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Caring for English Bulldog Puppy by Nightingale Bullies

Updated on June 19, 2013

More Information about caring for english bulldogs

It takes approx. 30 days for your new Bulldog puppy to adjust to its new environment and to build up its resistance to fight off sickness. This is why we set up the following suggestions, which are preventative measures to get your Bulldog puppy off to a good healthy start.

It's always a good idea to have your puppy seen by a veterinarian for a check up right away.

Give about 1/2 teaspoon of honey on food each feeding for the next 30 days. This gives your puppy extra energy to help prevent Hypoglycemia (decrease of sugar in the blood). This condition resembles a convulsive seizure and should not be overlooked, or immediately classified as epilepsy.

After 7 weeks old do not give your puppy milk. It will most likely cause diarrhea!

Your puppy should have it's own if there are other pets. Drinking and eating from other dishes can cause health problems as well as fighting. Always use either stainless steel and/or porcelain dishes. Plastic dishes capture bacteria and no matter how well they are scrubbed and cleaned, the bacteria still stays in the plastic. This bacteria can cause illness and/or rashes on the bulldogs face.

Housebreaking is very easy if you are consistent and dedicated. Since canines are den animals it is best to crate train using a crate just large enough for the puppy to stand up and turn around. By using a larger crate the puppy will tend to do their duty in one corner and sleep in the other and the training will not work well in this situation. As long as you can pysically watch your puppy they do not need to be crated. If you cannot watch them - crate them! A good rule of thumb is to not feed the puppy after 6 pm. This will limit him/her doing their duty overnight. Very young puppies cannot help from relieving themselves even in a crate situation - not feeding them after 6 pm will help in this training. Since bulldogs are stubborn it is not recommended to train the puppy to go in a area inside the home such as a newspaper in the kitchen etc., if you plan to train the puppy later outside. Train to the area in which you wish the puppy to go for the rest of their life. A good rule of thumb is to physically take the puppy to the area in which you want him/her to do their duty as soon as the puppy :

(1) Wakes from a nap.

(2) 10 to 15 minutes after a feeding.

(3) When you see the puppy sniffing around the floor.

(4) After "Hard Play" as this tends to make them want to defecate.

(5)and at least every hour in between.

When the puppy does their duty in this designated area, praise the puppy by saying, That's a good girl/boy! and pet the puppy. Show and verbally convey to the puppy how happy you are that they did a good thing. Bulldogs love to please their human friends.

It's very important that you stick to a very redundant feeding ritual for your English Bulldog. Feeding him/her a measured amount of nutritious food around the same times of the day is the best way to ensure a good diet. This is probably one of the only things that most breeders will agree on. Some believe that dogs should remain on special dry dog food, such as Iams, Eukanuba or Science Diet and occasional treats in between. Others will only feed their dogs cooked meals they prepare themselves while others will provide dry dog food in the morning and give a mix of dry and wet dog food for dinner. Although none of these are either wrong or right, what is best depends primarily on you. Do you have time to cook for your dog?

Does giving your dog wet food agree with him/her? Many dogs get diarrhea from cheap canned food because they tend not to digest it well etc., therefore, only the expensive canned food may agree with them, do you want to pay that much for this canned food when it is just as nutritious to give them less expensive dry food? Whatever you decide, be sure to stick with the same food once you find it, this way the change of food does not disrupt their diet.

Be sure to never feed your Bulldog certain foods. Don't feed them chicken or pork bones, these bones are fragile and hollow allowing the dog to easily fracture and splinter the bones and swallow these splintered pieces, almost like feeding them glass shards! These splinters can easily lodge into the throat, stomach or intestines causing serious problems.

Don't feed them Chocolate - some dogs are allergic to chocolate and can kill them, if you don't know if your dog is allergic don't take the risk. Besides, chocolate is not nutritious for them anyway and should be avoided altogether. Also don't keep your dog on a complete meat diet, canines are actually omnivores not carnivores, therefore, they require vegetables and grains for their diet as well. Don't feed your dog food that is hotter than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't walk your dog soon after eating.

There is some confusion as to whether an English Bulldog is a medium or large size breed. The reason for this stems from the fact that the English Bulldog only stands at an average maximum of 16 inches high at the shoulder for males and somewhat shorter for females, but with it's wide head and body weight sometimes maxing out around 70 pounds for males (average weight is approx. 58 pounds) and 50-60 pounds for females (average weight is approx. 45 pounds) can place them in the large breed category. I personally consider the English Bulldog a large breed because of the weight factor. I feed my bulldogs large breed Adult food from weaning throughout their life. Puppy food has too much protein for the Bulldog breed. Bulldogs are a rapid growth breed to begin with and most reach their maximum height by 6 months of age. The high protein in puppy food causes them to grow even faster which could cause a greater loose hip and knee problem that bulldogs have to begin with. If you must feed puppy food I recommend at the most you feed 1/4 puppy food to 3/4 adult food until 10 mos of age then go strictly to adult food. This is entirely up to the owner and this is only a recommendation - nothing more. Below is a chart you can follow for your Bulldog as to the amount of food to give him/her per body weight from weaning to adulthood. Dry food only!


