Ultimate Guide To Selecting The Correct English Bulldog Puppy (2024)

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Our Ultimate Guide To Selecting the Right English Bulldog Puppy

Who we are and why we are the authority on the English Bulldog Breed

We have devoted the last 15 years to improving the health of the English Bulldog breed in the United States. Instead of following the current unhealthy breed standards, we set out to change the breed for the better, focusing on lighter wrinkle sets, slightly longer snouts and extensive health testing. Through years of dedication we have been able to significantly improve the health characteristics within our bloodlines and give hope to the breed that health improvements are possible. Along the way, we have also become thought leaders in proper bulldog training, care and behavioral studies.

First Things First 🙂

At Bruiser Bulldogs we like to take a macro approach to understanding our adoption process. That’s how we view whether our bulldog and adopter relationships are eventually “good”, “bad” or somewhere in between those extremes.  After health, the most important factor within an English Bulldog puppy and an adopter relationship is personality.  Every Bulldog will be the perfect dog for a family. That doesn’t mean that they are the perfect dog for every family. It is extremely important to understand each specific bulldog personality and also the family they potentially could be paired with.

Understanding English Bulldog Puppys’ Personalities

Appropriate personality fit can avoid disasters such as placing a low-energy English Bulldog puppy in a high-energy household.  It also avoids placing a dominant Bulldog in the home of a 65-year-old, empty nest couple with another dominant dog.  Most often, the way personality fit affects homes will not be as obvious.

The grey area of personality fit is where we currently focus.  A family might like their dog but never reach the ultimate bond of human and canine companionship. They can be held back by personality compatibility but never realize it.  In this type of reality, we are not only seeking to avoid adoption disasters but also improve adopter/bulldog relationships on the margins that might not be cognizant in the first place.  Sometimes you simply don’t know what you haven’t experienced.  It is our job to spread awareness about how impactful a harmonious personality fit can really be between an adopter and their canine companion.

1.  Get to know the Wysongs – owners behind Bruiser Bulldogs

2.  Bruiser Bulldogs Puppy Socialization Program

3.  Healthy Genetics – Bruiser Bulldogs Focus on healthy bloodlines

We start improving adoption fit by understanding each bulldog and its individual personality.  We do this through a process called personality profiling.  Essentially, personality profiling is taking physical notes of each puppy’s characters that begin to show up around 2 weeks of age.  We track characteristics like energy, confidence, and dominance levels that are typically consistent throughout the life of the bulldog.  We use these characteristics to build a model that projects what type of bulldog eventually the puppy will become.   The process does take a considerable amount of time and energy, but we believe it is well worth the effort. 

Finding Families

Once we have built a personality profile and understand the characteristics of each English Bulldog puppy, it is all about finding families that are good matches.  During our interview process, we focus on dynamics like existing dogs, age of adopters, and the number of children.  Essentially, we create an adopter profile that we can compare to our puppy’s personalities and make appropriate recommendations.  Ultimately, each family has the ability to choose the puppy they like, but the decision is an informed one with the background of information that we provide. 

We challenge you to compare the Bruiser Bulldog personality profiling process to that of a pet store or backyard breeder that is simply “selling puppies”.  The models of these types of operations focus on maximizing puppies out the door and sales.  There is little to no consideration about personality fit because the focus has very little to do with maximizing adoption success.  Eventually, this type of model will go out of style. Adopters are beginning to learn that purchasing a puppy is complicated.  As responsible English Bulldog Breeders, we believe personality profiling is the key to improving bulldog/adopter relationships for long-term success.

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Bruiser Bulldog’s Reviews

  • I've grown up with english bulldogs my whole life. I am familiar with common and uncommon health problems they may face so when my boyfriend and I decided we were ready to adopt our own english puppy finding a reputable breeder that prioritizes health was most important to us. Erica and Mitch of Bruiser Bulldogs are just that. They are experienced, ethical and quality breeders. I was referred to them by my friend that I trust after I saw their gorgeous healthy puppy. Our Puppy Primrose is the light of our lives! Bruisers was there to assist us every step of the way. We would highly recommend Bruisers Bulldogs to anyone looking for their own happy, healthy pup!

