A How to Guide for Raising Your Olde English Bulldogge (or Bully Breed)
So, you want to add an Olde English Bulldogge to the family?
These are beautiful dogs with a rich history that will enrich your life. Much like any dog, there are basic things to consider. These include food, training and health care.
However, bully breeds have some unique needs. You must pay special attention to:
- Skin Care: Wrinkles, ears and coat require attention to prevent skin infection, although these problems should NOT be as common in the Olde English Bulldogges, they still can occur in Bulldog breeds of all sorts.
- Socialization and Training:Bully breeds are sweet natured but strong willed. Given their size and strength, socializing your dog early is important. Heavy socialization and training for the first 2 years of their lives will help insure a better behaved bully in the future.
- Exercise:Bulldogs require exercise. Their short snouts limit oxygen intake, so special care must be taken, especially during hot weather. Although the Olde English Bulldogge is NOT as brachycephalic compared to the standard English Bulldog, they are still a snub nose breed and in some cases can have breathing issues.
Here are some tips for success:
Choose a High Quality Food:
- The number of natural choices for dog food has grown immensely in recent years. There are many options that cater to different breeds and sizes.
- All of this makes it difficult to choose the best dog food for your Bully. While opinions vary, choosing a natural dog food may have several benefits. Your Old English Bulldog may have skin allergies that are affected by corn, soy or other fillers which is common in all dog breeds.
- You should consider buying the highest quality kibble or wet food within budget. Thanks to many choices, this does not have to be expensive. Better food equals healthier stools and coat along with better overall health and functionality.
Some best practices include:
- Read the first 5 ingredients. Food ingredients are listed in order of prevalence. The first few items give you a snapshot of each dog food.
- Avoid foods with corn, soy and ‘animal digest’. These are low quality items and common causes of allergies.
- Make informed decisions: This is a great site for dog food education and reviews along with updates on recalls nation-wide.
Socializing Your Olde English Bulldogge:
Most bulldogs are strong and confident pooches. Your Olde Bulldogge will attract lots of attention on walks or at coffee shop patios.
Other dogs will also respond in different ways to your bully. You should be confident he/she can handle multiple situations. The Los Angeles branch of Hounds for Heroes uses this approach when training service dogs.
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Best practices for success include:
- Put your Bully in a position to succeed: Each bulldog has unique traits. Some dogs may love people but are wary around other pups. A pup from a bulldog rescue may have past trauma that causes anxiety in some situations.
- Make sure to maximize your dog’s strengths and limit exposure to scenarios where he/she may fail. In the meantime, you can do training to shore up any weaknesses.
- Exercise and variety is crucial. A lack of exercise affects behavior and training. Dogs with pent up energy may chew furniture and be less calm.
- Different dogs of the same breed may require more exercise. There may be a gap between how much exercise is required and the amount needed for your pooch.
- Does your dog want to go home after the walk? If he/she doesn’t want to stop, your Bulldog may have higher requirements.
- Change the location of your walks from time to time. The lovely weather of San Diego is ideal for year round fun. You can visit outdoor malls, different parks and coffee shops. This also stimulates your dog’s mind to new sights and smells.
The wrinkles and skin of many Bulldog breeds need regular attention. You should clean your Bully’s wrinkles at least once a day to avoid skin infections. An all-natural dog or baby wipe is effective. Be sure to avoid making contact with the eyes. The most important aspect is to avoid moisture build up in the folds. After cleaning with baby wipes make sure to keep folds dry throughout the day. Although these are not common Olde English Bulldogge problems, regular maintenance and care can avoid less tear stains and an overall better appearance of your Bully.
Other tips for Bulldog care include:
- Daily cleaning of the ears and in between paw pads. Q-tips are ideal for the ears, as wipes leave moisture that can cause infection.
- Dental Care: Most dogs aren’t eager to have their teeth cleaned. You should introduce dog toothpaste and brushing early on. DO NOT use human toothpaste on your dog’s teeth. Once a week or at least once a month are ideal for brushing.
Daily options for cleaning canine teeth:
- Dry Dog Treats:A highly quality biscuit helps clean teeth.
- Bones:Avoid cheap rawhides that can splinter. You should always be present when dogs are chewing bones to ensure safety.
- Water additives:You can add teeth cleaning liquid to water bowls.
Olde English Bulldogges will bring more joy into your life. Some basic preparation and care will keep your Bully in peak condition and help ensure a positive Bulldog owning experience.