First off, let?s talk about health issues.
Bulldogs can easily overheat. Never leave them in a closed area or car
where this could become an issue. If they are overheated, immerse the
dog in a cold bath or with a hose, and call the Vet ASAP.
Because of their skin wrinkles, they can get chafing and heat rash in
the warmer months/areas. Take care to powder their folds, wrinkles,
and under their take if you notice any signs of this.
Sometimes their feet get lesions between the toes, and it?s believed
this is an anatomical issue. They are more common on the forefeet.
They say if you notice swelling or sores, to mix a teaspoon full of
sea salt in warm water and stand the affect foot in the mix for a few
minutes daily. You can also help to prevent this by trimming the hair
from between their toes weekly.
Eczema is a common problem with Bulldogs. It can be caused by stress,
rich diet, insect bites, and hormonal problems. If this occurs, please
take the dog to a Vet. A recommended diet in case of eczema is lamb
meat mixed with boiled rice. Keep brushes, combs, and bedding clean.
Now, let?s talk about Hereditary and Congenital problems a Bulldog may
face. Since I have a listing of over 36 of them, I?ll point you to the
webpage. Most, if not all of these issues need a Vet. Consult, as
there?s nothing you can really do at home to cure/fix them.
The History of the Breed
Bulldogs were bread for Bullbaiting, a sport popular among many in the
Middle Ages. In this sport, the dog was required to perform ?pinning
and holding.? (For example? grabbing a bull by the nose, grabbing a
hold, and not letting go.) They said it made the bull?s flesh
tenderer, and in some places, it was illegal to sell bull meat, which
had not been ?baited? the day before. The sport became more popular in
England in the 13th to the 18th centuries, becoming a national sport.
Dogs during this time became bread esp. for the purpose of this sport,
hence the English Bulldog. They bread a dog with the bulk of his
weight near his head so that when the bull shook there was less change
of his neck being broken. It?s the reason the nose is so upturned as
well, to let the dog breathe easy while it held its grip. This process
continued until 1802, at which point a bill was discussed banning the
practice. However, it was thrown out of the House of Commons. In 1835,
it was finally made illegal by an Act of Parliament.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bulldogx-l/ (A Yahoo MSG Board group about Bulldogs)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bulldoggers/ (Same idea, different group)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bulldogfx/ (Ditto ? English Bulldog Specific)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BulldogForum/ (Areas of discussion will
include (but are not limited to) ethical breeding practices, public
awareness, health screening, genetic testing, nutrition, traditional
and alternative therapies, and training through positive
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bullyforum/ (Ditto ? English Bulldog Specific)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The-Holistic-Bulldogger/ (Holistic Bulldog ideas)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/englishbulldoglovers2/ (Ditto ? English
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thebulldogbunch/ (Ditto ? Bulldogs)
http://www.bulldoginformation.com/bull-baiting.html (Great Website
FULL of information)
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