English Bulldogs are great with families and kids, but they can often get underfoot. English Bulldog takes the term “companion” to heart and loves to follow you or the kids around the house while you do the dishes, finish homework or try to read the newspaper. Despite their tendency to nap most of the day, if you’re looking for a dog with a cat-like persona, the English Bulldog isn’t it.
Along with their devotion, English bulldog puppies can be downright stubborn. If he doesn’t want to perform a trick or go for a walk, they will simply won’t and there’s very little that you can do about it. Professional trainers suggest using positive reinforcement like food treats and to try training exercises that aren’t too repetitive.
When it comes to grooming, regular brushing will keep shedding to a minimum. Be sure to clean under the skin folds around the dog’s nose and tail.
In terms of health issues, veterinarians and breeders suggest that you ask about the dog’s risk for cataracts, heart disease, entropion, ectropion, elongated palate, heart defects, cherry eye, stenotic nares, small trachea, hypothyroidism, and inverted or recessed tails.