout, long palate and narrow nostrils, which give rise to that characteristic "crushed face inward", being one of its usual symptoms snoring too strong.
  • What translates into a somewhat short spine with degeneration and malformations of the invertebral discs due to excess stress. This also limits lung capacity and the rib cage.

Some of the symptoms that can alert you that something is not going well in your bulldog's state of health are summarized in stopping eating completely, appetite reduction once the feed intake is reduced, which enjoys a good appetite but does not gain weight with correction, depressed mood, eyes with too many slogan or glassy as well as narrowed, cold nose, white mouth or tongue sky, sudden changes in your physique, excessive itching in some area of ​​the body, vomiting and diarrhea, continuous failure of some muscles, truffle with mucus or very watery or constant tilt of a part of the head.

Training

In spite of being a good and docile race, it is precise as any other of a correct training. We must start from the basis that sometimes their copies are very stubborn and insistent when they want to receive caresses, be put on the bed or on the sofa, that we give them food from the table, etc.

To achieve a positive behavior of your frenchie you will have to start your training from a puppy, which will allow you to achieve success more easily and that the coexistence is much more pleasant.

These dogs are said to be like sponges and will quickly learn how much you want to teach them, never stopping from wanting to learn. Do not let him fall into the usual "Small dog syndrome" Let him think that he is the leader of the pack. Stand firm and show from the first moment that who is the boss.

Be persevering and help yourself with the tone of your voice in training, because although it seems that sometimes they understand everything we tell them, it is not always the case.

Create for your pet an orderly life pattern run by schedules that allow him to have a routine that directs their lives. Try to train him for a few minutes several times each day, without getting tired, but with dedication and perseverance.

The reward and punishment (which in no case should be physical), consisting basically of scolding him, should be used in our favor, always in its proper measure.

In the event that you cannot get your French bulldog on the sidewalk, due to his bad behavior, you can turn to a dog trainer that will be able to correct his behavior and help you to face all those situations in which he misbehaves or does not obey.

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