Breeding English Bulldogs: How to Breed Bulldogs
This guide comprehensively discusses things to know about breeding English Bulldogs. Here, you are going to learn many things that will be useful for you in your bid to breed Bulldogs.
Breeding English Bulldogs is not an easy task; it could turn out to be very difficult, although it is usually great at the end if done properly.
Also, you should consider the ethical perspectives to your decision. Are you ready to take care of the pups till the end? Somehow, what if the breeding business is not profitable for you in the long run; will you still take care of the dogs?
The earlier stated are some questions you should consider and answer in affirmative, if indeed you consider the ethical perspectives to breeding Bulldogs or other dog breeds.
Breeding dogs and failing to take care of them is the major reasons why we have many homeless, abandoned dogs in shelters today. To make it worse, many dogs are put to sleep daily just to accommodate new homeless dogs.
So, there is the need to ask yourself again, are you ready to breed Bulldogs and take proper care of them if there is the need for a long time custody. This is fundamental to whatever decision you make. These adorable pets need to be taken care of.
Can I Make Money Breeding Bulldogs?
For every decision we make, we are always motivated or instigated by other factors. In your bid to breed Bulldogs, are you motivated to do this because of the profit you can make for it?
Of course, profit or making money from it is not a bad reason to start the breeding business, but the thing however is, are you ready for it?
It’s not just about you telling yourself that you want to start a breeding business simple because you know the big prices attached to English Bulldogs pups, so as a result of this, you decide that breeding Bulldogs is the new jackpot.
Have you considered the ethical and moral point of view? This is very important; we don’t want breeders whose dogs will start wandering about and end up in shelters, only to be euthanized if not adopted.
Breeding Bulldogs is not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. So, if you want to take on this journey just for the money you want to make from it, I am sorry to tell you, this is not the business for ‘get rich quick.’
Breeding Bulldogs come with a whole lot of financial investment, hard work and long term commitment. So, ask yourself again, are you still ready to go ahead.
I am not saying you can’t make money from breeding Bulldogs, of course, you can make money from breeding English Bulldogs, but what you might make might not just be as much as you hope to get, especially with the investment and commitment attached to it.
If after all these, you are still determined to go on with breeding English Bulldogs, then, this guide is for you. You will need to pay close attention to it.
History of English Bulldogs
Before you to go all the way with breeding English Bulldogs, you need to at least know a brief history of this breed. This will help you know where they come from and what to expect from them.
English Bulldogs have always been a popular dog breed for a long time now, and they have been pets to many popular and historic figures such as Winston Churchill, John Legend, Ozzy Osbourne, Brad Pitt, Willow Smith, Pink, Adam Sandler, Chris Brown and more.
The earliest recorded history of Bulldogs could be traced to the 15th century when Bulldogs were bred for the bull-baiting sports. This involves several dogs put together to face a powerful bull, in which the winner dog would have to pin the bull to the ground by grabbing its nose.
With the tremendous strength and power of bulls, many of the dogs will die or sustain fatal injuries in the process. This has led breeders to pitch their best dogs for this sport.
These breeders continue fine tuning and polishing their Bulldogs into fearless and massive dogs, with strong jaws and fiery temperament. This helped them became the best breed of dog for the fierce bull-baiting sports.
In 1835 however, the bull-baiting sports was banned by the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1835. One would have thought that would be the end of Bulldog’s popularity. But, that was not it; it marked the beginning of what is known today as the English Bulldogs.
Instead of becoming less popular, Bulldogs started growing more popular in the dog lovers community, as they are loved for their fearlessness, strength, courage and loyalty.
Keeping English Bulldogs as Pets
Ever since the ban of bull-baiting, Bulldogs have been bred as companion dogs. They do well and fare well with humans. Rather than going extinct following the sports ban, they started thriving in the modern world.
The rise in keeping English Bulldogs as pets boomed enormously, largely due to Bill George, a popular dog dealer of the Victorian era, who bred a whole lot of the breed.
If you own an English Bulldogs, then you will know how lovely and adorable these pets are, they are good as companion and lap dogs.
Can English Bulldogs Die when Giving Birth?
Often time, people have asked this question, no doubt, this is one of the dangerous parts of breeding English Bulldogs. This does not happen every time, but it does happen – Bulldogs can die when they want to give birth.
That it is why it is recommended by vets that you should perform a C-section on your Bulldogs when it wants to give birth. They can give birth without the intervention of a vet, but it is very much safer to go for a C-section.
How to Breed an English Bulldogs the Right Way
Breeding English Bulldogs involve great commitment and financial investments. There is also the need to consider the health and wellbeing of your dog before deciding on this.
