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The English Bulldog is man made ... and Not Cheap!

ENGLISH BULLDOG PRICES

The English Bulldog is called a "high maintenance" breed because he is, basically, a man-made breed. If one cannot afford the purchase price of an English Bulldog, 9 times out of 10, they definitely cannot afford the special care that is required to keep their Bulldog healthy.

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. First and foremost, you are letting the poor little girl or boy, more or less, fend for itself. Like most breeds of dog, English Bulldogs have a burning desire to be with their owners at all times, and when these emotional needs are not met, they can become frustrated, physically unwell and mentally distraught. This, in turn, can turn a perfectly stable English Bulldog into a terror. Or, even worse, your little girl or boy will eventually die from the lack of the good companionship she/he so richly deserves!

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.

The good ethical breeders search nationwide and worldwide to find the very best bitches they can possibly afford. The prices for exceptional quality females average from $3,500 to $5,500 here in the states to as much as $9,000 when purchased overseas. Likewise, they purchase stud dogs that are excellent examples of the breed and these lovely males do not come cheap by any means! You will not find your best breeders of the English Bulldog purchasing any breeding stock for the least expensive price. These females and males will be the foundation for a specific breeding program to produce the very best English Bulldogs possible! More often than not, the males and females are campaigned to their championship. When you get into showing dogs, it can cost $60,000.00 a year just to handle your male or female yourself. Hiring a professional handler can be most expensive! Your good, honest breeders only want the very best and realize to get the best they have to pay a higher price.

 

Finding a Stud - Naturally, the goal is with English Bulldog breeding is to continue to improve the Breed. If you are not going to find / use a Champion Stud, then there is really no sense in breeding the Bitch. Champion Studs carry a Champion size stud fee, or require Pick of the Litter. 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 business 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 Bitch is inseminated and the individual Vet's fees.

Getting the female ready for breeding requires pre-breeding testing, progesterone testing (PT - which is basically ovulation testing), and several trips to see the veterinarian. All of these are extremely expensive, averaging up to as much as $750.

Progesterone Testing for the bitch, alone, can cost as much as $195.00 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 optium day for the C-Section. Expect another 5-8 tests at this point in time. {anyone doing math here? at minimum we are talking 9 tests @ up to $195 each and up to 14 @ up to $195 each).

In addition, Ultrasounds are preformed to confirm the pregnancy around 30 days after the LH Surge (ovulation) and estimated target AI, and then again every single day from 7 to 14 days approaching the time and up to the day the C Section is actually performed. Ultrasounds range from $75 each up to $125 each depending on your Vet. They are not cheap, but are very necessary in monitoring the growth and health of the puppies as English Bulldog puppies are often born with cleft palates and umbilical hernias. They are also born deaf and some are born as water puppies. Plan on 10 to 20 Ultrasounds for the term.

Water puppies are usually born alive, limp, and weak, and they look like someone blew them up, like a balloon. The dam was supplying the needed oxygen and nutrition through the placenta and cord, but soon after birth the medium to severely affected pup will suffocate by the pressure of the fluid. The mildly effected pups that survive the first 2 - 3 days, have been reported to become normal, and others say there were other underlying problems and they died within the first week.

The choice to try and save, or to let the pup go without suffering, will be between you and your vet, how much experience you have behind you, and if you are willing to put in the time PLUS be prepared for heartache. Trying to save these pups at this time, is considered experimental. The cause or treatment of this condition is un- known at this time.

Female English Bulldogs cannot, and must not, 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). Expect complications … there are always some ... even if only mild ones.

The Cesarean section does not secure the safety of the mom, by any means! There have been many lovely brood bitches who have died on the Veterinary surgeon's operating table, either from the wrong type of anesthesia given, or too much, or due to unknown health problems with the bitch.

After the pups are born, they are usually kept in an incubator. Most of the animal incubators are exactly like the ones for human babies.  A simple and relatively inexpensive incubator can be made by purchasing the right supplies and knowing how to assemble it properly. The pups can spend as much as 2-4 weeks in the incubator before they are ready for the normal whelping box.  This equipment and all the other supplies needed to keep the pups healthy and safe in the earliest stages of their little lives adds up to quite a sum!

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 all English Bulldog moms are so clumsy they can accidentally step upon, lie down on, or otherwise unknowingly injury a pup or pups severely, even causing the pups to die from these injuries.  Therefore, the breeder must monitor the pups and their mom at all times (literally 24/7) when the mom is in the nest with her babies. 

This often times requires the breeder to take a temporary leave of absence from his/her job in order to stay at home during the first 4-6 weeks of the pups' lives.  Not to mention the fact, there are often times pups who are not as robust as their siblings, requiring supplemental feedings with special formula suckled through baby bottles, or sometimes all the pups seem to need at least one to two supplemental feedings during the day due to mom's milk being either too rich or not rich enough, or simply lacking in supply.  Not knowing the average wage earners salary, there is no way to properly calculate this expense, although I am sure it is not cheap, by any stretch of the imagination.

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 want 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 / stiches removed) and all the English Bulldog Puppies for deworming, shots, health check ups, etc, for their first 8 to 10 weeks of life before they join their forever homes.

The best of English Bulldog Breeders breed only when there is the best of reasons to do so.  The reputable English Bulldog Breeders are not breeding just to create English Bulldog Puppies to sell.  They are conscientious, caring and concerned about all their stud dogs and bitches and about any pups they may produce.  Each pup must be placed in forever, loving homes and to do this takes a lot of time and patience. 

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!

So, the next time, you wonder why English Bulldogs are so expensive, maybe these few reasons mentioned here will help you in understanding that breeding English Bulldogs and raising English Bulldog Puppies is not for the faint of heart!  A good breeder is dedicated to producing the very best pups possible, simply because these breeders are focused on making the next litter better than the preceding litter.  And, if they had all the money in the world, they would probably never sell any of their companion quality pups.....they would spay or neuter them and let them live out their lives on their sofa.

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