Bulldog puppies are absolutely adorable! If you’re looking to adopt this breed, we’re here to share adoption tips and, of course, photos that will make you want these pups even more.
Reputable bulldog breeders, unfortunately, don’t exist as the way the dogs are bred causes inherent health issues. The best way to adopt a bulldog puppy is to find a local rescue or shelter with one available. You can ask to be put on a waitlist if there are none available right away.
Below, we’ll talk about everything there is to know about adopting a bulldog puppy, from prices to where to find them.
How Much do Bulldog Puppies Cost?
Bulldog puppies cost around $1,500-$3,000. However, we highly recommend adopting a rescue Bulldog rather than supporting unethical breeders! Rescue dogs typically cost under $500.
Of course, you’ll also want to consider lifetime costs, as they make adoption fees seem small by comparison! Think about recurring costs such as food, pet insurance, and routine veterinary care. Also, consider surprise costs such as emergency vet care.
Where to Adopt a Bulldog Puppy
The best place to adopt a bulldog puppy is from a reputable rescue or shelter. Breed-specific rescues can help to narrow your search and find the breed you’re looking for.
You may also find bulldogs in need of rehoming from people in your area who can no longer care for them.
Are There Reputable Bulldog Breeders?
Breeders are another way to adopt bulldogs, especially if you’re set on adopting a puppy. However, it’s important to note that there are no reputable bulldog breeders. This is because these dogs are bred for appearance over health. Bulldogs are prone to health problems that affect their quality of life daily. These include difficulty breathing and exercising due to their short snouts.
It’s also incredibly dangerous for a bulldog to give birth, and they usually require C-sections to birth puppies safely.
Some bulldog breeders are better than others, however. If you’re going to purchase a puppy from a breeder, please look for one who has up-to-date genetic health testing on both parents, with CHIC numbers so you can view the results. Never purchase from a breeder who doesn’t complete full health testing or who breeds dogs with poor test results.
Your breeder should also have a contract stating that puppies will be returned to them if you need to rehome them for any reason, at any age. Good breeders don’t allow their dogs to end up in shelters no matter what! The breeder should also have puppies chipped with their name alongside yours.
Other things to look for are dogs who are raised in a healthy, clean home environment, breeders who answer questions openly and honestly, and breeders who ask questions about your lifestyle in return.
Avoid breeders who charge more for puppies based on coat color or sex, as this is a giant red flag! They should be placing their dogs into homes based on personality, lifestyle, and the best fit for each individual.
How Fast do Bulldog Puppies Grow?
Bulldog puppies usually weigh around 7-12 pounds at eight weeks. They weigh 26-35 pounds by six months, and 40-55 pounds once fully grown.
They’ll usually reach their full height at one year of age but continue to bulk up until they’re two years old.
More things to keep in mind about bulldog puppies are that they require a lot of time and training, especially in their first months, and that they require more costly veterinary care than adult dogs.
Two-month-old pups cannot be left alone for more than two hours at a time. This is as long as they can hold their bladders! They also require plenty of attention and around-the-clock care, similar to human toddlers.
It’ll be several months before your puppy can be left alone for four hours at a time, which is the recommended maximum even for adult dogs.
When it comes to vet care, bulldogs will need to stay up to date on their initial vaccines, which means multiple vet trips in the first year. They should also be spayed or neutered once they’re old enough.
Bulldog Puppy Pictures
The photo featured at the top of this post is © Zanna Pesnina/Shutterstock.com
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