The Best Toys for Your Bulldog


The Best Toys for Your Bulldog

 

 

 

We are often asked about toy selection for our young bulldog puppies.  While each bulldog puppy does have unique preferences, a few general recommendations can be made that are typically accurate of most bulldog toy preferences. 

 

Appropriate toy selections can be broken down according to the age of the bulldog.  Young, English Bulldog puppies prefer to have a wide variety of toys.  A shotgun approach to toy purchasing is strategic as you zero in on the specific preferences on your bulldog.  Toy selection in this age group can be lower in quality as young bulldog puppies are not yet strong enough to destroy or pull apart a moderate, quality toy.  Stuffed animals, ropes, blankets, and squeaker toys are all great options for bulldog puppies within the 8 week to 14 week age range.  These type of toys provide comfort that simulate on some level the physical contact they experience with litter mates.  We do recommend avoiding any stuffed animal with sewn on buttons or removable objects as they are possible choking hazards if they are ripped off the toy.  Many a bulldog puppy has undergone emergency surgery to remove swallowed objects from their intestines. 

 

 

As your English Bulldog puppy reaches the 14 weeks and older range upgrades in toy selection are appropriate.  Higher quality brands such as Kong or Bullymake design toys that are able to withstand the strength of a growing bulldog.  We particularly like the Kong Classic, Kong Wubba, and the Bullymake Bow Tie offered in their subscription service. 

 

Around 16 to 20 weeks of age your English Bulldog puppy will begin teething.  This is the process where they lose their baby teeth and their adult teeth begin to come in.  Typically, moderate swelling and low level discomfort is associated with a teething bulldog.  Bulldog puppies will also begin increase their chewing levels during this phase.  There are a number of different toy options for a teething bulldog puppy.  Our go to toy for a teething puppy is the Kong Puppy Goodie Bone.  Unlike other Kong toys, the Goodie Bone is softer in texture and allows a puppy to really sink their teeth into the toy.  The softer rubber eases the aches and pains of teething and provides a model for proper chewing behavior when the temptation to be destructive is the greatest.  We also recommend deer and elk antlers specifically for the teething phase.  Antlers have come under fire in the past five years as being potentially hazardous to a young puppy.  This has not been our experience as a genuine high quality antler should not be lumped into the same discussion as rawhide or other dangerous chew toys.  An antler is sometimes the only toy object that will satisfy a particularly uncomfortable puppy that is bent on destruction.  Antlers are durable to the point that they can withstand even the most aggressive chewing habits of an English Bulldog puppy.  It is important to monitor your bulldog from time to time to ensure their teeth are not damaged from antler chews. 

 

Hopefully these recommendations provide you with an understanding of the changing toy preferences of your bulldog puppy and how to prepare for them!