There are complications attached to Bulldogs during the process of giving birth, which often requires caesarian section – all of these involve financial costs.
If you are ready for this, let’s quickly walk through how you can rightly breed English Bulldogs. Breeding Bulldogs requires you take note and adhere to these important things:
- Choosing a good English Bulldogs to breed
- Understanding your English Bulldog’s reproductive cycle
- Caring for your Bulldogs during pregnancy
- Caring for the mother Bulldogs and puppies after birth
Choosing a Good English Bulldogs to Breed
Just as we have mentioned earlier in this guide, you need to understand the responsibilities attached to breeding English Bulldogs before venturing into it. Ensure you are capable and ready before starting.
Many have lost their Bulldogs in the process of whelping, due to complications; and this is not actually good news. I will advise again that you should not jump into breeding English Bulldogs with the sole aim of just making profit.
Here are what you should take note when choosing English Bulldogs to breed:
Avoid dogs with Health Issues
Before taking on the journey of English Bulldogs breeding, it is important you understand the underlying health issues of your dog. Try as much as you can to find out.
If you have a Bulldogs that has breathing problem (this is common to the English Bulldogs breed due to their small windpipes, large tongues and flat faces), you should not consider breeding such dog, as this will be passed down to the pups.
Is your Female Bulldogs Gentle, Kind and Friendly?
This is another factor to consider when breeding Bulldogs. Research has shown that traits of dogs are mostly passed down from the mother to the puppies. For this reason, you should consider breeding from a friendly and calm female English Bulldogs.
Take your Dog to a Vet for Inspection Prior to Breeding
It is very important you give your dog a full check around 30-21 days before breeding. This is to ensure that she is in a good health condition to breed puppies. One of the things to check out for during the vet inspection is to ensure she tests negative for brucellosis (this is a disease that causes abortion).
Also, the vet inspection should include deworming your dog and proper vaccination, as diseases and worms can be passed down from mother dogs to their puppies.
Breed Bulldogs only after the second Cycle
Bulldogs often have their first heat period at age six months. You should not breed from her around this period; breeding from a female Bulldogs should only be done after she has had her first heat.
Understanding your English Bulldog’s Reproductive Cycle
Just like in humans, understanding the reproductive cycle of your dog is key to their reproduction. It is important you know and understand your Bulldog’s reproductive cycle before breeding.
English Bulldogs have their heat period once in six months, which lasts for about 21 days. It is important you know when this comes on.
One way of knowing when your English Bulldogs goes into heat is by taking note of when the vulva is swollen, not just that, you will also notice vaginal discharge. This part usually lasts for nine days. You should not allow it to mate during this period; this is only a sign of her being ready for breeding.
Ovulation Testing for English Bulldogs
You can actually recognize when exactly your Bulldogs ovulates by seeing your vet for some medical tests which may include:
- Blood Testing: This is by far the most popular type of testing. The vet takes a look at the levels of hormone progesterone. This test can be done several times to know when there is rise in their hormone level.
- Slide Cytology: This is another method of knowing a dog’s ovulation period. Here, cell samples is taken from the dog’s vulva by vets and examined under microscope.
Mating the English Bulldogs
After the female Bulldogs must have completed the proestrus phase of her cycle, comes the estrus phase which is the ideal time to mate your male and female Bulldogs. The female Bulldogs at this point will seek the attention of the male Bulldogs with the hope of mating.
Ovulation usually starts within two days of the female Bulldogs seeking the attention of the male Bulldogs.
Artificial Insemination for English Bulldogs Could also be considered
Some studs could have problem mounting the female English Bulldogs, this is largely due to their stout bodies and short legs. In the light of this, you should consider artificial insemination for breeding your English Bulldogs.
The semen of a male English Bulldogs will be taken and deposited into the vagina of the female Bulldogs, deep down into their uterus through the use of syringe.
How to Know if your English Bulldogs is Pregnant
After you must have mate your female English Bulldogs during her heat period, there is the hope of pregnancy, and pregnancy for English Bulldogs can be diagnosed through series of options, which include blood testing, ultrasound, palpation as well as radiography.
Here are ways by which you can test a Bulldogs for pregnancy:
- Blood Testing: After your English Bulldogs must have mate, wait for about 28-30 days to test your dogs. Rather than going down, the progesterone level in a pregnant English Bulldogs will continually go up.
- Ultrasound: This is another way of knowing if your English Bulldogs is pregnant or not. Here, pregnancy could be determined around day 23. If vets are able to pick up a jellybean-like fluid in the uterus, this is a sign of pregnancy.
- Palpation: Pregnancy can be determined between days 28 and 35 using this method.