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      14 months ago

      How much should my 20 lb 12 week old pup eat

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      Rod Smiley 

      3 years ago

      We feed both of our English Bulldogs a completely raw diet and since we started doing it, their gas has gone away, their skin issues have improved, they've both lost weight, their tear stains are almost non-existent (as long as we give them distilled water which isn't acidic) and their overall energy levels are great.

      I would recommend it in a second for anyone considering it. Our vet tried to discourage us from doing it but results don't lie and when we switched our dogs off of the food she recommended they improved big time. We've learned a lot and spent time on it but it's a worthwhile investment.

      English Bulldogs struggle with Obesity and heart disease throughout their entire lives and as they become older and more immobile, diet becomes even more important. There are some really good raw brands too like Mary's and small batch that make nutrient balanced raw patties that you just thaw out and serve.



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      Todd Remon 

      4 years ago

      English Bulldog Puppies for Adoption

      I have adorable English Bulldog puppies which I'm willing to give for adoption. 12 weeks old, both home and potty trained. The puppies are in good health and has all vet and registration papers. please if you are interested text (415) 663-7543 for more info and pics

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      4 years ago

      I have an 11 month old bully, he is fab, but always sick, we have combatted the skin issues and he has had an op for cherry eye and all went well, but he vomits, I take him to the vet and they give him antacids and anti sickness tablets, these work for a will then he starts again, I changed his food to pinnacle but he doesn't like it, so i am cheating him and mising it with the other dried food and wet food, and I think this is the main problem, he has an allergy to something we can't pinpoint yet. He has had X-rays and an ultrasound and blood tests with nothing but normal showing. Anyone got the same problems. He is on science plan I/D and boiled rice again to help settle his stomach, Ps we live in Thailand

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      4 years ago

      most puppies will have an upset tum for a few days after leaving mum/siblings. i'm a barf food feeder and this suits bulldog puppies perfectly. my puppy had bloody mucus poo for a week after he left the breeder, i switched diet - no problems within 24hours.

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      Christopher Hancox 

      4 years ago

      I've brought home my 7 week old British bulldog three days ago he as had the the runs for the last two days I've tried adding rice to his food but as not worked ,I've just read in a book I should not feed my puppy for 12 hours and that should help ,so I'm going to give that ago do you think that's the right thing to do all the best Chris

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      5 years ago

      My female had her C-Section 5 days ago , All seems well but my vet is scaring me , I get paid tomorrow and am getting a scale tomorrow , yes I know I should have had one sooner , they keep asking me to make sure they are gaining weight , well they eat all the time and lots of it , I see milk come out their nose some times and around their mouths. I worry though because I'm having the hardest time getting my female to eat. I have mixed good wet food with it , scrambled eggs , rice and it is like pulling teeth get get her to eat.I keep the pups warm and she is in there feeding every hour and a half ish and they eat till they pass out...Any advise on feeding momma and does it sound like I'm doing everything right lol thank you Oh I have a breeder mentor but he is out on vacation and cant get a hold of him , it is down to me , the hubby and vet :)

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      6 years ago

      Why on gods green earth would you switch to that horrible food?

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      6 years ago

      @bulldogotto: I have a yr old english bulldog,I give him several kinds of nylabone and kongs chew toys. they're safe and durable. Once a month, I buy steak bones and broil them for my bulldog to enjoy chewing.

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      6 years ago

      Also.. can anyone recommend some chewtoys for bulldog pups to keep them from chewing on furniture?.. I've got a knot, and one "raccoon" chew toy with squeakers in both ends.. does anyone have any other suggestions? Thank you so much everyone!

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      6 years ago

      I recently purchased a 12 week old english bulldog, within the last 4-5 days I've slowly switched his puppy food from what the kennel was using to purina puppy chow. Last night before bed I noticed a couple drops of blood in his stool, what should I do? I stayed up all night and sat with him to comfort him and keep an eye on him. This is my first bulldog, although I've read NUMEROUS websites specific to bulldogs, I'm still at a loss and very concerned.. PLEASE HELP!

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      linda fuqua 

      8 years ago

      well really i have the room.But i have a big old brown lad,\

      and i thinking that he will smash him.Oh im so worried

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      8 years ago

      Blue buffalo is the number one dog food and I hate saying that because they just fired me I've had my dogs on it for a while now and wouldn't put them on anything else. Iams eukanuba and science diet are garbage although many vets will recommend them the vets them selves are not up to date with pet nutrition. If u have to venture away from the high costs of blue buffalo I'd suggest nutro or petsmarts new hollistic brand authority. Also wellness n halo are fairly good too

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      9 years ago

      I am about to get an english bulldog this weekend, I'm trying to decide what kind of food to switch him to, I want to know what calorie intake I should be looking for? I was told 22-24/25%? Does anyone know, PLEASE HELP!!

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      9 years ago

      If he were mine I would have him straight to the vet. Better to be safe than sorry!

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      10 years ago

      I have a 4 month old English Bulldog puppy who has diarrhea and blood in his stool.

      What do you recommend I do?



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