English Bulldogs For Sale – What to look for in a Bulldog Breeder (2024)

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.

English Bulldogs for Sale – What to Look For in a Bulldog Breeder

When purchasing an English Bulldogs for Sale it is important to know the correct things to look for in a breeder.  Here at Bruiser Bulldogs, we have learned to lean on a certain set of values that over time, have allowed us to consistently produce a higher quality bulldog.  We believe there are many different factors and nuances that separate average from high quality bulldog breeders.  While it is difficult, a certain vetting process should always be considered when selecting a new bulldog puppy.  The following characteristics can act a sounding board to possibly separate a high quality breeder from an average one.

1. Health Characteristics – We believe the most impactful value set a breeder can have to impact the quality of English Bulldog puppy is proper health check screening.  We believe in implementing strict health checks for all of our parent bulldogs that could be potential producers.  We use a combination of both of our bulldog vet’s health checks as well as our own more stringent health criteria.  A Bruiser Bulldog parent should always be able to breath well, this includes a wide trachea, proper soft palate and wide nares.  We also look for bulldog parents with clean eyes.  Entropion, ectropian, cherry eye, and optic cilia are all serious eye issue that plague the breed.

 If you are interested in learning more about the health characteristics we look for you are welcome to visit the following pages:

– A full rundown of Bruiser Bulldog health characteristics – Click Here 

 – An explanation of the eye issue, Entropion – Click Here

 – Why Wrinkly Bulldogs are Unhealthy – Click Here

2. Bloodline Development – This characteristic allows for the factor of time multiplying the effects of good breeding practices.  We have seen the progress of bloodlines development as we have continue to breed bulldogs.  We certainly have better bulldogs now than we have 8 years ago, despite implementing almost the exact same health requirements over the entire period.  Genetics are slow moving and are only probability predictors.  Over the course of time, proper breeding practices can develop superior bloodlines.  Time x Health Screening = Bloodline Development.  This is simply the benefit of compounding.  Theoretically, over the course of enough time, bloodline development can eliminate health issues entirely.   When looking for an English Bulldog Puppy for Sale, look for a breeder that has been breeding for at least 10 years and also values health screening and holding back off spring to produce breeding adults.

3. Experience – “You do not know, what you do not know”.  What a true saying!  There is just something about being devoted to a craft for an extended amount of time.  The criteria of experience simply cannot be understated.  Experience allows for a better understanding of health issues.  It allows for time and bloodline development.  Not so obviously, experience allows for a more mature handling of the unexpected.  Here at Bruiser Bulldogs, we have well oiled customer service protocols and answers for common questions adopters face.  Our vaccination protocols and bio security standards have improved over the years.  We have improved our socialization programs and created bulldogs that are more adept to new circumstances.  There are very few surprises after 15 years of improvement.  Experience creates a better bulldog and a more prepared adopter.

Our Story

– If you would like to learn more about our story as English Bulldog Breeders – Click Here

     4. Socialization Program – We believe that a proper socialization program is the cherry on top of a high quality English Bulldog Puppy.  We lean on some form of unique social experiences for a proper socialization program.  This type of socialization program at times is called, The Rule of 7.  Essentially, the goal of this type of program is to introduce the bulldog puppy to as many unique experiences as possible.  Exposure allows the puppy to build confidence and proper experience for future experiences they will face as adults.

5. Good Reviews – This one is easy!  One of the benefits of the internet age is reviews.  Typically, a poor breeder will eventually accumulate quite the reputation online.  Bulldog owners are passionate and an irresponsible breeder will often be exposed by online reviews.  Unfortunately puppy brokers like Puppy Spot have enough marketing funds to allow bad breeders to hide behind their name.  For this reason, adopters should like for private breeders that own and operate their own website.  This type of model will essentially separate the responsible and irresponsible breeders over the course of time and exposure.  

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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.