Working towards creating a bloodline that excels in health


Recently we agreed to partner with a trusted breeder within our network to use their stud, Hollywood (pictured below) in a series of 4 breedings. Hollywood is everything that I believe in and want in our bloodlines. From a phenotype standpoint, he breathes better than any bulldog I have been around which means he has a huge trach and no palate issues. His snout is extended slightly by about 1/2 inch which gives more room for his palate and reduces...

A Healthy Show Dog


This photo has been on my mind the last couple days. It’s a photo of one our offspring cleaning house at a ABKC (american bully kennel club) bulldog show. She took on 150 English bulldogs in the ring and won best of breed. What you all need to know is that this would have never happened in an AKC show ring. The ABKC has intentionally developed a bulldog breed standard that requires the dogs to have athletic and healthy features....

What is the most important ingredient for successful bulldog breeding?


What is the most important ingredient for successful bulldog breeding? Occasionally I am asked what the single most important factor in producing healthy, English Bulldog puppies is. My answer is always the same, the stud. Having a line of studs that consistently produces high quality Bulldog puppies is by far the highest priority in our breeding program.   Because the ratio of females to males in a breeding program is typically 3:1 or greater, the impact of each male within...

What Is A Vertical Pedigree And How Does It Create Healthy Bulldogs?


As you all know, we take the health of our bulldogs very seriously.  There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of a well-bred bulldog that is healthy and functional.  This ideal is the motor that drives us and is at the heart of who we are at Bruiser Bulldogs. Obviously, the ideal bulldog is very important to us. It is however becoming increasingly more obvious to me that we need to explain how we go about reaching these ideals as...

Why The Overdone, Heavy Wrinkled Bulldog Is Killing The Breed.


The foundation that drives our breeding program is health. If you have spent any time at all researching the bulldog breed, it is certain you have come across the statement that the bulldog has many “health issues” and is a complex dog to care for; “but what are these health issues?”. Our first step in creating a healthy bulldog is to actually define and address the major “health issues” the bulldog suffers from. One of the most glaring issues that...

7 tips to traveling with your bulldog


7 tips to traveling with your bulldog   Here are some tips and reminders for making travel easy and safe when you take your bully with you!   1. Visit the Vet First and foremost, we recommend that you pay a visit to your veterinarian for a checkup. Make sure that your bully is up to date on all vaccinations, rabies and preventatives. Depending on the destination, you may need to have a health certificate for you bulldog. Pets traveling...

How to properly use a crate


In a previous article we wrote about what size of crate you should buy for your bulldog. Once you do have a properly sized crate, you will need to have a fundamental understanding of the do’s and don’ts of crate training.   Crating Philosophy   When considering the natural habitation of a canine, often times its home is a den, cave or similar close quartered shelter. They used this space as their home, to sleep, escape from danger and to...

What size of crate should I buy for my puppy?


What size of crate should I buy for my puppy?   One of the first steps in preparing for your new bulldog arrival is purchasing a puppy crate.  Here at Bruiser Bulldogs, we are big advocates for crate training (we will go into one important benefit of crate training later in this article) and selecting a proper crate is naturally a very important first step.   Choosing the correct crate, the first time, can not only save you money and...

Collar vs. Harness


Collar vs. Harness   The question comes up all of the time. “Should I use a harness or a collar for my new bulldog?” Bulldog owners often wonder which style is the most comfortable, safe, and effective for their bulldog. The answer is actually somewhere in the middle. Both collars and harnesses are specific and useful tools that are effective in their own unique situations.   Although collars are typically the most common attire for dogs in general , they...

Entropion


Entropion (inward rolling of the eyelid edges) This is a common eye problem that can occur early or later on in life and most commonly affects the lower eyelids.     What is Entropion?   Entropion can be found within any breed of dog but the problem often centers around a few, very specific breeds. It is very common to see entropion in breeds with wrinkled or over exaggerated facial folds… hmm sounds a lot like the bulldog. We all...