- Radiography: This method works anything beyond day 45, and it is done through the use of an x-ray machine.
Caring for your English Bulldogs during Pregnancy
When English Bulldogs are pregnant, they require and need extra care, as giving birth could bring about complications, this why you need to pay much attention to them when they are pregnant.
This guide will help you with how you can effectively take care of your Bulldogs when they are pregnant. Here are some important things you should do during English Bulldog’s pregnancy:
Take your English Bulldogs to a Vet
There are several things you will notice when your dog is pregnant, such as vomiting, loss of appetite or eating more food, sleeping more etc. you should visit a vet to test if truly your dog is pregnant.
Also, you will be able to know things to do and things not to do, as you will be properly and rightly advised about all of this by the vet.
Diet for English Bulldogs during Pregnancy
At least, for the first 5 weeks of pregnancy, you should not adjust the diet of your English Bulldogs; maintain the portion of food you have been feeding her.
As soon as you start noticing weight gain, you should adjust her food portion accordingly until the day she delivers. The best method of feeding her is by giving her appropriate measure (moderate measure) of meals at different time of the day.
Watch out for Labor between Days 59 to 75
You should be very close to your English Bulldogs during this period and watch out for signs of labour – this may include vomiting, shivering, frequent urination and panting.
Get your Bulldogs a Whelping Box
You will need a whelping box when your English Bulldogs eventually has those adorable pups. You need to start getting your dog used to the whelping box weeks before she gives birth.
Learn Emergency Procedures from your Vet
It is important you learn and know what to do during an emergency, so, you need your vet to teach you some emergency measure to take when your dog is in labor.
Caring for English Bulldogs and Puppies after Birth
Another important step in breeding English Bulldogs is how to care for the mother dog and the puppies after birth. Immediately after birth, there are some things you need to do to ensure the safety of your Bulldogs and the puppies.
Removing the Placenta
After giving birth to the puppies, the puppies are covered in placental which the mother Bulldogs will tear open as well as cut the umbilical cord. Sometimes, you might be the one to do this if the mother Bulldogs is not acting; however, you need to wait a little to see how it goes.
You can do this by tearing the placenta sac close to the head of the puppy and gently peel it so as to remove the puppy. Also, the mother dog is expected to lick the puppy in order to stabilize the breathing.
If she fails to do this, you should come in by removing fluids or mucus from the puppies’ mouth and nose, then rubbing the puppies’ body with a clean towel or cloth.
Tie off the Puppies’ Umbilical Cord
This is very important. You should tie off the umbilical cord of the puppies by using an unwaxed dental floss to tie it around two inches from the abdomen. After which you apply iodine on the cut to help prevent infections.
Puppies should Nurse from the Mother Bulldogs
Some minutes after birth, it is important for puppies to nurse from their mother as this provide them with fluids that contain antibodies that will fortify them against infections, while they build up their own immune system.
Pay attention to the Body Temperature of the English Bulldogs Puppies
At least, for the first 5 days, it is important you provide a warm environment for the puppies since they cannot control their body temperature yet.
Make their space temperature around 85-90°F during the first 5 – 9 days. Subsequently, the temperature should be reduced in day 10 to around 80°F and around 75°F around day 28.
Provide Mother English Bulldogs with Postnatal Foods
As part of breeding an English Bulldogs, it is important you provide the mother Bulldogs with foods that are rich in calcium, Vitamin D and phosphorus.
Immediately after birth, they might lose interest in eating; however, you need to provide them with foods that are rich in the nutrients immediately they start eating.
Things to do with Orphaned Puppies
Sadly, during English Bulldogs birth, there might be some complications which can lead to the loss of life of the mother Bulldogs, while leaving the puppies to be taken care of. In this case, what should you an owner do?
There is the need for one to talk to the vet and follow thoroughly the instructions that the vet will give to you. You will find them very use. The vet will prescribe drugs to be used, the kind of food you are expected to feed to them, the kind of enclosure they can stay in, the kind of temperature they will need, the milk or fluids you can serve to them. The advice and guide of a vet will always come in handy.
There is also the need for you to be there for the puppies always. They will need comfort and someone to stay around them – you should be ready to provide them with all of this, as they will need it.
Final Thoughts on Breeding English Bulldogs
Breeding English Bulldogs is not an easy task; however, if you have to go on doing it, this is the right guide for you on your journey on how to breed English Bulldogs. It is also important to note that breeding English Bulldogs is not and should not be seen as a get rich quick business – no! It is far from it.
In order for you to get the best from breeding this amazing breed, try as much as possible to follow all we have discussed in this guide, and also, speak to a vet and seek their advice on how to breed an English Bulldogs.
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