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    Leah H.
  • We, like many of the other people who found Bruisers, did a lot of research to find a responsible breeder, especially since English Bulldogs can have health issues and because there is a trend now for "trendy" bulldogs (blue, etc.) which have even more health issues. We were lucky to have come across Bruiser Bulldogs and even more so the fact that they were near our family and hometown made it even better. We have had Clementine (Callie) for four months now, and she is a wonderful dog. Her personality is amazing, and I think part of it is breeding and the other part is Erika and her family lovingly raising the puppies in their home with plenty of attention and snuggles. I also was impressed that, rather than send the puppies out right at 8 weeks, Erika kept ours for a few extra weeks because she was tiny and not read to leave her mom yet. It's that care that differentiates Bruisers from other breeders.

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    Emily R.
  • We found Bruiser Bulldogs after researching healthy breeding line for bulldog puppies. Erica was easy to work with thru the entire process from application to adopting and now beyond as we host our new family member, Chief. Her on-call support and willingness to provide open, honest advice to all of our questions and concerns continues to be appreciated. We would highly recommend Bruiser Bulldogs to anyone looking for an English Bulldog to join their family.

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    Elizabeth W.
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    Lady L.
  • Bruiser Bulldogs are 5-star breeders! They are experienced, responsive and knowledgeable about all things bulldog related. They went above and beyond for us and are truly dedicated to all of their pups! We love our little girl so much and would recommend Bruiser to anyone looking for a healthy beautiful bully.

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    Jonathan E.
  • Bruiser Bulldogs is a 5-star breeder in every way. Erica and Mitch are trustworthy, excellent communicators, fair, passionate, and produce the best bulldogs.We were at the top of the waiting list for months and Erica reached out every litter to see if we were finally ready for a bulldog. When we were, she was very easy to work with. Her knowledge on bulldogs is outstanding. We had many questions on the process and she always knew what was best for the puppy.We've had Penny (formerly Blair) for two months and she is very healthy, energetic, playful, and sweet. She is great with other people and dogs. We are so happy with our pup.When we are ready for bulldog #2, we will only consider Bruiser Bulldogs.

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    Mitch C.
  • We waited a while to write this review so that we had a better sense for the overall health of our Bruiser Bulldog “Bowser”. Bowser was born April 2020 and is an integral part of our family. When we were first exploring English Bulldog breeders our biggest concern was the overall health of the dogs. We decided to work with Erica at Bruiser Bulldogs because we liked their focus on improving the breeds breathing abilities and the fact that the puppies are raised within her family environment before coming home with their new owners.As for Bowsers health, he’s a health energetic English Bulldog that has no problem keeping up with the kids, going on 2 mi walks and camping with us on a regular basis. Bowser also breaths clearly and our vet was impressed with his overall health from the moment we brought him home. All that said we know English Bulldogs have a predisposition to many health issues and that his current health can not predict the future. With that In mind its important to start with a breeder that open to answer any of your questions as Erica has ours, and that strongly believes in improving the breeds overall health profile.

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    Adam B.
  • After the loss of our first English Bulldog due to health issues it was very important for us to find a breeder who did not breed only for aesthetic but more importantly for health. My sister ended up finding Bruiser Bulldogs and we knew right away that they were the breeder for us.In September we ended up driving 9 hours to pick up two Bruiser bulldog puppies- one for my husband and I and one for my mom. Jackson and Penelope have been nothing but a joy. They are very social and very friendly to everyone they meet including kids and other dogs/animals. They are both very athletic and healthy. They are also HUGE snugglers and always want to be with you. It is an absolute pleasure having these two bullies in our lives! My sister and her fiancé also fell in love with them and now are on the waitlist themselves for a Bruiser bulldog!Erica is very knowledgeable about the breed. She is very hands on throughout the process and is just overall a kind and honest person to work with.With all that being said I cannot recommend Bruiser Bulldogs enough!

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    Collyn C.
  • We fell in love with our puppy the moment we saw him. One of the reasons we chose Bruiser Bulldogs was due to the claims about breeding for health. During our first visit at our vet's office, he told us that our pup was one of the healthiest English bulldogs he had ever seen. He is healthy, happy and social. Would recommend to anyone.

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    Christina S.
  • What an awesome experience! We seen our dog on their website and sent them an Email. Mitch called us and personally walked us through the process and made sure we had the right dog for our family. We couldn't be happier when we picked up our dog Ramsey, Erica made sure we had everything we needed and then some. They are truly amazing people who breed truly amazing dogs!

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    Jim T.