Your Bulldog Puppy Month by Month
Modern Dog Magazine's Editor's Choice!
By Terry Albert
Released in January 2017, this book takes you month by month through your Bulldog puppy's first year. It includes everything you need to know about health, development, training, nutrition, socialization, and just how to have fun with your new puppy!
There's a lot to know about raising a Bulldog. They aren't the right dog for everyone, and they require a lot of special care and knowledge. Numerous experts helped me with this book. Many thanks to Betty Fisher andTom J. Geiselhardt, DVM, who gave me excellent advice and reviewed every word I wrote. Also thank you to the many breeders, trainers, Bulldog owners, and other experts who shared their knowledge and experience, especially Liz Palika, Kris Anderson, Susan Rohringer, Jenny Lucey, Mary Aiken, and the San Diego Bulldog Meetup Group.
More about my co-authors:
Betty Fisher has been working with Bulldogs since 1964. She has bred under the kennel name of 'White Fang' and shown 12 generations of Bulldogs with at least one performance title in each generation - CDXs, Agility, or Carting. One of her dogs was the first AKC Rally titled Bulldog and also earned two carting titles from the American Rottweiler Club. She is the author, with Suzanne Delzio, of So Your Dog’s Not Lassie, and Caninestein, Improving Your Dog’s Intelligence.
In addition to her bulldogs, Betty has put obedience, rally, agility, carting and draft titles on Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Newfoundlands, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and a Papillion as well as teaching all-breed training classes in obedience, rally and agility. She is a judge for obedience and rally for the Australian Shepherd Club as well as a carting judge for the American Rottweiler Club. Aside from her own dogs, Betty works with 4H kids to get them on the road to competition.
Betty is a member of the Bulldog Club of Northern California and the Bulldog Club of America, and serves as secretary of the Fresno Dog Training Club, Inc.
Tom J. Geiselhardt, DVM has been a practicing veterinarian for 31 years, with a special interest in Bulldogs, particularly reproduction and Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1985. His current practice is at Homestead Animal Hospital in Centennial, Colorado, where he treats Bulldogs and other breeds for both breeders and pet owners. He also regularly conducts health screening clinics at Bulldog specialty dog shows. Animal Planet’s “Breed All About It” television show interviewed Dr Geiselhardt for a story about Bulldog care and health.
Photo above: Baby Bruno, 4 months old, owned and loved by Caleb Spencer.
Left: Chunk, 8 weeks old. Owned by Jeff Larsen
You may have heard the saying “Built like a Mack truck,” or seen the U.S. Marine Corps mascot, Chesty, who exemplifies the corps’ Semper Fi (“always faithful”) motto. During World War I, the Marines adopted the Bulldog as their mascot for his loyalty, tenacious spirit, and never-give-up attitude. Meanwhile, the folks at Mack Trucks provided heavy-duty vehicles that performed well for those soldiers in the tough fighting conditions of Europe. Mack Trucks soon became synonymous with the tough, relentless Bulldog, too.
But even before that, in the 1890s, Yale University became the first college in the country to have a mascot. Seventeen generations of Handsome Dan the Bulldog have symbolized Yale’s fighting spirit.
Originally called the English Bulldog, today’s Bulldog looks much like those Bulldogs of the past and is one of the most popular breeds in the United States–in the top 10 of the American Kennel Club’s list of most-registered breeds. Bulldogs were originally bred to be tough and aggressive, but today’s dog is a sweetheart—smart, loving, determined, and loyal. Bulldogs also have a wicked sense of humor and provide hours of entertainment—usually at your expense!
An entirely man-made breed, over- and indiscriminate breeding has caused the Bulldog to become a walking medical disaster in recent generations. However, with the help of modern screening procedures, today’s responsible breeders are testing their dogs for inherited diseases and making great strides in developing a healthy, long-lived family pet.
More so than probably any other breed, Bulldog owners must do their homework before buying a dog, but you’ll be rewarded with a healthy, happy companion for many years to come.
Left: Bobby Dogg, owned by Lindsey Anne Elkins
Chanel, owned by Nick Beam
Nala, owned by Junior Joseph