English Bulldog's require special care in extremes of heat and cold. You cannot purchase a Bulldog and just let it out into your backyard!
An English Bulldog can die of heat stroke, if left out in the hot sun, no matter how much shade and water is provided. An English Bulldog can also die from hypothermia if left out in the cold of winter, regardless of the type of dog house or how many blankets you provide. ALL English Bulldogs must be kept indoors with their families at a moderate and constant, comfortable temperature just the same as their owners enjoy.
Finding a Stud - Naturally, the goal is with English Bulldog breeding is to continue to improve the Breed. Champion Studs carry a Champion size stud fee, or require Pick of the Litter. The stud fee can be between $500.00-1500.00. If your Stud does not live local to you, then there is the cost of shipping the chilled semen in special containers to preserve the consistency and life of the semen. Timing the Artificial Inseminations (AI) with the LH Surge (ovulation) is tricky and can take several stud collections, shipments of semen and AI's to assure the best possible chance insemination will take place.
Almost all females are bred by AI. On average, this can cost from $300 to $750, depending upon how many times the female is inseminated and the individual Vet's fees.
Progesterone Testing for the female, alone, can cost as much as $75.00 per test. Some females require 4-6 tests surrounding the time period it is anticipated the LH Surge will occur (ovulation). During this same time period, AI's are done every other day (opposite the PTs) in an attempt to match the AI with the LH Surge. Then, Progesterone testing is done again approaching the completion of the Pregnancy Term to determine the optimum day for the C-Section. Expect another 5-8 tests at this point in time.
Female English Bulldogs cannot be allowed to whelp pups naturally, in most cases. They can easily die trying. It is very risky for the health and well-being of the mom and the pups. Here in the states, the bitch is taken to the Veterinary surgeon, when her time for whelping is near. She is given anesthesia and the pups are delivered by Cesarean section, very much in the same manner as with human moms who might have difficulty delivering their child naturally. This is major surgery, a very expensive procedure and usually can cost anywhere from $1,100 to $1,700 (and that’s without any complications). If this Cesarean section is done after business hours and on weekends this price can double!
Expecting mothers must follow a special diet, vitamins and constant monitoring for 5 weeks leading up to their C-Section and for several weeks thereafter as they are nursing. The change and increase in diet and supplements naturally increases your spending.
Getting the Nursery Ready - Here is just a small sample of things you will need to purchase in preparation for the pups to come home with mom: Heating pads – bottles – blankets - medical supplies – more blankets - milk replacer - a puppy scale – more blankets - baby nail clippers – transport container for the puppies - thermometer - wet wipes (at least 2 cases) – Whelping Box (range from $350 to $500) - heating lamps - and the list goes on and on. Plan on doing a lot of laundry!!!
When the pups are ready to join their mom in the whelping box, the mom can only be allowed to stay with the pups during nursing time or under supervision 24/7. To leave the mom alone with the pups, unattended, is only asking for trouble. It is not that the mom is mean or vicious. It is that English Bulldogs do not go through the natural birth process, because of the c-section they have an incision about 5-6 inches long and they have no feeling in that area. There is more of a chance of accidentally stepping upon or lying down on their own puppies because they do not feel them right away. Therefore, the breeder must monitor the pups and their mom at all times (literally 24/7) when the mom is with her babies.
English Bulldog puppies must be fed every two hours for the first two weeks, then 3 hours for the next two weeks, and so on and so forth. If Mom rejects the puppies then the breeder gets to feed each baby every two hours for the next two weeks. A litter of six takes two hours to feed. Believe me, I know. Even if mom is able to nurse, the breeder needs to make sure all puppies have a working nipple and are getting equal portions to assure maximum growth (you will instantly learn who the most aggressive puppy(s) is/are). Also, when you supplement the mom’s milk, Puppy Esbilac (formula) is $6.99 for a 12.5 oz can, which lasts for 2 feedings. Plan on spending at least $20 per day in Puppy Esbilac. This is their only source of food for the first four weeks of life. There goes another couple thousand dollars. Feeding anything else can cause intestinal bleeding. Not pretty and quite expensive to treat, it can lead to life-long intestinal problems and allergies if the puppy survives.
Okay, the puppies are now four weeks old and starting to eat on their own and the breeder has $8,500 - $10,500 +/- into them, hundreds of sleepless hours, missed school plays and Little League games and a spouse and children who may or may not remember them. Anyone wants to take a guess at how much it cost to feed a litter of English Bulldog puppies the highest quality, premium dog food on the market … 4 times a day? Did I forget to mention that after the first month of pregnancy, mom is fed 2x as much as regular, and leading up to and after the puppies arrive, 3x as much as normal? (and remember, mom is not eating regular ole’ run of the mill dog food … mom is eating
steak, chicken, pasta … and basically anything else she can, and will keep down!
At some point, you need to start adding up the costs of vet visits post birth for mom (cesarian section check up / stitches removed) and all the English Bulldog Puppies for deworming, shots, health checkups, etc, for their first 8 to 10 weeks of life before they join their forever homes.
Very careful screening of potential buyers must also take place to ensure their pups have the best homes possible. Again, this takes a great deal of time and time is money!
To sum it up. English Bulldogs are High Maintenance pets!
If you think you are ready for a cute and cuddly bulldog be ready for the expenses that come along with them.